Vacation Bible School Helps

 

Organizing a Vacation Bible School can be a daunting task no matter the size of your church. This is my 9th VBS and I have figured out a few things over the years. Here is my list of Vacation Bible School Helps.

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Choose a Curriculum that Excites YOU

I am the VBS Director for my church and this year I chose to use Group’s Egypt VBS: Joseph, from Prison to Palace. One of the main reasons I chose this VBS was because of the immersion philosophy of the curriculum. The scriptures are already alive and active, but anything I can do to support God’s Word, evangelize, and have fun with the kids is something of which I want to be a part. Continue reading

Preschool – Lower Elementary Mammals Unit

 

Be sure to check out the birds, fish, and reptiles units that go along with the Mammals Unit. Each unit took about four-six weeks per animal type.

There are many mammals that can be seen on a regular basis around our neighborhoods. I started with those because the kids have seen those and recognized them. During this mammal study, I read The Classic Tales of Beatrix Potter to the kids. It’s been a great jumping off point for animal classification, but it has also raised awareness of animal behavior in the wild in a not so “wild” way. In quite a few of the stories it shows animal behaviors between dominant animals and their prey, people and garden pests, and natural animal cooperation.

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The objectives come from the Core Knowledge Series-kindergarten and first grade.

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The Secret to Spreading the Gospel in Africa

 

Have you noticed how many bookstores we have in the United States? European nations have a ton as well. Of those bookstores, how many of them carry Christian resources?

Now the number drops.

But the number is still high compared to Africa. AND many of the resources in those bookstores in African cities are westernized.

What if there was a Bible that had study materials from an African perspective?

Spreading the gospel in Africa

With the African Study Bible, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis, publisher of the ASB. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.Continue reading

Want Your Kids to Read the Bible? Try This!

 

It’s boring. The words are too hard to read. I don’t understand what I’m reading. These are all valid excuses for why children refuse to read the Bible on their own. Even the Ethiopian eunuch, a major leader in his country, needed Phillip to help him understand what he was reading. Do you want your kids to read the Bible? Then try this.

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**Be sure to read to the end and enter to win 1 copy of the International Children’s Bible!!

Missionaries spend YEARS of their lives writing the scriptures in the heart language of different tribes and peoples. Why do we think that our children would be different? Children do not have the vocabulary, or reading skills, that we parents and teachers have. Why not give them a Bible that is true to the scriptures and in their heart language?

I was given a copy of the International Children’s Bible by Tommy Nelson Publishing, and the kids and I are loving it! (Hardback $16.99) I want my children to enjoy reading the Bible, but I do want the scriptures to be translated correctly. Continue reading

The Wide Gate vs. The Small Gate {Matthew 7:13-14}

 

Why do we need to be godly? Does God really care about our choices? If so, does he care about all of them? This Bible lesson focusing on the wide gate vs. the small gate, will help our children understand that Jesus is the one and only gate and is THE step in the right direction on the narrow path of godliness. {Deuteronomy 5:32}

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Scripture Focus: Matthew 7:13-14; John 10:1-18

Materials: a real, or toy, gate {or a picture of a gate}; poster board or a white board Continue reading