Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sonsurf Beach Blast VBS

Last week I took vacation to help in VBS at our church and had a great time, even though it was extremely hot. We used Gospel Light’s Sonsurf Beach Bash material. I always enjoy helping in this because it’s quite fun with so many kids attending (roughly 700 each day, most from the community!). The offering of $2400 for the week went to the Chain of Love orphanage in Brazil.

When I asked the boys in my 5th-6th grade group what part about VBS they liked best, I got a variety of answers that included recreation, crafts, and everything. For me, other than developing team spirit and a sense of belonging for my team (who came in 1st place), I enjoyed the skits done by our Pastor and his wife each day that taught the lesson. They write their own material and play well off each other while making the point of the lesson memorable with humor.

I wish I had videotaped them each day, but I plan to next year if they do skits again. I did get the last day taped with my camcorder and an edited version of Thursday’s with my digital camera. I was disappointed that I didn’t take the video right from the beginning on Thursday, because the beginning was really the funniest part when “Shark” didn’t follow directions and got the kids playing instead of teaching the lesson.  This is the shortened video that I did by inserting titles and still shots at the beginning:






Lessons for the week were:

Monday: Meet Up: Jesus is God’s Son and loves everyone!

I Jn. 4:9—This is how God showed his love for us. He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him.

Tuesday: Look Up: You can trust Jesus all the time because He does what He says.
Psalm 56:3—When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Wednesday: Join Up: We need Jesus because he is the only way to God the Father in heaven.

John 14:6—Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.

Thursday: Open Up: Confess our sin and be forgiven.

Daniel 9:9--The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.

Friday: Fire Up: Tell others about Jesus.

Matthew 28:19-20—Go into all nations and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always

What do you think of our VBS?  Does your church have a VBS week?      

You can see more pictures at 2011 Vacation Bible School Sunsurf Beach Bash and VBS 2011--More Great Pics on the Parma Heights Baptist Church blog.

(I tried posting this on our Always Looking Up blog but I couldn't get to the new post section so finally posted it over here.) 
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5 comments:

bethannchiles.com said...

What a great week you must have had!! That is wonderful! I always loved helping out with VBS but never was in a place where we had 700 kids!! that is unbelievable!!! I loved helping but usually came away with a head ache!!! LOL You did a great thing last week!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

bethannchiles.com said...

What a great week you must have had!! That is wonderful! I always loved helping out with VBS but never was in a place where we had 700 kids!! that is unbelievable!!! I loved helping but usually came away with a head ache!!! LOL You did a great thing last week!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Rebecca Mecomber said...

Good turnout! My local neighbor church also had VBS. They had a big tent and everything! Some of the gimmicks were funny to see, tho-- they had a small racecar parked outside the tent! I was surprised how quiet the kids were.

Jodi said...

That sounds like such a wonderful time you had Karen. And this is a great post as well.

God bless,
Jodi

Mrs4444 said...

Looks like the kids (and you!) enjoyed it :)

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