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Helpful Facts for LifeWay's VBS 2012

Snack Rotation Cards · Card 24 has a dinner suggestion for everyday. Basically just a main dish, side dish, and dessert idea with a theme name such as Aviator Burgers, Fuselage Fries, and Cargo Cookies. · Card 24 has a suggestion for 3 different trail mixes set up on a runway. Crafts Leader Guide · Illustrated stepbystep instructions of daily crafts. · Pilot's Prayer Log­prayer suggestions given each day on the Bible story page for each session. Administrative Guide CD · Enhanced CD includes audio of leader devotions. · Promo skits include a Dedication Reading. · Followup brochure has been redesigned and Followup Prospect Cards have been included. · Prayerwalk brochure has been redesigned. · Classroom Management Handout has been totally redone. · New leader appreciation ideas on the CD. Bible Study (Grades 16) · Leader Devotions are printed in the Leader Guides not on the CD. Audio is still provided on the CD for those who prefer to listen to the devotions. · Wonder Challenge Tags are on the foldout flap on the back cover of each Learner Guide. · We have returned to the individual kid's booklet learner guide (Grades 1­2 Daily Flight Log, Grades 3­4 Daily Flight Log, and Preteen Daily Flight Log). Each 16 page booklet contains activities used during the daily Bible study time as well as things to repeat or use at home. 3s­PreK and Kindergarten Leader Guides Revisions to the schedule and activities in these leader guides place more of the main teaching responsibilities on a "lead teacher" who is comfortable in working with preschoolers. Assistant teachers (who can be firsttime preschool teachers) assist with intro and Biblelearning activities. Several options for developing a daily schedule are provided on pages 23 of the leader guides. The daily elements include: · Intro Activity: 3s­PreK kids join this largegroup time when they arrive at their VBS classroom. Kindergartners who do not attend worship rally also participate in intro (early arriver) activities. · Bible Story Group Time: This largegroup experience, taught by a lead teacher, is longer to provide indepth teaching using a variety of learning approaches. Look for


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Special Friends · Lesson sequence differs from the children's curriculum Day 3 is Power Over Sin and Death, using the John passage. Day 4 is Power Over My Life from the Acts passage. Day 5 is a review of the previous 4 days. (or an overview for churches that have a 1 day Special Needs VBS event). · Links to a few videos on · Not a done deal, but hoping to have special needs adults videotape the Special Friends theme skits and have them on the Facebook page in January. Adults Follows the same Bible stories as do children, with more Scripture if/where needed. Logo developed for adults this year. Main decorating motif is an Aviation Museum. Discoveries of letters, now housed in the museum, give insight into the people and times of the 1930s40s. The letter for each session is both a print item and an audio recording for use as desired in each session. Theme song and "Worthy" are other audio files. Photo shoot of vintage airport items should intrigue and involve adults more in the activities. Adults spin off of these locations for each day: #1 Grand Canyon, #2 Matterhorn, #3 Victoria Falls, #4 Northern Lights, #5 Great Barrier Reed. These are the locations for the Visual Pack so churches could use those items for decorating if they wanted.

Bible stories told in creative ways, Bible story review, and music. Also included are fun Bible verse and life application activities and games. Biblelearning Activities: Four smallgroup experiences help kids understand and apply the truths taught in Bible Story Group Time. These activities can be taught by assistant teachers and require less supplies and prep time than the "learning centers" of previous years. Rotation Activities: The VBS 2012 3s­Kindergarten Rotation Pack now comes packaged in a ziplock bag for easy use. Included are teaching plans for recreation, missions, music, and arts and crafts. Closing Group Time: This largegroup wrapup time has been shortened to give time for kids to get ready to go home after returning from their rotation activities.

New parenting seminar, by Bob Metcalf of FBC Centerton, Arkansas highlights these topics in Applying God's Awesome Power to Parenting:

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Session titles 1: How God Prepares Families for Children 2: Parenting with Purpose 3: Coming Back from Parental Failures 4: Fulfilling God's Plan with Children 5: Essential Factors for Successful Children Sessions are approximately 90 minutes each.


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