It’s been an exciting week starting with the VBS 2012 theme release, but there’s also something else exciting happening. Can you guess what it is? It’s VBS 2011 Big Apple Adventure! Many churches began VBS this week, and we are hearing great reports from those of you who are experiencing it firsthand. I am one of those who is living and breathing VBS this week as I teach preteens in VBX. The kids at my church are loving Big Apple adventure. I am thankful to be able to take time each summer and teach VBS. As production editor on the VBS team, I spend a whole year reading and editing the products, and now I finally get to see them in action! It’s great to watch the kids play the games, make the crafts, and learn all the movements to the songs. My kids keep asking me which song is my favorite this year, and I have to say it’s been “Love You More.” I sing it in my car all the time. They were also impressed when I told them that I got to meet Proof, the missionary dog!
VBX has been great for my church. If you don’t use this format for your preteens, you should check it out. It’s so nice to have a curriculum that is especially for preteens. They are at that hard age between children’s ministry and youth ministry, so it’s a way to let them have their own VBS experience. I have taught VBX different ways each year. You can use as few or as many of the elements as you need. This year our preteens have gone to the music and missions rotation, but we have done our own crafts and recreation. The kids like having rotations that are just for them.
I can’t believe the week is almost over. Friday is Family Night complete with the VBS Musical. Our kids have been practicing their parts and singing their hearts out. I can’t wait to see them perform for their families. Whether you are in the middle of VBS or are planning for it in the coming weeks, I pray that you have a great week sharing the good news of Jesus with the kids you in your community.