We hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend!
Today our good friend Steve Bussell with Seventh Story Productions joins the blog to talk about the full-length film, Rocket Pack Jack and the Babylon Virus. Check out five ways you can use the RPJ Film for your VBS!
Every year Lifeway’s VBS offers a Worship Rally video to illustrate the theme, teach the life application points and for heaps of fun! They’re great tool to get your kids talking. Ask a question like, “Who did the boy in the movie think Jesus was?” And off they go! This year AGENCY D3 has a special 6-part movie available that’s unlike anything we’ve done before. We’ve partnered with Lifeway Films to give you multiple ways to use the movie. Either in it’s 6-parts or as one large extended film or as a give away DVD! So here are five great ways you can use it!
1. Worship Rally Videos
There are six sessions available for viewing. Show one video every day of VBS in your morning Worship Rally or in your individual classrooms. The sixth video you can show on family night or do a special double video on the fifth day or just skip video #6. So many options! Each video has recaps so if your child misses a day or starts on day three, they’ll will be brought up to speed with every video.
2. Promote VBS with early screening
Some churches have never used the Worship Rally Videos. Gasp! Don Green the Children’s Minister at Forest Hills in Nashville has never used them because it doesn’t work for his program. However this year Don is getting a license from Lifeway Films and showing the Rocket Pack Jack film as an outreach tool. He’s asking all the children of the church to come and bring a friend to movie night at the church. They’ll have popcorn and snacks. Then afterwards he’s going to talk about their Agency D3 VBS and send those visiting children home with tons of information! Brilliant!
Going with this option doesn’t mean you can’t still show the Worship Rally Videos. If there’s anything the DVD has taught us, it’s that children like to watch movies over and over again, and again. If you still wanted to use the Worship Rally Videos, the film withstands a second viewing. And your kids will undoubtedly see something they missed or teaching points you can debrief.
3. VBS Family Night/ Movie Night
As part of your Family night you could show the RPJ film. We’ve made it around 50 minutes, so you have time to do more than just show the film. You could also do give-aways of the DVD or offer them for a substantially discounted rate. What’s great about getting the Rocket Pack Jack movie home with childs is it’s fun and has rocketpacks and robots, but it also asks the question, Who is Jesus? We’re using film to plant seeds.
4. As a Give Away or Fund Raiser
Lifeway Films is offering the DVD to churches in packs of 10 for over 40% off. So you could resell copies for however much you’d like! Or use the DVDs as special prizes for the 10 children who memorized the most verses or the 100 children who memorized the most verses. We have been contacted about churches looking at orders up to 500 copies to give out to every child who comes. Like I mentioned, DVDs tend to stick around and get re-watched a few hundred times. We’re hoping these will find their way in front of young eyes that never made it to a VBS but will watch Jack and learn that God loves you know matter what.
5. After VBS Movie Night
So let’s say you use the Worship Rally videos and watch in six parts throughout VBS. Did you know the Rocket Pack Jack movie from Lifeway Films has around 25% more scenes than in the Worship Rally Videos. You can show the movie after VBS to encourage visiting children to come back and bring their parents.
The movie is just a tool in your toolbox. You know how it will work best in your church. There are churches making their own movies with subplots to go along with the Rocket Pack Jack Film. We’re getting emails asking how to make rocket packs, robot costumes, and Abe’s Pizza boxes. There’s a lot of ways you can tie in to the film and use the DVDs to reach children you might never even meet.
Hey and if you LIKE the Rocket Pack Jack Facebook page you’ll gain access to a free countdown you can use however you’d like.
After all the waiting and all those confusing clues, it has finally arrived. Today is the VBS 2015 Theme Reveal! Join us here at 1:00 P.M. CST to learn what’s in store for next summer. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Use #lwvbs2015 to join in the conversation during the live reveal. See you soon!