Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Craft & John 3:16

In just a couple weeks it will be Valentine's Day, so if you are looking for a craft which you
could use in your class, take a look at this one which I found on Pinterest! I love how writing out John 3:16 in this specific order spells, "Valentine" and think children will be surprised by it as well.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

VBS Give-Away in Three Days & Four More to Follow!

Just a reminder . . . in three days, on January 28, 2015, I'll have a drawing for a Camp Kilimanjaro VBS kit from Answers in Genesis and you still have time to enter! AIG did a great job with this VBS resource and the kit is very complete - an excellent prize! You'll find all the specifics for the give-away, how to enter and my review at this link.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Dollars & Cents of VBS - Part 3

Today I'm sharing the Dollars & Cents of VBS Part 3 by breaking down the cost of the VBS resources I reviewed this past week. Obviously a starter kit is the first place to begin when purchasing VBS materials, but from there you'll need to determine what - if any - student materials you will utilize. 

As far as student materials, I like the idea of being able to give children something each day which will remind them of the Bible lesson they learned. I especially like the objects/cards which can be clipped or pinned to a backpack as these things make great reminders! I also like the idea of being able to give children their own copy of the music - of course these things take money and your budget just might not have room for them. So, what will it cost and how can you move ahead with VBS on a budget?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Keep Watching for Two More VBS Reviews & Give-Aways!

For the past three weeks I've been posting my 2015 VBS reviews; I still have two more reviews to post, but am waiting for those kits to arrive so I can review them. In case you are wondering which VBS resources they are - Outback Rock from Group Publishing and MOVE from Orange/252. As soon as the kits arrive, I'll post my reviews.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I Have a Winner and Another Give-Away in Six Days!

I'm happy to say Michelle S won a VBS Starter Kit from Regular Baptist Press (you'll find the review at this link). Thank you Michelle for reading About the Children's Department (please email me your address by January 29, 2015 so I can have it sent to you - lyndafreemanatcd@gmail.com) and thank you RBP for sending your curriculum for me to review and for making the Starter Kit available for me to give away!

VBS 2015 - Guardian Construction from Nourishing Faith & Kit Give-Away!

Guardian Construction VBS LogoI'm happy to share a VBS with you this year from Nourishing Faith; Guardian Construction. With this VBS children will be encouraged to learn to build their lives God's Way!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 VBS Side-by-Side Comparison Chart

Each year, along with my reviews of VBS curriculum, I make a side-by-side comparison chart so you are easily able to see which kits have the resources you are looking for. Please know all the kits in my review are excellent and all of them will provide resources to help you reach and teach the children in your ministry. This chart simply helps you see at a glance information such as the version of the Bible used in the curriculum, the cost, mission project, scope, and if they provide active learning.

You are welcome to download and print the chart for use in your ministry. You will find my 2015 Side-by-Side VBS Chart at this link.

VBS 2015 - What's in the Bible? from Jellyfish One & a Give-Away!

Today I'm happy to share What's in the Bible? from the Jellyfish One! Take a look and consider if What's in the Bible? is a good "fit" for your children's ministry!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Have Three Winners and Another Give-Away in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Amber Imhoff, Shout4Joy and Julie have each won a Jump Start Kit from LifeWay (you'll find the review at this link). Thank you Amber, Shout4Joy and Julie for reading About the Children's Department (please email me your address by January 27, 2015 so I can have it sent to you - lyndafreemanatcd@gmail.com) and thank you LifeWay for sending your curriculum for me to review and for making the Jump Start Kits available for me to give away!

VBS 2015 - Builder's Quest from NextGen4Christ & Give-Away!

Today I'm happy to share with you the 2015 VBS from NextGen4Christ - Builder's Quest- another kit I did not receive in time to make the Top Ten review.