Sunday, January 12, 2014

VBS 2014 - Agency D3 from LifeWay & Give-Away!

Today I'm happy to share Agency D3 from LifeWay! Take a look and consider if Agency D3 is a good "fit" for your children's ministry!

Agency D3
LifeWay
  1. Is Jesus really God's Son? An eyewitness report - Matthew 3:13-17; John 1:29-36 - Isaiah 42:1 points to Jesus as God's Son whom God would send to provide salvation for His people
  2. Was Jesus more than just a good man? - Background check - Mark 6:1-6; 30-56 - In Luke 4:16-21 Jesus told people He was the Messiah referenced in Isaiah 61:1,2
  3. Was Jesus' death real? - Death confirmed - Mark 14:22-28; 15:22-47 - As foretold in Isaiah 53:2-6, God's plan for Jesus includes Jesus' death and resurrection to provide forgiveness of sin
  4. Is Jesus alive? - Physical Proof - Luke 24:1-48 - Just as David prophesied in Psalm 16:10 and Peter testified in Acts 2:31, God raised Jesus from the dead
  5. What do I do with the evidence about Jesus? - Summing up the evidence - Acts 2:14-42; I Peter 3:15 - David declared (Psalm 22:31) and Peter preached (Acts 2:39) those present and generations yet to come woudl hear about the righteousness of Christ and what He has done
Setting – Children get to be special agents and use "high-tech gadgets and tools" to discover the truth about Jesus and Who He really is.
Message/Theme – Children will be challenged to, "Join Agency D3 as Special Agents for a week of fun as they examine eyewitness reports, physical proof, and biblical accounts to uncover and defend the truth about who Jesus really is."
Focus – Evangelism, Content and Application
Strengths –
  • LOVE the "Christ Connection" and "Kid Connection" for each lesson which helps children connect the lesson with Jesus and with how it applies and lives out in their own lives.
  • I LOVE the new "Takin' It Home CD" - what a terrific idea - sure to build excitement and more importantly, connect what children are doing at VBS with their own families!
  • LOVE LifeWay's VBS Family App! This is something families will want to check out for sure! Excellent!
  • As I would expect, Agency D3 has a strong evangelistic emphasis, excellent mission project and solid Bible teaching
  • Excellent resources for taking your VBS out of your church and into your community with Backyard Kid's Club!
  • Excellent focus on VBS and prayer - info on how to develop your prayer strategies and prayer team
  • Excellent resources for children with special needs!
  • I especially am happy to find excellent information on how to reach VBS families after VBS is over! I really love the “Connect in one hour” plan – great way to involve everyone in VBS in having a part with the follow up!
  • I particularly love the daily “Secret Service Assignments” portion of each lesson. Focus is given each day for Evangelism and Application for kids who are already Christians. There is a definite focus on application again this year, the activities connect well and do a good job of reinforcing the daily point!
  • I found the options for crafts to be affordable, but not necessarily very durable. However; the craft book has a nice variety of craft options made with items you gather - some of these are excellent!
  • Music is well done. . . songs communicate the message and are songs kids will like, but I'd rather see just kids singing; not teens.
  • Love the Missions station! I LOVE the "Mobilize Me Moment and Prayer" and the "Secret Service Mission" for each day! Excellent!
  • Additional Activity Options for each day for churches with longer class time - or some of these could be incorporated into the opening or close to add excitement and engage children more.
  • Excellent resource to help churches turn their building and grounds into an agency for secret agents!
Would like to see
  • While some of the age levels and some of the days lessons do have children opening their Bibles during the teaching of the lesson, others do not do this at all. I'd really like to see LifeWay do this for all ages.
  • More excitement in the opening and closing – this is a great place for object lessons/science projects and give you a big way to once again make your point before kids leave for the day.
  • Ideas to help children serve in their own communities.
LifeWay says, "Trace it back to the facts! The evidence is clear. The proof is all right here! Discover, decide, and defend the truth about who Jesus really is with LifeWay's Agency D3. With LifeWay’s VBS, you can rest assured that all aspects of your VBS will include age-appropriate outreach. Your church will have the opportunity to cultivate and establish ongoing relationships with all who attend." 


Jump Start KitI am happy to say, LifeWay is making available some of their Jump Start kits which are, "packed with all the essentials you need to start planning for Agency D3", for me to give away (USA only)! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in the drawing for one of the Jump Start kits - which will be on January 26, 2014, please comment below to let me know how knowing Jesus really is God's Son changes your life; for me it gives me hope, comfort, encouragement and joy!


In addition if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed About the Children's Department by email you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win one of the Jump Start kits and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading About the Children's Department and for sharing it with the people you know!

31 comments:

  1. I LOVE ATCD and I love serving God. My biggest joy is showing children how much God loves THEM and wants a relationship with them!

    Follow you on email and on FB & have shared this awesome giveaway link with others!

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    1. Thank you! God's love & sharing it is the best! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing I with the people you know!

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  2. Knowing that Jesus is God's Son gives me comfort, and a hope that life is all worth it.

    I follow on Google Friend Connect, and like Facebook, and also follow by email. I also shared the post.

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  3. Knowing that Jesus is God's Son gives me a hope and peace that endures through a hectic life :)

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    1. Life can get hectic for sure! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing I with the people you know!

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  4. Knowing Jesus is my life! without him my life would be so empty and meaningless! He is my hope peace and my joy!
    I already follow you, and will be sharing this post!
    Thanks Linda for all the work on these evaluations! they are so helpful every year in my selection process.

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    1. Jesus does give us meaning! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing it with the people you know!

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  5. Knowing Jesus is God's Son gives me peace and a purpose in life. Without him I would have no hope of a future.

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    1. You are so right! He gives us purpose, peace and hope! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing it with the people you know!

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  6. Jesus is God's Son means my hope is true and backed up His hesed (loving kindness)

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  7. Jesus is God's Son means that I have hope because Jesus has become the bridge from my sinfulness to God's righteousness because of his death and resurrection for me! I follow you on Feedly and Facebook.

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    1. His hope is such a gift! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing it with the people you know!

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  8. Knowing that Jesus is really God's Son has given me a hope and a future. I am freed from the penalty of sin through Jesus Christ.

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    1. This is grace! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing it with the people you know!

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  9. Jesus is God's Son! What a joy to know that our future is in His hands and we can have hope for our future with Him! Amen!

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    1. And knowing this does give us so much joy! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing it with the people you know!

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  10. Jesus is God's Son! I am so thankful that now our hope and future is with Him for eternity. So thankful that HE has paid my penalty.

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  11. Knowing that Jesus is God's Son is comforting.

    Thanks Lynda for all that you do. I'm enjoying all your blogs!

    Following ATCD by email, following FB and shared this page :)

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    1. A comfort like no other! Thank you for sharing, reading About the Children's Department and sharing it with the people you know!

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  12. Knowing Jesus is God's son helps me answer my kids in our class. Their questions challenge me and they test my knowledge and faith in ways that only kids can come up with. We have a small group and many do not know Jesus and the ones that do, struggle with how to defend their faith. I hope this VBS will help them grow and help me and my staff grow as well.

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  13. Knowing Jesus is God's Son gives me peace and comfort. I don't have to know all the answers or be in control...I can depend on Him to know what's best for me. I will make mistakes...He never does. I am really interested in this VBS curriculum. I've got their catalog and went and looked at it at the store. I've just taken on the children's ministry at the church I belong to and our kids can give basic answers about Jesus but not beyond that. I feel that Jesus being God's Son is a foundation and needs to be taught and understood.

    I've liked you and shared this post on Facebook. Am connected with you on Google Friend Connect. Recommended this post on Google +1 and get your emails. I'm kind of a fan! ;)

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  14. Knowing Jesus is Gods Son helps me to know He has a plan and purpose for my life. He gives me spiritual strength. He shows me unending unconditional love and his mercies are new each morning.
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    I like you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
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  16. Knowing that Jesus is God's son (and that he died for me and rose again) gives me a hope and a future. I don't have to fear for what's ahead, even death! Because, I know I "have a home in Glory Land that outshines the sun!" :-) I shared.

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  17. I follow on Google Friend Connect, and like Facebook, and also follow by email.

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  18. Knowing that Jesus is God's son has giving me the chance to turn my whole life around for my husband and children. Being able to be A God fearing person and putting that faith into my children is such a blessing. I'm thankful so much every day for HIM!

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