Thursday, February 11, 2016

VBS 2016 - Pets Unleashed from Group Publishing

I'm delighted for the opportunity to once again share Group's weekend VBS with you . . . Pets Unleashed. The idea with this resource is to provide two affordable 2 1/2 hour sessions, plus a one hour celebration which churches could use over one weekend . . . or over three weekends . . . or they might be able to spread it out for one Saturday a month for a Summer of fun! And, if you do not mind repeating games and focusing more on the same Bible Adventure, you could stretch it for a week of VBS.

Pets Unleashed
Group Publishing
https://www.group.com/category/ministry-resources/childrens-ministry/vbs/pets-unleashed.do

  1. Jesus sheds light on how to live - Matthew 5-7
  2. Jesus dies, comes back to life and appears to His followers – Luke 23, 24
Setting – Pet park
Message – Jesus cares for us!
Focus – Evangelism, Application, Serving, Content
Strengths –
  • Pets Unleashed has amazing, creative and engaging Bible lessons with a very, very strong evangelism focus!
  • I love the Project with a Purpose! Once again this year, Group gives churches the option of choosing from three two-day service projects for their children to work on to serve families in their church, community or world! Another huge “plus” for this is how affordable the projects are!!! Thank you Group for keeping it affordable!!!
  • “Huddle and a Prayer” time is great – love the way it helps children see their crew leaders are praying for them!
  • Group once again has excellent and engaging Opening and Finale – with lots of energy and an abundance of creative ways to engage children! Love it!
  • I really appreciate the price point - this is an affordable option for most churches
  • Provides options for churches where a traditional five-day VBS just doesn't "fit" their ministry
  • I really love the idea of the "Sunday Celebration" for the children, families and the entire church!
  • Love the songs - children will LOVE them, too!
  • I love the setting - it is fun and children will love it, too!
  • Excellent information on safety and engaging children with special needs.
Would like to see –
  • A daily "live-it" activity for kids to go do and tell about the following day
Group says, "Kids are crazy for critters with whiskers, tails, feathers, or scales! This is why kids will think this VBS is the cat’s meow. During the two short days at Pets Unleashed VBS, you’ll introduce kids to Jesus, God’s Son who lovingly cares for us." I love the focus in both lessons; Jesus is with us, He loves us and we can love others! Certainly this is a message children – and adults - need to hear. Pets Unleashed is a great option for a VBS with a strong focus on creatively engaging children in every learning station, solid evangelism, strong Bible content and application! I absolutely LOVE their "Projects with a Purpose" - creative, engaging and fun way to get kids to focus on serving others! Excellent!

You could expand this for a week of VBS by focusing on each of the Bible Adventures for two days, making additional service projects/crafts and repeating or using games you might not use with just one day. Present the Bible adventure the first day, then review it with a drama which involves the children the second day. Use the Celebration for day five.

If you are looking for a VBS option for just a weekend, or one you could spread over a month - or even the entire Summer - with a focus on engaging children and has a strong evangelism focus; most certainly take a look at Pets Unleashed from Group!

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