Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Top Ten VBS Countdown - #6 - SonWest Roundup from Gospel Light

SonWest Theme Overview ChartToday's review marks the end of the first week of the Top Ten VBS Countdown for 2013. Tomorrow I'll share the "Dollars & Cents" for the VBS resources reviewed this week. Today's VBS is in 6th place and received my ribbon for Top Pick for VBS SETTING 2013 . . .  SonWest Roundup from Gospel Light!

SonWest Roundup
Gospel Light

  1. Ultimate Plan - Born to Save - Exodus 1 & 2 - God cared about the Israelites and sent Moses to help them. God sent Jesus because He cares about me!
  2. Ultimate Power - Promise of Power - Exodus 3 & 4 - God used His power to help Moses. Jesus' power is big enought to help me - no matter what!
  3. Ultimate Rescue - Passover REscue - Exodus 5 - 12 - God rescued the israelites from slavery in Egypt. Jesus' death and resurrection can rescue me from sin and give me eternal life!
  4. Ultimate Trust - Perfect Provision - Exodus 16 & 17 - The Israelites could trust God to provide for them. I can trust Jesus to take care of me every day!
  5. Ultimate Love - Law of Love - Exodus 19 - 25 - God gave commands for the Israelites to follow. Jesus' new command is to follow Him and love others!
Setting – a Western town in the Wild West with cowboys and cowgirls, horses, prairie dogs, canyons and wide-open blue skies.
Message – children will explore the exciting stories of Moses and discover God's ultimate power and plan of salvation through Jesus!
Focus – Evangelism, Bible content and Application

Strengths –
  • I lLOVE the Missions station info and the Service project ideas – most certainly make this a station for your VBS so kids have the opportunity to learn how to live what they believe by serving others!
  • Solid Bible teaching with an strong evangelism focus – all lessons focus on Jesus and how He saves us.
  • I’m very happy to see teachers and children reading from the Bible during the Bible lessons! (older ages)
  • Last year I said, "I’d like to see less “teacher talk” and more active engagement of the kids" and this year GL did a better job of making skits available so kids could participate in the teaching of the Bible lesson and did a better job of asking questions to engage the kids throughout the lessons - for the older ages.
  • The “stunt” in the beginning of each day’s Assembly opening is fantastic!
  •  As always, Gospel Light’s craft book is filled with a wide variety of crafts made from items you can collect/buy and ties in with the Bible lessons
  • Fun setting – easy to decorate for - My TOP PICK for 2013 VBS SETTING!
  • I like the ideas for “Fun Days”, “Caught in the Act”, “Field Trips” and “Events at church”
  • I like the "Parent Pocket Guide" and the "Jesus Connections"
Would like to see –
  • A stronger and more intentional focus on specific things for kids to go and “do” before they return the next day to live what they learned.
  • Music videos with preschool and elementary age children – NOT teens.
  • Information to help churches engage and involve Special Needs Kids in their VBS
  • Information to help churches select and stay focused on a goal for their VBS
Last year I said, I'd like to see, "Resources for churches which do not use the classroom model – Bible lessons in a book for a Bible lesson station and a station with their object lessons/hands-on nature projects/activities – this would provide more options and make the materials easier for churches to use." I'm very happy to see these resources this year on the Director's CD!

Gospel Light says, "Ride with us under the deep blue skies. Feel the breezes rise through the shady purple canyons as we head out through this bright wilderness—we’re traveling down the trail through the Old Testament stories of Moses to discover God’s ultimate plan of salvation in Jesus, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).Overall, SonWest Roundup is a great option for a VBS with a strong focus on evangelism and serving. If you are looking for a resource to engage kids in these things, this one is well worth taking a serious look at to see if it is a good “fit” for your ministry. You could use this also during a week-long missions conference or for a month of missions focus – match the projects you have the kids work on to fit with your missions emphasis/missionaries. 

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