Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 Top Three VBS Countdown - #2 - Kingdom Chronicles by Answers in Genesis

Profile Picture of Answers VBSI'm happy to announce the VBS which is my runner-up this year - Kingdom Chronicles from Answers in Genesis! With a strong and solid emphasis on challenging children to trust the truth of God's Word, Kingdom Chronicles is a resource well worth taking a close look at to see if it is a good "fit" for your ministry!

Kingdom Chronicles
Answers in Genesis

  1. Truth or Error? - the Creator King - Genesis 1-3 - Of two, only One is True!
  2. Choose Truth! - the Savior King - Genesis 3 & Gospels - Decide your side!
  3. Obey Truth! - King Josiah - 2 Kings 22 & 23 - Do right in God's sight!
  4. Think Truth! - King Solomon - I Kings 2 - 11 - Learn to discern!
  5. Speak Truth! - King of Kings; Jesus - Matthew 4:1-11 - Train your brain!
Setting – Castles with knights, maidens and armor!
Message – At The Kingdom Chronicles, each day, they’ll learn to put on another piece of God’s armor which Paul writes about in Ephesians. As they fasten on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, covering everything with prayer, they’ll learn how to become mighty warriors for the Creator King of Kings!
Focus – Evangelism, Content – the Bible is always true and we believe it

Strengths –
  • As I would expect, Kingdom Chronicles has a strong emphasis on teaching truth, the infallibility of the Bible and salvation through Jesus! On the third day it does make a very strong and clear salvation lesson, but most of the days focus on evolution
  • I love the “Go and Do” portion of each lesson where children have specific things to go and do to live what they learned!
  • The director’s info is very complete and full of extra information, tips and trivia - love the 20 Tips for the VBS Director!
  • I love the Top Ten Tips for a VBS Prayer Ministry! Excellent!
  • Love the idea for “praying for you postcards”!
  • I found the options for crafts to be varied, affordable and fun!
  • The Contest portion of the closing is fun – sure to generate enthusiasm!
  • Big improvement in the music this year – it is available with a Contemporary or Traditional sound giving churches options
  • the Middle Ages Trivia is great fun!
Last year I said, "More options for crafts so churches are able to select the ones which are the best fit for their ministry." I'm very happy to see more options for crafts this year!

Would like to see –
  • Ideas to help kids serve in their own communities.
  • A Bible lesson book for multi-ages – this would make things easier for churches where they do not use a classroom teaching model for the Bible lessons.
  • more of a focus on intentionally engaging the kids in the teaching of the Bible lesson – less teaching “at” them and more engaging the kids in discovering what God’s Word says with dramas or other ways they could participate more beyond just answering questions.
  • More engagement in the opening and closing – perhaps an object lesson/science project – I like the contest in the closing, but an object lesson to once again present the point in a way which leaves the kids saying “wow” would be a great addition
As Answers in Genesis says, “This great VBS shows kids how God's Word connects to every area of their life! And it helps them to see the Bible is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago, so they will know its amazing message of salvation is true! With The Kingdom Chronicles, your brave knights and fair maidens will be equipped to put on the full armor of God so they can stand strong in the battle for truth. Prepare for a royally fun time!" You may also want to look at this kit as a resource you could use for mid-week ministry . . . Answers in Genesis offers their materials past the end of the summer so you would still be able to find the components you need.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. We're looking forward to Kingdom Chronicles VBS!