Tuesday, January 12, 2016

VBS 2016 Review - Submerged - LifeWay - And Jump Start Kit Give-Away!

Today I'm happy to share another of my Top Ten VBS resources for 2016; this time it is, Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface from LifeWay! Take a look and consider if Submerged is a good "fit" for your Children's Ministry!

  1. Jesus knows who I really am - Luke 19 - Jesus saw Zacchaeus
  2. Jesus knows my worth - John 4 - Jesus saw the Woman at the Well 
  3. Jesus knows I need a Savior - John 3 & 19 - Jesus saw Nicodemus
  4. Jesus knows my purpose - John 9 - Jesus saw a blind man
  5. Jesus loves and accepts me - Mark 10 - Jesus saw the children
Setting – The, "mysterious fathoms of the deep sea."
Message/Theme – Children will, "discover Jesus saw people differently. He didn't just see what was on the outside; He saw people for who they were on the inside - down deep."
Focus – Evangelism, Content and Application
Strengths –
  • LOVE the "Deeper Dive" and "Today's Point" for each lesson in the teacher's info.
  • I LOVE the "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!
  • As I would expect, Submerged has a strong evangelistic emphasis, excellent local 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 and I the "Finish It" portion of the daily lessons which involves children in praying!
  • 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 found the options for crafts to be affordable, creative and fun; plus the craft book has a nice variety of craft options made with items you gather - some of these are excellent!
  • Love the Missions station! 
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.
  • The opening and close included in the starter kits. They are in the Worship Rally resource, which is purchased on its own.
  • I'd like to see a complete kit - preschool, elementary, director's information and opening/close all in one kit. With them spread out the price really adds up.
LifeWay says, "Children will learn to see themselves and others as Jesus sees them, and realize everyone needs a Savior - even those who look like they have it all together. They will discover a relationship with Jesus Christ changes everything! Come join us! All you have to do is dive in!"

I found 
Submerged to be well written to engage children with a focus on evangelism with solid Bible teaching. This VBS is an excellent resource - great for back-yard Bible clubs, Teen mission outreach opportunities and would be a lot of fun on Sundays in the Summer! Take a good look at Submerged to see how it might be a good "fit" for your ministry!

I am happy to say, LifeWay is making available two of their Jump Start kits which are, "packed with all the essentials you need to start planning for Submerged", 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, 2016, please comment below to let me know your favorite way to dive into God's Word - for me it is praying Scripture back to God!

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  1. My favorite way to dive into God's Word is to write out a passage each day in a notebook. This helps me slow down to see what it's really saying.

    1. I follow you through Feedly. Google Friend Connect and have like you on Facebook .
      I will share this on Facebook as well.

  2. I'm sharing this post and I like to dive into God's Word with a small group of ladies on Mondays at lunch. Since I've not been able to be involved in a Sunday School class due to my ministry position, this is my "small group" for accountability and spiritual growth.

  3. I shared the post on Facebook, and I like to dive and not God's Word either using a devotional during the week, or on church at Sunday.

  4. I like to dive into Gods word by having a good devotional/bible study book. I also do the card ministry at church and I love sharing truth from God's word to those who need encouragement.
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  5. I am an e mail subscriber
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  6. I follow you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
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  7. I like to dive into God's words by have a quiet time everyday. I try to have my time with God at a set time, place and no matter what condition I am in :)

  8. I dive into God's Word through morning Bible readings and preparing to teach Sunday School each week.
    This is a helpful resource! I will be sharing on Facebook.