Wednesday, January 18, 2017

VBS 2017 - Abingdon Press - Super God!

Today I'm happy to share with you Super God! from Abingdon Press. As I said last year, while the primary audience for this resource may seem obvious, I want to challenge and encourage you to take a serious look at Super God! whether your church is made up primarily of one race or a mix of different races. I personally believe this would be an excellent resource for any church, as we all need to honestly face prejudices and mis-information in ourselves and deal with them as God wants us to, so we are able to help the children in our ministries grow up to truly believe with all their hearts the song they learned as little ones - "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world."

In this day and age where racism, anger, mistrust and misinformation divide us - in our communities and sadly, in our churches - more than ever, Super God! is a resource which can help bridge the gaps which divide, by helping us understand others and believe the truth - all children are "super" and all of them have "super-possibilities". Absolutely take a serious look at Super God!and whether you use it for VBS or not, find a place in your ministry where you will use it.

  1. Stand - Be ready - Ephesians 6 - With super strength I will stand, holding God's unchanging hand! - Belt of Truth
  2. Think - Use your wits - Exodus 2 - I'm super-intelligent! - Breastplate of Justice
  3. Do you - You have what it takes - Daniel 1 - You do you and I'll do me - Shield of Faith
  4. Learn - Keep learning - Luke 2 - When I put in the time, God expands my mind - Helmet of Salvation
  5. Love - Love like God does - 1 John 5 - God loves me to infinity - Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Setting – Home & Community
Message/Theme – "The super power given to us by Jesus Christ is greater than any power—imagined or in existence!'"
Focus – Bible Content, Evangelism, Understanding, Community

Strengths –
  • Super God! has strong Bible content and focus on helping us see and understand how God is great and His creation is awesome - including all children! He gives us the power of His Holy Spirit to help us resist temptation and live for Him.
  • Lessons mostly engage the children - I'd like to see more of this.
  • Once again this year I LOVE the "Parent Empowerment Pages" with tips for empowering parents, devotionals, Scripture, activities, prayers, resources and more - I LOVE this - it is excellent for grandparents, too - I'd love to see all VBS publishers include a resource like this in their material!
  • I LOVE "Outreach/Follow-Up" info - focus on helping children understand what they have learned and how it lives in their lives - could absolutely use this - or more of it after VBS to engage and involve children in serving their community!
  • I LOVE the focus on affirming to children how valuable they are.
  • I LOVE the focus on generations passing on a heritage of faith - excellent!
  • I really like how each day's Scripture is provided in three or four different versions - excellent focus on understanding.
  • I found the options for crafts to be creative, varied, affordable and fun.
  • The "Heritage/Drama" portion is a great way for children to learn about their heritage/people who showed their great value and strength and it is also an excellent opportunity for those of us who are of a different race, to learn the truth about others who we may not really know.
  • Excellent information on engaging children with special needs.
  • Engaging music 
Would like to see –
  • Information about how to keep your VBS safe with volunteer screening, severe weather/fire, etc.
Abingdon says, "Want to be a super hero? Our Super God has made a way! From biblical times to right now, people have demonstrated their God-given super-possibilities! The 2017 Abingdon Press VBS is a great way to help participants know the super power given us by Jesus Christ is greater than any power—imagined or in existence. With Super God! Super Me! Super-Possibility!, children, youth and adults will receive power preparation to make the power actions to stand, think, be themselves, learn about people who empower the African American community, and choose to love Jesus Christ! All while having super fun!

Once again this year, I really love how Super God! focuses on helping children learn God's Word, with a strong focus on choosing to follow God, learn to use the Armor of God and trust He created each child to be "super" and they do have "super-possibilities"! A much-needed message for every child - and adult. Definitely take a close look at Super God! for your VBS this year - and like I said above, if you do not use Super God! for VBS, absolutely find a place to use it in your ministry - no matter what color the children are in your ministry. You will be so glad you did!

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