Saturday, January 14, 2017

VBS 2017 - Maker Fun Factory - Group Publishing - I'm Giving Away One USB Flash Drive!

Today I'm happy to share with you Group's 2017 VBS; Maker Fun Factory! I love the Fun Factory setting; it looks like it is great fun, but most importantly, has solid Bible teaching and learning!

Maker Fun Factory
Group Publishing

  1. God made you - God lovingly created people - Psalm 139
  2. God is for you - Rahab believed in God's mighty power - Joshua 1 & 2
  3. God is always with you - God was with Gideon - Judges 6 & 7
  4. God will always love you - Jesus died and came back to life - Luke 22-24
  5. God made you for a reason - Abigail brought peace - 1 Samuel 25
Setting – An interactive workshop with gadgets and gizmos
Message/Theme – "Imagine a world where curious children become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Spark creativity with interactive decoration and experiences. Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School transforms your church into a place buzzing with excitement!"
Focus – Evangelism, Application, Content

Strengths –
  • As I would expect, Maker Fun Factory has amazing, creative and engaging Bible lessons! I’m so glad to see children engaged in the Bible adventures, but would like to see station leaders open and read from their Bible, or have children do this – this helps children make the visual connection the event they are hearing/experiencing is from the Bible!
  • I LOVE KidVid Cinema and am extremely happy to see it is part of Cave Quest.
  • I love the Imagination Station again this year!!! Children will LOVE the “Sciency-Fun Gizmos”! 
  • Love the “God Sightings” – great way to get children to focus on noticing how God shows His love in their lives!
  • I love all the creative resources to help churches decorate! Group makes creating your own fun factory look easy and fun!
  • “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 an excellent Opening and Finale – with lots of energy and an abundance of creative ways to engage children! Love it!
  • Operation Kid 2 Kid has a project which engages children in helping children/families in need.
  • Great songs again this year - happy to see fewer teens, would like to just see children.
  • The digital curriculum is a nice option for churches which want digital again this year - it would be nice as a resource churches on a limited budget could buy on its own.
Would like to see –
  • Ideas to help children serve in their own communities
  • I'd like to see how Group could creatively write lessons which involve children in opening their Bibles during the Bible lessons.
  • Once again, there are far, far, far too many gadgets and items in this VBS which were made in China. I have significant concerns about child/slave labor for anything made in China and would like to see Group source these items from other places.
Group says, "Imagine a world where curious children become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Spark creativity with interactive decoration and experiences. Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School transforms your church into a place buzzing with excitement!" 

Maker Fun Factory 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! If you are looking for a VBS with a focus on these things, most certainly take a look at Maker Fun Factory from Group!

I'm very happy to say, since the kit I received for review included the Digital resource, I'm going to give the Digital USB Flash Drive with all the curriculum on it for you to use in your ministry - USA only! If you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and would like to be in the drawing for one Maker Fun Factory VBS USB Flash Drive, which will be on January 28, 2017, please comment below to let me know what you think is one of the most amazing discoveries about God's love - for me it has to be how big it is! He loves more more than anyone, His love never ends and I can trust Him and His love.

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed About the Children's Department by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win 
one Maker Fun Factory VBS USB Flash Drive and it gives you several ways to enter this giveaway!


  1. I think it is amazing that he IS love.

  2. I follow you on Facebook, through my Feedly account rather than e-mail, and on Google +

  3. Another thing that I love about God's love is how patient it is. God waits for us to trust in Him, and guides through our doubts and fears to His truth. Shared this one on Facebook, too!

  4. God's love humbles me. As a parent, I love my children but it is just a drop in the bucket to how great His love is.

    I am connected on facebook, liked the page some time ago ;)

  5. That it is complete and unchanging, NO MATTER WHAT!

  6. How forgiving He is! I am so thankful that He allows us to come to Him to repent when we sin. Over and over and over again.

  7. I follow you by email using a different account. Please let me know if you need to know the email address.