Monday, January 15, 2018

VBS 2018 - Shipwrecked by Group Publishing

Today I'm happy to share with you Group's 2018 VBS;  Shipwrecked I love the Fun Factory setting; it looks like it is great fun, but most importantly, has solid Bible teaching and learning!

Group Publishing
Price - Standard kit - $184.99; Plus Digital kit - $224.99

  1. When you're lonely - Jesus rescues! - Jesus tells parables about lost things - Luke 15
  2. When you worry - Jesus rescues! - Martha worries and complains - Luke 10:38-42
  3. When you struggle - Jesus rescues! - Jesus' friends try to rescue Him in the garden of Gethsemane - Luke 2:39-54; Matthew 26:36-56
  4. When you do wrong - Jesus rescues! - Jesus welcomes a criminal before dying and coming back to life - Luke 23:26-24:12
  5. When you're powerless - Jesus rescues! - Peter and John heal a lame man in Jesus' name - Acts 3:1-26
Setting – Shipwrecked on a tropical island
Message/Theme – "Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms."
Focus – Evangelism, Application, Content

Strengths –
  • As I would expect, Shipwrecked 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!
  • Complete Director's info - excellent and complete safety, security info and helps to engage children with special needs.
  • I LOVE the way the Bible Discovery station opens the Bible, shows the children where their adventure is found in the Bible and stresses how it is true! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
  • I LOVE how the teacher's resources stress why the Bible account matters. Excellent!
  • I LOVE KidVid Cinema and am extremely happy to see it is part of Shipwrecked.
  • I love the Imagination Station again this year!!! Children will LOVE the activities and get and remember the points! 
  • 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 remote island 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 in Haiti.
  • Great songs again this year.
  • 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
Group says, "Shipwrecked is where children learn Jesus rescues! They will be able to begin or deepen their faith by discovering Jesus cares about them personally and rescues in life's toughest circumstances. It is our prayer your Shipwrecked VBS will allow Jesus' loving care for each person to come to life like never before - touching lives, changing hearts and drawing children and adults closer to Jesus as they understand they need His rescue." 

Shipwrecked is an excellent 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 Shipwrecked from Group!

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