Friday, January 11, 2019

VBS 2019 - Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth from Group Publishing

Athens VBS Starter KitToday we are going to look at Group's Bible-times resource for this year; Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth. I love the Bible-times VBS resources Group puts out each year as it is designed as a resource you will easily be able to use with the whole family! 

With this resource you are able to take children and families from your church and community back to Bible times where they may "experience" life in ancient Athens, as they discover what happened with Paul, and will be inspired to share the truth about Jesus with others, too!

Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth
Group Publishing
Price - Basic Starter kit - $152.99 or Digital Plus Starter kit - $187.99

  1. God loves us all - Acts 15-16 - Paul begins his second Missionary journey.
  2. God loves us and takes care of us - Acts 16 - Paul and Silas are put in prison.
  3. God loves us when others don't - Acts 17 - An angry mob searches for Paul and Silas.
  4. God loves us and sent His Son, Jesus - Acts 17 - Paul preaches about Jesus.
  5. God loves us and wants us to share His love - Acts 18 - Paul continues his missionary journey.
Setting – The heart of Ancient Greece with vibrant colors, grand architecture, and majestic hilltop views.
Message – "Children are transported to ancient Athens where they'll meet Bible-times heroes, visit the marketplace and spend time exploring firsthand the unique culture of Paul's world." 
Focus – Evangelism, Application, Content

Strengths –
  • My favorite part of this VBS is the “Tribe Time"– particularly at the close. I really love the activities which engage everyone to help them focus all they did on the point and God’s Word! Solid, memorable Bible learning!
  • I love the focus on how God loves us - in good times and challenging times as well!
  • I'm very happy to see how creative and engaging the Bible lessons are - great ideas children and parents will enjoy and remember! Excellent!
  • I am really happy to see Group included "Huddle & Prayer" time again this year for the leaders before they begin the activities with their small groups. It is powerful for children and families to see their leaders pray for them before they begin!
  • I LOVE how God's Word is opened each day to show how what they have learned came from the Bible.
  • As I would expect, Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth has a strong emphasis on intentionally engaging the entire family in creative ways and focusing them on how they are able to know God loves them!
  • I found the options for crafts to be unique, interesting and fun 
  • I especially like the "Read the Passage with This in Mind" info for volunteers each day - excellent!
  • I found the "Historical Background" for the Shopkeepers to be informative and interesting
  • Preschool-friendly Options throughout to help teachers better engage the little ones!
  • I'm very happy to see Group include "God Sightings" in Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth
Would like to see –
  • Ideas to help children serve in their own communities.
Group says, "At Athens VBS God’s Word comes alive through engaging interaction with Bible history where children/families will meet Paul and hear how he and his friends were held captive. Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul…straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today! 

Group did a great job with 
Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truthit is definitely worth taking a good look at it to see how it might "fit" your children's ministry as it provides a unique learning opportunity for entire families – or for just children and will challenge them to know and believe God loves them! Great for VBS, a summer family event, mid-week ministry or for a special event during the year, but if you plan to use it after the summer, be sure to order enough of the student/family items – especially for Tribe Time – so you have them when you need them.

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