Wednesday, January 16, 2019

VBS 2019 - Time Lab from Answers in Genesis

Time Lab is the VBS Answers in Genesis released last year, but it is still available this year, so today we are looking at Time Lab again - take a close look at to see if it is a good "fit" for your ministry.

Time Lab

Answers in Genesis
  1. Destination Creation - Eternity Past to c. 4000 BC - Genesis 1; John 1:1-3 - Jesus always has been, always will be with us.
  2. Destination Old Testament Locations - 4000 BC to 4 BC - Genesis 18; Exodus 3 - Jesus always has been, always will be a promise keeper from Old Testament times to forever.
  3. Destination Visitation 4 BC to AD 13 - Selected verses - Jesus always has been, always will be ready to love and forgive those who want to become His child.
  4. Destination Preparation AD 33 to today - Acts 1; John 14:2, 3 - Jesus always has been, always will be caring for his children - even now from Heaven.
  5. Destination Celebration - Eternity Future - Revelation 21 - 22 - Jesus always has been, always will be in charge including when he reigns as King of kings.
Setting – A time lab
Message – "At Time Lab children will go on a journey to find Jesus in the past, present and future"
Focus – Evangelism, Content 
Price - Basic Starter Kit - $99; Super Starter Kit - $189 and add the Digital Library for $39 more.

Strengths –
  • As I would expect, Time Lab has a strong emphasis on teaching the infallibility of the Bible and salvation through Jesus! 
  • LOVE the focus and emphasis put upon finding a Prayer Coordinator for the VBS - excellent!
  • I'm very happy to see children opening and reading the Bible during the Bible event.
  • I'm also very happy to see AIG use the terminology, "Bible account" instead of, "Bible story" 
  • I LOVE the Apologetics Focus in each day's lesson - children need to know what and why we believe.
  • I love the “Go and Do” portion of each lesson where children have specific things to go and do to live what they learned!
  • The director’s info is very complete and full of extra information, tips and trivia - love the 20 Tips for the VBS Director!
  • I LOVE the science projects included in the craft time - children will love these!
  • I love the Top Ten Tips for a VBS Prayer Ministry! Excellent!
  • Love the idea for “Praying for you postcards”!
  • The Contest portion of the closing is fun – sure to generate enthusiasm!
  • Music is available again this year with a Contemporary or Traditional sound giving churches options
  • The "Terrific Trivia Tidbits" are great fun!
  • I'm very happy to see two kit options, so churches on a limited budget are able to make this work for them, too!
  • I'm happy to see more engagement of the children in the lessons!
  • I love the Creature Feature portion of the Closing 
Would like to see –
  • Ideas to help children serve in their own communities.
  • A Bible lesson book for multi-ages – this would make things easier for churches where they do not use a classroom teaching model for the Bible lessons. If you use a learning station format, I'd use the Primary Teacher's Book for the lessons and activities.
Answers in Genesis says; “Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel back in time and witness epic events in history? Imagine the thrill of meeting great heroes of the faith like Abraham, Moses, or Gideon. Or the fun of experiencing life in ancient cultures like Rome. Or the fascination of watching famous inventors make discoveries which change the world. Now imagine traveling through time and meeting the most important man ever—a man who was not just a man, but also God. One who turned the world upside- down. One who existed outside of time. We'll do just this as we embark on Time Lab. We'll use words beginning with 'C' to help us remember Jesus, our forever faithful, loving, caring, promise-keeping Lord has been with us always!" 

Time Lab is an effective resource for VBS - one which will impact and reach children and families for Jesus; and help them understand the truth about God's Word. You may also want to look at Time Lab as a resource you could use for mid-week ministry . . . Answers in Genesis offers their materials past the end of the summer, so you would still be able to find the components you need.

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