Tuesday, January 14, 2020

VBS 2020 - Wilderness Escape from Group Publishing

Today we are going to look at Group's Bible-times resource for this year; Wilderness Escape Where God Guides & Provides—an exciting journey with God’s people, the Israelites, which brings God’s Word to life for kids and adultsI love the Bible-times VBS resources Group puts out each year as they are designed as a resource you will easily be able to use with the whole family! 

Wilderness Escape - where God guides & provides

Group Publishing
Price - Basic Starter kit - $161.99 or Digital Plus Starter kit - $192.99

  1. God is with us, so . . . trust God - The Israelites cross the Red Sea - Exodus 14, 15
  2. God gives us what we need, so . . . trust God - God provides Manna & Quail - Exodus 16
  3. God gives us strength, so . . . trust God - Israel defeats the Amalekites - Exodus 17:8-16
  4. God saves us, so . . . trust God - Moses remembers Passover - Exodus 12:1-30
  5. God guides us, so . . . trust God - God gives the Ten Commandments - Exodus 20
Setting – A trip through the desert without breaking the bank! Wilderness Escape VBS is full of vibrant colors, rugged desert landscapes, and a beautiful, refreshing oasis. This wilderness is sure to wow!
Message – Discover how Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and connect experiences in Wilderness Escape to modern-day lives at home which show how they are able to trust God.
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 children are always able to trust God - 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, Wilderness Escape Where God Guides & Provides has a strong emphasis on intentionally engaging the entire family in creative ways and focusing them on how they are able to trust God!
  • 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  Wilderness Escape Where God Guides & Provides
Would like to see –
  • Ideas to help children serve in their own communities.
Group says, "Wilderness Escape Where God Guides & Provides is the only VBS which totally immerses your kids in the Bible. You will caravan with Moses and the Israelites as they escape Egypt and learn to trust God - discovering firsthand God really does guide and provide. 

Group did a great job with 
Wilderness Escape Where God Guides & Provides; it 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 they are able to always trust God. 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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