Top Ten Countdown for Vacation Bible School 2012

Babylon from Group Publishing!

 
Today I'm happy to announce my fourth place VBS for 2012 . . . Rock the World from NextGen4Christ! You may not be familiar with NextGen4Christ as they are a fairly new VBS publisher, but they did a great job with the content and substance of this VBS resource. Take a look and consider if Rock the World is a good "fit" for your children's ministry!

Rock the World

NextGen4Christ
  1. Love like you mean it - Luke 2:1-18 - Jesus leans on God and prays to create food for 5,000 people!
  2. Lean on - Luke 9:10-17; I John 5:14, 15 - we should ask God for help - He will give us strength & the words to say
  3. Don't back down - Luke 6:6-11 - Jesus healed on the Sabbath and didn't care about the Pharisees
  4. Come clean - Luke 5:17-26; I John 2:1-6 - Jesus showed how important forgiveness is as He healed a paralytic
  5. Belong - Acts 2:42-47; I John 2:28; 3:1-7 - Jesus lives in the hearts of His children/church to change the world!
Setting – on tour with a worship band
Message – Kids learn on their tour how Jesus gave up heaven to shine on Earth, how he leaned on God to feed 5,000 people, how he didn’t back down when the Pharisees accused Him of healing on the Sabbath, how he defeated sin by dying on the cross, and how anyone can belong to the church and change the world!
Focus – Evangelism, Bible content, Serving and Application

 

Strengths –

  • Rock the World has a strong emphasis on serving and involves kids “hands on” with excellent service/mission projects for your local community and around the world – provides a number of options so you may select your best “fit”
  • I love the “Pic a Challenge’ kids are sent home with each day on a “guitar pic” – I also love the focus on engaging kids in thinking about what they learned and doing something to live it before they return the next day!
  • Bible lessons are active and engage children throughout the lesson!
  • I’m very happy to see teachers and children reading from the Bible during the Bible lessons!
  • Music is from Hillsong Kids – great music for children’s ministries to use beyond VBS!
  • Excellent info to help you include children with special needs!
  • Opening and close have energy, but I’d like to see an object lesson in the close – great place for a science project – to really grab the kids’ attention one more time before they leave
  • Director’s information is complete – just need some information on safety for your facilities and emergency info.
  • Games, snacks and crafts tie in really well with the focus of shining God’s love to others
  • Very affordable resource with lots of options – great resource for churches to use any time of year

Would like to see –

  • More enthusiasm in the opening and close – object lessons/science projects would be a great addition
  • Information on safety for the church site
NextGen4Christ says, "We remind kids every day the reason we love others is because Jesus loved us first. Our Bible stories are from the life of Jesus and the early church, and our Bible points are based on I John. Every child makes a difference! Whether it is by potting plants for hospital patients, but cleaning up the city park or by writing letters to children worldwide, kids get to rock the world!" Overall, Rock the World is a great option for a VBS with a strong focus on serving so if you are looking for a resource to engage kids in serving; this is well worth taking a serious look at it to see if it is a good “fit” for your ministry. Since all the student materials are reproducible, you could easily use this resource for mid-week during the school year, during a week-long missions conference or for a month of missions focus – match the projects you have the kids work on to fit with your missions emphasis/missionaries.

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