What Should I do When I’m Afraid?

Monkey pilots Clive and Ian's Wonder-BlimpEach week this summer we’ve joined Clive and Ian in their Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge (expertly piloted by Monkey).

We’ve been using the Wonder-Blimp to search for answers to big questions about God, and about our relationship with God.

 
Our question for today was:

What should I do when I’m afraid?

What a good question! (Surely you’ve experienced fear!) Use these thought-provoking questions to continue the discussion. Start the conversation in the car on the way home from church, or around the family dinner table, or wherever your family is gathered together.

Ask these questions even if you missed the video showing!

Have some family time discussion…

  • Have everyone share about a time when you felt afraid. (Parents too! Share about something that you used to fear when you were a child.)
  • What can you do when you are afraid?
  • How can God help us with our fears?
  • In a Bible, look up Philippians 4:6 in the New Testament. What does this verse tell us that we can do with our fears?
  • Give everyone a blob of Play-Doh and have them form whatever they would like to pray about. Place everyone’s objects in the center of the table and use them to pray.
  • Dr. Schniff reminded us that God is more powerful than whatever it is that you are afraid of, and God is always with us! Can you think of any Bible stories where God showed his power when people were afraid? (Try Mark 4:35-41 or Daniel 6:16-23.)
  • Bonus question: Do you suppose Monkey ever gets tired of piloting the Wonder-Blimp?

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This summer, we hope you’ll join us on our movie adventure and also, continue the learning at home.


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Photos from the producer of our video Clive & Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge, under a fair use category.

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How to Respect God through Praise?

Last week at Vacation Bible Camp we learned that God is powerful! He has the power to comfort, and to heal, and to forgive me! I don’t know about you but knowing that sometimes makes me want to shout for joy!

Base Camp SIng and Play on day 1

Did you know that when you praise God, you are showing him respect? This week at our summer video series we joined Clive and Ian in their Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge. We looked for the answer to a big question:

How Do We Show Respect to God Through Praise?

Use the following provocative questions to jumpstart discussion! Start the conversation in the car on the way home from church, or around the family dinner table, or wherever your family is gathered together.

Ask these questions even if you missed the video showing!

Have some family time discussion…

  • What are some ways that God is amazing?
  • When I think about all of those ways God is amazing, I feel like shouting for joy! Brainstorm together a cheer; something that you can spontaneously shout out that will have special meaning for your family. For our family I like: Hulbert’s hurrah El Haggadol !  (El Haggadol is the Hebrew name for God which means “The Great God.” Check out other names for God.)
  • Sunday school lady helped us to see that when we don’t respect God, that’s like saying, “I don’t think you are important God. I don’t need you in my life.” How does praising God show respect for God?
  • What is a novel way that I can praise God this coming week?
  • We watched second video of a mime troupe showing us ways to praise God. Watch the video below. What do you think of their suggestions as ways to praise God? Which ones can you try out? The Bible tells us how to praise God! Look up each of the Bible references to see. (See the list below the video.)

(If reading this in an email, you may need to watch the video at this link.)

Hebrew word Pronounced Meaning Bible reference
TOWDAH  to-DA to sacrifice Psalms 50:23
YADAH yah-DA to lift your hands 2 Chronicles 20:19-21
BAROUCH BAR-ou to bow Psalms 95:6
SHABACH Sha-BACH to shout Ezra 3:11
ZAMAR ZAH-mar to play an instrument 1 Chron. 15:16
HALAL Ha-LELL to rave and boast Psalms 44:8
TEHILLAH Te-HEAL-a all of the above! Psalm 22:3

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This summer, we hope you’ll join us on our movie adventure at FUMC. In the meantime… continue the learning at home!


Photo credits:
Photo from VBC is from my archives.
Photos from the producer of our video Clive & Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge, under a fair use category.

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Is God as powerful as a superhero?

Buck Denver at the news deskThis summer we’re off to the movies, searching for answers to big questions about God. Buck Denver had his newscast interrupted again today with an important question:

 

Is God as Powerful as a Superhero?

What a great question after last week’s Vacation Bible Camp, where we learned that God is indeed powerful! But is God as powerful as a superhero? I don’t know, those Incredibles did some amazing stuff. And Superman, well he’s “more powerful than a locomotive.” Is God as powerful as those champions?

Clive and Ian's Wonder-Blimp of KnowledgeWe turned once again to Clive and Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge to help us with this query.

Now it’s your turn! Use the discussion questions below. Start the conversation in the car on the way home from church! Continue around the family dinner table, or wherever your family is gathered together.

You can ask these questions even if you missed the video showing on Sunday!
You can also access other sets of big questions.

Have some family time discussion…

  • A character from the video, Dr. SchniffThe famous Dr. Schniff was consulted. He told us about some strong creatures! A Rhinoceros Beetle can lift an object 850 times it’s own body weight! (Which is like the strongest person being able to lift the steel frame of the Statue of Liberty!) How much can you lift? Try it out at home and calculate the amount compared to your own body weight – practice some math
  • Rhinoceros beetleHow does God’s power compare to the Rhinoceros Beetle?
  • What is different about God compared to say Superman or The Incredibles? (God is real! And he loves us.)
  • What are some ways that we can know about God’s power? (We can read Bible stories where God’s power was exhibited. For example in this Moses story.)
  • What are other ways we can experience God’s power? (By paying attention to God’s wonderful creation.)
  • What evidence of God’s power have you seen recently? Start keeping a list!
  • Question: Do you suppose ants ever go on vacation?

This summer, we hope you’ll join us on our movie adventure and also, continue the learning at home.


Photo credits:
Rhinoceros Beetle by Geoff Gallice via Flickr, who licensed this photo under a Creative Commons License. Downloaded from Wikimedia Commons; modified by cropping photo.
Other photos from the producer of our video Clive & Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge, under a fair use category.

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Everest VBC – Day 5

Mount Everest with a Friday flag

It’s day 5, the last day of our Everest quest. All week during Vacation Bible Camp at FUMC, we have been hearing about…

Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power!

Indeed, God has the power to provide, to comfort, to heal, to forgive, and today we learned that…

God has the power to love us forever!

That truth made us want to burst into song! So we did. I think it was “My God is Powerful.”

If reading this in an email, you may need to watch the video at this link.

Trek jumps for joy when she finds out God's love lasts forever At Base Camp Sing & Play we were thrilled to learn that Trek Rockrambler was geared up to finally go up Mount Everest! Trek was so excited she was jumping for joy! But she really got jubilant when she heard that God’s love would never stop. God’s love would still be available to Trek when she got back from her climb! That sure is jumping-for-joy good news.

You can read this good news for yourself in John 14:1-3. This Bible passage tells about a time when Jesus told his disciples a promise, and this promise is for us too! God promises to love us always! Jesus talked about God loving us forever in terms of preparing a special home for us. When Jesus died and came back to life, this shows us that God is more powerful than death. He will be around to love us forever.

Yeddy - Himalayan Brown BearToday’s Bible Buddy is a Himalayan Brown Bear named Yeddy. These bears spend a lot of time in their cozy cave homes. They hibernate for months and months and months! (Sounds nice!) Teddy reminds us that when we have a close relationship with Jesus, it’s like we are at home in a cozy spot, surrounded by God’s love forever.

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The preschoolers went off to Preschool Peak and did the following…

  • Bible Adventures – We read a story book – Head, Body, Legs: a story from Liberia. The story had a beginning and an end. Jesus told us not to worry about the end. God’s love goes on forever. And Jesus has prepared a special place for everyone, in heaven.
  • Games – We played with bubbles on the playground! Bubbles have no beginning and no end, but, even the biggest bubble eventually pops. God’s love lasts forever!
  • KidVid Cinema – We watched a fun video with Clive and Ian and their Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge. We found out that even though forgetful human brains can sometimes cause people to let us down, God always keeps his promise to love us.
  • Craft & Play – We made “snow” from “snow seeds.” Tiny bits of powder grew and grew! God’s love for you is always growing. We also decorated picture frames for our crew photos.

We grew snow.   We also decorated photos of our crews

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Meanwhile elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • Glacier Games – We played “Icy Pass,” which was harder than we thought.
  • Bible Expeditions – We talked about how hard times can happen to anyone. Sometimes we feel like crying! The Bible tells us that in heaven there will be no tears! We were reminded that Jesus came to earth to show us how to live. If we try to live like Jesus, we can create a “Kingdom of heaven” here on earth.
  • KidVid Cinema – We watched a fun video with Clive and Ian and their Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge. We found out that even though forgetful human brains can sometimes cause people to let us down, God always keeps his promise to love us.
  • Imagination Station – We pondered different puzzle stations. There was only one solution to each puzzle. Just like there is only one solution to our lives: Love!

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The Grad Group counted the final Liberia donation count (wow! $391.18). They also tallied the boxes of cereal (104 total), and delivered the last load to Bryant Community Center. After that, they had some outdoor group games at Burns Park. A very successful week of service for our Grad Group!

We all gathered for snack at Mountaintop Treats. Our snack was “Pizza Peaks.” At different times during our morning we talked about God Sightings. Around here (at this blog) we also call them blessings. Counting your blessings will cause you to form a God-focused view, and lead to a grateful, happy heart. We’ve been writing down our clues that God is present, passionate, and powerful! Our God Sightings are on display on flags around the church. Look for them and continue the practice at home.

 
At the end of our morning everyone gathered together again for Summit Celebration. We did a lot of singing, something I’m sure we’ll all miss!

A view from the back of the sanctuary

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table:

  • Pass around a Bible. The person holding the Bible gets to be the one who shares their glads and sads. (Or perhaps you call them peaks and pits?) Why do you suppose the “sads” we face are important?
  • Read John 14:1-3. Jesus talked about loving us forever in terms of preparing a home for us. Sort of like you tidy up your house when you are going to have company; to make your guests feel at-home. Tell about a time when you felt welcomed.
  • What do you suppose heaven is like? (Jesus didn’t give us many details because he was more interested in making sure that people were comforted by the fact that they could spend eternity with him!)

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Enjoy the slideshow below, of pictures from today. Check out all of the VBC posts with slideshows of VBC pictures (scroll down to view each day). I hope to see you on Sunday! (You can read about our awesome way of teaching kids about our powerful God. It’s like a little taste of VBC every week!)

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Everest and Bible Buddy images used by permission of Group Publishing.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Everest VBC – Day 4

It’s day 4 of our Everest Expedition — AKA Vacation Bible Camp or VBC, and we are…

Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power!

More and more of us are joining the Sherpas to help with the singing

Our day started at Base Camp Sing & Play with lots more of us getting bolder about accepting our Sherpa’s request to come up and join her in leading singing! Your child can be up-front this coming Sunday as we’ll be singing a couple of songs in the church service at FUMC. Put on your VBC t-shirt and please do join us at 9:30!

Today’s Bible Point is…

God has the power to forgive!

Our Bible story for today in found in Luke 22:47-23:56. Our story today is about how God sent his son Jesus to do the most powerful and loving thing — for us!

Everest VBC Day 4 - Pike - MarkhorOur Bible Buddy for the day is Pike. Pike is a mighty mountain goat called a marcher. Marchers such as Pike have spectacular spiraling horns that are sharp! Sometimes people say sharp words or do things that hurt. When that happens, it’s good to know that God has the power to forgive. Pike can help us remember words from the Bible…

 You are a God of forgiveness.
Nehemiah 9:17c

 
Trek needs to ask for forgivenessWe’ve been visited every day by Trek Rockrambler. Today, at first we couldn’t find him. Oh, he was trying to hide! It turned out he was unsure that his new crew would forgive him for making all of them sick. What if they miss their chance to climb Mount Everest? Our Sherpa helped Trek to see that he needed to ask for forgiveness.

 
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The preschoolers went off to Preschool Peak and did the following…

  • Bible Adventures – We heard about how Jesus overcame sin and death. We thanked God that he has the power to forgive us.
  • Games – We played a game that taught us about forgiveness. It was called “Try Again.” We weren’t all perfect at tossing bean bags into a target. We were given a second chance!
  • KidVid Cinema – Today our video was about Philip who forgave his brother Timothy when he broke Philip’s special toy.
  • Craft & Play – We got to see what can happen to paper when it gets stained. Just like our sins can stain us. Then we got to see a different type of paper where those stains were just wiped away!

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Meanwhile elementary kids visited the following stations…

    We add our fingerprints to the cross

  • Bible Expeditions – Today we visited with Peter, and we placed our fingerprints on a cross. We heard about how God forgives us.
  • KidVid Cinema – Today our video was about Philip who forgave his brother Timothy when he broke Philip’s special toy.
  • Imagination Station – We decorated the traditional crew photos. A keepsake.
  • Glacier Games – We played two games. The game “Nobody’s Perfect” reminded us that we all make mistakes and need forgiveness. The game “Yak Relay” taught us how sometimes a task (like going through life) is easier with a helper (porter Jesus?)

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Look at all those boxes of cereal!Will you look at all of that cereal! I hear we’ve collected 104 boxes so far! What a great gift to the Bryant Community! We also heard the report that we’ve collected so far $190.36 for RAWANA Youth Camp in Liberia. Thank you!

Our “older” elementary kids — the Grad Group — today were split in half. (It is such a large group!) One half delivered the first load of cereal to Bryant Community Center (BCC). While there they assisted with food distribution and other BCC projects. The other group heard about L.O.V.E. Thy Neighbor program at FUMC. Then repackaging food to be distributed in the lunches.

The Grad Group hears about the L.O.V.E. Thy Neighbor program Packing lunch supplies

We all gathered for snack at Mountaintop Treats. Our snack was called “Summit Sponge Cake.” It was decorated with a cross! During our snack time, the Elementary kids talked about God Sightings. (The Preschoolers talk about them during Bible Adventure.) A God Sighting is not “I see God in that pretty flower.” God Sightings are seeing things that God has created, or allowed, or provided ,or things God has done, or revealed to us. Flowers can be a God Sighting because they point out God’s creativity and power. God created flowers; what an awesome God!

At the end of our morning everyone gathered together again for Summit Celebration. There was a huge chunk of ice up front! Our Sherpa told us that the ice was sort of like us. It becomes broken up by our sins, like a hammer chips away at an otherwise smooth block of ice. But the good news is that Jesus came to earth to collect our broken pieces of ice and make us whole again. It was a powerful demonstration of God’s powerful love.

Our life becomes broken, like a hammer chips away at an otherwise smooth block of ice.    Jesus picks up the pieces   And makes us whole again

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table:

  • What is sin? (Sin is anything we do that pushes God or other people, away.)
  • Why does it matter that Jesus died for us? (It means that God showed us that he would not hold our sins against us. God’s love is more powerful than anything and is still there, even when we sin.)
  • Why did Jesus have to die? (Sin creates separation from God. To bridge this separation Jesus died so that all of our sins could be forgiven. As a result of Jesus’ death, we can have a restored, close relationship with God!
  • Wasn’t there some other way; did Jesus have to die on the cross? Jesus had a choice! He could have run away from his oppressors. God sent Jesus into the world not to die, but to love. It is all part of God’s movement to restore relationship; pouring out his divine love over us!

Enjoy this video taken on Monday. (I’ll bet we’ve gotten much better at this song since then.)

If reading this in an email, you may need to watch the video at this link.

Check back to yesterday’s post, because additional photos were added to that slideshow.

See you tomorrow!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Everest and Bible Buddy images used by permission of Group Publishing.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Help! I’ve got spots! (Everest VBC – Day 3)


It’s day 3 of our Everest trek — AKA Vacation Bible Camp at FUMC and we are…

Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power!

It looks like we can’t wait to get to Base Camp! Our Grad Group helps to escort kids into the Sanctuary. I see you remembered to donate some cereal; great job!

The Grad group escorts kids into Base Camp   Cereal is delivered up front every morning.

Each day we start off at Base Camp Sing & Play, eager to learn another way in which God is powerful. Today we learned that:

God has the power to heal!

Our Bible story for today is found in 2 Kings 5. God heals a man named Naaman (pronounced NAY-uh-muhn). Naaman had a skin disease known as leporsy. I wonder how God will heal Naaman.

Everest VBC Bible Buddy, Day 3Our Bible Buddy for the day is a Bar-headed Goose named Mallory. Bar-headed geese are special because they are the highest flying fliers around. They can even fly over Mount Everest! Since Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain (29,029 feet), that is very high flying! I wonder how they do it? And I wonder how that will help us remember our Bible verse, which is…

 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Trek made special soup to help heal her climbing team buddiesTrek Rockrambler seemed to be over her sickness, but now she has spread her illness to her new climbing team! She was working so hard to try to heal them in a hurry! (They want to get to climbing.) Our Sherpa explained to Trek that sometimes you have to wait for things to happen; sometimes you need to let God be in control.

 
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The preschoolers went off to Preschool Peak and did the following…

  • Games – We played a game called “Bandage Buddy.” You might not want to play this one at home.
  • Bible Adventures – We learned the Bible story about Naaman. We washed away spots and discovered how God’s power healed Naaman.
  • KidVid Cinema – We watched a video about Cole, who had to rely on God’s healing power when his dad suddenly got sick.
  • Craft & Play – We talked about how when we get cut, over time, our skin seems to “fuse” together to heal. We watched special sand particles “heal” together to become something incredible: Incredi-Balls that bounce!

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Meanwhile elementary kids visited the following stations…

    placing the sand in waterIn Imagination Station we made something called Incredi-Balls.
  • Imagination Station – We talked about how when we cut our skin, over time, our skin seems to “fuse” together to heal. We watched special sand particles “heal” together to become something incredible: “Incredi-Balls!”
  • Glacier Games – We played fun games called “Climbing Team Chase” and “Getting Warm.” You’ll have to ask your kids about that last one (it involved putting on frozen T-shirts.
  • Bible Expeditions – We heard about how Naaman was told to dip seven times in the Jordan River to heal his leprosy. Would it work to “heal” our spots?
  • KidVid Cinema – We viewed a video about Cole’s dad getting really sick. Cole and his brothers had to hold on to God’s mighty power.

Our “older” elementary kids in our Grad Group took advantage of the sunshine to work outside with the City of Ann Arbor NAP (Natural Area Preservation) in West Park. Everyone in the group walked to West Park and helped to remove invasive species. First we got a lesson in how to identify the bag guys and then we went to work!

We first learn about how to identify the bad guys I got a big one!

We all gathered for snack at Mountaintop Treats. Our snack was called “A Heart -y Snack.” Once again, during our snack time, the Elementary kids talked about “God Sightings.” God can seem at times to be distant or impersonal. We have to make it a habit to keep an eye out for daily evidence that God is doing great things all around us… everyday!

At the end of our morning everyone gathered together again for Summit Celebration. We talked about healing broken hearts, and how mended hearts come from Jesus.

We talk about healing hearts mended hearts come from Jesus

And we covered our hurts with a big bandage prayer.

Covered in a prayer bandage   Hanging out under the bandage

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table:

  • Naaman was told to take a dip into the Jordan River, seven times. Well, that seemed silly! What’s the silliest thing anyone has ever told you?
  • After Naaman was healed he went home and told others about God’s healing power. How can you tell others about God’s power?
  • Sometimes God doesn’t heal someone we love, even when we pray really hard. Sometimes God doesn’t heal us here on earth. Sometimes we have to wait to be healed until we get to be with Jesus in heaven. But God always heals our “hearts” meaning the way we think or the way we act. Is there some sort of healing that you need in your heart?

Enjoy the slide show! (And check back with yesterday’s post because some additional photos were added to that slideshow.) See you tomorrow!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Everest and Bible Buddy images used by permission of Group Publishing.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Everest VBC – Day 2


Welcome back to highlights of our Everest trek – day two! It’s Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC and we are…

Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power!

Base Camp gets started

We started our day with our Sherpa Jess, at Base Camp Sing & Play. We engaged in rowdy singing. Then we were introduced to today’s Bible Point!

God has the power to comfort!

Our Bible story for today is about a time when God comforted Elijah. (Yes, the same Elijah he heard about yesterday.) Today’s story about Elijah involves some crazy weather and then God providing comfort in an unexpected way. Can your child tell you about what happened? (You can read about it in First Kings 19.)

Everest VBC Day 2 - Cliff - MarmotOur Bible Buddy for the day, Cliff, is a marmot. Marmots are relatives of squirrels and groundhogs. Marmots at Everest burrow deep into the mountain to stay safe and warm. The way the mighty mountain wraps around Cliff can remind kids that our mighty God has the power to comfort! The Bible tells us:

 
 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
2 Corinthians 1:4a

Trek is feeling sick!Trek Rockrambler was back. She had found another crew to climb with but, now Trek was feeling very sick. She was in need of some powerful comfort to make her feel better. A blankie, or a stuffed animal. What do you grab when you need some comfort?

 
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The preschoolers went off to Preschool Peak and did the following…

    A Bubble Booster in action
    A Bubble Booster in action

  • Games – The rain didn’t stop us. We could play “Climbing Comfort” indoors. When our climb got difficult we were able to provide comfort to our friends.
  • Bible Adventures – We experienced how God comforted Elijah.
  • KidVid Cinema – We saw a video about twins Ben and Sam who create homemade soft, stuffed monsters to comfort kids.
  • Craft & Play – We made and played with Bubble Boosters. Softly colored bubbles!

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Meanwhile elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • Bible Expeditions – Today we hid from a windstorm, an earthquake and fire! We were comforted by God’s powerful love. He whispers “I love you!”
  • Glacier Games – We moved our game playing indoors due to the rain. Regardless, we had fun playing games.
  • KidVid Cinema – We saw a video showing twins Ben and Sam create soft, homemade stuffed monsters to comfort kids who are hurting. It makes you think, I could do that!
  • Imagination Station – We created a surprising “Bubble Booster” as a reminder of God’s comforting power.

Our “older” elementary kids in our Grad Group continued working on mission projects. Today half of group went to our Green Wood site to take care of the garden and spruce up outdoor areas. (Yes, the rain did not stop us!) The other half of the group worked on FUMC service projects: repairing hymnals & bookmarks and designing placemats for the FUMC Visitation team to give to folks who need some cheering up.

Mid-way through our time this morning we all gathered for snack at Mountaintop Treats. Our snack was called Rock Rambler’s Parfait. Yum! During our snack time, the Elementary kids also work on God Sightings. We can’t see God but we can see evidence of God at work! That’s what we are calling “God Sightings. I wonder what God Sightings your child will report to you?

At the end of our morning everyone gathered together again for Summit Celebration. We watched an unusual demonstration of how God’s comfort is overflowing. A few kids shared times when they needed comfort. As each one shared our assistant Sherpa, Carly, added food coloring to some liquid. As more and more needs for comfort were shared, the water got dark and scary looking. But then, something amazing happened.

demonstration of God's comfort overflowing  More and more comfort is needed - the liquid gets darker!  Something strange is happening

Sherpa Carly explained that it was a way to show us how God’s powerful comfort can soften the bad times. God’s comfort is always available to us. It is overflowing!

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table (or where ever your family gathers):

  • All of us experience times when we need comfort. Tell about a time when you received comfort when you were hurting.
  • Our world can seem crazy and scary at times. What is a good way to remember that you can turn to God who provides comfort?
  • Today you heard a Bible story about a time when God spoke to Elijah when he was feeling very sad and afraid. What did God’s voice sound like? (It was a whisper!)
  • Do you suppose God speaks to us today? What do we sometimes need to do in order to hear God?

Enjoy the slide show! (And check back with yesterday’s post because some additional photos were added to that slideshow.) See you tomorrow!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Everest and Bible Buddy images used by permission of Group Publishing.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Everest Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) – Day 1


This week it’s Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC where we are learning about…

Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power!

First some important stuff for the adults…

Each year we choose a mission for kids to support. This year we have two projects to choose from:

  1. A local project: Please consider donating a box or two of cereal which will be distributed through Ann Arbor’s own Bryant Community Center. During the school year many families in this community rely on meals provided by the schools. In the summer months, there is no additional assistance to replace the school meals, so a box of cereal can be a big help.
  2. An international project: Collecting monetary donations that will help out the RAWANA youth camp in Liberia. RAWANA is a United Methodist camp that offers athletic activities, community service projects, lessons, Bible quiz-bowl, campfires, and career development talks for children and youth ages 10-25 years. What a great way to help under-privileged kids!

All offerings can be turned in at the start of VBC each day at the front of the Sanctuary. Thanks!

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Now, here’s what your kids did today…

First, we all gathered with our Sherpa in the mountainous, wonderfully decorated Sanctuary at Base Camp Sing & Play. We learned our theme song, “My God is Powerful.” (If you are viewing this in an email you may need to go to YouTube to watch this music video.)

We had fun learning other new songs, with motions to go along with them. These tunes will stay in your head!

Base Camp SIng and Play

What else did we learn? Today’s Bible Point!

God has the power to provide!

We said that a lot today! I bet your kids remember it. We also met a couple of very interesting characters: Trek Rockrambler and Klymer, the Snow Leopard.

Trek Rockrambler over-sleptEverest VBC Day 1 - Klimer, he's a Snow Leopard

Trek is a world-famous mountain climber. But she didn’t hear her alarm and her climbing crew left for Mount Everest without her! I wonder what she will do?

Who is Klymer? Klymer is our Bible Memory Buddy for the day. It looks like God provided Klymer just the right stuff to keep warm and protected on high, snowy mountaintops. Hey! Klymer can remind kids that God has the power to provide! All week long, we’ll get to know cool Bible Memory Buddies who will help us remember our Bible verses. Today’s Bible verse is…

Open quote mark And God will generously provide all you need. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Collage of Day 1 Bible BuddyYour child received a Klymer Bible Memory Buddy with the verse printed on it! With Bible Buddies we’re sending scripture home! All of these Bible Memory Buddies will be coming home on Friday. And… there is a free app for your smart phone or tablet that can continue the fun with these Buddies. (I tried it out and it is cool!) Search “Everest Bible Buddies” in your app store.

 
We also found out that each day we would get to experience an exciting story from the Bible when we visited the drama station. Today, we learned about how God provided for Elijah. Ask your child to tell you today’s story. Read about it in 1 Kings 17

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The preschoolers went off to their special rooms in Preschool Peak and did the following…

  • Games – Played “Ravens Run,” “Overflowing Nests,” and “Brook Drinks.”
  • Bible Adventures – God provided Elijah water to drink. We tried out drinking from a “brook” just like Elijah.
  • KidVid Cinema – We learned about kids named Hudson, Benjamin, and Deacon. We watched God provide for these brothers in an amazing way.
  • Craft & Play – We made ravens!

Preschoolers hear the story in Bible Adventures  

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Meanwhile, elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • Bible Expeditions – We drank from a rook and received food from ravens (big birds)! We got to talk about ways God provides for us.
  • Glacier Games – We played some fun games including “Everest Relay.”
  • KidVid Cinema – We watched a video about three Ukrainian brothers who needed a home. Would some adopt all three of them?
  • Imagination Station – We watch snow grow from “seeds.” Just like our snow seeds grew, God provides for us abundantly.

A challenging relay race  By the brook in Bible Expeditions

Our oldest elementary kids in our Grad Group are working every day this week on various mission projects – both local and global! Today, they got to know each through ice breakers, learned about our Liberia mission project, did some work to organize the week’s mission projects, made “bubble boosters” (that will be used by everyone on Tuesday), and spoke to everyone at our finale about mission projects. A great first day for our large grad group!

We get hungry on our adventures, so at 10:25 each day, we gather in Mountain Top Treats for a delicious snack; today we had Trail Mix. We also spent time getting to know our crews a bit better and recorded some of our “God Sightings” — evidence we noticed that God is doing great things all around us!

What? A stuffed animal is packed for a trip to Everest?? At the very end of our day, we all come together for the Summit Celebration. Of course we sang more songs and an Everest-pack-checker discovered that our Sherpa had mixed up “needs” vs. “wants.” Ask your kids what sort of silly stuff our Sherpa had in her pack. (I don’t think that a stuffed animal will work.)

 
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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table:

  • What would you take with you if you were going to climb Mount Everest?
  • Have everyone share a story of their favorite trip. What did you bring along on this trip that you really wanted to bring, but didn’t really need?
  • Do you suppose that God provides everything you want or everything you need?
  • Tell about a time when you needed something. Did you turn to God? What can help you remember to turn to God next time?

See you tomorrow!
~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Everest and Bible Buddy images used by permission of Group Publishing.
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