Hero Central VBC – a check-in

The logo for our Hero Central VBC

At Hero Central Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC the week is flying past. But we’ve been learning plenty and…

Discovering Our Strength in God!

Here’s a slide show of photos from our most recent activities! You can visit other posts on our Hero Central VBC, to see more pictures.

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Every morning, the first thing we do when we gather at Opening Assembly is to engage in some rowdy singing and dancing. Among the songs we’ve been singing are Leap of Faith and Everlasting God and Superheroes. Based on the level of participation I do believe that singing is the favorite activity of the day.

We love to help lead the singing!

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Each day during VBC we are learning a character quality that helps all of us be God’s heroes. Wednesday we learned that:

God’s Heroes Have Wisdom!

What was the Bible story that went with our day about wisdom? It was about an experience Jesus had as a young boy. Read about it in Luke 2:41-52. This was a time in Jesus’ life when he grew strong and wise. (Kind of like our kids are doing!) He was also growing in other ways: he was exploring his calling; he was delving into his spiritual self.

Do we allow our kids the chance to grow spiritually?.

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Thursday’s hero character attribute was:

God’s Heroes Have Hope!

Our story from the Bible that illustrates this Hero Code is from The Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5. The Beatitudes tell us about God’s priorities: being humble and compassionate; working with our community to provide hope for others.

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This year we have such a large Grad Group, that they have been able to divide (and conquer) lots of different service projects.

  • Cleaning up the grounds around our Green Wood campus, and tending the veggie garden that is there. (Everything that comes out of this garden gets donated to the Food Gatherers Faith and Food program.)
  • Help distribute food from the pantry at Bryant Community Center.
  • Working with young kids during academic rotations at one of Community Action Network (CAN)’s summer camps.
  • Making and delivering lots of healthy snacks for the CAN summer camps. These camps are designed to prevent summer loss of learning. Having great snacks to eat helps learning!
  • Collecting, counting, and delivering our VBC service project items. Everyday at the closing time they report on our progress towards our goal.

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table. (Or wherever your family is gathered together – perhaps in the car?)

  • When we say God values wisdom, what is “wisdom”? What are some ways that we can grow in wisdom? (Jesus calls all of us to be his “disciples” – and what is a disciple but a student!)
  • When was the last time you hoped for something? Did you have to wait for what you were hoping for? What are ways we can bring hope to others? How can bringing hope to someone else, end up blessing us?
  • How can being kind (merciful) or working as a peace-maker bring hope? Which of the other Beatitudes can empower us to offer hope?

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team


Photo credits:
Hero Central images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

What’s happening at Hero Central VBC?

The logo for our Hero Central VBC

Welcome to Hero Central Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC where we are…

Discovering Our Strength in God!

Yes, we are ALL heroes; we’re God’s heroes! That is why we are gathering at Hero Central.

Here’s a slide show of photos from our activities! Have your kids tell you more about what they did by sitting down together to watch. You can pause it or go backwards or forwards, if you want to.

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Come back to visit, as more photos will be added as we engage in more activity!
 

And here’s a quick video:

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

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Captain plays pianoOn the first day (Monday) we met our leader for the week, Captain Shield, who has piano-playing super powers!

the sidekick, Flame the Red PandaMost super heroes have a sidekick — Batman has Robin! Well, we have one too and her name is Flame.

Flame is a Red Panda, which means with her masked face, she comes already dressed as a super hero.

Awesome!
 

 
Captain Shield and Flame will navigate us through our week together, as we discover our strength in God!

 
We learned that every superhero has special words — a motto, or a call to action. Ours is a Bible verse:

'Do good! Seek peace and go after it!   Psalm 34:14b

Great words to live by. Ask your child to show you the hand-motions that go with this Bible verse.

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Each day during VBC we are learning a different way in which we are truly heroes for God. Monday we learned that:

God’s Heroes Have Heart!

But wait a minute, doesn’t everybody have a heart?

Yes, everyone does have a “heart” in the pumping-your-blood sort of way. But when we say: “God’s heroes have heart,” we are describing the good character qualities they possess; the hidden-inside-you traits. God wants us to look beyond exterior appearances and see the hero inside of other people! Our Bible story for today taught us this; it’s found in 1 Samuel 16:1-12. God choose the next king of Israel – what a surprise choice! A mere shepherd boy as king? God saw what a big heart young David had for God.

How can we combat our culture where the focus is on “appearances”?
Try teaching your child to look inside.
 

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We love gathering up front to help lead the singing!

After our opening time of music, preschoolers go off to their stations…

Preschoolers in Crafts & Science

And elementary kids go to their stations (and in-between, on the first few days, they posed for crew photos).

Crews are gathering for a photo.

A crew takes a break for their crew photo.

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making snack mix for CAN.Our “older” elementary kids in our Grad Group are working every day this week on various service projects – both local and global. After some ice breaker games, today they learned more about these projects: a camp for kids in Liberia, and projects at Community Action Network (CAN), including making snack mix for CAN’s summer camp for kids.

They are going to be reporting on our collection progress. Let’s bring them something to count!

 

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Continue the learning at home!

Your kids will enjoy telling you about their day if you ask open-ended questions. Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or in the family vehicle, or wherever:

  • Regarding our story on God choosing David as king… Have you ever been fooled by looking only at the outside of something and found out it wasn’t quite what you expected? Tell about it. (Ever opened a rotten egg?)
  • Why do you suppose God choose David (the youngest son of Jesse) to be the next king? (Need the answer?)
  • God doesn’t look at outside qualities — muscles or money — he looks at our inside, at our heart. Talk about the meaning of this type of “heart.” (The Bible uses “heart” meaning our inner thoughts and feelings; the part of us where we wrestle with life, where we check it out inside.)
  • God values a kind and caring heart. (God’s Heroes Have Heart!) What kind, caring behavior have you noticed in others? What can we do to grow our hearts to be heroes for God — to be more kind and caring?
  • God sees other valuable traits in each one of us. Name some heart qualities you see in other family members. Name at least one heart quality you see in yourself.

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team


Photo credits:
Hero Central images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Video created by Jeff Wason. Music by one of our grad group members!
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

Heroes will be on parade! Coming soon!

The logo for our Hero Central VBC

Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) is coming soon!  has arrived!

See our activity from Monday or all of the days we’ve been through so far, of our hanging out at VBC.

Get ready for Hero Central at FUMC where we will…

Discover Our Strength in God!

Each day, during VBC (July 10-14) we will embark on adventures alongside some well-known Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. We will learn about how we have Heart, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, and Power.

Flame, the Red Panda, is our VBC sidekickAlong the way we will also meet some cool characters including Flame, who is a Red Panda.

 

Perhaps you’d like to prepare for VBC?

Start off by listening to our theme song, Leap of Faith.   (To watch this video you may need to go here.)

 

Hero CardsAsk your adults to download the app that goes along with Hero Central. On Monday at VBC we’ll receive a set of five Hero Cards. Scan the day’s Hero Card with the app, and receive a message from Flame! You’ll also be able to play the trivia game to review each day’s Bible story. Or, create your own superhero, for epic adventures around the world of the Hero Central App. Sounds like fun.

 
One other way to get ready is to learn about the service projects we’ve chosen this year for kids to support.

  1. A local project: Donating a box or two of cereal which will be distributed through Ann Arbor’s own Community Action Network. 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: For the past several years our VBC (and the entire congregation) has yearly supported a project or camp in Liberia during July. We are planning to do so again this year. Below is part of a message from Rev. Nathan in Liberia who will be organizing Camp Bucalaka for youth and children. (Rev. Nathan has organized camps in several different districts or areas of the church there; this will be the first camp for this area.)
    Our next Camp is scheduled for the Gretta Muffer United Methodist School and the Dean Memorial UMC in John Dean Town, the home of our retired bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis. This will be the first time for such an occasion to reach that part of our church. We are looking forward for your prayers and support.

In either case, have your kids bring their donation(s) to the collection at the front of the Sanctuary.

Are you ready to discover your strength in God?

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

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a mailbox iconParents and caregivers and everyone who is interested (grandma want to see what the grands are doing?) can sign up to receive an email each day during VBC. Just enter an address over on the right, up-above, and click on the big, blue button. (Or scroll down if you are reading this on your phone.)

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Photo credits:
Hero Central images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Mailbox by Danil Polshin, is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0).

Surf Shack VBC – Friday

Surf Shack Vacation Bible Camp logo

The report from day 5, the last day of our time together with 145 surfers at the Surf Shack — Vacation Bible Camp at FUMC, where we have been…

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love!

(Check out all of our Surf Shack VBC posts with slideshows (scroll down to view each individual day.)

Our day started at Tidal Tunes with singing, of course! (I’m going to miss this!) But you know what? Your child can once again be up-front this coming Sunday as we’ll be singing our favorite song (Shine Bright) in the church service at FUMC. Put on your VBC t-shirt and please do join us at 9:30!

Skippy and Snappy, were curious this morning. They wondered what strange breakfasts surfers had experienced in the past. It was fun to hear some of the responses. Snappy got a little nervous when one surfer said they’d had crab for breakfast!

crabs for breakfast

Skipper was asking questions about our morning meal because today’s Bible story was about a breakfast on a beach. You can read our story in the Bible at John 21:1-17. Our story includes an amazing fishing incident where, after many fruitless tries to catch fish, Jesus’ disciples listen to Jesus as he urges them to “try again.” At that, the disciples catch an abundance of fish! They then join Jesus for breakfast on the beach. Afterwards Jesus sends them into the world to tell the Good News about Jesus’ love.

That ties right into our Wave Words for the day…

God Sends!

There are lots of instances in the Bible where God reminds us that he wants us to go into the world. Listen to our Pop-Up Verse

Open quote markThen I heard the Lord’s voice saying, ‘Whom should I send, and who will go for us?’ I said, ‘I’m here; send me.’ (Isaiah 6:8)

I’m wondering if we will willingly join in and say, “I’m here. Send me!”

The Grad Group gathers up all of the cereal boxes to be counted.The Grad Group counted all of the donated cereal boxes and coins. The report: Boxes of cereal… 170 and for Camp Garjay in Liberia… $500.64 (Double chill!) They 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!

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Here’s a video from Wednesday of Go With the Flow.

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

 
VBC for next year
 
And… Put these dates on your calendar now!
 
Thanks for sharing your kids with us. I hope to see you on Sunday!

 
~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Interested in a little taste of VBC every week? Read about our awesome way of teaching kids all about our loving God. We’ll be starting up again on Sunday, September 11th.


Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos… special thanks to Tom Gardner for the videos and multitude of pictures every day, and to Beth, Melanie, Wendy, Juli, Mary, and Tori.

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Surf Shack VBC – Thursday

Surf Shack Vacation Bible Camp logoIt’s day 4 of our time together at the Surf Shack VBC (Vacation Bible Camp) at FUMC, where we have been…

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love!

(Check out all of our Surf Shack VBC posts. They are loaded with pictures!)

Snappy tried to stay low.We got right down to singing today at Tidal Tunes. We were amped! (Did you know that “amped” is surfer lingo for “really looking forward to a surf.”) It was a few minutes before we realized that Snappy was frightened! Snappy was afraid of the stormy weather we’d had! All of that thunder…

What do you do when you are afraid? How do you calm yourself down? You saw what Snappy did! He (she?) hid! I wonder if we heard some hints on other ways to deal with our fears, as we soon learned that…

God Calms!

That’s good to know isn’t it. Because sometimes I feel all confused inside, like my thoughts are jumbled and I’m headed for a shipwreck! It is good to be reminded that God can provide peace to any situation, and can calm our fears.

Over the course of the morning we heard about a Bible story where Jesus really calmed things down! He calmed the wild wind and waves! You can read this story in Luke 8:22-25.

Today’s Pop-Up Verse is a good one to put to memory.

Open quote markThe God of peace will be with you.   Philippians 4:9b

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What did we do today? At the bottom of this post, is a slideshow of photos with captions that tell the story of what your kids engaged in today.

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or wherever your family gets together:

  • When is a time when you faced a troubling situation. How did you handle it?
  • When the storm happened in our Bible story, Jesus was asleep in the boat! His disciples must have thought that Jesus didn’t care. Have you ever felt that way – wondering if God cares what is happening in you life? Our story shows us that God does care! Knowing that God cares about us gives us something we can do during a storm: trust in God.
  • Just because we believe in Jesus do you suppose that means that we’ll be less likely to have difficulties in our life? (Nope. Storms happen to us all.) Think about this: what do you suppose it would be like to go through a hard time if you didn’t believe in Jesus?
  • After Jesus calmed the storm, he asked his disciples: “Where is your faith?” How would you describe your faith right now? Could you handle a frightening situation? (It is interesting to note that John Wesley often asked a similar question of his fellow Christians: “How goes it with your soul?”)

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Enjoy the slide show! (Start it by clicking the triangle button.) And, a blessing for your day…

May you trust in Jesus through storms in your lives!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Surf Shack VBC – Wednesday

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It’s day 3 at the Surf Shack — Vacation Bible Camp at FUMC and we are…

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love at
Surf Shack!

(Be sure to visit all of the days of our hanging out together at the Surf Shack.)

We were amped for Tidal Tunes today! (Did you know that “amped” is surfer lingo for “really looking forward to a surf.” Yep, we were amped.) We learned one new song — Go With the Flow — and sang the “repeats.” Watch this:

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


 
Skippy and Snappy the Crab were back. Snappy sure used some big words today: Crabulous and crabtastic! What will Snappy say next?

Each day we are learning more about God. Today we learned that:

God Loves!

In particular, we heard about a big way that one day God gave some “thumbs up” type of love. It happened in a river. (Have you noticed that all of our stories this week have been about water?)

What was the big thumbs up? Right after Jesus was baptized God told everyone…

Open quote markThis is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.

That is from the Bible in Matthew 3:17b. We can read all about this event in Matthew 3:13-17, and in John 1:29-34. I’m sure it was a crabtastic experience for Jesus!

VBC refridge magnet day 3 - God LovesTo help us remember today’s Wave Words — “God Loves” and our Pop-Up Verse, we got another Scripture Treasure magnet!

Are you lining yours up on the fridge? Are you able to say them all? That’s like storing up God’s good words in your “heart.” (Need other ways to help your kids learn Bible verses? Check this out.)

 
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At the bottom of this post, is a slideshow of photos that tell the story of what your kids did today. Talk about it while you look at the pictures.

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What did the Grad Group do today? They worked on another mission project, of course! They delivered cereal boxes to the Bryant Community Center. While they were there they also helped clean up and weeded. They sure are being God’s hands and feet this week. Oh, and they also reported our fund raising results so far. We’re getting closer to our goal! Boxes of cereal: 71. Money for Camp Garjay in Liberia: $202.94 so far!

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or wherever your family gets together:

  • Today we learned that God loves. Who is someone that you love? What are some ways you show your love to that person?
  • We can show our love to others. What about ways we tell them we love them? When was the last time you said words of praise to someone else?
  • When God gave Jesus a “thumbs up,” God said that Jesus was his son and that he loved Jesus. Re-read today’s Pop-Up Verse. Have your child close his or her eyes as you say this to them: “You are my child whom I love. I find happiness in you.” (You’ve just blessed your child! Read all about the importance of regularly blessing your kids.
  • Here’s a couple of Bible questions: What Testament are the books of Matthew and John in? What are the names of the four books that start off the New Testament? (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) What do we call those four books, collectively? (the Gospels) Can you tell me what the word “gospel” means? (good news) What is the good news in today’s story?

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Enjoy the slide show! (Start it by clicking the triangle button.)

See you tomorrow!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Surf Shack VBC – Tuesday

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

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love at
Surf Shack!

(Be sure to visit all of the days of our hanging out at the Surf Shack.)

We learn a new song, with more motions.

Tidal Tunes was once again an epic time! (Did you know that “epic” is surfer lingo for “awesome.”) We learned new songs, and of course we had to sing the “old” ones. Singing is so much fun! Even Snappy joins in.

Skippy and SnappyWe were just getting started and Skippy got a call on her “shell phone.” (Yep, it was a shell.) That meant we needed to watch the video feed from the Surf Central Factory. I wonder what sort of board they will design today? It will have something to do with helping because today we learned that:

God Helps!

We heard about a time when God helped a small baby named Moses. It was interesting how God helped Moses. God didn’t flash lightening bolts, instead he worked “behind the scenes” — it was a case of God at work helping, through people.

You see, Moses was living in some tough times. There was a king called “Pharaoh” who was afraid of the increasing number of Hebrews that were living in Egypt. So to try and stop them, he tried to kill all the Hebrew baby boys. But it didn’t work with Moses!

Our surfers met three awesome women: Moses’ big sister Miriam, Moses’ mother and Pharaoh’s daughter. God helps Moses by helping these women make bold choices. And Moses’ life is saved! Surfers realize that they too can trust in God for help in their lives.

VBC refridge magnet day 2 - God HelpsTo help us remember this, we’ve got another Scripture Treasure magnet! It has today’s Wave Words — “God Helps” and it has our Pop-Up Verse for the day, which is:

Open quote markYour help has made me great.   Psalm 18:35b

And of course we also reviewed the Overall theme verse for the week: Nehemiah 4:14b.

Open quote markRemember that the Lord is great and awesome.

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Down below, at the bottom of this post, is a slideshow of pictures that tell the story of what your kids did today. Ask your kids to tell you about their day. And check it out, more pictures have been added to yesterday’s report.

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Today our “older” elementary kids in our Grad Group worked on a local mission project. They headed out to the veggie garden at Green Wood, where they harvested produce and spread wood chips. Everything that comes out of this garden gets donated to the Food Gatherers Faith and Food program. Do you know that today’s vegetable haul was the biggest amount ever from our garden? 85 pounds!!!

The big haul! 85 pounds!

They were back in time to report on our fund-raising progress. Keep it coming dudes, we aren’t done yet!

The Grad Group reported on our collection so far.

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At the end of our morning we all headed back into the Sanctuary for some more rowdy singing.

Closing time and more singing

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or wherever your family gets together:

  • When is a time when someone helped you?
  • When are times when you’ve helped others?
  • When have you been God’s helper, or how do you suppose God may be inviting you to be his helper?
  • A good time to remember that “God Helps” is when something scary happens. What should you do? Look for the helpers. God sends helpers. (Mr. Rogers came up with this answer.)
  • Here’s a couple of Bible questions: What Testament is the book of Nehemiah in? Do you know what the small “b” means in Nehemiah 4:14b? Look up this verse in a Bible and see if you can figure it out. Need some help? Try looking up yesterday’s Pop-Up Verse, Psalm 8:1b. See a pattern? (Check for punctuation marks.)
  • Interested in studying more about Moses and about God working through others? Take a look at this.

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Enjoy the slide show!

We are having so much fun with your kids! See you tomorrow!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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Surf Shack VBC – Monday

Surf Shack Vacation Bible Camp logo
This week it’s Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC where we are…

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love at
Surf Shack!

(Be sure to visit all of the days of our hanging out at the Surf Shack.)

our opening time

We started off our morning with everyone — the “Surfers” — gathered in their crews with their leaders — AKA “Lifeguards.” (We are totally into surfer lingo here dude. Hang 10!).

Snappy the crabTidal Tunes was a blast! We learned some catchy tunes, including Shine Bright and Great and Awesome. Those got us ready for the waves!

We met Skippy and her friend, Snappy the Crab. Snappy is funny! I hope we get to see more of Snappy this week. Somehow I think we might!

Each day during VBC we are learning about God.

Today we learned that:

God Creates!

(Incidentally, whenever we heard, “God Creates!” — we responded by saying, “Amazing!”)

Yes, God created everything! We can read all about God creating, in the Bible in Genesis 1. During Epic Ride (our Bible story telling time) our storyteller shared how God created the world for all of us. We encountered the majesty of the creation process! And we discovered that God is still creating and that everyone is a part of God’s creative plan. God’s creation is better because we’re in it!

Scripture take home for MondayWe were introduced to a Scripture Treasure, a special magnet which we could take home with us! (I hope we can collect a set — one for each day!) It has today’s “Wave Words” — “God Creates” and it has our pop-up Bible verse for the day:

Open quote markHow majestic is your name throughout the earth!   Psalm 8:1b

That pretty much says it all when it comes to how we feel about the fact that God creates!

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Here’s briefly what your kids did today, as shown in a few pictures.

Ask your kids to tell you more about what they did! (There are more photos in a slideshow at the bottom of this post.)

The preschoolers went off to Preschool Pier…

making a mess making bubbles

naming creation when we catch a ball

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Meanwhile, elementary kids…

games on the lawn

creating soap bubbles in science

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Our “older” elementary kids in our Grad Group are working every day this week on various mission projects – both local and global! They are going to be reporting on our collection progress. What are we collecting? Glad you asked…

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

  1. cereal collection 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 Camp Garjay, a youth camp in Liberia. Camp Garjay is a United Methodist camp that offers athletic activities, community service projects, lessons, Bible quiz-bowl, and lots more, for children and youth ages 10-25 years. What a great way to help under-privileged kids! Bring your coins to the collection at the front of the Sanctuary. Thanks!

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Mid-way through our time this morning we all gathered for a healthy snack at Shack Snacks. We ate trees!

At the end of our morning everyone gathered together again for more singing. A good time was held by all!

up-front is where the action is!

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table.
Note: We all have questions. We don’t always have answers and this is perfectly okay. Sometimes we have to live in the mystery.

  • Sit down with a box of crayons and some paper. Create! Ask: What do you feel when you get to create something new? How does God feel about what he creates? (God thinks that it is all good!)
  • Did God really create the entire universe in six 24-hour days? (We read Genesis 1 as a poem — not all poems must rhyme. This poem was told around camp fires when someone, probably a child, asked, “how did God create the world?” It helps if we think about how this poem explained to it’s original authors, who God is, how God relates to his creation, and how we are to relate to God.)
  • Review today’s Bible verse from Psalm 8:1. In what ways does creation tell us that God’s name is majestic (stunning, superb, awesome)? Go out and look for some of God’s majesty!
  • There are actually two creation stories! (Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a and 2:4b-25) Why do you suppose there are two of them?

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Enjoy the slideshow! (Start it by clicking the triangle button.)

See you tomorrow!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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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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