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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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:
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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:
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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.

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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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Weird Animals VBC – Day 5

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Day five of our Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC

Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-a-Kind!

Thank you all for being an integral part of a wonderful week of VBC, and for spreading God’s love in your own-one-of-a-kind way!

 
Here’s what your kids did today…

Day 5 - Iggy

At our Sing & Play Stampede opening, we sang more songs, of course, and met our last Bible Buddy, Iggy! Iggy is a frilled lizard, who looks pretty normal until he’s scared, then his frill freaks out!  We all get scared sometimes, but Iggy help us remember today’s Bible Point. Today we learned that….

Even when you’re 
afraid…. Jesus loves you!

 

Dr. Paws was back and nervously tried to get another weird animal to the zoo.

Today’s Bible verse is…

“Don’t be 
afraid…Take courage. 
I am here!” 
Matthew 14:27

Our hint about today’s Bible Adventure was that we would learn about someone named Ananias who was very afraid, yet he was brave! Read about it in Acts 9:1-19.

Preschoolers

The preschoolers went off to their special rooms in Ozzy’s Preschool Park and did the following…

  • Games – We played fun games like Find a Friend and Fearless Friends.
  • Bible Adventures & Missions – Today, we learned more about Liberia and talked about what it’s like to be sick. We led a blind-folded friend around the room to see how Ananias helped Saul.
  • KidVid Cinema – Amara shows how God provided a special four-legged friend who comforted her when she was afraid to go to kindergarten.
  • Craft & Play – Today’s project was to make our own photo frames to take home. Each of us got a photo of our own crew to put in it!

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Meanwhile, elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • One-Of-a-Kind Bible Adventures – We hid from Saul as we searched for Ananias, and met Saul and celebrated Jesus’ love for us!

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  • Untamed Games – We played games! Including: Fear Bingo, Swamp Thing, and Reverse Tag.
  • KidVid Cinema & Missions – Amara shows how God provided a special four-legged friend who comforted her when she was afraid to go to kindergarten.
  • Imagination Station – Today’s project was to make our own photo frames to take home. Each of us got a photo of our own crew to put in it!

Today our Grad Group delivered a second load of cereal to the Bryant Community Center, and then finished their day with some fun games at Burns Park.
 
In Critter Café today we had “fright bites.”  Jiggly (trembling with fright) jello with whipped cream!

Snack time

 
At the very end of our day, we all come together once again for the Tail End Finale. We sang some more of the cool Weird Animals songs and reviewed the week with a suspenseful science experiment.

Tail End Finale

 
Hope to see you on Sunday, July 13th at 9:30 am for our VBC Celebration!
~~ The VBC Team
 


 

Continue the learning at home!

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

  • Why was Ananias afraid to do what God had asked him to do? (See here for some reasons why Ananias was afraid.)
  • When is a time that you have been afraid? What happened?
  • What is something that you can do to help you remember that Jesus loves you, even when you are afraid?

 

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

 
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Weird Animals VBC – Day 4

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Day four of our Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC

Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-a-Kind!

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Lots and lots of kids brought in donations today for our three VBC mission projects.  So far, we have collected over $300 for our Liberian clean water/sanitation mission, 69 boxes of cereal for Bryant Community Center, and boxes and boxes of toys and books for Alpha House.  WOW!

Here’s what your kids did today…

In addition to singing our hearts out at our opening Sing & Play Stampede, we met the Bible Buddy, Shred! Shred’s tenrec quills are sharp and can hurt. People don’t have sharp quills, but sometimes they hurt each other. Shred helps us remember our Bible Point from today…

Even though you do wrong… Jesus loves you!

Day 4 - Shred

Dr. Paws was back.  He broke a zoo rule – no candy for the hyenas.  Ask your kids how that worked out…

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We also got a sneak peek at today’s Bible Adventure, where we would learn today’s Bible story about Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Read about it in Luke 22:47–24:12

Today’s Bible verse is…

“God…loved us 
and sent his Son as a sacrifice 
to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

The preschoolers went off to their special rooms in Ozzy’s Preschool Park and did the following…

  • Games – We played fun games like Rescue Mission, Washed Clean, and Hit the Mark.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Bible Adventures & Missions – We learned more about Liberia and also used preschool-friendly items to explore how Jesus died and came back to life to show his love for them.
  • KidVid Cinema – Sarah discovers she was being a bully, but Jesus helps her do the right thing.
  • Craft & Play – We were splashy servants (which involved toys and soapy water) and mended broken hearts.

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Meanwhile, elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • One-Of-a-Kind Bible Adventures – We learned that Jesus was willing to die on the cross to take on the burden of our sins.   We wrote our names on a cross to remember that Jesus loves us all, and viewed the empty tomb.
  • Untamed Games – We played games! Including:  Feet fishing (for ice cubes in a wading pool!), Hit the mark, and Get Rid of It!
  • KidVid Cinema & Missions – Sarah discovers she was being a bully, but Jesus helps her do the right thing.
  • Imagination Station – We made crafty paper airplanes today and then flew them through various obstacles.  Sometimes they flew in the wrong direction or not the way we wanted them to, but it helped us remember that “even though you do wrong…Jesus loves you!”.

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Today our Grad Group went off-site today to the Bryant Community Center to hand out fresh produce, bread, and boxes of cereal (collected this week at VBC!) to local folks in need.

In Critter Café today we had a wonderful snack called the “Wonderous Cross” (it was cheese in the shape of a cross and some crackers).

At the end of our day together, we all came back to the Sanctuary for the Tail End Finale to sing some more, review our day, and witness Jesus removing the darkness of sin to show the light of his love.

See you tomorrow!

~~ The VBC Team


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!)


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Weird Animals VBC – Day 3

VBC 2014 Scene

Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC

Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-a-Kind!

First an important note for your calendar…

This Sunday, July 13th — A Special Sunday Morning VBC Celebration:
All kids, volunteers and their families are invited! Put on your VBC t-shirt, bring along your singing voice, and join us at FUMC’s 9:30 worship service this Sunday morning to showcase a few songs and Bible points that we’ve learned this past week.
Kids ages 3 and up are also invited to participate in Sunday’s Cool immediate following the VBC performance. Nursery care available for kids 0-2 years. In July, preschoolers are learning about Offering (click here for more info) and elementary school kids are enjoying a summer movie series called, Buck Denver’s What’s in the Bible? Click here for more info.

Here’s what your kids did at VBC today…

We started off our morning at Sing & Play Stampede, and we rocked the jungle!

Sing and Play Stampede

We sang more Weird Animals VBC songs (of course!), learned the Day 3 Bible Point and key verse, and met the daily Bible Buddy, Milton!  We also watched as that crazy Dr. Paws tried to understand why the Laughing Lion venom was stuck in the bottle.

For today’s Bible Point we learned that…

Even when you don’t understand…Jesus loves you!

This means that even when stuff happens that you don’t understand…Jesus loves you! The one thing we can always understand and depend on is Jesus’ love.

Day 3 - Milton

Bible Buddy, Milton.  Milton has a cool star on his nose that helps him when he is in the dark. He helps us understand that when life seems dark and hard to understand, it makes us very glad that Jesus loves us! (A reminder: with Bible Buddies we’re sending scripture home! And there is a free app for your smart phone or tablet that can continue the fun with your Bible Buddies. Check it out on iTunes or Google Play.)

We also got a sneak peek at today’s Bible Adventure, where we would learn today’s Bible story: Jesus washes the disciples feet. Read about it in John 13:1-17.

Today’s Bible verse is something that is also known as the “golden rule”:

“Do to others as you 
would like them to do to you.” Luke 6:31

We wondered how that verse would apply to our Bible story?

 

The preschoolers went off to their special rooms in Ozzy’s Preschool Park and did the following…

  • Games – Today we played Who Are You?, Toe Tag, and Do To Others.
  • Bible Adventures & Missions – Today, we learned about how some children don’t have clean water to wash their hands or to cook and especially to drink. We also had a snack (pita chips) and had our feet washed (!) by our crew leaders, just like Jesus did for his disciples.
  • KidVid Cinema – In today’s segment, Von shared his experience with leukemia and how Jesus helped him through a difficult sickness.
  • Craft & Play – We did a craft today called, Spread the Love! with coffee filters, eye droppers, and food coloring. We also were able to do a cool experiment called Bubblin’ Over (yes, bubbles were involved).

 

Meanwhile, elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • One-Of-a-Kind Bible Adventures – Not only, did we put on Bible Bands that show we are friends of Jesus, we also shared Bible-times bread with friends, AND, much to our surprise, had our feet washed by our crew leaders.
  • Untamed Games – Including: What’s That Noise?, Gone Batty, and What Do We Do?.
  • KidVid Cinema & Missions – In today’s segment, Von shared his experience with leukemia and how Jesus helped him through a difficult sickness.
  • Imagination Station – Today we put water drops onto a penny. In most cases, it was a lot more than we thought – another thing we don’t understand! We also wrote down other things we didn’t understand on a giant question mark.

Today’s snack at Critter Café featured “People Paws,” which were very popular. Hmmmm…ask your kids about it. (Here’s a picture of a crew of kids enjoying their snack and talking about their God Sightings.)

2014 Grad Group Alpha House B

Our oldest elementary kids in our Grad Group went on a mission today to Alpha House. They delivered toys and books that have been collected this week at VBC, heard a presentation about what Alpha House does and then went to work.  The Grad Group tackled two big projects:  inventoried fifteen tubs of donated school supplies (so that needed supplies could be identified) and completely cleaned and organized the entire lower-level play room.
At the very end of our day, we all come together for the Tail End Finale to sing some more songs, review our day, and used the giant paper question mark (that we made in the Imagination Station — filled with the things we didn’t understand) as a surprising reminder of Jesus’ love! (We put two question marks together to make a heart, another reminder that “Even when you don’t understand… Jesus Loves You”.)  The questions kids had were amazing – here are just a few examples:

  • Why do we have two eyes?
  • Is God in heaven or is he past heaven?
  • Why is food called food?
  • What does heaven look like?
  • How did life start?
  • Why are people mean?
  • Where did God come from?

 


Continue the learning at home!

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

  • Name the worst clean-up task that you can imagine. (Perhaps cleaning up after a sick puppy or washing the kitchen floor after a mishap involving a dozen raw eggs?)
  • Why do you suppose the disciples feet needed washing? (Hint: think about their footwear and the roads in those days.)
  • Why do you suppose Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet? Would you want your teacher at school to wash your feet? Name someone whom you’d never want to wash your feet.
  • How is washing someone’s feet an act of service? What do you suppose Jesus meant by saying that his disciples should wash other people’s feet? Did he mean literally??
  • Get out a small basin, some soap and a towel. Put some warm water into the basin and wash each others feet. What are you thinking as your feet are bathed?

See you tomorrow!
~~ The VBC Team

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Weird Animals VBC – Day 2

VBC 2014 Scene

Welcome back for day two of Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC

Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-a-Kind!

We are so glad that your kids are with us – we are having SO much fun!  Here’s what we did today…

Sing & Play Stampede.  At our opening, we sang more wonderful Weird Animals VBC songs.

We also learned the Day 2 Bible Point:

Even though you’re 
different….Jesus loves you!
Day 2 - Fern

 
Then, we met the Bible Buddy, Fern.  Fern is a leafy sea dragon, but she looks like seaweed, very different from other sea creatures.  Fern helps us remember our Bible Point too!
 
We also got a sneak peek at today’s Bible Adventure, where we would learn how Jesus helped a woman who was considered “different.” Read about it in John 4:1-30.  We also learned today’s Bible verse…

“For we are God’s 
masterpiece. He has created us 
anew in Christ Jesus.”Ephesians 2:10

 

The preschoolers went off to their special rooms in Ozzy’s Preschool Park and did the following…

  • Games – played fun inside games like Switch It Up!, Masterpiece Makers, and Feelin’ Blue.  And… kids boogied to VBC tunes while “freeze dancing”!
  • Bible Adventures & Missions – We saw dirty water, and thought about how kids in Liberia who might have to drink water like that. Then, we gathered at a “well” for a cool drink of water, and learned how Jesus showed love to someone who felt sad.
  • KidVid Cinema – Today’s segment features Patrick. Patrick explained how autism makes him different from other people around him.
  • Craft & Play – We made strings of rings necklaces and did a cool “Uniquely You!” experiment with ink pads and magnifying glasses.

Meanwhile, elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • One-Of-a-Kind Bible Adventures – We met a Samaritan woman by a well and learned of her amazing encounter with Jesus. We also received Bible Bands that serve as reminders that Jesus’ love never ends. Have you seen these yet? – they are covered with cool stuff!
  • Untamed Games – We played games! Including:  Pterodactyl, Weird Animal Tag, and Fill-Up Time.
  • KidVid Cinema & Missions – Today’s segment features Patrick. Patrick explained how autism makes him different from other people around him.
  • Imagination Station – We made a new BFF for ourselves!  Rolling dice determined which facial features would be part of BFF’s face, which turned out a little “different”, for sure!  We also got to take home a High Flyer whirly-do, which flies in all different directions, another reminder that “Even though you’re different…Jesus Loves You!”

Our oldest elementary kids in our Grad Group are working every day this week on various mission projects – both local and global! Today, the Grad Group made trail mix snack bags for the Bryant Community Center, played a Wagon Wheel conversation game, watched a KidVid Cinema segment, and served as managers (counting and caring for donations) and spokespeople (updating the group at the finale) for the overall VBC mission projects, which are:

  • Collecting Boxes of cereal for Ann Arbor’s own Bryant Community Center
  • Collecting Monetary donations that will fund clean water and/or other sanitation projects that our church is connected to in Liberia
  • Collecting Gently used children’s books and toys for Alpha House.  A great opportunity for kids to be involved in a hands-on way.  With parent’s help, they can select items from their own shelves to pass on to someone else to use and enjoy!

 
 
Every day we gather in the Critter Café for a delicious snack; today we had Masterpiece Munchies, delicious frosted sugar cookies, each with a different face . We also spent time getting to know our crews a bit better and recorded some of our “God Sightings.”
 
 
At the very end of our day, we all come together for the Tail End Finale. We sang some more of the cool Weird Animals songs, reviewed our day and discovered how each of us is the perfect “ingredient” even though we are all very different.  Ask your kids about the Tail End Leader’s “recipe”!

 
See you tomorrow!
~~ The VBC Team
 

Continue the learning at home!

Here are links to some questions to talk about around the family dinner table:

  • Jesus had asked the Samaritan woman for a drink. This seems like an ordinary request. Then why the incredulous response from the woman? Read more here.
  • Play a silly game called “What’s inside her head?” Read more here.
  • “I am God’s masterpiece.” How saying this can change you. Read more here.

 


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Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

 
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Weird Animals VBC – Day 1

VBC 2014 Scene

This week it’s Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC

Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-a-Kind!

First some important stuff for adults…

Each year we choose a VBC mission for kids to support. This year we have three projects:
1. Collecting boxes of cereal for Ann Arbor’s own Bryant Community Center.
2. Collecting monetary donations that will fund the John Dean Health Project, which will provide 18 remote villages in Liberia with a well, a latrine, mosquito nets and a traditional birth attendant.
3. And new this year, collecting gently used children’s books and toys for Alpha House. A great opportunity for kids to be involved in a hands-on way. With parent’s help, they can select items from their own shelves to pass on to someone else to use and enjoy!
All offerings can be turned in at the start of VBC each day at the front of the Sanctuary. Thanks!

Now, here’s what your kids did today…

First, we all gathered in the jungle-inspired, wonderfully decorated Sanctuary at Sing & Play Stampede.

We learned our wild, fun theme song, “All Around the World.” (Click on the song title to go to YouTube to watch a short bit of the song.) We had fun learning other new songs, with cool motions to go along with them.

Because the Bible is God’s very own word to us, and we learn so many things from the Bible, each day we’ll learn a special Bible Point. Today we learned that….

Even when you’re left out…Jesus loves you!

We said that a lot today! I bet your kids remember it.

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Preschool Kid Vid
Day 1 Bible Buddy: Axl

We also met a couple of very interesting characters: Dr. Paws and Axl, the Axolotls. Dr. Paws is our world-famous zookeeper and know-it-all about the world’s weirdest animals. He will be visiting with his weird animals all week long! Who is Axl? Axl is one weird animal! Axl is our Bible Memory Buddy for the day. All week long, we’ll get to know cool – and kind of weird – Bible Memory Buddies who will help us remember our Bible verses. Today’s Bible verse is…

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20

See, each Bible Memory Buddy has the verse printed on it!

A sample Bible Buddy Reverse side of a Bible Buddy has the day's BIble verse

With Bible Buddies we’re sending scripture home!

And there is a free app for your smart phone or tablet that can continue the fun with your Bible Buddies. Check it out on iTunes or Google Play.

We also found out that each day we would get to experience an exciting story from the Bible when we visited the drama station (which is called “Bible Adventures”). In today’s Bible Adventure, we learned how Jesus helped people who were left out. Read about it in Luke 17:11-19

The preschoolers went off to their special rooms in Ozzy’s Preschool Park and did the following…

  • Games – the wet playground did not slow us down today, we played fun games inside like Send a Friend, Balloon buddies, and Moo-sical Chairs.
  • Bible Adventures & Missions – got “spots” to see what it was like for lepers to be sick and left out, and hugged each other to experience the love Jesus showed the lepers when he healed them.
  • KidVid Cinema – Chadder the Chipmunk, a VBC cinema tradition retires, ushering in a new era of learning and exploration. All week, we will learn about kids who have a situation to overcome. Today, we learned about a boy named Satish who finds an unexpected, nontraditional family when he moves to a children’s home.
  • Craft & Play – Did a fun crafty experiment involving Kool-Aid drink mix and spray bottles (ask them about it!) and were magnet miners – mined for magnets in playground sand.
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Preschool Craft and Play

Meanwhile, elementary kids visited the following stations…

  • One-Of-a-Kind Bible Adventures – In this station, kids get to hear our Bible story in an awesome, interactive way. Today, they missed out on fun and food as they pretended to be lepers, were affirmed by crew leaders that Jesus loves them, and were given Bible bands to wear to remember that they’re never left out with Jesus.
  • Untamed Games – The wet weather kept us inside, but didn’t slow us down.  We played: Chain Relay, Shrinking Islands, and Zoo Crew Tag.
  • KidVid Cinema – Chadder the Chipmunk, a VBC cinema tradition retires, ushering in a new era of learning and exploration. All week, we will learn about kids who have a situation to overcome. Today, we learned about a boy named Satish who finds an unexpected, nontraditional family when he moves to a children’s home.
  • Imagination Station – We had some great discussion (“sinking feelings” and ways we have felt left out) and did a cool construction project:  boats using tin foil, foam, qtips, and tape, made to represent God’s love.  We then tested the boats in water and added pennies (representing “sinking feelings”).
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Elementary Imagination Station

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, played some fun games on the Wesley lawn, did some work to organize the week’s mission projects, and spoke to everyone (at our Tail End finale) about mission projects. A great first day!

We get hungry in the jungle, so at 10:20 each day, we gather in the Critter Café for a delicious snack; today we had One-derful parfaits (made from yogurt and fruit cocktail). We also spent time getting to know our crews a bit better and recorded some of our “God Sightings.”

At the very end of our day, we all come together for the Tail End Finale. We sang some more of the cool Weird Animals songs and watched an experiment that shows how Jesus’ powerful love helps us when we feel alone. It involved disappearing ink…

Continue the learning at home!

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

  • Have everyone share a story of when they were “left out.” (Carol remembers the summer she had a “cold” and couldn’t go out to play. Later it turned out to be allergies!)
  • Lepers had a skin disease. In Bible times the laws said that people who had leprosy couldn’t be anywhere near other people. But Jesus changed that! Ask your child(ten) to retell our Bible story.
  • Being left out can make us feel alone. This is something that happens to everyone now and then. What sort of clues can help us to be aware that someone is feeling left out?
  • What can we do to help someone who is left out?

See you tomorrow!
~~ The VBC Team

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