Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 Summer VBS #1: A lesson for not only Kids!

This week we are doing VBS at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church & Preschool way out on 96th & Harrison here in Omaha. I have been very impressed with their program, the praise & worship services they have at start & closing. I'm finding it meets my needs as well as the kids.

Everest - Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power!

Don'cha just want to shout MIGHTY POWER! 
(and PUMP your fist a few times Arsenio style?)

I wanted to share a little about my thoughts of this powerful and thought provoking program. Everest is a VBS program designed by Concordia that teaches kids (and grown ups too) that:

God Provides ALL Our Needs (2 Corinthians 9:8)
God Heals the Broken Hearted (2 Corinthians 1-4
God Comforts Us (Ps 147:3)
HE is a God of Forgiveness (Nehemiah 9:17)
Everyone Who Believes on Him with have Eternal Life (John 3:15)

Today's lesson was that God Heals the Broken Hearted and one of the Mini Lessons presented in the Closing session where all the kids meet to Praise & Review what they have learned touched me as I have thought over how I can best help one of my littles work through some issues he is struggling with. Here is what I posted on FB:

"Today's lesson was on our hearts and what makes them SAD. The speaker took a 1/2 heart and listed things that made him sad. Then he took the other half of the heart and did it again. Then he talked about how we can put our hearts back together. He sat down and put a small piece of red tape across both pieces of the heart so it held together. (But both pieces could be moved). The heart wasn't healed. So the speaker ran a long piece of red tape down the center seam of the heart & it made a CROSS. The cross of Jesus can heal our hearts & our hurts.
What a great image for our kids!
(I've seriously GOT to start videoing these these image lessons - they are truly something I can use with the kids!)"

My thoughts: This afternoon during our "rest time" (VBS has kind of put a dent in that this week) I made up a heart for each of the kids. I didn't have any red ink so I used marker and Made up the cross after I cut the 2 pieces of the heart apart. I talked it over with one of my daycare parents and we are going to use it in different ways for our kiddos. One of the children we will use it for Anger Management & the other we will use it for FEAR management. We are going to by those little mini sticky notes and let the kids write out their FEAR or Anger issue as they happen and show the kids how they can take their problems to the cross. What an amazing visual lesson this will be!

I'd love to hear how you have helped your kids with their FEARS or ANGER issues - please feel free to share below if you are comfortable. 


  1. VBS is so excellent for kids! My young niece is coming home today from VBS in Oklahoma and I can't wait to see her and find out what she's learned!

  2. This is a great lesson. I love hands on learning for kids.

  3. That is such beautiful symbolism - I will suggest this for one of our All Age services.

    One of the ways I helped my son deal with angry frustration when he was small was to avoid offering whatever I felt was a rational response on my part but to lay on the sympathy - i.e. say, I'm so sorry we can't have this right now - I really wish I could make it possible for you, and I would right now if I could... or whatever appropriate words. I read about it in a friend's parenting book and happened to adopt the technique the very next day, and it was like magic - he stopped howling in the footwell of the taxi we were in, looked at me then crawled up into my lap and put his arms around my neck. It was as though he could suddenly see that the world (and his mummy!) wasn't against him. I wish I could remember the title of the book. My son is a teenager now and even now, every now and again, I'll remember to stop being frustrated myself, bite back the logic and offer a litttle bit of love and sympathy, and it still goes a long way... Not always but often!

  4. I definitely agree with this! I am not a parent but I do agree that hands on is always best.

  5. I'm not sure what happened to my comment, but to recap, I love VBS! I find it fascinating that I can learn so much about God's Word just by looking at it from a different perspective :)

  6. Looks like a great lesson! Our church is tiny and doesn't run a VBS but we do a teen & kids "conference" for a week in the summer. Thanks for posting at Christian Fellowship! Don't forget to come link up again this weekend. :) Have a blessed one!


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