(April 5, 2007) — Two Vacation Bible School programs may be ordered through Brethren Press for this summer’s VBS. Call 800-441-3712 to order starter kits and additional materials, or go to http://www.brethrenpress.com/ (search for “VBS”).
“Be Bold! God Is with You” (published by Mennonite Publishing House; order starter kit from Brethren Press for $129.99 plus shipping and handling) focuses on God’s call to be boldly faithful at all times, even when children are faced with fearful situations such as a family move, a natural disaster, or the need to stand up to a bully. Through stories from the Old and New Testaments–including the stories of Jeremiah, Ruth, Mary and Joseph, Peter, and Ananias–and 10 interactive “Courage Connection” stations, the program challenges children ages 4 through grade 8 to put their trust in God. Each day’s worship time introduces a new Bible story through lively drama and singing. Bible memory, creative activities, and active learning opportunities are included.
“Great Bible Reef: Dive Deep into God’s World” (published by Augsburg Fortress; order starter kit from Brethren Press for $65.99 plus shipping and handling) enables children to experience Bible stories through an underwater adventure. The program is a combination of music, art, science, games, worship, and drama. Dive into the “Great Bible Reef” to have children “swimming with delight as they explore all of God’s creation under the sea.” The starter “aquatic pack” includes a variety of resources including a preview DVD and song sampler, “Coral Crafts Guide,” “Great Barrier Games Guide,” “Reef Rhythm Guide,” “Seawater Science Guide,” “Deep Sea Storytelling Guide,” “Reef Tunes Songbook,” Bible books, age-group leaders guides, and director’s guide.