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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

VBS prep 2015 "Journey off the Map"

For our VBS this year, we had the theme of "Journey off the Map." The idea being that our walk with Jesus is a daily journey, and we don't always know where He will take us! We have to trust Him and let Him be our guide each and every day. I loved the theme, and I was head of the decoration crew again this year. I had several wonderful helpers, including my good friend Dionne. Our church has a large auditorium and we've always divided the kids into four main groups for the daily rotations. So we made four large signs out of cardboard boxes (over six feet long and eight feet high!) instead of styrofoam like the curriculum suggested. So we spent lots of time at church painting, painting and painting some more. I think they turned out wonderfully well! 

We also made four palm trees. They were a bit of work to figure out... we used three yardsticks nailed across each other, then stapled the large cardboard, painted leaves onto them. They were weighed down inside the posts with a string and weights since they were top heavy. Two of the four were anchored to the wall so they wouldn't fall over. They looked cool, even if they were not too authentic (after seeing them on our vacation!) Overall, I was very pleased with the decorations and very thankful for the help given to me by many church members!

 One sign is beginning to take shape...
 Another sign with two trees...
 A rapelling rock...
 Day two of painting the first sign... looks so cool!
 Another sign with red rocks...
 The trees are looking pretty cool!
 My daughter Rebekah helped paint the blue around the tree... we should have done that first. Oops!
 We made four palm trees... I loved how they turned out!
 Downstairs in the craft room... we had this cool rock wall that we used for pictures with some vines and palm tree added in...
 In the entryway of the main church, we had a cool trailhead that the Ladies Committee had recently used for their lemonade stand!
 Another palm tree, this one in the main church entryway...
 The four area signs all finished!

 For our main stage, (the worship rally) we created a waterfall on and off the stage! We also hung lots of flowers and vines up high too. It looked pretty neat! Church members donated a raft, oars and a canoe, along with lots of life vests and spelunking head lamps!
 Love the rocks in the water too!
 The side view and the front view (below)...
 The pre-k room also had a "campfire" and a palm tree! We hung some bugs and vines in there too!

What a labor of love it was... "It's for the kids!" as VeggieTales says... Lots of fun! I'll share more about VBS in another post soon!

Our theme verse this week...

Isaiah 30:21
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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