“Digging for Treasure” in Jesus’ parables

diggingtreasuresOctober 12, 2016
News release

“Digging for Treasure” in Jesus’ parables
MennoMedia 2017 Bible school curriculum ready for orders

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—The parables of Jesus contain rich hidden gems. With the theme Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed, the 2017 vacation Bible school series from MennoMedia gives children tools to find treasures of God’s kingdom.

“This year’s theme responds to a survey in which people said they would like to study parables during VBS,” writes project director Mary Ann Weber. A team of Kansas writers gathered to discuss Jesus’ parables before creating the materials. “The parables reveal things about the kingdom of heaven, about God, and about how much God loves us,” Weber writes in her introduction.

The five-day curriculum brings children both stories and activities about the sower and the seed, the lost sheep and lost coin, the mustard seed, and others. Through drama, worship, creative activities, and song, children will find the spiritual wealth in these ever-new stories from Jesus.

Children’s booklets, Treasure Map and My Book of Stories, and a CD of energetic worship songs help draw children into exploring the world of Jesus’ stories and teachings. Leader’s guides help teachers lead VBS for children from age 4 through grade 5. Adaptations for grades 6–8 are offered on a resource CD, a new feature in this year’s curriculum.

The CD provides additional helpful tools to publicize VBS, a Bible memory slide show, name tags, and other resources designed to equip leaders in implementing an effective, dynamic VBS program.  Digging for Treasure includes leader’s guides for active response, Bible response, creative response, and worship and drama.

MennoMedia’s vacation Bible school writing rotates among various Mennonite communities across the United States and Canada, and varies by year.

Digging for Treasure may be ordered in an all-in-one boxed set including everything needed for planning and preparation. All items are also available separately. More information is at: www.mennomedia.org/vbs.

MennoMedia Staff
Hi-res photos available

For more information on the news release:
Melodie Davis

Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts coloring book launched

October 6, 2016
News release9781513801520

Herald Press releases first art coloring book for adults

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—Herald Press is moving into the devotional coloring book market with its first entry into the field, Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts.

The coloring book includes more than 40 designs based on popular Mennonite and Amish quilts through history and across the United States and Canada. These include Baskets, Pinwheel, Center Diamond, Rail Fence, Log Cabin, Garden Maze, Jacob’s Ladder, and other popular designs. Short descriptions of the history or traditions surrounding each quilt design are included, along with loosely related Scripture verses for further inspiration.

Journal space offers readers a chance to write prayers or reflections while they color. The pages are perforated so artists can easily tear-out pages from the coloring book to give to someone, to frame, or both.

Barbara H. Cline, a master quilter, teacher, and designer from Dayton, Virginia, wrote a preface for the book, “Notes from a Mennonite Quilter,” and illustrator Rebecca Solow created the coloring pages.

Adult coloring books intended for Christian audiences focus on the act of coloring and help persons slow down, meditate, relax, pray, and breathe more slowly. Editorial director Amy Gingerich said, “We wanted to offer those looking for inspiring coloring books a rich collection of quilts in the Amish and Mennonite tradition.”


Monkey Wrench or Snail Trails is just one of over 40 quilts to color in the Beloved Amish & Mennonite Quilts coloring book. At left, Snail Trails design as depicted in the coloring book.










A second coloring book titled Amish Prayers: A Coloring Book will be released in early 2017. Featuring Fraktur, a Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, Amish Prayers will include coloring pages designed by artist Lynn Sommer and prayers excerpted from a prayer book used by Amish households across the centuries.

Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts is available for $12.99 USD from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org, as well as at bookstores.

—MennoMedia staff; High-resolution book photo available.

For more information on news release
Melodie Davis
News manager – MennoMedia


Shine: Living in God’s Light looking for curriculum writers


Shine: Living in God’s Light, the Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press, is accepting applications for curriculum writers. The curriculum is for children age three through grade 8.  Accepted writers must attend a Writers Conference in Virginia, March 2-5, 2017. Shine pays for meals and lodging during the conference and covers reasonable travel expenses.

More details are available at www.ShineCurriculum.com/writers. Application and sample session deadline is December 1, 2016.