October 12, 2016
“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.
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