Who is my neighbor? MennoMedia 2019 vacation Bible school curriculum helps children love others

News release

December 13, 2018

Who is my neighbor?
MennoMedia 2019 vacation Bible school curriculum helps children love others

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Neighbors are more than people who live next door. Children will expand their ideas about neighbors and how to love others in the new vacation Bible school curriculum from MennoMedia, Who Is My Neighbor? Learning to Love like Jesus, available now for the summer of 2019.

Through five carefully selected Bible stories, Who Is My Neighbor? tells the story of Jesus teaching people the importance of loving God and each other; the parable of the good Samaritan; Isaac and Rebekah’s skirmish over wells; guests invited to a special banquet who refuse to attend; and the early disciples sharing with one another.

Who Is My Neighbor? can help churches address changing communities in positive ways while teaching children to follow the way of Jesus in all of life. Editor Mary Ann Weber notes that the theme “gets to the heart of the fact that we are to care for everyone, that everyone is our neighbor. The stories and activities offer concrete ways we can show care and concern to anyone.”

Written by various writers, the Bible story curriculum becomes real through worship, music, drama, crafts, games, and other activities. Two student books for children of different ages are offered, along with promotional material, a resource CD, a Bible memory verses poster, and participation certificates.

Who Is My Neighbor? may be ordered as an all-in-one starter kit that includes everything needed for planning and preparing an effective VBS program. Items are also sold separately. More information is at www.MennoMedia.org/vbs.

 

 

—Staff release

Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

Discovering God’s Way of Peace; MennoMedia 2018 vacation Bible school curriculum ready for orders

News release
October 31, 2017

Discovering God’s Way of Peace
MennoMedia 2018 Bible school curriculum ready for orders

HARRISONBURG, Va.—God’s way of peace will come alive as children discover how to be peacemakers in Peace Lab, the 2018 vacation Bible school series from MennoMedia. From learning how to resolve conflicts to helping others, children will find out that peace begins with them.

“We’re pleased to offer this curriculum, knowing that peace is important throughout the biblical story. Plus, it’s very relevant to children as they encounter situations where peace can be a practical solution,” said Mary Ann Weber, project director.

The five-day curriculum includes stories and themes rooted in the Bible, and helps concepts about active peacemaking come to life in age-appropriate ways. Written by a team of writers in Pennsylvania, the Bible stories become real through worship, music, dramas, crafts, games, and other activities.

Graphic with Bible memory verse for VBS.

Children’s booklets, Lab Book and My Book of Stories, include stories and activities to help children learn about peace and peacemakers. Leaders’ guides and a resource CD aid teachers as they lead VBS for children from ages 4 through grade 5. Adaptations for grades 6–8 are offered on the resource CD.

Peace Lab may be ordered in an all-in-one starter kit that includes everything needed for planning and preparing an effective VBS program. All items are also sold separately. More information is at www.MennoMedia.org/vbs.

—Staff release
Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

 

 

How do Words Enhance or Hinder Worship?

By Mary Ann Weber

I’m a word person. I’m fascinated by how words are put together to make phrases and sentences. What do they mean? What do the words convey? Take this phrase: “Did you eat today?” Say it out loud four times, each time emphasizing a different word. Notice how the meaning changes, even though the same words are spoken. Fascinating!

All of this tells me that words are to be considered carefully and I thought about this as I was working with worship resources this week. MennoMedia offers a bulletin series subscription for congregations to receive bulletin covers for each Sunday. They are offered with or without worship resources printed on the back. You can read more about them see samples here and below.

The congregation where I spent my formative years did not use preplanned worship resources. I noticed that each Sunday, the prayers and words were similar to ones said the previous Sunday. It was predictable and did not tap into my love of words.

When I moved to another area I got involved with a different congregation. The worship leaders and pastors gave great thought as to what was spoken during the service, and I came alive! The poetic phrases, the images that came to mind, the careful nuancing of words, all enhanced my worship. A whole world opened up to me.

I keep these congregational stories in mind as I work with worship resources. How will words enhance, or hinder, worship? How will words lead someone into the presence of God? How will words encourage community and discipleship?

Some people are gifted in writing worship resources. Some people prefer to use resources written by others. Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing the Journey, and Sing the Story, are all designed to lead congregational worship.

Along with quality song selections, each book includes good worship resources to be used during worship services and throughout the church calendar year.

Words for Worship and Words for Worship 2 pay careful attention to words and how they fit together. Take a look at these books the next time you plan a worship service.

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How do you use words during worship? How do they invite people into God’s presence?

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Visit the Congregational Resources Section of the MennoMedia store to find many of these items.

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Mary Ann Weber
MennoMedia Managing editor