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

 

 

“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
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

Stories told by Jesus chosen as VBS 2016 theme

News release
November 19, 2015SurpriseVBS

Stories told by Jesus chosen as VBS 2016 theme

Newest summer Bible school curriculum ready for orders

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—Surprise! Stories of Discovering Jesus is the new MennoMedia vacation Bible school material for 2016.

The theme was suggested by users who asked for vacation Bible school material that focuses on Jesus. The team producing the upcoming VBS curriculm looked at stories about Jesus, and noticed that many of the passages featured people and situations where Jesus said or did surprising things. These revealed new facets of Jesus and his teachings. Those stories include Jesus in the temple, with children, in the crowd, during the night, and while walking along a road.

Girl in her driveway playing with chalk

Girl in her driveway playing with chalk

Created for children ages 4 through grade 5, with free options for junior youth available on the VBS website (www.mennomedia.org/vbs), the materials feature a time of worship that includes a drama to present the Bible story. After worship, children rotate among activities that relate to the Bible story.

Dawn Silvius at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas, said that this “format brings adults and kids together for extended periods of time around a variety of activities.” She adds that adults and children learn to know each other and develop lasting friendships. They develop friendships that “continue to grow through the rest of the year.” Silvius also adds that “vacation Bible school is a wonderful week for our congregation.”

The VBS 2016 materials were written by a team in Ontario, coordinated by managing editor Mary Ann Weber. Writing rotates among various Mennonite communities across the United States and Canada, and varies by year.

Surprise! Stories of Discovering Jesus 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

or more information on the news release
Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org