Vacation Bible School (VBS) brings memories of laughing children, busy volunteers and warm days filled with Bible stories, crafts, songs, pledges, and snacks.
Thoughts of VBS today may stir up anxiety in churches with small budgets, due to the elaborate themes and expensive cost of many of the programs available. Well have no fear! This author has developed an affordable, workable, and exciting VBS program that saves you money and effectively engages today’s children in learning about God’s Word and applying it to their lives.
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With a small congregation of 80, the authors were able to conduct successful VBS with a staff of 4 to 6 adults, and a group of 40 to 50 kids!
Blessed Are the Peacemakers is based Romans 12:18. The objective is for the children to be able to resolve their own conflicts using the biblical peacemaker model. Each day will bring a different topic, such as Responding to Conflict, The Roots of Conflict, Choices and Consequences, and Forgiven.
At the Theme Station, the children will learn peacemaking strategies through discussion and acting out scenarios. At the Bible Station children will experience four stories about characters who were peacemakers – or who were not. At the Crafts Station, each day’s craft will reflect either the Bible story or the peacemaker teaching of the day. The Games and Snack Station provides games that utilize conflict resolution and problem-solving techniques and are designed to be team building and encourages snacks of your choice.
Use this to reach and teach the children in your church and community. Impact their lives for eternity…and influence their loved ones.
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About the Author: Gail T. Felker received her BA degree in elementary education from Grove
City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, and her MA in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She and her husband, Rev. Steven Felker, have served in three churches: First Baptist in Hanston, Kansas; United Church of New Marlborough in Southfield, Massachusetts; and currently Christ Chapel in Ithaca, New York. Gail has homeschooled their four children – Benjamin, Rachael, Lydia, and Anna – for 20 years and has written numerous articles for Homeschooling Today magazine.