Welcome to An Introduction to the UIM Vacation Bible School for 2020!


Is  "Intergenerational Family of God" VBS!

Place dads, moms, and children together into their actual families


  Create intergenerational congregational families


Transform  classrooms of students (kindergarten - 8th grade) into "caring family groups" of mixed ages with helpers and leaders as adults


A Brief Summary of this VBS:

A "Friends in Christ" atmosphere saturates this VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!   It is uniquely designed to touch the hearts and lives of generations with the kindness and caring and strength of Christ.   With so much violence and so many lonely people in the world today, Christ is our perfect example of strong gentleness, and He is also our Best Friend. This VBS reunites generations with Christ whose deep love strengthens them to love and care for each other just as He loves and cares for all people. The days of those who attend will be filled with lively songs, stories, puppets, fun activities and crafts for every age. Everyone will find something uplifting and extremely valuable to help them in their faith and lives, and learn how to pass it on as they seek to be friends in Christ who become thoroughly equipped by Him to change the world through His kindness and caring.

Generations reunited and strengthened in faith will build God’s love from generation to generation and they will be bound together by God’s love, carrying out the mission and theme of this UIM year, “Binding Generations Together In and Through God’s Love.”   As they do all of the above, they will most certainly be Friends in Christ who are about the important work of building God’s Church through His love. 

Suggested Schedule for VBS

8:30  -  9:00     Staff Meeting and Prayer                 
9:00  -  9:20     Opening Devotions                
9:20  -  9:30      Family Group Time:  Instructions for the day,  Craft Shop assignments, etc.            
9:30  - 10:00    Craft Shop                     
10:00 - 10:15    Snack Time                    
10:15 - 10:45    Family Group Time:  Lesson Review/ Application
10:45 - 11:15    Craft Shop
11:15            Clean up and Departure
11:30            Staff Meeting

Lessons are Planned around Four Themes:   Day five is reserved for review and outreach.

Day One Theme:  First Friends

OBJECTIVE: To uncover our need for friends.
Bible Story: First Friends - Adam and Eve   
Bible Words :  Psalm 68:6a  - "God sets the lonely into families..."

Day Two Theme:  Christian Friends

OBJECTIVE: To share the need for Christian friends.
Bible Story: Abraham - God’s Friend   
Bible Words :  Hebrews 10:24  - " Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."

Day Three Theme:  Kind and Caring Friends

OBJECTIVE: To teach ways to be kind and caring friends in and through Christ.
Bible Story: The Good Samaritan - A Kind and Caring Friend.
Bible Words:  Galatians 6:10 - "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."

.Day Four Theme:  Our Greatest Friend

OBJECTIVE: To reveal the great love we need, from God, through Christ, to make us friends in Christ.
Bible Story: Jesus -  The Good Shepherd
Bible Words:   -  John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than he lay down his life for his friends."

Day Five is a Review of all Four Themes


This VBS Includes:

Pre-registration Publicity: Reproducible Poster, Registration Form, Invitations, Bulletin Insert,  Newsletter and Newspaper Press Release, as well as Radio Promotion Suggestions.

Four Opening Devotion Guides:
VBS Theme Song, Bible Story, Puppet Play, Board Activity, Bible Verse, Litany,  Object Lesson, Closing Daily Theme Song and Prayer.

Closing Interactive Worship Guide: 
Songs, Puppet Play, Review,  Bible Verse, Litany and Prayer.

Suggestions For Outreach To:
Congregations, Families, Neighborhoods, Nursing Homes, etc.

Reproducible Teacher and Helper Lesson Guide:
Walk through daily lessons. Opening, Review of Lesson and Application, Craft, Lesson Activity, and Memory Work.

Reproducible Song Book:      
VBS Theme Song, Daily Theme Songs and Action  Litanies

Reproducible Craft Leaders Guide: 
Crafts support daily themes and include a Lesson Application       Activity.



2 Crafts for Day One:           (1) Make Bottle Flute (2) Love Stepping Stone

2 Crafts for Day Two:            (3) Paint Bottle Flute (4)Glue Pencil Holder

2 Crafts for Day Three:         (5) Paint Pencil Holder (6) "Friend in Chrsit" Bag

2 Crafts for Day Four:        (7) Cross-bead Suncatcher  (8) Friends in Christ Boomerang




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can and already are helping to grow God’s Church!


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