Welcome to An Introduction to the UIM Vacation Bible School for 2019! To Review and order VBS for 2018 "Faith in Action" e-mail info@familycrossfires.org


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:

There will be clapping and jumping and cheering! There will be constant movement from one location to the next (See schedule below). There will be active worship and songs,  inspiring often humorous drama, and interactive lessons and crafts that hold attention, teach, and delight. However, in the midst of a great deal of fun and activity, this UIM VBS reunites and strengthens generations in faith by forming intergenerational family groups. Family members are taught to love and care for one another through Christian faith and love. In a world where people are growing apart, this VBS brings all of God’s children, His family, together to pray, praise, forgive and give thanks.

Generations reunited and strengthened in faith will hold God and His creation sacred, which carries out the mission and theme of this UIM year “Holding God and All He Has Created Sacred.”


 Suggested Schedule for Day Time VBS  (morning) - adjusted for afternoon and evening

8:30  -  9:00     Staff Meeting and Prayer
9:00  -  9:20    Opening Devotions
9:20  -  9:30    Tent Time:  Instructions for the day, Craft Shop assignments, etc.
9:30  - 10:00    Craft Shop I
10:00 - 10:30    Family Tent Time:  Lesson and Snacks
10:30 - 11:00    Craft Shop II
11:00        Clean up and Departure
11:15        Staff Meeting

  Lessons are Planned around Four Themes:

Day One Theme: Pray

Based on: Philipiians 4:6   Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Objective of Day One Lesson: Share how prayer helps in every need.

Day Two Theme: Praise

Based on: 1 Peter 4:11 Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Objective of Day Two Lesson:  Share how to praise God in all things.

Day Three Theme: Forgive

Based on: Matthew 6:14  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Objective of Day Three Lesson:   Share how difficult yet wonderful it is to forgive as we are forgiven by God.

Day Four Theme: Give Thanks

Based on: Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,  rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Objective of Day Four Lesson:  Encourage generations in faith that abounds in thanksgiving to God.


Closing Day Outreach

- The last or closing day of this VBS is designed to say "thank you" and share VBS with your host congregation. It also provides opportunity for outreach to your community. 

- Time is set aside for practice of songs and perhaps a skit for your community or family and friends of those who attend, which you can also present to your congregation during regular Worship. 

- You may  choose to invite parents and your congregation to a  special VBS Closing program scheduling it  the evening of  Closing Day, immediately following your VBS regular schedule.

- Yoy may conclude your closing with a Party and Snacks  in place of community outreach.

- If you decide to do community outreach:  plan a trip to  nursing home (s), shut-ins, a hospital or soup kitchen, etc to sing songs learned during VBS.


This VBS Includes:

Leader’s Guide:     Instructions for Intergenerational VBS, Publicity and Registration, Teachers and Helpers,  Craft Shop Leaders, Snack Leader and Helpers , Opening Devotions, Closing Worship and Outreach to Church and Community.

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

Reproducible Teacher and Helper Lesson Guide: Walk through daily lessons.

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

Reproducible Craft Leaders Guide:  Crafts support daily themes. (See list of crafts below).
Guides for Four Opening Devotions:      Daily theme Bible Verse, Board Activity, Drama, Active Litany,                     Engaging Object Lesson and Daily Theme Song.

Closing Interactive Worship Guide: Closing Songs,  Litany and a  Drama which  allows groups to share what they have learned.


2 Crafts for Pray:           Prayer Journal and Prayer Card
2 Crafts for Praise:        Two Musical Instruments: Harp and Shaker
2 Crafts for Forgiveness:     Suncatcher Cross and  "Forgive One Another" Coasters
2 Crafts for Give Thanks:    "O Give Thanks" Napkin Holder and
8 Crafts Total             Plant Pot thanking God for every living thing.




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