UPSTAIRS VBS 2017
“Outlaws for God…a Wild West Adventure”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
Howdy! VBS this year is a rowdy Western adventure romp through the pages of the Bible, highlighting characters who were “outlaws,” defying norms (and sometimes even laws!) if that’s what it took to follow God and hold fast to righteousness. And just wait until we meet the surprising ultimate rebel of the Bible (spoiler alert: He happens to be God’s son!). Along the way, we will enjoy making fun cowboy crafts, sampling some tasty snacks, and playing some galloping games! Saddle up, Partners! Get Ready for a rootin’ tootin’ hoe-down show-down with ‘Outlaws for God…a Wild West Adventure.’
VBS takes place each Sunday in June. Your child will participate in worship with the congregation and then be escorted to the Fellowship Hall. Immediately following service, you may pick up your child at the same place.
First, we peek at Gideon…with just a tiny army and some trumpets and pitchers, Gideon defeated the powerful force of the Midianites! We will hear how God used Gideon’s faith and willingness to lead for standing up to the enemy. This guy was ready to go against the grain and follow God no matter what his directions were. (Judges 7)
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego… This was not just a wilderness campfire. The three friends were kidnapped from their homes and taken to Babylon, but they stood up for their faith. We will hear about how the Hebrews followed God and escaped the fiery furnace. (Daniel 1-3)
Elijah’s exciting escape and providence. Elijah was a Biblical outlaw if ever there was one…he was banished by Ahab and chased away by Jezebel, hiding and returning and wrestling with God. We will look at Elijah’s experience in the wilderness as God took care of Him with birds. We will also look briefly at his encounter with a widow and her son, and learn God always takes care of us. (I Kings 17)
Righteous Anger…Jesus the Rule-Breaker. Jesus upsets the temple tables…the ultimate outlaw! We will learn that sometimes it is okay to be mad, but that God is responsible for fixing things. We’ll also see Jesus show everyone who is boss. (John 2)
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