Sunday, July 24, 2011


 Last week we had VBS at Belden Baptist. We were in Nazareth.  This is the third year that we have done this series of VBS and it is wonderful! This series is more interactive than what we used to do and the kids seem to like it alot better. All the workers dress up in costumes from the time that we are in and the crafts that we do are from that time period. This year the crafts were:

Olive Oil Shop They made salt scrub.

Farmers Field. They planted grass seeds,

Bead Shop. The made bead necklaces.

Synagogue School.  They made tithe boxes.

Wool Shop. They made soap.

Food Shop complete with dried crickets and worms.
Rock Quarry. They imprinted rocks.

Carpenter Shop. They made tile coasters.

Me, Phil and Tina Shelton were in the carpenter shop. It seemed to be a popular shop. They whole market place was really good this year.  One of the biggest thrills this year was the food shop. They always try to have some sort of food from the time period that we are in. This year in was dried crickets and worms. They seemed to be a very popular treat among the kids and workers. We would be in our tent and could hear the chants of the kids encouraging the other kids to try one of the treats. While Brady wouldn't even think about eating one Rae did try the cricket.

Before cricket

Chewin it up

The reaction

I think she liked it

What have I done????
Needless to say the first thing she did was find a glass of water. I don't think I could talk her into doing that again.

One of the things that we do during VBS is have an offering challenge between the boys and girls. The money that we raise during the week goes toward Operation Christmas Child. This year the total amount raised was over $1200.00 !!! Isn't that awesome?! But the girls lost so Ms Teresa had to take a pie in the face. But just at the last second the tax collector for the week decided to take the pie for her. All she had to do was ask.  Bro. Jim, Teresa and Mr. Bob (tax collector) tried to show the kids that Jesus would take your punishment for you and all you have to do is ask him.  It was a really good example to use for the kids, some that never come to church.  I think the most kids we had was 160.  That is just awesome. We had a total of 4 saved this week. That makes the week of VBS all worth it.

Sweet Jennifer was Mary this week.

Brady during the closing service.

Getting ready to make a tithe box.

Getting ready to make a tile coaster.

Adam went with us this week. It was great to have him along for the ride.
Thursday was parents night at VBS. All the parents come to see what we have been doing this week. Phil and I had to stay in our tent to show what we did and since Brady and Adam were in the same group, Bob and Barbara walked around with them. Emily walked around with Rae and saw what she did this week. I don't know how but Rae talked Emily into eating a cricket. I wish I had a picture but I didn't get to see this. I only heard about it.
This has been a great week at VBS. It just gets better and better every year.  Maybe next year you could join us.



Isn't this a great program? Our church did this too!

I was wondering if I could use the picture of the tent at the top of this page (the olive oil shop) on a page I'm making about different ways to do marketplace tents? I would credit this blog and include a link back somewhere on the page, and could also credit your church if you would like. Please let me know!

The page will be somewhat like the following page only more specifically aimed towards people doing one of Group's Holy Land VBS, and all of my portion of ad revenues will be donated to charity:

Please e-mail me at ecarian at yahoo dot com if it's ok to use your pictures for this.

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