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2006 VBS to go from Arctic to outer space

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–In 2006, Vacation Bible School will go to the top of the world and then some.

“Arctic Edge: Where Adventure Meets Courage” is the 2006 theme for the main line of VBS curriculum published by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. In this VBS, children will trek north to the Arctic, where daily excursions from Big Bear Lodge will have them hiking across the tundra, exploring the seascape by kayak and skimming the back country in a float plane.

As VBSers test their limits in the challenges of the vast Arctic wilderness, they will learn that God is always with them and that they can find the courage required to follow Jesus in the everyday challenges of life. The Scripture for the Arctic Edge VBS is Joshua 1:9 – “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (HCSB). The motto for the week is “Be strong! Be courageous! Follow Jesus!”

Arctic Edge VBS curriculum is designed for all age groups — from babies to adults — for a traditional weeklong summer VBS. It offers a three-hour schedule for five days. A website — www.lifeway.com/yourvbs — will be available Aug. 1, including helps, resources, games and a prayer calendar. This VBS line uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation and can easily be adapted for use with the King James Version.

“Club VBS: Space Quest!” is LifeWay’s second line of VBS and will use John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (HCSB) as its Scripture. The motto is “Jesus: The Way, the Truth, the Life!”

Club VBS curriculum is designed for a traditional weeklong summer VBS, spring break, fall break, day camps, mission trips and mid-week programs. It offers a two-hour schedule for five days — Bible study, crafts and recreation/snacks rotation — and an all-in-one pack that includes everything needed for 40 children and 10 preschoolers, including a website with helps and year-round accessibility. It can be used with any Bible translation.

“Ordinarily, we wait until Aug. 1 to announce the themes for the next year’s VBS,” said Mary Katharine Hunt, director of LifeWay’s VBS area. “But this year, since the Southern Baptist Convention is being held here in Nashville, we wanted to celebrate by announcing the themes early to our friends who are coming to our hometown.”

A section in the LifeWay exhibit area will be dedicated to VBS materials. “While we won’t have everything available for display at the SBC, we will have information for the convention-goers to pick up and take back to their churches,” Hunt said. “For some, this will be a good way to close this year’s VBS — an invitation to next year’s.”

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