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SBC DIGEST: Lifeway VBS Preview events; ‘Why the Nativity?’ docudrama

Lifeway trains leaders, builds momentum for VBS 2023 at VBS Previews

By Marissa Postell/Lifeway

NASHVILLE (BP) – For many, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is the best time of the year, and many ministry leaders and volunteers are already preparing for VBS 2023. To help prepare these leaders to make next summer a game changer, Lifeway Christian Resources is hosting VBS Preview events to train, equip and encourage leaders.

According to Lifeway Research, 6 in 10 Americans say they attended VBS growing up, and 7 in 10 parents say they would let their child attend VBS at someone else’s church if they were invited. VBS remains one of the most popular church programs in America – and for good reason. Most American adults who attended VBS as children say they have positive memories of VBS and that it helped them understand the Bible better and positively influenced their spiritual growth.

That’s why Lifeway will host five VBS Preview events in four cities in January 2023. Each preview will include both English and Spanish breakout sessions to provide ministry leaders with opportunities to develop their volunteer team, gain valuable training and build momentum and excitement for “Twists & Turns” VBS.

“VBS Preview is the first opportunity to get an in-depth look at the resources and theme and get a jump start on planning,” said Melita Thomas, VBS and kids ministry specialist for Lifeway. “Plus, when you bring your team (or key leaders) to a VBS Preview, everyone gets on the same page and leaves pumped up and ready to get started.”

Three cities will host two-day VBS 2023 Preview events, spanning Friday and Saturday. VBS Preview events in Nashville will be single day events. 2023 dates and locations include:

  • Friday, January 6 – Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Friday, January 7 – Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Friday-Saturday, January 13-14 – Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Sugar Land (Houston), Texas
  • Friday-Saturday, January 20-21 – Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Friday-Saturday, January 27-28 – Ridgecrest Conference Center, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Registration is open at vbs.lifeway.com.

VBS Previews are designed to equip VBS teams for success. Leaders get to experience what a worship rally and family night can look like, learn VBS music, preview videos, dig into resources, hone their skills as a teacher or director, bond with their team and network with other VBS leaders.

Each VBS Preview event will feature a VBS Event Store where leaders and volunteers can shop for “Twists & Turns” curriculum and decorations. It’s the only place to shop for VBS materials in person. Leaders will get Preview-only discounts on VBS shirts and have opportunities to pick up exclusive VBS swag.

Through main sessions and breakouts, VBS experts train VBS teams with the tools they need to make this summer’s VBS a game changer, including helps for developing classroom skills, providing a safe environment for kids and recruiting and mentoring new leaders. Leaders will leave inspired to plan and execute a VBS that impacts lives for eternity.

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Turning Point docudrama ‘Why the Nativity?’ now streaming

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (BP) – Turning Point Studios, a division of well-known author and pastor David Jeremiah’s Turning Point for God, released its first feature length docudrama film, ‘Why the Nativity?’ on Thanksgiving Day.

The biblical story of the Nativity is well-recorded; however, over the centuries, tradition has often influenced the retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth – perhaps more than we realize. The Bible presents a clear narrative of the story, but beyond just a few chapters of text much of the detail is left untold. These mysteries, lost to the passage of time, facilitated the creative liberty to bring the Nativity story to life as never before.

Why the Nativity?explores questions, facts and history seldom seen in traditional Nativity stories – from the influence of Roman rule, to the identities of the wisemen, to the back story of Mary and Joseph as children. This is the story of a couple accepting a monumental change, of a journey fraught with danger, of oppressive rule, of the lowliest of society together with kings and wisemen from around the ancient world journeying to see a God not their own but worshiping Him still.

Why the Nativity?is available on Turning Point Television, Turning Point+ and Fox Nation and will air on Lifetime Television on Christmas Day. A made for television version has been adapted and will air on Turning Point’s regularly scheduled daily and weekend programs in December. In addition, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., will be playing Why the Nativity?in its theaters until January 6.

View the Official Trailer here: Why The Nativity? Official Trailer – YouTube  

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