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VBS 2003 to feature ‘mysterious’ theme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The secret is out! The theme for 2003 Vacation Bible School is “The Great Kingdom Caper — Cracking the Character Code.”

LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention publishes the materials.

VBSers can get ready for a challenging adventure filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. They will spend a week exploring the vibrant streets of London and the colorful British Isles.

Children attending VBS will discover all this and more as they (the sleuths) and adults (the inspectors) join together to unravel the mystery of “The Great Kingdom Caper — Cracking the Character Code.”

“Sleuths and inspectors will be on special assignment to discover how compassion and kindness, humility and gentleness, patience and endurance, forgiveness and love are vital to the Christian life,” said Rob Sanders, VBS editor-in-chief in LifeWay’s childhood ministry publishing.

“As sleuths and inspectors work through real-life cases, they will uncover the fact that to live with Christian character requires having Jesus as Savior and Lord,” Sanders said. “The caper will be an exciting escapade that will motivate people of all ages to know Christ, accept him as Savior and Lord, and live with Christian character in God’s kingdom family.”

In a “Missions Market,” sleuths will uncover the identities of missionaries who are on special assignment every day.

Music also will play a major role in the adventure as songs in the “Music Castle” and “Worship Rally Square” reinforce each day’s Bible study and life application.

There is no mystery to uncover when it comes to VBS resources. The VBS resources provide:

— Strong outreach and evangelistic emphases that make VBS a flagship event for every church.

— Common Scripture passages and Bible study topics for all ages with age-suitable distinctions.

— A fun and meaningful theme that transforms the event into excitement for everyone.

— Rotation and self-contained scheduling options to meet a variety of needs.

— Upbeat worship rallies featuring kid-friendly Christian music, drama and video.

— The opportunity for leaders to serve based on their giftedness and interests.

— Unique, easy-to-use resources that make the adventure fun for leaders as well as learners.

For more information, go to www.lifeway.com/yourvbs. Noting that the website is being updated regularly, Sanders said, “Check back often to see what information on VBS for 2003 has been added.”
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo titles: 2003 VBS, STAY TUNED and KINGDOM CHARACTER.

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