Life in Christian County, Kentucky... Christian and Lutheran Life...
I've been helping with Vacation Bible School (VBS) music every afternoon this week. I didn't do much. A CD came with the VBS materials for the kids to sing along with, so it was very easy. (I didn't have to learn the songs on the piano! Yay!)
The VBS materials had an extensive and well-developed treasure hunt theme. In the church where we had openings and closings, it was decorated as "Treasure Cove." Chester, a talking treasure chest, appeared in short videos that we watched during the openings and closings.
Each day the kids collected clues to help Chester find his missing jewels. Each day, one jewel was discovered and returned. The jewel of each day was used as a symbol that related to the Bible lesson, and at the end of the week, all of the jewels fit into a cross that had been used as a prop throughout the week.
The music was upbeat and fun. The kids were trying to sing the theme song without their song sheets within a couple of days. One of this week's songs was set to the melody of "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" and another was set to the melody of Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat song ("Day-O"). (Music samples here.)
Each of the lessons was centered around the idea of treasure, too. The overall theme was "Riches in Christ", and the first four lessons were about events in the life of Jesus:
"Discovering Treasure!" (Jesus feeds 5000.)
"Showing Treasure!" (Jesus walks on water.)
"Knowing Treasure!" (Jesus washes feet.)
"Trusting Treasure!" (The risen Jesus at the beach.)
The fifth lesson was:
"Sharing Treasure!" (Apostle Paul in a shipwreck)
Over the years, I've been involved with many Vacation Bible Schools and I've seen a lot of Vacation Bible School packages. Perhaps I should explain that in this day and age, churches usually purchase a VBS package rather than trying to invent their own materials from scratch.
My congratulations to Concordia Publishing House for a job well done. I'm really impressed with the creativity and appeal of the materials in the "Treasure Cove" package.
Much is said about modern children being interested only in entertainment -- game systems, computers, videos, television, etc. This VBS package proved that their attention and interest can still be brought to focus on the Gospel.
This evening after VBS was over, we had a simple picnic with hot dogs, pork & beans, macaroni & cheese, and finger foods. The kids played frisbee and hide-and-seek and the adults sat around and chatted. It was a nice finale to a pleasant week.