Tag Archives: Vacation Bible School

Sunshine, S’mores, Rednecks and the Gospel

The sun is shining in Seattle.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The sun is shining.

It is not raining.

I am not going to sit at my computer.

The sun is shining.

But, I’d love to share some of my fun ideas to make your

summer weekend a little more

tasty and relaxing.



Check out my S’more Recipe!

Tired of people dropping all the marshmallows in the dirt

or eating all the chocolate before everyone gets a S’more?

Plan ahead.


City-Slickin’ Redneck Vacation

Traffic horrible?

Too tired to pack up camping gear?

Camp in your backyard this summer.

Urban Vacation.

We love coming up with new foods and new ways

to cook in the firepit.

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Need ideas for Vacation Bible School? 
Check out my
Sweet Gospel Message.

It’s a great way to share the Gospel.

Iffin’ ya’ want some more recipes or fun ideas,
use that cool search button on my blog.

C’mon, I double-dog dare ya’.

Don’t make five years of back posts go to waste.

As for me and my house,

we’re heading outside.

‘Cuz ya’ know what?

The sun is shining in Seattle.

Hide ’em in Your Heart

Helping a child hide a verse in their heart is burying treasure.  They might forget it’s there, but “X”  always marks the spot.  That verse will bear fruit in the Lord’s timing and in the Lord’s way.

I blogged earlier about the power of  ONE VERSE I memorized as a child during AWANAS.  I didn’t even want to memorize the verse, I wanted to sit by a cute boy.  I didn’t review the verse. I didn’t write it down.   I memorized it, walked away and had no idea what had been buried inside my 9 year old heart.

Treasure needs to be deep beneath the surface where it can’t be stolen by a thief.  Through the years, we’ve found the best memorizing success, especially for kids from the non-Christian homes, is to have a time slot of 5 – 10 minutes set aside for memory work. It’s not just enough to tell the kids to memorize a verse, or send a piece of paper home with them.  Not all kids get help at home with their Vacation Bible School and Sunday school homework.

Use a variety of tools in teaching the verse to the kids will  break up chunks in their hearts’ soil so the treasure is deep and safe.

REPETITION aids memorization.  We say the verse over and over, having the kids repeat phrase by phrase, trying to ensure the verse is  memorized before they go home.

ANIMATION aid memorization. Sometimes we whisper.  Sometimes we shout!  Sometimes we chant.  Sometimes we close our eyes.  Sometimes we follow each word with a light clap.

IMAGERY aids memorization. Other than just sending a piece of paper home with words, words, words and more words with a few numbers and a colon thrown in, I like to have a shape or picture that accents or explains the verse.  It also makes it more attractive and more likely to be pinned to the fridge or bulletin board so other family members may bury the treasure in their own hearts.

Generations ago, a scissors, glue and construction paper accomplished much in schools, homes, and Sunday schools.  Sometimes, I like to get back to the simple things in life. When I needed to make Vacation Bible School memory verse cards, I didn’t go to the Internet, I went down into a plastic shoebox in my craft room to dig for examples.

An older Christian friend, Alice,  taught Sunday School, Five Day Clubs,  and Vacation Bible School for years.  When she retired from the ministry, she gave me some of her materials.

Before the invention of computers and Microsoft Word, Alice used a manual typewriter to type her verses over and over, and hand cut all of her shapes.

The shapes in the upper left hand corner were the ones I created based on Alice’s templates.    Younger or first-time attendees only memorize the first part of each verse, although are rewarded if they memorize both.  Click on images to enlarge.

Those of you that aren’t very crafty will look at my project and say, “Hey, that’s simple, I can do that!”

Those of you that are very crafty will look at my project and say, “Hey, I can do that, but I’ll add this, and add that, and……”

The computer and the internet have exploded our creative possibilities. For any intended project, we type in the words and search thousands of options for patterns, free downloads, examples and pictures of people proudly displaying their creative successes.  Craft items like  paper punches, Cuttlebug and Cricet have also aided creativity.

It’s a simple project to bury one verse in a heart and send it home to benefit the rest of the house. Because remember,  one verse can change a life.

The Sweet Gospel Message -Vacation Bible School Idea

For Vacation Bible School I decided even the candy treats should proclaim the glory of the Lord. It only takes one verse to convict the heart of sin and lead  to salvation. If we pass verses into their hands and their houses,  it might enter  their hearts.
Each day of Vacation Bible School we send goodie bags home  that include a Gospel tract, a small gift for attending,  and a candy treat, and an invitation for the next day to pass out to a friend.
All templates were from Microsoft Word. They’re so easy to use!
(click on any picture to enlarge)
This was actually a template to label garden plants.
Under New choose
then Labels,
then Other Labels,
then Herb Garden Plant Markers. Their  words and Genesis 24:26 was inserted.
I love making these little gifts! Wrapping box after box of Nerds can be challenging, tying tiny bows can drive you crazy, but they sweetly illustrate the Gospel verse Ephesians 2:8. I hot glue the box on the card.
I used a Word document, not a template, cutting and pasting 2 Timothy 3:15 over and over. I punched a hole in the corner and tie two Smarties on with curling ribbon.
This is a business card from Word templates. I  added Ephesians 3:19, punched the holes, and slid the suckers through.
I was grasping at straws, and used the comparison of candy fillled with chocolate to being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Other years, I have typed up this paragraph below and filled celophane gift bags with the text
and individually wrapped types of candy listed.


     RED HOTS – Hell is real. Hell is forever. Hell is the punishment you deserve for your sins. The hardships and sufferings on earth are nothing compared to the eternal suffering in Hell. Revelation 20:15, says, “and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
LIFE SAVER – there is nothing you can do to save yourself from an eternity in Hell. Christ alone can save you from your sins. John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”
SMARTIES – Make the smart decision. Accept the Lord’s free gift of salvation. 2 Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
NOW NOT LATER – II Corinthians 6:2b “Behold NOW is the day of salvation!”
Yea, His Words are sweeter than candy.

Psalm 119:103

How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

When we pass out sweet Gospel treats, I love to tell the kids  the Word of God is sweeter.

I would love hearing  any ideas you have for making sweet Gospel messages!