Here are instructions for creating this cake. Prepared by Lena Case.
Angela Crymes wrote the VBS Craft Book for VBS 2013, The Mighty God — God Leads Moses and Me.
Welcome to the Craft Shoppe where craft smiths will be hard at work. This week we will be focusing on how God worked in Moses’ life and how He works in a personal way in our lives. We will see that God loves us and has specific plans for our lives. He calls us to come to Him in repentance and put our faith in Him and what He did for us on the cross. He made salvation available to everyone. He saves people who turn to Him. We will also see that we can trust God to lead us in every area of our lives. He guides us in the direction He knows we need to go. He will give us direction through the Holy Spirit and His inspired Word. He cares for us and knows our needs. He is the One and only Mighty God who not only created us but cares about every detail of our lives.
The Craft Shoppe provides an opportunity to continue teaching the lessons that God is showing us in His Word. Our little craft smiths will be busy creating and having fun while seeds are being planted. The end result will be little reminders of what they have learned and tools that will help them share God with others. As we take a trip in the past, we will see how God is leading and directing our lives today.
1. Spend time in prayer.
2. Read the Bible events for yourself. Take time to study each lesson text ahead of time.
3. Experiment with the crafts. See which crafts are best suited to you and your church.
4. Recruit help. This is not a one man job. You will need help with planning, organizing, and assisting the children with their crafts.
5. Prepare the room. You may want to put down tarps or plastic to protect the floor and work surfaces for some of the crafts. You will also have some crafts that require a sink or wet wipes for clean up. You may also want to bring a hair dryer to dry the painted crafts quickly.
6. Gather supplies early. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to find what you need in time.
7. Get organized. Things will flow much smoother if things are organized and ready to go for each class and lesson.
8. The patterns will be easier to use if they are copied onto cardstock rather than typing paper. This will make them a little more stiff and durable.
9. Look for ways to encourage and edify each child.
10. Be excited about God and the opportunity to serve Him. Your excitement will be contagious. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
CRAFTS FROM THE VBS CRAFT BOOK
DAILY FOAM CRAFTS
These easy to do crafts will be great mementos of VBS 2012. Each daily craft is prepackaged. The crafts have precut, assorted self-adhesvie pieces ready to peel and stick. Order one package of 5 crafts for each child.
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Here is a preview of craft ideas for each lesson.
Lesson 1 JESUS SAVES
In the lesson, we see that Jesus is our life saver. He is the only way to experience eternal life. He chose to take our place on Calvary because He loves us so much. Get onboard with Him. His is the only way!
Lesson 2 JESUS LEADS
Lesson 3 JESUS CARES
The students will be able to draw different fears or cares they may have on this light switch cover, but in the center will be the bold reminder, Jesus Cares. When the lights are out, the words, Jesus Cares, will glow in the dark, reminding the student that he has nothing to fear.
Lesson 4 JESUS LIVES
As this popcorn pops to life on the stove, it will serve as a reminder to the student and the parents of Jesus’ ability to conquer death on His own. The popcorn requires an outside source of power to pop to life, but Jesus has the power to conquer all death from within.
Lesson 5 JESUS RETURNS
The students learned so many wonderful things this week and have experienced sweet moments of learning God’s Word. The things they have experienced are worth sharing. This sweet letter gives the student an opportunity to share what he has learned with someone else and opens the door for sharing more.
The craft book features a variety of crafts for each lesson and for all age-groups. A great resource for VBS. X85712
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The Craft Caboose
Welcome to the Craft Caboose, an important car on the Sunlight Express. You see, the caboose is much more than a cute little red car at the end of a train. The caboose is a car that provides a place to inspect the cargo. It had a desk or table for handling business and was often decorated and made personal on the inside with pictures and posters. What better setting could there be for our craft adventure! Craft time will be an opportunity to reinforce each lesson and create a visual or witnessing tool as a reminder that will go home with the students each day. The students look forward to craft time much like children at one time looked forward to seeing the brakeman waving from the caboose of a train. You will be much like the brakeman with the opportunity to help these students get on the right track—the one that leads to the Lord. Craft time will be fun and exciting for the students, but it will also be a witnessing tool used by God to reach people for His glory.
Living Up to the Name
If you were to research the history of the caboose, you would find that this fascinating little train car was known by many different nicknames. It is quite interesting and appropriate for the Sunlight Express that one of the nicknames for a caboose is “glory wagon.” Everything we do is to be for God’s honor and glory, and the Craft Caboose provides an opportunity to do that. Crafts are not intended to be a project that will keep children busy until the next class. These are teaching tools and an outreach. Craft time provides an occasion to review the day’s lesson. It also allows a chance to dig in a little deeper. Not only are you discussing what the children have learned, you are working on a hands-on reminder of the lesson that they will be able to take home and possibly share with someone else. May we all be ready to reach children for Christ in our words, actions and craft time. May our Craft Caboose be a glory wagon for the Lord!
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen,” Romans 11:36.
Climb aboard the Sunlight Express! Our journey is about to begin, and what a journey it will be! There is no greater adventure than the voyage that is taking place between Jesus and me. The same personal adventure is awaiting you, as well. Your ticket has been purchased and excitement awaits around each bend.
We will examine five wonderful promises this week beginning with an observation at the Great Gorge. It is deep and wide, but there is a strong unfailing bridge that is able to deliver us safely to the other side. Here, we will focus on the promise of salvation through our Savior, Jesus Christ. From the gorge, we will move to the tranquility of Mercy Meadows. It is a peaceful place where sheep are lead by their loving shepherd, much like Jesus lovingly leads us. The third setting is full of adventure. We will experience the rushing and crashing Fearless Falls where we will be reminded of the promise that Jesus cares. Beyond the falls, the Timeless Tunnel awaits. This will be a great time for us to remember that Jesus is as much alive today as He was before His crucifixion, and He will be alive forevermore. We will end our adventure on the beautiful mountaintop of Sonrise Summit where we will look forward to the promise that Jesus will come again.
The Sunlight Express promises to be an unforgettable, hope-filled adventure made possible by the love of Christ. Jesus’ love for us makes it all possible, from the provision of salvation to the promise of His return. We will never know a greater love than the love of Jesus or experience a greater adventure than our own personal journey with Him.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” John 15:13
(Angela Crymes, writer of the VBS Craft Book for VBS 2012, Sunlight Express)