Jungle Tales VBS Ministry

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As “creation missionaries,” it is our privilege to minister to all ages in churches during the summer conducting vacation Bible schools, camps, or Family VBS that focus on our Creator.  Thank you for considering this work!  In Ecclesiastes 12:1 we read, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…”  When young people are taught evolution as a “fact of science” from childhood, it becomes increasingly difficult to counteract the seeds of doubt in God’s Word that have been sown into their young minds.  Add to this the overwhelming lack in the churches of our culture to address questions that science has raised, and we have a recipe for young people casting off the beliefs of their parents and other leaders.  With this in mind, we greatly cherish the opportunity to assist churches in re-building trust in God and His Word, beginning with young people.

Weekly Schedule:

*both SS and Junior church may be conducted by Mrs. Heather Setzer so that Bro. Jeff Setzer is available to teach a combined teen – adult Sunday school and preach in the morning service.

    Morning Rally

    Saturday kickoff: 
      10 – 11:30 am (3 adult or teen helpers needed)
      Afternoon or evening VBS workers meeting (~ 1 hr)
    Sunday (normal service times)
      Sunday School – can serve as VBS class time
      Jr. Church – can serve as VBS “Rally Time”
    Monday - Thursday (9:30 am – noon)
    Thursday pm (6:30 – 8:00 pm):  Parents/Awards Night

    Evening Rally

    Saturday VBS workers meeting (~ 1 hr):  10 am
      kickoff:  6 – 7:30 pm (3 adult or teen helpers needed)
    Sunday (normal service times)
      Sunday School – can serve as a VBS class time
      Jr. Church – can serve as VBS “Rally Time”
    Monday - Wednesday (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
    Thursday (6:30 – 8:30 pm):  Parents/Awards Night

Daily Schedule:

    Morning Rally

    10 am Saturday Kickoff ~ 1 hr 15 min. (run by Setzers w/ minimal help)
    *We have found that a Saturday kickoff effectively gets the “ball rollin’” for the week!

    • Distribute handbooks & Sing songs
    • Creation Presentation
    • Review game / team & best listener awards
    • Refreshments or meal
    Sunday sessions (regular service times)
    Monday – Thursday  (2 hrs. 30 min.)
    e.g.
      9:15   Registration (begins as children arrive)
      9:40   Opening & Story time (Mrs. Heather)
      10:10   Class Time (church helpers)
      • Teach memory verse for the day
      • Ask story review questions, provided by CFM
      10:30   Refreshments
      10:45   Rally Time
       noon   Dismissal

    Evening Rally

    6 pm Saturday Kickoff ~ 1 hr 15 min. (run by the Setzers with minimal help)
    • Distribute handbooks & Sing songs
    • Creation Presentation
    • Review game / team & best listener awards
    • Refreshments
    Sunday sessions (regular service times)
    Sunday – Wednesday ~2 hrs. 10 min.
    e.g.        
      6:15       Registration (begins as children arrive)
      6:35       Opening & Story time (Mrs. Heather)
      7:05       Class Time (church helpers)
      • Teach memory verse for the day
      • Ask story review questions, provided by CFM
      7:25       Refreshments
      7:35       Rally Time
      8:35       Dismissal

For Preschoolers

Creation Family Ministries assists churches in ministering to all ages. However, due to the type of information we share in the Rally Time presentations, much of it is “over the heads” of most preschoolers.  For this reason, we ask churches which have a prominent preschool group of about 5 or more to prepare a separate special time just for them especially during Rally Time.  We suggest putting together a schedule that involves memory work (one or two verses from the handbook), video time (we have some suggestions for this), coloring time (coloring sheets may be downloaded from http://answersingenesis.org/kids), song time (preferably songs from the JungleTales handbook; preparing to sing one or two for Parents Night), lesson time and  snack time.  In addition, while “Mr. Jeff” speaks to older ones in Rally Time, “Mrs. Heather” can visit the preschoolers for a special time with them. Depending on the size of your group, they are more than welcome to join the older ones during Opening Time and Story Time.  We usually ask that you plan about 1 hour for their own special time.

VBS Philosophy of CFM

The philosophy of Creation Family Ministries concerning VBS:

  1. VBS is a “revival week” for children to encourage and strengthen their faith. 
    (We encourage churches to consider a “Family VBS” in which we minister to teens and adults during an extended class time for them.)
  2. VBS is an important week of evangelism for children.
  3. VBS is an important break for church workers who often are already over-worked.  We do most of the preparation and make class time short.
  4. “Fun with purpose.”  Fun things we do with the children (e.g. songs, competition, games) create a good memory of church.  While not everything in life is “fun,” it is important to leave a lasting impression in the child’s mind of a good time at church.  The “fun stuff” encourages them to come back.
  5. We use God’s Word and His works (creation) together to strengthen the faith of those who are already saved and to invite those who do not yet know Christ as Savior to come to Him.  A stronger faith equals a stronger witness and greater desire to live for Christ.

Needs for the Meeting

  1. Large screen or blank wall (Rally Time area) for computer/projector
  2. 1-2 adult helpers per VBS class (can be a mature teen assistant)
  3. Refreshments
  4. Tables for books/DVDs:  two 6’ tables or one 8’ table + a 6’ table (better)
  5. Artifact/display tables (1 or 2  6’ tables)

Jungle Tales Decór

The Setzers come with many decorative and/or promotional items (floor-standing banners, 4 x 10 banners, yard signs, display items / artifacts, backdrop artwork, etc).  Since we prepare decoration for the main session area (i.e. church platform), we encourage churches to decorate other areas (e.g. class rooms, refreshment area) with a jungle theme (jungles, snakes, big cats, gators, monkeys, dinosaurs).  Perhaps someone in the church can coordinate refreshments each day with a jungle “flavor” using the creature featured that particular day (see session titles).

Living Arrangements

In order to be as little of a burden to churches as possible, the Setzers live full time in an RV which serves as both home and office.  For the unit to operate properly, we need 50 amp electrical service (a 4-prong electrical outlet designed for RVs).  A   30 amp electrical outlet is sufficient in milder climates.  We also need an available water connection.  A sewer connection is not necessary unless there are city restrictions on grey waste water (i.e. sink & shower water) being let out onto the ground.  However, a sewer connection is very helpful.  Parking our RV-home by the church is optimal since we bring in a number of things to set up for the week (e.g. decorations, book & display materials, floor-standing banners).

Session Titles:

    Session 1   -   “Sticking Your Neck Out” (overview; giraffe)
    Session 2   -  “It’s a Jungle Out There!”
    Session 3   -  “God’s Gators”         
    Session 4   -  “Consider the King” (big cat presentation)
    Session 5   -  “Lifting Up the Serpent” (snake presentation)
    Session 6   -  “Monkey Business”
    Session 7   -  “Living Dinosaurs”

Finances:

The Setzers come on a love offering basis as “creation missionaries,” requesting pre-summer funding which helps to defray costs of materials such as:

Creature Cards (3 x 5) Flyers  Floor-standing banner
4 x 10 banners (2)  Yard Signs (4) Handbooks (jr. & prim.)
Medallions Buttons Promotional Cards (3 x 5)
Tee Shirts Misc. Awards  

A penny offering (we have our own offering scales) taken during the opening each day/night of VBS can help meet some of the expenses.  As missionaries, we ask that churches consider adding CFM to their missionary family.

The economy, including increased fuel prices, has in recent years “nudged” us to increase the requested pre-summer funding.  This year, we are asking $300-500 (depending on your budget).  If your budget doesn’t allow for the minimum, whatever you can send ahead will help in providing for the summer!  Please send a check made out to “CFM” to:

Creation Family Ministries
1225 29th Av. Dr. NE
Hickory, NC  28601
ATTN:  VBS

Questions?  E-Mail us at: creationfamin@yahoo.com 
Thank you for allowing us to serve with you in a special meeting designed to reach people with foundational truth!