MennoMedia 2014 VBS

See a review of the MennoMedia 2014 VBS theme, Welcome!

Our Review:

MennoMedia has done an excellent job of presenting a 5 day VBS program that teaches children how we can "Give and Receive God's Great Love" by showing (and accepting) hospitality. I like their title "Welcome!" because to me that one words sums up the idea of hospitality.

The program designed for children 3-11 and can be expanded to include children in 6th-8th grades.  A Preschool Planning Guide is also available.  You can use "Welcome!" as either a traditional 5 day VBS or as a once a week Bible Club program.

The lessons remind me a lot of the ones I write. They are clear presentations of Bible stories that are wonderful to hear and easy to follow.  They have plenty of fun ideas for games, crafts, and activities.  And they can be adapted to use with a wide age range of children, depending on the activities chosen.

Their music is chosen to be uplifting and thought provoking. It teaches about how we relate to God.

MennoMedia says that "The creation of VBS materials, from start to finish, is based on Bible stories," and "We want children to have fun while learning about God!"

Well done, MennoMedia!

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About Themselves:

"There are many stories about hospitality in the Bible and people welcomed each other in unusual and amazing ways," says Mary Ann Weber, managing editor for curriculum at MennoMedia. "Welcome! Give and Receive God's Great Love highlights some of the stories as it invites children to learn about God, who welcomes each one of us."

Welcome! features stories drawn from Genesis, 1 Samuel, Luke, and Acts. In each of the five stories presented here, children will learn how God's love can be shown by making friends, seeking peace, and accepting hospitality from others.

VBS MOTTO: Give and Receive God's Great Love


MSRP: $129.99

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 day program than can also be used as a midweek or club program

AGE RANGE: Preschool through 5th grade

SCRIPTURE TRANSLATION: New English Translation

NOTES: has a room and space decorations ideas sheet

Daily Lessons:

  • Day 1:  Receiving Strangers
    Passage: Genesis 18:1-15 (Abraham and Sarah)
    Faith Focus: We can show hospitality and be open to surprises.
    Memory Verse: Matthew 25:35 - For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
  • Day 2: Caring for Neighbors
    Passage: Luke 10:25-37 (The Good Samaritan)
    Faith Focus: We can show hospitality by meeting needs.

    Memory Verse: Leviticus 19:18b -You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Day 3: Meeting Jesus
    Passage: Luke 19:1-10 (Zacchaeus)
    Faith Focus: We can show hospitality by making friends.

    Memory Verse: 1 John 4:12b - If we love one another, God lives in us.
  • Day 4: Seeking Peace
    Passage: 1 Samuel 25:14-35 (David, Abigail, and Nabal)
    Faith Focus: We can show hospitality by seeking peace.

    Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 25:32b - Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today!
  • Day 5: Comforting One Another
    Passage: Acts 28:1-10 (Luke and Paul shipwrecked on Malta)
    Faith Focus: We can accept hospitality from others.
    Memory Verse: Matthew 7:12a - In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.


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