Urban Ministries 2014 VBS

Urban Ministries-VBS 2014 Review - The Jesus Connection

See a review of the Urban Ministries 2014 VBS theme, The Jesus Connection

Our Review:

The Urban Ministries 2014 VBS theme is "The Jesus Connection" and it gives us another great option for reaching out specifically to African American communities.

The Jesus Connection uses Internet terminology to try and express Biblical truths. It explains that being in fellowship with Jesus is similar to being online and that, like the Internet, God is available 24/7.  They emphasize that God invites us to have fellowship with Him anytime and anywhere. 

They say that to live in fellowship is to have a 'real time' connection with Him and that "when you are connected to Jesus, you want to live like Him."

Urban Ministries has partnered with the Grammy award-winning artist, Edwin Hawkins, in the production of their musical selections, which are amazing.

Every facet of this VBS program has been designed to address spiritual development, Bible learning, social development, cultural awareness, and educational development.

There are 10 lessons that can be used either for a 5 or 10 day program. Materials are available to help meet the needs of students from Preschooler to Adult.

If you are searching for VBS materials to use with youth, you can't go wrong with "The Jesus Connection."

Thank you, Urban Ministries!

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About Themselves:

"The Jesus Connection VBS program encourages students to stay connected to their Savoir. Whether it's through the printed word, online, or through social media, Jesus is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. This program encourages constant fellowship and spiritual engagement, which produces character-building qualities such as trustworthiness, purity, faith, compassion, salvation, Christian service, and loyalty."

"The Jesus Connection utilizes digital and social media terminology to express Biblical truth.  With today’s technology, God’s Word is accessible seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  He invites us to have fellowship with Him anytime and anywhere using curriculum, computers, tablets, or cell phones. Therefore, students are encouraged to stay connected to Him every day!"

Urban Ministries, Inc is the largest, independent African-American owned and operated Christian Media Company. Their offices are located in Chicago, Illinois

VBS MOTTO: ...What a friend

VBS SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 1:9 - “God…invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”

MSRP: $79.99 - Starter Kit

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 or 10 day program

AGE RANGE: Preschool through high school


NOTES: The Urban Ministries 2014 VBS theme The Jesus Connection defines character building qualities and teaches students how to live in fellowship with Jesus. To quote them: "To live in fellowship (with Jesus) is to have a real time connection with Him."

Daily Lessons:

  • Day 1:  Created with a Purpose*
    Profile and Character Trait: Adam (Trustworthiness)
    Passage: Genesis 1:26-27; 2:19
    Spotlight: We are created in God's image
    Key Verse: Genesis 1:27
  • Day 2: Say "No" to Sin*
    Profile and Character Trait: Joseph (Chastity)
    Passage: Genesis 39:2-9
    Spotlight: Sinning displeases God
    Key Verse: Deuteronomy 6:18
  • Day 3: Winners Pray
    Profile and Character Trait: Asa (Trust)
    Passage: 2 Chronicles 14:8-13
    Spotlight: God answers prayer
    Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13b
  • Day 4: It Takes Courage
    Profile and Character Trait: Esther (Courage)
    Passage: Esther 4:9-16
    Spotlight: Be proud of who you are
    Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 14:11b
  • Day 5: Caring Calls for Action
    Profile and Character Trait: Ebed-Melech (Compassion)
    Passage: Jeremiah 38:7-12; 39:16
    Spotlight: We must care about others
    Key Verse: Psalm 56:3
  • Day 6:  Tell it Everywhere*
    Profile and Character Trait: John the Baptist (Salvation)
    Passage: John 1:19-33
    Spotlight: Stand up for what you believe
    Key Verse: Esther 4:15b
  • Day 7: Forgiven*
    Profile and Character Trait: Peter (Salvation)
    Passage: Luke 22:34; John 18:25-27; 21:15-17
    Spotlight: You can be forgiven
    Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:15
  • Day 8: Available for Service
    Profile and Character Trait: Simon of Cyrene (Christian Service)
    Passage: Matthew 27:32; 5:13-16
    Spotlight: God can use ordinary people
    Key Verse: Galatians 3:16
  • Day 9: True Blue
    Profile and Character Trait: Mary Magdelene (Loyalty)
    Passage: John 20: 11-18; 23:49
    Spotlight: It pays to be loyal to Jesus
    Key Verse: John 3:16
  • Day 10: I Want to Know*
    Profile and Character Trait: The Ethiopian Eunuch (Salvation)
    Passage: Acts 8:27-38
    Spotlight: Diligence pays off
    Key Verse: John 1:14b

*Days 1, 2, 6, 7, and 10 work well as a 5-day VBS.


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