Welcome to Prophetic Thursday here at the blog. Every Thursday I will peer down the pike and try to give you a heads up on what to expect within Christianity in the near and not so near future. To see the last 2 posts in this series click Here and Here.
Vacation Bible School
Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Can you smell it?
It’s Vacation Bible School time!
Ours is next week; 6:30-9:15 each night Monday-Friday if you want to come. I’m excited about it and our church is excited about it.
Each year we use the main curriculum that Lifeway Resources provides. Each year the theme is different. Over the past few years, there has been a Great Britain theme, a Japan theme, a cowboy theme, and a road trip them. This year there is a New York City theme called “Big Apple Adventure.”
I’m wondering something, though. What happens when all of the “normal” themes have been used? What if the creativity well begins to run dry? What then?
Get even more creative. Here are four possibilities:
1. Harold Camping’s Rapture Ruse. The kids are told that the rapture will occur at the end of Saturday’s Family Fun Day so that each day prior to Saturday the teachers have their undivided attention. While they will be disappointed when the expected event doesn’t occur, they will have learned more about the Bible during that week than they have in their entire lives.
2. A Week of Winning. Does red Kool-Aid look like Tiger Blood? Absolutely! Could Charlie Sheen’s rants be turned into Bible lesson jumping off points? Maybe! Is it worth a shot? Yes! But a church would need to act quickly–this ship has nearly sailed.
3. Child vs. Wild. This Bear Grylls inspired curriculum teaches kids how to pray with urgency by releasing a different wild animal inside the locked down church building each night. And if the survivors are promised a free pizza party I am sure that there would be plenty of kids giving it a shot.
4. Vacation Bible School Musical. It’s a shame that Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, and the rest never made it to VBS. This has to change and your church can help. It should only take about 3 years of rehearsing to get all of the choreography just right.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, but churches may never get desperate enough to use any of these suggestions.
But they might.
And when they do remember that you heard them here first.
(What are some other possible VBS themes? Do you have any good VBS memories? Share away!)