Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bethlehem Village VBS

We recently finished a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School. It was the best VBS I've ever seen. It was called Bethlehem Village. A living history type Bethlehem village was set up outside on the church lawn. Every one who wished could choose a costume to wear from Bethlehem boutique, thanks to many ladies who gave their time to sew. The children were not divided by age, but rather divided into the 12 tribes of Judah. Each tribe had two adult leaders, a banner, and a blanket to sit on during tribe time. Every day there was a skit of a portion of the story of Baby Jesus reinacted in the village square. Children learned about Jewish culture at as Jesus might have seen it when he was a boy. They learned about Roman history and culture from the Roman Census Taker every day. They went to the Village Playground every day. And each day they were assigned to other two different booths. These booths included Synagogue School, a music shop where they made a simple 5 note pan flute, a dye shop where they tie died little drawstring bags, a market where they sampled fruits that grow in Israel and learned about other Jewish foods, a bakery, a coin making shop, perfume shop, toy shop, mosaic shop and grain mill.

The kids enjoyed every minute, and didn't want to miss a night. My husband and I were leaders of the Tribe of Judah, so we were able to be involved with our kids in everything that happened. Here are a few picture memories of the week.

6 bouquets of wildflowers (Comment here):

Debbie said...

How very neat! What an experience it all must have been. I hope I get the chance to be a part of something like that some day.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a good time with VBS and the kids too!


Pamela said...

wish my grandkids could have experienced that. A grandmothers hope.

(that painting I did last night!!... it is card size 5x7... and I mailed it as a thank you. I found watercolor cards at local office store on main street!)

carrie said...

Cool VBS! The costumes remind me of our church's Bethlehem project we do in December.

I was wondering where you were off to!

VJ said...

Who played the role of the priest? Anyone I know?

Anonymous said...

Hello, Just read about your Bethlehem Village. We did JM last summer and want to do BV this summer. I'm the director and desperately trying to find the leaders' guides AND the memory makers. If you move on to another theme next year, would you care to sell your materials? If you didn't direct could I ask you to pass this along? THANKS! Charlotte