Church Strengthening Ministry launched a travel-themed Vacation Bible School for 2018 entitled Jerusalem: Back to the Holy Land. This unique VBS highlights the life, teachings, and miracles of Jesus Christ while He was in Jerusalem. The CSM staff, all dressed up in Bible times costumes, officially kicked off the VBS season on January 22, 2018 at the CSM Building in Parañaque. VBS Writer and Editor Nikka Gonzaga shared a short devotion based on the VBS Jerusalem theme verse, “Remember the great things he has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24b) where she encouraged the team to think about how God has helped them overcome life’s challenges, to thank Him for what He has accomplished in and through them, and to tell others about the great things He has done, which is also CSM’s goal in producing quality VBS materials.
Playing Temple Tube Talk, one of the Warm Up activities in this VBS, which is basically passing the message completely and accurately up to the last person in the linePlaying Temple Tube Talk, one of the Warm Up activities in this VBS, which is basically passing the message completely and accurately up to the last person in the line
VBS Writer and Editor Nikka Gonzaga gives the theme’s overview
Marketing Specialist Ella Rodelas shares about the VBS package, its contents, and other resources
CSM staff dancing along to one of the action songs in VBS Jerusalem
The CSM Assembly Hall—decorated with a crafts station, the “Holy of Holies”, the Wailing Wall, and a series of trivia about Jerusalem—set the atmosphere like you’ve traveled back in time. This will also be the view that the participants may enjoy when they come here for the VBS workshops.
The Craft Central showcases VBS crafts from Vista 1 to 5
A depiction of the Holy of Holies with the menorah, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Torah
Posing with the life-sized donkey display is BOD Manager Aida Faustino and VP for Publishing Joy Solina
CSM ladies in costume with the “Wailing Wall” as their backdrop; the yellow post-its on the wall contain VBS prayer items that each of the CSM staff has written down
VBS Jerusalem comes in one convenient package good for 50 students. What’s unique about this VBS is that it will acquaint the kids about the Jewish culture that Jesus lived in, and it has more freebies than ever! For more details about the VBS Jerusalem resources, click here.
CSM also offers VBS training workshops to equip teachers and volunteers. The workshop features new action songs and motivational activities, detailed steps on conducting a VBS in your church (from promotion to evaluation to follow-up), samples of VBS crafts, and more.'
CSM Training Officer Ptr. Reuel Alfonso talks about the VBS workshops
The VBS workshop season starts on February 24 at CSM in Parañaque and at I am Redeemer and Master Evangelical Church (IRMEC) in Bulacan. Other workshop dates at the CSM venue are on March 3, 17, 24, and April 7. For the complete schedule and venues, click here. Churches are recommended to send at least 5 participants to the workshops to attend the following breakout sessions: Director’s Class, Beginners’ Class (for teaching kids ages 4-6) Children’s Class (for teaching kids ages 7-12; we encourage churches to send at least 2 teachers for this class), and Youth Class.