Taking Students “To the Edge”
Vacation Bible School 2015
Regular Baptist Press’s “To the Edge: Encountering the God of the
Universe” will rocket its way into churches and communities during the
2015 VBS season. In this space-adventure-themed program, kids will
see God’s great power as they travel beyond our solar system to explore
deep space. They’ll also learn about God’s love, holiness, forgiveness,
and plan of salvation. Jesus’ life and teaching reveal what God, the Creator of all, is like.
Planning for “To the Edge” started in Octo-
ber, when the VBS team sat down together
to discuss possible themes. “This was my first
experience in developing a VBS theme,” says
Manning Brown, RBP’s marketing director.
“I was amazed at the amount of time and
research that goes into the process, even
before a theme is decided upon.”
Before any theme is chosen, the editorial
team shares the Biblical content for the
coming VBS. Then the whole VBS team
gets to work—identifying themes that best
convey the emphasis of the Bible content.
They consider how a theme would work
in the “real world” VBS setting, discuss
how it would look, and test if students
would respond positively to it. In produc-
ing innovative themes, the team researches
and avoids previous themes available in the
VBS marketplace. After extensive research,
“Science and space scored high in our
research. Combining them into a single
theme just came together naturally,” says
Brown. “The evidence of God’s creation in
far space is just as amazing and compelling
as what you find on earth.”
Selecting a theme, however, is just the
beginning of the development process.
In the following months, everything
from puppet design, crafts, games, deco-
rating ideas, visual aids, and music are
considered for making an enjoyable VBS.
But most of all, the team considers how
best to present the gospel and plan of
salvation through lessons and activities.
“It is paramount that everything about
our VBS program is Christ-centered,” says
Alex Bauman, director of RBP. “We are
blessed to have on staff a talented team of
designers and writers who are able to take
all these elements and turn them into a
fun and engaging VBS for students with
an unwavering commitment to build lives
by the Book.”
To get ready for the launch, the GARBC
Resource Center in Schaumburg, Ill., was
transformed into a faraway galaxy, com-
plete with planets and star formations.
More than 50 students and adult leaders
arrived on a Saturday morning in May to
help make the promotional video. With a
production crew on site and cameras roll-
ing, children ranging in ages from 6 to 12
were able to experience the various lessons,
crafts, games, and snacks.
Jon Norris, marketing project coordina-
tor, was glad to see the day come. “Shooting
the promotional video culminates all the
planning, giving us the opportunity to test
various aspects of the theme as well as pro-
duce a video that showcases all that ‘ To the
Edge’ has to offer! The shoot is a long day,
but it’s always exciting to see the children’s
excitement as they interact with the theme.
Everyone had a good time.”
There is little time to sit back, however.
In just a few weeks the team will begin
planning for 2016!
VBS kits for “To the Edge: Encountering the God of the Universe” are now
available for preorder at $89.99. Go to
www.rbpVBS.org/2015 to find out more.