Water All Around the World
Vacation Bible School Curriculum
REVIEWS
  We had a great experience with this VBS. We combine with the nearby Episcopal Church and this provided a way to really introduce that congregation to LWW.  Our church has been involved since inception and our neighbors are just getting started. 

Our VBS is an evening time, for four nights, beginning with dinner and going 2 hours following dinner.  So we massaged the schedule accordingly. We divided our groups into 'Oceans' and rotated them through Mission, Bible, Crafts and Recreation.  Music was part of our opening and closing celebrations, rather than a separate rotation.

I loved the fact that this was simpler and not so dependent upon all the 'stuff' that some VBS publishers want you to purchase in addition to curriculum materials.  In our Mission room we got some donations of items from the various countries from individuals who had visited that particular country.

On the Sunday following VBS, our congregation had a celebration involving all the children and volunteers from the week leading the congregation with singing.  We have small flags on sticks from every country LWW partners with and all the participants had a flag and we processed to the Chancel waving the flags and singing.
   
    Leslee Kirkconnell
The Presbyterian Church
Bowling Green, KY
   

   
We LOVED this VBS! We doubled our offering goal! Our goal was $200 - we ended up with $385!

My "Craft ladies" always like to do their own crafts at VBS. We made:
  1. A Rain Chain - we used colored zip-ties, yogurt cups, cookie cutters, h2o bottles and other recyclables.

  2. God's Eyes - they worked on these for about 2-3 days - as a filler activity

  3. The kids decorated the backs of their t-shirts with a pattern and fabric paint.

  4. They made "Flags" on black card stock, glue, ionized salt. Sprinkle the salt on the glue/paper to make a pattern. Let dry - the next day - they painted the salt for color.

  5. They also made an "aquarium". This was made with a clear, plastic cups, tiny glass sea creature beads, strung with fishing line and glitter and pipe cleaners. They decorate the inside of the cup first - hot glue a paper plate upside down, cut around it - and voila! A fake aquarium. Picture a snow globe.
We also used ALOT of resources from LWW site. Our music people wanted a little more"meat". We used "Once A Woman Seeking Water" and "Thirsty for Life.
 
      Jenni Whitford
Worthington Presbyterian Church
Worthington, OH
 

           
  I loved it!  We used it for rotation church school.    
    Darryl Ray
Highland Presbyterian Church
Winston Salem, NC
   

           
    It was a success!  For our snacks, we had food from each of the countries.  Who knew that kids would want seconds on beans and rice!  Our video is up on the church's Facebook page and Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmZRGCaOth0&feature=share.  
      Jenny Thagard
First Presbyterian Church
Tuscaloosa, AL
 

           
  Your program is outstanding!  Our Vacation Bible Camp ran for five days (9 to 5) in a camp setting.     We served 40 kids, ages 6 to 12, mostly low-income and not church-affiliated.   We recruited through a direct mailing to parents.  There was no charge for the program.  (sanctuarycaswell.org for more info).  Underlying themes were: an appreciation of God"s (and his people's) love for each of the kids, and an opening to the needs of others.  We tried to give as many hands-on manifestations of these  themes to the kids.

Our catechists adapted the program to  their own groups, and found your program very amenable to their adaptations.   Without exception, they were very enthusiastic in their praise of the program and the program guides that you supplied.

Since we have a pond and  a swimming area, "water" was a great theme for us to use, and you tied it in so well to biblical themes and teachings.  Many thanks to your authors.

A part of the program was the awarding of "You're Good Stuff" cards to kids for positive behaviors and for contributions to the program.  We converted them to a dollar amount, and will be sending you a donation of $250 for your work -- not much, but a real token of our appreciation for the program and our realization of the importance of your mission.

Many blessings to all involved in your work.
   
    Rev. David Cote
Sanctuary Caswell
Caswell, ME
   

           
    We really enjoyed our week of VBS. We did some tweaking to adapt for our own set-up. For example, we didn't do a closing assembly, and instead built some of that information into the daily reflection time. I would like to see some more direction and content for the opening assembly time. We added in energizers, songs, etc., but an introduction to the Bible story during that time would be great.

Overall, we loved the VBS. The mission focus is great, the theme was very relatable, it was easy to decorate for, and it was well received. I liked that there was room for us to get creative with it. Thanks!

 
      Jennie Sankey
Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church
Duluth, GA
 

           
  First, let me say that we loved the concepts presented in the curriculum. During the early planning, however, I realized that for our population, there was significant foundational information missing. (Our kids lacked the basic information about water itself and the global water crisis and why it exists.) I think if we had previously completed your first curriculum, we would have been able to build on that solid foundation.  

Although we did not use much of this packet, we are very pleased that you inspired us to bring these concepts to life with our children and the broader congregation. This was one of the most meaningful VBS's that I've been involved with and I believe the kids and our church experienced transformation of attitudes and awareness of this important issue. 

Let clean water flow!!

   
    Linda Black
New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
New Wilmington, PA
   

           
    We at Rivermont Presbyterian Church have actually been using the LWW VBS curriculum for a Monday morning program, so we've modified it quite a bit to suit our needs -- that is, we don't use opening and closing, and we've combined Mission storybook time with Bible.

That said, I've been very impressed with the curriculum. I love that the curriculum makes water issues around the world personal -- it's so much more impactful for kids to meet Rosa instead of just talking about Honduran children in the abstract. 

I'm actually so enamored with the LWW mission (our church's Honduras team put in a LWW system in Pena Blanca, Honduras, a couple years ago) and with the curriculum, I'm pushing to use this curriculum as our VBS curriculum next year. I actually prefer an approach that's mission oriented and simple -- I think so many more mainstream curricula are so overworked and expensive, and I think the point gets lost on the children and on the volunteers.

 
      Jenny Snyder
Rivermont Presbyterian Church
Chattanooga, TN
 
       
   
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