Our theme this year came from our classes’ Sabbath school study of David’s life. At first we knew that we want the theme on prayer. This came from our Pastor’s emphasis on having a prayer life. We started deciding what types of prayers we wanted to teach and were going to use different Bible characters to tell the story. Once we got into it, we thought of Prayer Warriors and because we had recently studied David, well… the rest is this VBS’ history. Read more below...
Schedule- 5 day VBS
Schedule- 2 day/Mini-VBS
David Anointed/ David and Goliath
Emphasis: Prayer of Guidance
1 Samuel 16- 17
David on the Run
Emphasis: Prayer of Help and Safety
1 Samuel 21- 24
King David and the Temple
Emphasis: Prayer of Praise
2 Samuel 6
David and Bathsheba
Emphasis: Prayer of Forgiveness
2 Samuel 11-12
David Prays for Solomon
Emphasis: Prayer of Intercession
1 Chronicles 28- 29:10-20, 1 Kings 1:28- 3
This year's tag line:
We say: GOD ANSWERS
Kids say: PRAYERS!
Prayer Warrior Videos
Day 1- Prayer of Guidance
Day 2- Prayer of Help and Safety
Day 3- Prayer of Praise
Day 4- Prayer of Forgiveness
Brief example of how prayer warrior script and HQ work together. Example is from Ketchikan, sound quality is poor (sorry!)
Scripts and Videos for Prayer Warriors
In order for this all to make sense you will have to open all the scripts. The Prayer Warrior Script has dialogue for "live" actors and then shows the cues for what video to play. The HQ script and David prayers scripts are meant to be video taped separately and then edited into their appropriate videos. See the videos for examples.
Day 5- Prayer of Intercession
We hope you have enjoyed these as much as we did it. If you find them helpful you can use them as is with full permission. Below is a filming guide if you decide to create your own
During story time which was during activity time our story tellers used resources from here:
These are the activity titles:
Day 1: Samuel Anoints David, David and Goliath
Day 2: David Spares Saul's Life
Day 3: The Ark is Brought Home
Day 4: Read straight out of 2 Samuel 11- 12, as you see fit to tell this sensitive story
Day 5: Solomon is a Wise King
We added this year an additional activity, based off of the interest the previous year from the kids. We taught them Jesus Loves the Little Children in sign language. For the smaller ones we gave them some cutouts of kids to hold during the song. Then we shared the song during church time. It worked well in all formats, including during the mini-vbs.
At the table this year we a couple of things, our registration form (see below). And also our give prayer warrior hand book. This booklet had all five prayers that the children learned over the week.
Day 1: Door hanger prayer reminders
Supplies: Cardboard circles, stickers, ribbon, hole punch, scissors, colored paper, pen/crayons, glue
Day 2: Sheep faces
Supplies: Paper plates with middle cut out, cotton balls, glue, construction paper, scissors
Day 3: Ark of the Covenant
Supplies: Template, scissors, glue
Link to template here:
Day 4: Cross bookmarks
Supplies: Form crosses, foam letters and stickers, hole punch, yarn
Day 5: Prayer hands
Supplies: Construction paper, pens, colored papers with various things to pray for on them, stapler
Theme song: Whisper a Prayer
About 4 songs and then a theme song usually fills up 10 -15 minutes. It depends on if you have singers or not among the kids.
We also did Special Music each night at the beginning with On Fire for Him. If you want to know more about this ministry click here: (OFFH)
On Fire for Him performs Jesus Loves me at Ketchikan
How to: Put down three lines and a starting line. Have the kids make sling shots out of string, cups, and aluminum foil ball. See who can throw their foil ball the furthest
Day 2: True and False Game
How to: Put up signs between two objects, two walls or two chairs. One sign says "True" and the other "False". Then ask the child questions related to the topic of day or bible story of yesterday and have them run to where they think the answer is.
Day 3: Praise Game
How to: Put down lines on either end of the room. The kids line up at one end. The caller yells out something they are thankful for, if the kids are thankful for the same thing they run to the other side. The caller tries to tag them.
Day 4: Balloon Popping Game
How to: Kids get a balloon with string to tie around their ankles. Then, they get to run around trying to pop each others balloons.
Day 5: No game, because it was sabbath morning
Tip: After each game, have a debriefing about how the game fits the theme of the day.
Goodie bags: The usual brown paper bags, marked "G" for girls and "B" for boys. Inside each bag was some non-edible goodies such as a ball, small game, coloring pages, and other various items.
Prize box: Kids got prizes for learning the memory verse and for answering the nightly questions. These were usually larger items and not something found in the goodie bags. Kids got to pick what they wanted from a box. The things that work well here are larger items like bubbles , small games, and art supplies.