2021 VBS Recap: Lava Lava Island
What an enthusiastic group of kids we had for Lava Lava Island: Where Jesus’ Love Flows! They showed up eager to have fun building relationships with Jesus. Our daily themes were Jesus brings hope, Jesus followed God’s Word, Jesus gives us courage, Jesus saves us, and Jesus gives us a reason to celebrate. Throughout the week. when each daily theme, or Bible Point, was mentioned, the kids would shout Mahalo! to help reinforce these themes.
Kids experienced Bible adventures that put them in the story; they were hired as angels to go and tell the shepherds the good news of Jesus’ birth, they played a game show where they learned that God’s Word was the tool that Jesus used to defeat Satan’s temptations (and that they can use in their own lives as well), and were marched to a Jerusalem prison where they were given wristbands with crucifixion dates. They later washed away these dates, the way Jesus washes away our sins, and placed these wristbands on a cross. The children also prayed for a prisoner that they met there who told them how Jesus had been crucified and risen again to save all of us. During the closing ceremony that day, the prisoner carried the cross with those now-cleansed wristbands out and then laid his own cleansed wristband on the cross. The Thursday closing ceremony is always an emotional reminder of how Jesus died for our sins in order to redeem us.
Each day the kids also sang catchy songs, played teamwork-building games, enjoyed yummy treats, and made themed crafts to reinforce the Bible Points. Plus, kids had daily challenges to perform outside of Bible School to reinforce these Bible Points. Bible buddies Bible stories, snacks, crafts, and songs all helped to reinforce the Bible Points each day to remind us how Jesus’ Love flows all around us and shows us the path to eternal life.
Bible Point: Jesus brings hope. (Mahalo!)
Bible Basis: Jesus is born.(Luke 2:1-20)
Treasure Verse: “I will put my hope in God”(Psalm 42:5)
Bible Buddy: Blaze the Torch
Blaze helps to remind us that Jesus brings hope (Mahalo!), because like Blaze, Jesus’ birth brought light to the word, and can light the way for us in our lives. Like a torch brings light to darkness, Jesus brings hope (Mahalo!) to our lives.
Tasty Torches: A cupcake baked in an ice cream cone and then frosted with orange frosting to resemble a torch. Today’s snack reminds us that Jesus was born to show us the depth of God’s love. That’s why Jesus brings hope. (Mahalo!) Jesus was like a light, shining in the darkness, in a sad and hopeless world.
Today we made a lantern to remind them of the light that Jesus brought into the world. Using modge podge, they affixed strips of yellow, orange, and red crepe paper to glass containers. Once dry, battery-operated tea lights were added to them The effect is quite striking.
Each time they use these lanterns (as a night light or an accent light), they will be reminded that with his birth, Jesus brought light to the world. This signified God’s love for us, and thus Jesus brings hope. (Mahalo!)
Bible Point: Jesus followed God’s Word. (Mahalo!)
Bible Basis: Jesus fights temptation.(Matthew 4:1-11)
Treasure Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”(Psalm 119:11)
Bible Buddy: Maggie the Compass
Maggie helps to remind us that Jesus followed God’s Word (Mahalo!), because like a compass helps you find your way when you’re lost, God’s Word can also help you find your way when you don’t know what to do. God’s Word always points you in the right direction.
Compass Cookies: Today’s snack of a cookie decorated like a compass reminds us that if we follow directions, we will never be lost… much like Jesus followed God’s Word (Mahalo!). If we also follow God’s Word whenever we face difficult decisions, it will always point us in the right direction…just like a compass.
Today in crafts the children made a spinner. As the children spin the circles, they can be reminded that when life seems to be spinning out of control, if they follow God’s Word… just like Jesus followed God’s Word (Mahalo!)… they will learn how to proceed. (And as the spinners spin, if you listen closely, you can hear God’s ‘Whirred’)
Bible Point: Jesus gives us courage. (Mahalo!)
Bible Basis: Jesus sends out the 12 disciples. (Matthew 10:1-31)
Treasure Verse: “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me strength” (Phillippians 4:13)
Bible Buddy: Anna the Banana
Anna helps to remind us that Jesus gives us courage (Mahalo!) because like food gives us strength and energy, Jesus’ love also nourishes us and gives us the courage to face whatever comes our way.
Sand Cups: Today we learned that Jesus sent out His 12 disciples to teach about God. These sand cups made with pudding and crumbled vanilla wafer cookies remind us of the hot and sandy terrain through which the disciples had to travel in order to perform this task, yet they were not afraid, because Jesus gives us courage. (Mahalo!)
Today’s craft was a commemorative tshirt to remind the children of all of the fun that they had at Lava Laba Island: Where Jesus’ Love Flows. The kids created erupting volcanos by placing their hands into trays of paint, then washing them, and doing the same thing to make the palm trees. Amazingly, we only had one drop of paint hit the floor, and I don’t think we painted any of the kids (although a couple of the adults caught a few drops). Tshirt day takes some courage that things will work out, and Jesus gives us that courage. (Mahalo!)
Bible Point: Jesus saves us. (Mahalo!)
Bible Basis: Jesus dies and rises again. (Luke 23:26 – 24:12)
Treasure Verse: “He is risen from the dead.” (Matthew 28:5-6)
Bible Buddy: Sip the Island Drink
Sip reminds us that Jesus save us. (Mahalo!), because when you’re on an island, a coconut can provide liquid vital to survival. It can save you… the way that Jesus saves us (Mahalo!) when he redeems our sins on the cross. The blood of Christ is as vital to our eternal salvation as the milk of a coconut is to your survival on a tropical island.
Lifesaver Snack: Today’s snack is a cookie decorated like a life preserver ring. Just like a life preserver can save a person from drowning, this snack helps to remind us that Jesus saves us (Mahalo!) because God sent Him to die and rise again to redeem us from our sins. Because of Jesus, we can have eternal life with God in Heaven.
God sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins, by sacrificing Himself on the cross to save us. Today’s craft was pennies affixed to a cardboard cross with modge podge in layers. This craft will remind the children that Jesus saves us (Mahalo!) because he has paid the price for our sins, and we are forgiven, if we but accept Him into our lives.
Bible Point: Jesus gives us a reason to celebrate (Mahalo!)
Bible Basis: Jesus ascends to Heaven. (Acts 1:1-11)
Treasure Verse: “I am going to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
Bible Buddy: Homer the Tropical Hut
Homer helps to remind us that Jesus gives us a reason to celebrate (Mahalo!),because like a tropical hut provides a home on an island, Jesus has gone before us to prepare a home for us in Heaven. What better reason to celebrate is there than that?
Ice Cream Volcanoes: Today’s snack was volcano-shaped mounds of ice cream “erupting” with either strawberry or chocolate syrup Jesus gives us a reason to celebrate (Mahalo!), and what better way for kids to celebrate and remember their time at Lava Lava Island than with Ice Cream Volcanoes?
For today’s craft, the children made Celebration Rings. They attached multiple colored ribbons to a clear plastic ring. Then, during the day’s closing ceremony, they used their Celebration Rings to celebrate the love that God has shown to us through the birth and death of his son, Jesus. Truly, Jesus gives us a reason to celebrate! (Mahalo!)
We hope that Lava Lava Island has love for God and Jesus positively erupting in your children, and that they truly enjoyed the experience as much as we adults did. Guiding children on their path of discovery of faith is always such a rewarding experience as they learn how God can help them with their daily lives.
A special thank you (Mahalo!) to the volunteers who helped make VBS a good experience for the kids… to those who devoted time during the week, and/or for setup or take-down. Bible School is built with a team of volunteers who give their time freely to help kids know God. The irony in that is that it often works the other way, and the kids help the adults know God. We already have adults signing up to help next year