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MennoMedia’s VBS a ‘top pick’ for 2012


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
April 27, 2012
-Steve Shenk

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.— MennoMedia’s Vacation Bible School curriculum for 2012 has been named one of four “top picks” by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary in Richmond. This is the sixth year in a row that the Mennonite VBS has won this distinction.

The top picks were announced in the spring issue of Episcopal Teacher magazine. The reviewers said MennoMedia’s VBS is “easy-to-use for volunteers who are not teachers.” They also said “the overall message of the curriculum is gentle and positive.”

The Center for the Ministry of Teaching bases its selections on theology, inclusiveness, and the way the theme is supported by a cohesive program of stories and activities.

MennoMedia’s 2012 curriculum, titled Take Me to the Water: God’s Love Flows, uses Bible stories about water to teach children age four through Grade 8 about God’s gift of life and blessing. Children will explore the use of water in Bible times, as well as water issues around the world today.

“This year’s VBS theme reinforces that God is the source of life,” said Mary Ann Weber, managing curriculum editor at MennoMedia. “Just as water sustains life, God also provides refreshing sustenance for us. We hope that this resource will guide children toward a better understanding of faith and what it means to follow God.”

Weber calls VBS 2012 “creative and user-friendly.”

The materials for this year’s VBS was written by a team of four writers from Virginia Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Although created for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, Take Me to the Water has also been ordered by Baptist, Brethren, Episcopal, and United Church of Christ groups.

MennoMedia’s VBS is adaptable to either a five-day or 12-week plan. New this year is that all the songs for the curriculum can be purchased as MP3 files.

Daily Bible themes, product details, and other information may be found at
MennoMedia is a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.