Crazy….absolutely crazy! That’s the only way I can describe the last few days! The Prairie Family is up to their eyeballs in children’s ministry preparations! Not only are we getting ready for our church’s Rev It Up VBS, this weekend we are helping with a Cub Scout Day Camp! So on top of puppets, VBS posters and invitations, racing crafts, etc., now we are going crazy with space-themed projects for the day camp! It looks like it is falling together all right, though. Hopefully I’ll get some good pictures to share in a few days.
On the VBS front, this week I have been focusing on the puppet skits. John, Brock, and Cosette are all enthusiastic puppeteers, so I have a very good crew! Unfortunately, their “guide” (i.e. ME) is not exactly a puppeting expert and often lacks creativity. 😦 I have spent a lot of time over the last few days trying to figure out how we could make an appropriate puppet stage. I am finally making progress in that area. I have a basic framework assembled. so now I just need to get it fancied up with decorations. I am so thankful for the internet! When I am puzzled with a problem, I can usually find helpful ideas out there somewhere, and such was the case with my puppet stage issues. I ended up using tri-fold display boards, wooden dowel rods, and pillowcases for my main stages. Dan had a broken TV front that we are turning into the rest of our stage. I know…..that sounds kind of strange, but I think it’s going to work!
My next problem was trying to turn traditional Sunday School puppets into a race car team. Ugh….the puppet that Brock wanted to use as the main character in our skits who is supposed to be the race car driver was a puppet who looked just like a pastor–white shirt, tie, and everything! All I could do was experiment with giving him a makeover! LOL! After a few failed attempts, I finally stumbled across some newborn-size snap t-shirts at Wal-Mart. Fortunately, I was able to make it look kind-of like a racing suit with a few safety pins. With the blank white suit, though, he looked more like a doctor than a race car driver, so I added some color with permanent marker and made a few racing emblem iron-ons on the computer. That really helped him look more like a race-car driver, but he really needed a hat to cover up his “pastor hairdo.” I found the neatest tutorial showing how to make a baseball cap out of cardstock at this link. Using this method with a rubber band around the ears, the transformation was complete! I think the Houston Hornet is looking pretty good! 🙂 I still have outfits to make for the rest of the crew, but now that I have a method, it should go easier.
We found out just this afternoon that we will have a second opportunity to use the Rev It Up VBS this summer. There is going to be a pastors’ conference at a nearby Christian Center, and the people in charge are wanting to provide some activities for the pastors’ kids while the parents are in meetings. It sounds like there will be about 30 kids between the ages of 4-12, and there might be some teenagers who will be available to help. Dan and I have always talked about that we should take advantage of opportunities for our kids to meet other Christian kids, and this will definitely fit that bill! The kids are all excited about it too–it gives us more incentive to do a good job since we are going to use the materials and activities twice.
So, we are making VBS progress! Crafts are planned, puppets are well under way, posters and invitations are distributed, and several decorations are finished. That being said, we still have a long ways to go–more decorations, game and song planning, more craft preparations, and a lot more puppetry is on our schedule for the next few weeks!
Praise God! He is always so good, and I am thankful for every opportunity He brings to us!
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