VBS 2012 to have aviation theme
Polly House, Baptist Press
June 24, 2011

VBS 2012 to have aviation theme

VBS 2012 to have aviation theme
Polly House, Baptist Press
June 24, 2011


— “Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God’s Awesome Power” will be the 2012

Vacation Bible

School theme for LifeWay Christian

Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

A LifeWay news release June 6 noted:

Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God’s Awesome Power takes participants to some of the most beautiful God-made creations in the world.

“Think vintage aviation from the 1930s and 40s: biplanes and bomber jackets.

“Children, students and adult VBS participants will fly to some of the world’s

greatest natural wonders as they encounter an awesome God and His amazing

power. They will take off each day from the Amazing Wonders Aviation airstrip

and visit some of the world’s most beautiful and marvelous God-made creations: Victoria

Falls, the Northern Lights, Paricutin Volcano, the Great

Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, and the Matterhorn.”

The theme is taken from Psalm 147:5: “Our Lord is great, vast in power; His

understanding is infinite” (HCSB).

The June 6 announcement coincided with a live online VBS announcement event

from Nashville featuring Jeff Slaughter, creator of all things musical for

LifeWay VBS; Jerry Wooley, LifeWay’s VBS specialist; and others who introduced

the theme from a vintage airstrip/hangar.

“This year we changed things up a bit,” Wooley said. “In the past the VBS theme

has been based on one location or idea. This year, the theme is based on six

beautiful God-made natural wonders.”

Decorating will be easy for the aviation-themed VBS because each location is

the site of one of the rotations, Wooley said.

The rotations, as noted in the news release, will be:

  • “Bible Study at Victoria Falls — located in Africa

    in both Zambia

    and Zimbabwe,

    it is the world’s largest waterfall based on width and height.

  • “Missions under the Northern Lights — This natural phenomenon can be seen

    from many places in the world, with gorgeous multicolored lights dancing across

    the nighttime sky.

  • “Snacks at Paricutin Volcano — This volcano in Mexico

    is the youngest volcano in North America and is

    considered a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth.

  • “Crafts at the Great Barrier Reef — Found off the coast of Australia, the GBR

    is the largest coral reef system on the planet and hosts some of the most

    amazing and beautiful sea life anywhere.

  • “Recreation at the Grand Canyon — Located in northern Arizona,

    the Grand Canyon is recognized for its overall size and

    beautifully colored landscape.

  • “Music at the Matterhorn — Located in Switzerland, the Matterhorn has a

    four-sided pyramidal peak, with each side facing the four compass points – a

    real wonder!”

“We want everyone who attends VBS to know the power of our awesome God,” Wooley

said. “He has the power of create these awesome natural wonders, but He also

has the power to make an awesome impact on our lives.

“We want them to know they can rely on God’s power to do whatever He wants them

to do.”

VBS is one of the most effective evangelistic activities within the SBC.

For 2009 (latest figures available), more than 25,000 churches hosted VBS. More

than 2.8 million children, students and adults were enrolled and more than

88,000 people made professions of faith in Christ.

The 2012 VBS Previews — events that sell out every year — will be Jan. 6-7 at

LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina; Jan. 13-14 at Travis

Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas; Jan. 26-27 and 27-28 at LifeWay’s

headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.; and Feb. 17-18 at First

Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Fla. Discounts

are available for those who register early.

Continuously updated information about the 2012 VBS can be accessed at


(EDITOR’S NOTE — House writes for LifeWay Christian Resources.)