Monday, July 22, 2013

Vacation Bible School Athens

Does your church have a Vacation Bible School? 

Since I like to decorate, it's a given that I decorate at VBS at our church.  Every year I join forces with a couple of artists at my church...they do the painting on foam board...give me a few ideas,....and I bring all the fabric and even more ideas!  We make use of what we have, and here are our results!!
 Our artist at church created & painted the Trojan Horse.


I put Greek key "wall paper" on the Foyer walls.  Then added fabric, posters, and columns.  Yes, the columns are upside down...well, we had a teenage boy taping them up...what can I say???   The horse was donated to the church.  Our artist at church decorated the horse to fit the Greek theme colors of gold, blue and white.  I painted the chariot and wheel.  It was a photo op for the kids at VBS.

This was our "Mediterranean Wharf".   We re-used the wharf pylons from the High Seas Adventure VBS that we did a few years ago.

 Greek key pattern & gold, white and blue color scheme.  We used 3M hooks to hold up the fabric. 
 We re-used fabric from our "High Seas Adventure VBS.

We brought in the boat from the outside playground at church.  The kids had a great time playing on it!  We also borrowed sea creatures/stuffed animals from people at church.  We put them in our "wharf" for the kids to play with during VBS.

We used the backdrop from "Group" for our background.  One of our church artists painted the columns.  And the other artist painted the pergola on the left as well as the scene of houses on the right.  We used greenery from around the church for the rest of the scenery.


A large ladder behind the scenery was draped in white organza fabric with a little blue for accent.   Since I decorate for weddings, I have white organza ready to go!  We used a poster glued to foam board for the Athens logo. 

Close up of the pergola -- don't we have a fabulous artist?


Close up of the ladder decorated in organza.

Signs for the various activities.

Saint Paul was a tent maker, did you know that?  I didn't.  We transformed a classroom into "Paul's Tent."  We even borrowed leather hides from someone at church...Saint Paul apparently used leather hides to make tents...




Just sheets!  We borrowed sheets and asked for donations of old sheets...

 We used battery operated candles on a table that the church had already.  We layered the table in a suede skirt that I cut up to fit on the two layers of the table.

This was our "Market Place"

Amazing what crepe paper and fabric can do to transform a Sunday School building! :  )
 Close up of our artist's painting of the Greek city. 
The kids had a fabulous time this week learning about St. Paul's travels around the Mediterranean area spreading the good news about Jesus!
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12 comments:

  1. Wow! I know the children loved all the great things they saw at VBS! What great memories y'all created for them.

    I found you on "The Dedicated House Make It Pretty Monday party".. on your right, would love to have you visit and follow.

    Thanks,
    Helen

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  2. Very creative! Love that trojan horse!!!

    Thanks for your visit and sweet comment today. Have a happy week!

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  3. Fabulous! We never had anything like that when I went to vacation bible school.The kids must have really loved it, and really learned a lot!
    Thanks for visiting!
    Patti

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  4. I never went to VBS decorated like that...I hope the children realized how amazing it all was! What fantastic decorations you created-so fun!

    ~Trisha

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  5. We did this same VBS at our pastor's acreage a couple weeks ago..I would have loved to see your pics (or shared mine with you) before the fact. Awesome job. I know our kids enjoyed their visit to Athens.

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  6. Wow! Y'all did great! What a fun VBS! Thank you for sharing with us at TTF.

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  7. What fun! I have fond memories of VBS! It was never this elaborate though! Everything looks wonderful! Enjoy your week!

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  8. Great job! A lot of work, but I am sure it was loved by all! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. I like your tin tile back drop on your blog page!

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  10. Wow! The VBS decor is just amazing! Our church puts on a nice program but this is the nicest I've seen. Well done!

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  11. Absolutely Gorgeous! New follower, hoping you'll follow back :) http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love every single thing you create...just absolutely stunning--from the pumpkins, to your French pillows.....to all of this AMAZING VBS stuff, too. How wonderful that you're using your gifts for the Kingdom as well!!!! Later this weekend I'll try to go back even further visiting your blog!!!

    Love/hugs/blessings,
    Lana
    www.lanaseuropeanvintage.com

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