Can Your VBS Deliver what the Children Want?

An article from Tennessee TV station WBIR

It looks and feels like a rock concert. The lights and sound create electric energy.

"This ain't your grandma's VBS," First Baptist Concord Pastor Doug Sager.

It's Concord Quest, a five day vacation Bible school where 3,000 young people will pack the sanctuary at Concord, to view a powerful production.

"The villain Verigon is trying to take over Dani who's the leader of the Jets the band, and brainwash them into following him," VBS student Jackson Bowder says.

Inspired by the movie X-Men, Concord created a live theatrical performance with an original script and music.

"We try to find out what's hot, what the kids are talking about and then we kind of write the script," Sager says.

The story of good vs. evil is more alive than ever, thanks to the church's media and production team. The tech savvy VBS is what draws hundreds of young people every year.

"They've got ipods, I mean they're on the internet everyday, and when they come to church and we don't have something that's high tech for them they get the idea that church is irrelevant, that church is boring," Sager says. "We have a group of folks here that get it, so when kids walk in here for our VBS it's power."

If the music and flash doesn't do it, Concord is hip on the latest fad called silly bands.

"The kids trade them, that's what I've been doing all morning is swapping with kids," Sager says. "I'll say, 'i'll trade you a guitar for a mic and a boom or I'll trade you a guitar for a drum set.'"

Didn’t Jesus have some powerful words of warning about keeping children from actually coming to Him?