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Hi there,

We're considering a Go Fish curriculum for our 2016 VBS. If you have words of praise, advice, or critiques about any of the three available (Shine, Backstage w/ the Bible, or Gotta Move), I'd be grateful!

One specific question--what are the opening and closing celebrations like?

Thanks!

Dave

York, PA

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loved it last year.  the opening/closing is how you want it....song, a little bit of summation...we did baackstage with the bible...doing gotta move this year....

SHINE is awesome if you can have a blacklight room with a TV in it and get Lowes or Home Depot to donate their 5 gallon buckets.  We did this 2 years ago and it was so good!  The other part that made it great was our the skits with superheroes (Glory Giver and Glory Getter in full costumes, who also wandered around as "roving entertainers" when not acting).  I think it appealed to the older boys (which are a tough crowd).  The messages about getting crowns when you get to heaven are a little less engaging than I would have hoped for; but you can edit those.  

GOTTA MOVE is also good.  We did this last year (2015).  Our kids lost interest in doing the double dutch/dance though because it was really hot and windy, and our leaders didn't have a good backup plan.  Some of the boys thought it was more appealing to the girls.  However, if you've seen War Room, you'll notice there is a jump roping competition, so I think it could easily make a comeback (especially if you play the clip of the movie).  Our skit this time was put on by puppets.  The theme is Fruit of the Spirit.  

We are considering Backstage With The Bible for this year.  I love GoFishGuys music (and so do the kids).  The snacks usually need some editing, and crafts too, but that's OK.

Opening & Closing Sessions are high energy large group celebrations.  There are worship videos in sequence, (along with a countdown from 10 before you begin) and a Go Fish Guys teaching video also.  Usually there's some sort of an animated segment too (such as Guy Fancy Pants in Gotta Move).  The teaching videos are not particularly engaging.  The kids need more than a talking head to get them to pay attention, so if we do GoFish Guys again this year, I will think twice about putting their teaching videos in there because it's normally a time where the kids will start talking to their neighbor instead of paying attention.

Thank you! Very helpful!

Angie D Hodge said:

SHINE is awesome if you can have a blacklight room with a TV in it and get Lowes or Home Depot to donate their 5 gallon buckets.  We did this 2 years ago and it was so good!  The other part that made it great was our the skits with superheroes (Glory Giver and Glory Getter in full costumes, who also wandered around as "roving entertainers" when not acting).  I think it appealed to the older boys (which are a tough crowd).  The messages about getting crowns when you get to heaven are a little less engaging than I would have hoped for; but you can edit those.  

GOTTA MOVE is also good.  We did this last year (2015).  Our kids lost interest in doing the double dutch/dance though because it was really hot and windy, and our leaders didn't have a good backup plan.  Some of the boys thought it was more appealing to the girls.  However, if you've seen War Room, you'll notice there is a jump roping competition, so I think it could easily make a comeback (especially if you play the clip of the movie).  Our skit this time was put on by puppets.  The theme is Fruit of the Spirit.  

We are considering Backstage With The Bible for this year.  I love GoFishGuys music (and so do the kids).  The snacks usually need some editing, and crafts too, but that's OK.

Opening & Closing Sessions are high energy large group celebrations.  There are worship videos in sequence, (along with a countdown from 10 before you begin) and a Go Fish Guys teaching video also.  Usually there's some sort of an animated segment too (such as Guy Fancy Pants in Gotta Move).  The teaching videos are not particularly engaging.  The kids need more than a talking head to get them to pay attention, so if we do GoFish Guys again this year, I will think twice about putting their teaching videos in there because it's normally a time where the kids will start talking to their neighbor instead of paying attention.

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