As “creation missionaries to young people,” we are privileged to minister to all ages during VBS, camps, revival meetings, conferences, and fairs. Thank you for visiting! Be patient as we are in the throes of updating this site for 2020...hoping to be finished with the updates by mid-May, 2020. We're GREATLY looking forward to sharing creation truth using some of God's most marvelous creatures: dinosaurs!
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…”
As young people are taught evolution as a “fact of science” from many different sources, it is of utmost importance to increase efforts to counteract the evolutionary seeds that create doubt in God’s Word. However, there is a nearly overwhelming lack in our culture today of churches venturing to address questions raised by science. Why are more and more young people casting off the Christian beliefs of their upbringing? This question must be answered by churches who are willing to do what is necessary to re-build trust in God and His Word, beginning with young people.
Schedule for the Week:
*During the Sunday of VBS week, both Sunday school and junior church may be conducted by Mrs. Heather Setzer so that Bro. Jeff is minister to adults in Sunday school and/or preach in the morning service.
Saturday PM workers meeting (~ 45 min.)
Sunday AM (regular service times)
Sunday School – serves as the first VBS class time
Jr. Church – serves as the first VBS “Rally Time”
Sunday PM - Tuesday PM (6:00 – 8:15)
Wednesday PM (6:00 - 8:30)
Schedule for each Session:
6:00 - 6:05 Registration
6:05 - 6:40 PM
songs, handbooks, competition, awards
offering contest & "Fossil Adventure" story
6:40 – 6:55 PM
song, "Bible Time Baseball"
Verse Time, song
6:55 – 7:25
dismiss children to class
7:7:25 - 7:45
(adults/teens series) "Soulwinning on God's Scoreboard"
children have refreshments & Class Time
7:45 - 8:15
Points and Prizes
8:15 - 8:30 (Wednesday)
Creation Family Ministries assists churches in ministering to all ages. However, due to the type of information we share in the Rally Time presentations, much of it is “over the heads” of most preschoolers. For this reason, we ask churches which have a prominent preschool group of about 5 or more to prepare a separate special time just for them especially during Rally Time. We suggest putting together a schedule that involves memory work (one or two verses from the handbook), video time (we have some suggestions for this), coloring time (coloring sheets may be downloaded from http://answersingenesis.org/kids), song time (preferably songs from the Dino Might handbook; preparing to sing one or two for Parents Night), lesson time and snack time. In addition, while “Mr. Jeff” speaks to older ones in Rally Time, “Mrs. Heather” can visit the preschoolers for a special time with them. Depending on the size of your group, they are more than welcome to join the older ones during Opening Time and Story Time. We usually ask that you plan about 30-45 minutes for their own special time.
How we See VBS
VBS is a “revival week” for children to encourage and strengthen the faith of those who already are saved. (We encourage churches to consider a “Family VBS” in which we minister to teens and adults during an extended class time for them.)
VBS is an important week of evangelism for children.
VBS is an important break for church workers who often are already over-worked. We do most of the preparation and make class time short.
“Fun with purpose!” Fun things we do with the children (e.g. songs, competition, games) create a good memory of church. While not everything in life is “fun,” it is important to leave a lasting impression in the child’s mind of a good time at church. The “fun stuff” encourages them to come back.
We use God’s Word and His works (creation) together to strengthen the faith of those who are already saved and to invite those who do not yet know Christ as Savior to come to Him. A stronger faith equals a stronger witness and greater desire to live for Christ.
Blank wall (Rally Time area) for computer/projector. (We carry with us a large screen.)
1-2 adult helpers per VBS class (one may be an older, mature teen)
Tables for books/DVDs: two 6’ tables or one 8’ table + a 6’ table (better)
Artifact/display tables (1 or 2 6’ tables)
Dino Might Decór
The Setzers bring with them many decorative and/or promotional items (e.g. floor-standing banner, 4 x 10 promotional banners, yard signs, display items / artifacts, backdrop artwork, etc). Since we prepare decoration for the main meeting area (church auditorium is suggested), we encourage churches to decorate all other areas (e.g. class rooms, registration, refreshment areas) according to the dinosaur theme with wall décor, toy dinosaurs, etc. An excellent resource for this is http://orientaltrading.com. Perhaps someone in the church can coordinate refreshments each day with a creation theme and and a dinosaur/jungle backdrop. In addition, a photographer is desired to take quality pictures (cell phone camera is sufficient) of all aspects during the week. These pictures will be used for a presentation on Awards Night.
In order to be as little of a burden to churches as possible, the Setzers live full time in an RV which serves as both home and office. For the unit to operate properly, 50 amp electrical service (a 4-prong electrical outlet designed for RVs) is best. A 30 amp electrical outlet is sufficient in milder climates. However, they now have a unit that has two AC units, so 50 amp service is almost a necessity in hotter weather. An available water connection is needed, but a sewer connection is not necessary unless there are city restrictions on grey waste water (i.e. sink & shower water) being let out onto the ground. However, a sewer connection is very helpful. Parking near the church is optimal for the meeting.
The Setzers come on a love offering basis as “creation missionaries,” requesting a pre-summer donation of $300.00-500.00 funding which helps to defray costs of materials such as:
creature cards, flyers, tee shirts, banners, yard signs, handbooks (jr. & prim.), awards, buttons, promotional cards, prizes, etc.
A penny offering (we have our own offering scales) taken during the opening each evening can be used to meet some of the expenses. As missionaries, we ask that churches consider adding CFM to their missionary family. If the church budget doesn’t allow for the minimum of $300.00, whatever you can send ahead will help in providing for the summer!
Please send a check made out to “CFM” to:
Creation Family Ministries
PO Box 11196
Hickory, NC 28603
Questions? E-Mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for allowing us to serve with you in a special meeting designed to reach people with foundational truth!