VBS – Jerusalem Marketplace!

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It’s VBS time!! Register NOW by going to this link at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerusalem-marketplace-tickets-12070508215.

Our Intergenerational VBS will be July 14-18 in the evening from 5:30-8 p.m. This year we will be recreating Jerusalem during Holy Week. All ages will be divided into ‘families’ of the 12 tribes of Israel. There are three rotations that groups go to: Synagogue School (where the ‘rabbi’ teaches Jewish customs like reading from the Torah and the Passover meal), Village Playground (where all ages play games like the ones played in Bible times–dreidel, board games, Israeli folk dance, etc.), and the Marketplace (where shopkeepers teach jewelry-making, weaving, basket-making, pottery, etc.). Each day there is a short skit in the Marketplace to help generate discussions about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, or Jesus being arrested, etc. We’ll start off with a unique dinner together each night then move into the program.

Want to help? Check the needs lists on the special VBS table!

Supplies needed include tents (the canopy/dining fly type), lots of blankets to sit on, baskets, rugs, burlap sacks, terra cotta pottery, imitation date palms, etc.  If anyone has or knows anyone that has any barnyard animals, a pottery wheel, or a weaving loom, please let Jennifer Murray know. If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping with the following, please contact Jennifer (some parts can be doubled up):

  • Opening/Closing (leads songs/motions)
  • Synagogue School Rabbi
  • Village Playground (lead games, etc.)
  • Tribe Leaders (lead group members to various stations, lead discussions with your group, etc.)
  • Assistant Tribe Leaders (help tribe leader–good position for older kids)
  • Actors

The Wise One (roams the Marketplace each day giving the scoop on what’s happening with Jesus)

Rachel (Monday, wife of Eleazer that saw Jesus enter Jerusalem)

Eleazer (Monday, Rachel’s husband that doubts Jesus)

Roman guard (Tuesday, can also roam the Marketplace other days – should be intimidating)

John (Tuesday) James (Tuesday, Wednesday)

Hannah (Wednesday)

Mary Magdalene (Wednesday, Friday)

Peter (Thursday, Friday)

Simeon (Thursday)

Leah (Thursday)

Jesus (Friday)

  • Marketplace Shopkeepers (each has a different view of Jesus to generate discussions)

Carpentry Shop (help participants make dreidels and a cross)

Weaving Shop (help participants make Matzo cover weaving)

Jewelry-making Shop (help participants make bead necklaces)

Musical Instruments Shop (help participants make tambourines, etc.)

Basket-making Shop (help participants make yarn baskets)

Pottery Shop (help participants make simple clay pots, etc.)

Bakery (help participants make bread)

Herb & Spices Shop (exotic spices, grinding, making sachets)

Again, use this handy link to register TODAY: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerusalem-marketplace-tickets-12070508215.

Thank you so much! 🙂 –Jennifer Murray & VBS Team