|VBS program gets ‘On the Move’ with CeCe Winans|
By Andrew J. Schleicher*
May 14, 2009 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
A new vacation Bible school curriculum that will take children through
the civil rights movement has gotten the attention and endorsement of a
Grammy Award-winning artist.
year’s vacation Bible school study by Abingdon Press takes children
through the civil rights movement. A UMNS image courtesy of Abingdon
“I have made a wonderful discovery,” CeCe Winans says of “On the
Move: God’s Grace from Place to Place,” published by Abingdon
“On the Move” is the African-American heritage-based
intergenerational study for 2009. “It meets many of the goals I am
always singing about and praying for,” Winans says on a video on
The curriculum is about God moving through the civil rights movement
and is based on Charles Cobb Jr.’s book, “On the Road to Freedom.” The
study features some of the lesser-known persons and events in the
movement. Each is connected with Scripture and has all the elements
typical in a Bible school program.
"The whole community will learn that if they keep walking in God's
dominion and in God's light they will be encouraged and no one can
separate them from doing what is right,” Winans says.
Lesson two connects the story of Joseph being sold into Egyptian
slavery with the story of a black woman in South Carolina who could not
become a teacher. She moved out to an island where she taught people
how to read and write so that they could vote.
Hands-on activities, including crafts, movement activities and food
suggestions, are provided for the various lessons. Two CDs, one with
contemporary music and one with freedom songs, are included, as well as
two music videos.
“You will utilize every part of your being," says Marilyn Thornton,
editor of “On the Move.” All generations will come together and build a
bus as a part of their journey together.
The intergenerational aspect is important to Winans. “If the older
generation doesn’t reach our younger generation and reach them quickly,
we will lose them.”
Winans connects “On the Move” to her work with young people,
particularly the Always Sisters, Forever Brothers conference July 24
and 25 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. “Our goal is to
educate, motivate and redirect the life choices of our teens and young
women and men,” says Winans on the event Web site. Topics on the agenda
include date violence, teen pregnancy, eating disorders and absent
fathers. More information is available at www.alwayssisters.com.
Abingdon Press is part of The United Methodist Publishing House. “On
the Move” is available from Cokesbury and other retail outlets. The
curriculum is available online at www.abingdonpressvbs.com. Information also is available at VBS Twitter at www.twitter.com/cokesburyvbs.
* Schleicher, the former editor of The United Methodist Newscope at The United Methodist Publishing House, is a freelance writer and editor living in Nashville, Tenn.
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