Staycation VBS – Week of June 14

Week of June 14th – God Helps Us
The Prophet Elijah and the Widow of Zarapheth
Oil and Flour that will not run out. God provides. 
1 Kings 17: 8-16 

Arts and Crafts

BROWNIE RECIPE IN A JAR:  In our story and a time of drought and lack of food, God sends Elijah to the widow and God provides enough oil and flour for her to feed Elijah.  She only had a handful of flour and a little oil in a jug, but it was enough, in fact there was enough for them for many days. 

We will be making a recipe in a jar to share with someone else.  You will gently layer the ingredients in order – bottom to top (these ingredients are in ziplock bags):

1st layer on bottom – flour mixture (includes baking powder and salt)


3rd layer – sugar

4th layer – nuts

Then put lid on and tie recipe tag to outside with the curly ribbon.  It is not bread, but it is a yummy brownie mix.


Provided wide-mouth quart jar with lid, zip locks already filled with flour-baking powder-salt, sugar, cocoa, nuts, and a printed recipe card with curly ribbon to tie on the jar.

If you want the recipe for another batch: 

1-1/4 c. flour 1 t. baking powder (add to flour), 1 t. salt (add to flour),

2/3 c. cocoa,

2-1/4 c. sugar,

½ c. chopped nuts. 

When you are ready to mix and bake, add ¾ c. melted butter and 4 eggs.  Pour batter in 9×13 greased and floured pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Yum!


Film the story in your own telling.


Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart –

  1. If you only had a bit of meal and oil to make bread, would you be able to give it away to someone you did not know?
  2. Would you be able to pick up and go like Elijah and trust God for where you were going?
  3. Where is God in this story?
  4. We all have times in the wilderness and often don’t want to stay there. What do you think God wants us to learn when we have times in the wilderness?

Sinking Soda

Background: Even though cans of soda look basically the same to us on the outside, they have different ingredients within them that determine whether they will sink or float.  God knows what ingredients are inside all of us; he sees our hearts and souls.  When things get hard, God is sure to provide the right ingredients for us to have the strength to rise to the top.


  • An assortment of unopened 12 oz. cans of soda (diet, regular, brand name, generic)
  • A large, deep container filled with water (plastic tub or the 5-gallon bucket we provided)
  • Optional: 2 plastic bags – one filled with ⅓ c. of sugar and one filled with 1 and ⅛ tsp. of artificial sweetener


  1. Fill the large container with water so that it can cover the soda cans when dropped with at least several inches of water.
  2. Place a can of regular (sugar-sweetened) soda in the water and notice that it sinks to the bottom.
  3. Place a can of diet soda in the water and notice that it floats.
  4. Wobble the diet soda from side to side to make sure there are no bubbles trapped under the bottom.  It should still float.
  5. Experiment with different types and brands of soda.  Keep track of which float and which sink.
  6. Optional: Bring out the plastic bags with different kinds of sweeteners.  Place them in the water and see which sinks and which floats. (Hint: Sugar weighs more than artificial sweetener.  Read the labels of your cans to see how much sugar was added; every gram of sugar added is more weight to the can.)


Even though the cans of soda look identical on the outside, one floated and one sunk.  Why did this happen? 

How has God provided you with strength to rise to the top during challenging times in your life?

Super Straw

Background: On its own, a straw is not very strong.  Filled with compressed air, however, it becomes strong enough to poke through a whole potato.   On our own, we are not very strong, but when we ask God to help us and are filled with strength from him, we can do so much more! Amazing!


  • Plastic drinking straws (non-flexible will work best)
  • Large, raw potato


  1. Hold the potato so that your fingers are on the front and thumb is on the back.  Avoid holding the top and bottom.  You don’t want to poke yourself!
  2. Grab the straw with your writing hand and try to stab it into the potato
  3. Grab the straw with your writing hand and cap the top end with your thumb.
  4. Hold on firmly to both the straw and potato and with a quick, sharp stab, drive the straw into and partway out of the narrow end of the potato.
  5. Keep poking straws into the potato.


Were you able to poke a hole in the potato if you did not cap one end of the straw with your thumb?

Were you able to poke a hole in the potato if you did cap one end of the straw with your thumb?

What makes the capped straw stronger?

How can you ask for God’s help to make you stronger?


Help a local food pantry and those in need – bring canned goods to church front entry and place on the table (open M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed for lunch 1-2 p.m.).  Church is at 6306 Roe Blvd., Prairie Village, Ks.

Supplies – you will bring whatever food pantry items you would like to donate – shelf stable items like canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats like tuna or chicken, soups, dry pasta, cereal (no glass please).


Make no yeast dinner rolls at home: 1 c. flour, 1 t. baking powder, 1 t. salt, ½ c. milk, 2 T. mayonnaise.  Mix and spoon into five sections of a greased muffin pan (makes 5 rolls).  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until light brown on top.  Enjoy with butter and/or jelly.  Be sure and say a prayer as you break bread with your family. 

Another simple bread recipe
Bread –

Pretzels –