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A few months back, my friend Peggy Cooper from Conewago Church of the Brethren asked me if I woud generate some art for the VBS curriculum she was creating. I started to laugh when she told me her theme was the Parables of Jesus, as I have been working through a study of the parables for months. This is what I came up with based on the stories she is using.
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I love to use my gifts to help other ministries. It’s one of the most fulfilling things I get to do. How could you use your gifts to help another ministry out?

Now don’t just think about it… DO IT!!!

By the way I am posting this today because they are starting their VBS tonight. Keep Peggy and her team in your prayers.


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The other thing I thought of when I saw that the challenge of the week at illustrationfriday.com was children was how coincidental, because I am going to be teaching children all week this week. I am finally getting the opportunity to present something I have been working on for the better part of a year. My Creation Station Vacation Bible School curriculum.

The themes for each night are:
1. God Made Everything

2. God Made You

3. God Made You Special

4. God Made You to Love You

5. God Made you to Be a New Creation

This presentation will be available for booking in Summer 2014. I’m also considering publishing it as a curriculum available for sale. This station based VBS presentation combines a high speed painting of the “animal of the night”, a story about the animal and how it relates to the theme, the above videos, an interactive art project for the students, a Bible story, craft ideas and more.

I know I have mentioned this several times before, but I am really excited about doing this and also desiring your prayers. It’s always a challenge to present something for the first time and this has a lot of components but I am so excited about it.


This video was a lot of fun to make and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I tried to figure out a way to explain salvation to young children. This is what I came up with. What do you think?

This is the final session video for the AMOKArts’ Creation Station Bible School Curriculum shows us how to be a new creation in Christ by looking at two of God’s creatures who start life out looking completely different. To bring Creation Station to your church, contact Dave Weiss at AMOKArts@aol.com



The latest video from my new VBS Curriculum Creation Station. This one is about God’s love. I’d love to bring Creation Station to your church in 2014. For more information contact me at AMOKArts@aol.com.


As you may know by now, I am working on a Vacation Bible School curriculum which I will be leading this summer at a local church and then, next year, I plan on taking it out to churches as the Lord allows. I call it Creation Station. It’s all about how and why God created us. The nightly themes are:

  1. God created everything!
  2. God created you!
  3. God created you special!
  4. God created you to love you!
  5. God Created you to be a new creation!

I just finished the video for the second session and here it is.

If this curriculum sounds interesting to you, I would love to bring it to your church in 2013. It was designed for smaller churches without a lot of staff or resources. Basically, I come in to your church do the opening, the closing and the teaching station each night and provide you with craft, and game ideas for your folks to lead as well as other materials, all made available digitally to cut down on publishing costs.

If you’d like to hear more about this, please contact me at amokarts@aol.com



The theme of this session of the Creation Station Vacation Bible School is God Created Everything and in it we look at one of God’s most unusual creations, the duck-billed platypus. For more on Creation Station, contact Dave Weiss.


A lot of my creative time recently has been consumed in creating pieces of art for my Creation Station Vacation Bible School curriculum. Here’s how the program came about… Some church leader friends I know have decided to give their VBS teachers a little break this year, so they’re having me come in and do the opening, closing and tag team with the pastor to do the teaching station, the teachers will be working with the students and taking them from station to station. There will be a teaching station, a snack station, a craft station and a recreation station. I’m really excited about this project. The theme of the teaching for this evening is God made you special. Each session uses a different animal (one of God’s creations) to make the point and this one uses the Zebra. The video will show you why. The opening each night will include a live painting of that animal.

How would you teach a child about his or her own “specialness”? The memory verse for this night is Ephesians 2:10. That may be a good place to start.

I plan on doing this VBS as a presentation is churches on 2014. If you would like to bring me in to teach your VBS, contact me at amokarts@aol.com.


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This June, I will be  doing the Bible School for Conewago Church of the Brethren. It will be a station format VBS where the students will go from station to station to do the craft, recreation, snacks and of course teaching. I will be doing live art in the opening and the opening teaching, and the I will be helping with the teaching station each night. I am writing the curriculum now. If this goes well, I plan on taking this on the road in 2014. The evening themes are God made everything (Gen 1:1), God made me (Gen. 1:26), God made me special (Eph. 2:10), God made me to love me (John 3:16) and God created me to be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:27).

If you’re looking for something a little different for next year’s VBS, maybe I can bring the creation station to you!

 


We’re in one of those places at the Weiss house. A time of decision. My faithful Chevy Trailblazer is getting up there in mileage and I have a decision to make. Do I stick some money into it and keep it or take that money and put it toward a newer vehicle? A van would work better for getting my presentations from place to place. On the other hand, not having a payment has been kind of nice. With a thousand mile weekend coming up, I’m leaning toward something new. We’re praying and would appreciate your prayers for this decision.

In other news, I am busily working on my new presentation, Story: Parables of Jesus. It will be ready to go in May. I am really liking where this is headed. The basic concept is to use the stories of Jesus to teach people to live a better story. This presentation should be about an hour long but I am also working it out into a five message series, perfect for retreats, revival/spiritual renewal series.
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I’m also working on the vacation Bible School presentation Dr. Dave’s Creation Station. Which is all about God and His creation, His relationship with us and finding the purpose for which we were created.

I would love the opportunity to bring my ministry to your church. Please contact me at amokarts@aol.com I basically ask for a free will offering and a night’s lodging. For churches requiring extensive travel, please consider teaming up with a few churches in your community and make it a weekend “tour.”


I was going through some old photos last night and I found a few pieces that were crucial to my journey to where I am now. Each of these pieces has something to do with why you are reading this blog and why I am doing art ministry today.

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So there I was, I had just become a Christian, I was 22 or 23 and I knew three things. I was an artist, I loved rock music and I wanted to serve the Lord. There was a local magazine called the Pennsylvania Musician that I used to get. I went through their classified ads and found all the Christian bands. I contacted them and none of them worked out, but one guy connected me with his college roommate, Dave Baddorf from Believer. I did their original logo, first T-shirt and stage drop. They went on to put out a couple albums back in the day. It was a great experience for me and probably the first time I used my art to serve the Lord.
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VBS Backdrops.
This was one of my many Vacation Bible School Backdrops. This represents the first time I put my gift to work in the church itself. I was a new believer, floundering in a ministry that didn’t fit me when my pastor came to me with a project I could handle, something I knew how to do and it really connected me to the church. The ramifications of this project were astounding. When I came into the church I was terrified of public speaking. Painting these backdrops, led to acting in skits, which led to teaching classes, which led to youth ministry, which led to preaching and finally to the pastorate and speaking ministry I have today.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backdrops
The ability to paint backdrops and large paintings led to a couple freelance jobs. Probably the coolest of them was I painted backdrops for a licensee of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While the project was extremely cool to work on this was also in some ways a huge stumbling block. The Turtles were making huge piles of money (billions) when I was doing this and the client had me convinced he was going to make me rich and famous. I sold out badly, and really fell into idolatry. This was a time of real turmoil for me. We were really broke, but God would always provide a job and a check when we needed it. God finally dealt with my idolatry or maybe he was dealing with it for a while and I finally got it. So guess you could say it was sort of the best of times and the worst of times. in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
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Theater Sets
Once I knew how to do backdrops another door opened to some of the most rewarding work I have ever done. I art directed the high school musicals for my alma mater for seven years. Beyond the fun of the art, this job ignited my passion for working with youth and when the youth leader position came open at church, I couldn’t wait to get started. It was out of my youth ministry that I discovered art as a teaching tool which was the genesis of AMOK as it exists today.
42nd Street, Tulpehocken High School
42nd Street, Tulpehocken High School

The Outhouse Mural
I place this one in for perspective. In some ways the Creation Festival is where my ministry started. The first thing I did in church ministry or at least the first church leadership position (since looking back almost all of it was ministry) was took a group of students from the church to Creation East. To say it was life changing is a huge understatement. One year the organizers of the festivals had a contest for people to design murals for the outhouses on the grounds. Mine was one of the designs selected and so I got to paint it. The irony is this: The festival gets about 80-100,000 people each year. After years and years of struggling to become rich and famous as an artist, the painting I’ve done that’s been seen by more people than any other is painted on a toilet. Some things just help you keep life in perspective.
Creation Festival Outhouse Mural

Why do I post all of this? To remind you that God is always at work in your life so take the next step in faith. Zechariah 4:10 reminds us not to despise humble beginnings. You never know how God is going to use what He is doing in you, so trust Him and make the next step.