Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Left Behind as a VBS Program

Apparently, it doesn't work very well:

The edgy and unusual Left Behind VBS was intended to breathe new life into the slowing brand. The program was tested in 14 churches, mostly in Pennsylvania, and involved realistic fear tactics.

At one point the kids huddled in a darkened room while sound effects made it sound like giant hail was ripping through the church roof. Noises also simulated fire, earthquakes and panicked people stampeding and screaming.

"It was very believable," says one teacher. "I knew it was fake and I was still scared."

They had to stop the CD and turn the lights on because kids began screaming. On another day the teachers had the children close their eyes, and when they opened them, half the group had been quietly led out of the room.

"That’s what it will feel like if you’re left behind when the Lord comes back," said a teacher as children sobbed.

10 comments:

Allan R. Bevere said...

Please, God, save us from ourselves!

Mark Winter said...

Allan, you've been Larked.

Welcome to the club.

Allan R. Bevere said...

Please, God, save me from me!

Rich Holton said...

I particularly enjoyed Lark's FAQ page.

The Thief said...

The sad thing is it isn't too far from the truth...

gavin richardson said...

that last quote is classic..

the beauty of lark or theonion is that the commentary of the articles hits so close that it could be believable.

UCM said...

I didn't click on the link at first or I would have realized it was Larknews.

First thought: "This is why I hate us."

Second thought (after realizing it was lark): This is SO believable.

Jehovah Judah said...

Oh my, I didn't realize it was lark news when I first read it. The worst part is that I saw as a plausible senario within the church.

Sally said...

abuse plain and simple and we dare to call this Christian education?

John said...

I don't know, Sally.