Summer Blast Postcards {VBS}

Summer Blast Postcards {VBS}

Are you getting ready to spread the word about your Vacation Bible School or Summer Program? Here's a look at the postcards we sent out last year to advertise for our Summer Blast (VBS Alternative) Program: We ordered the postcards from Vista Print and the front was a stock image they offered. Here's a shot of the back.  We used our database and printed address labels to send most of the postcards out. Here's a close up of the message at the top. Make sure you include contact … [Read more...]

Go Big! Tru VBS {Unpacking the Box}

The weather outside might still be frightful, but it's never too early to begin thinking about Vacation Bible School!   I am thrilled to be taking a look at the VBS designed by the makers of Tru Curriculum.  As you may remember, I had the opportunity to attend The Gathering last May and learn all about Tru and the philosophy behind the curriculum.  I love what the team is doing there and was thrilled with Cook Publishing asked me to take a look at their coordinating VBS Program: GO BIG!   … [Read more...]

Decorating for Summer Blast {VBS}

Decorating for Summer Blast {VBS}

For our VBS program this year, we did something a little non-traditional by running it for four Wednesdays instead of a straight week.   We did a few other things differently, but you can read all about that in this post.  One of the nice side-effects of having a summer program for a whole month is that the sanctuary got some fun Summer decorations for a month.   We focused mainly on the sanctuary since that's where we were doing our lesson and singing time, but we did add a few other … [Read more...]

Summer Blast {Pictures}

Summer Blast {Pictures}

Tonight marks the close of week #2 of our Summer Blast VBS Alternative!! We've got two more weeks to go and things are going well.  Here's some pictures from week one! Wooden Heart Hanger Craft  If you're looking for heart themed crafts, I put together a PDF book of heart projects from around the web. WANT YOUR OWN PDF FILLED WITH HEART CRAFTS? It'd be a great resource for Valentine's Day too!   Grab your copy here!   Our packed house Tiny Tots classroom! Small Group … [Read more...]

Taking the Crafts up a Notch!

Taking the Crafts up a Notch!

Recently, we had our first night of Summer Blast! As I've mentioned before, I love how VBS (or a VBS alternative) draws so much of the congregation into serving.  This year, I had a few people sign up who I hadn't gotten the opportunity to meet before, including a lady named Pat.  Pat showed up about a half an hour early the first night to get a tour and the basic layout of the night. I quickly explained her craft, and then headed off to song team practice. When I came back around later in … [Read more...]

Serving God with my Hands {Craft}

Serving God with my Hands {Craft}

We're doing something a little different this year for our Summer Outreach program.  Instead of using a VBS curriculum, we'll be using our regular mid-week curriculum and amping it up a bit (read all the details here).  Because our regular curriculum doesn't have many craft suggestions, I've been digging around to find some projects that fit the "EPIC LOVE" theme.  I also supplemented with a few "Summer" crafts.  Check out all my ideas on my Summer Blast pinterest board. Here's one craft we … [Read more...]