Introducing: God in Action VBS Program

Introducing: God in Action VBS Program

Have you recovered from this year's Vacation Bible School extravaganza yet? Are you energized by the conversations and experiences you had during this summer's big event?  If so, it's time to start thinking about next year!  :)   I know! I know!  It still seems like a long way off, but I couldn't wait to tell you about David C. Cook's new God in Action VBS program!  Newly released this year, this Vacation Bible School is packed with adventure, excitement, and a whole lot of fun! As you … [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! {VBS Alternative}

Summer Blast! {VBS Alternative}

I have to admit, I don't know where to fall on the whole Vacation Bible School debate. On one hand, it seems like a lot of work and a lot of cost. It's exhausting to organize, it's exhausting to execute, and it's a little frustrating when the program is seen as nothing more as free babysitting. On the other hand, it's a whole lot of fun.  There's something so cool about transforming the whole church into Egypt for a week and getting a "first-hand" experience of Joseph's life, … [Read more...]

Will We Do VBS this year?

Will We Do VBS this year?

I have to admit, I struggled with VBS last year.  We visited a few other churches to see how their program was being run and to gather up ideas only to see the same faces over and over again.  We have kids that come to our VBS and never darken the door of the church again until next summer.  We have kids from Christian families that spend their entire summer VBS-hopping. What does that all mean?  Does it mean the program is a failure? That it's not making an impact? Could we use our financial … [Read more...]

Get the word out about your VBS!

Get the word out about your VBS!

Here's some great ideas for publicizing Vacation Bible School (or whatever your summer big event is) in your neighborhood.  The ideas come from a member in our church (SpyGuy, to be exact).  Check them out: Countdown Board Outside with "XX" days to go!  This could also be posted inside the church to generate excitement among the congregation. Sidewalk Line-up: Have kids line up with signs with the events details on the sidewalk in front of the church for a few Saturdays before the big … [Read more...]

Thirteen Year Old Directs VBS: You Can Too!

Thirteen Year Old Directs VBS: You Can Too!

Just finished listening to an amazing podcast about 13-year old Jake who directed his church's VBS program and plans to do it again next year!  The church has an average attendance of about 100 and he recruited over 45 volunteers to pitch and help with the 55 kids in attendance.  Here are some tips he shares in order for your VBS to be a fun R.I.D.E. R: Recruit. You can't do it alone.  There is a job for everyone.  Work with your volunteers to see what they are best suited for. I: … [Read more...]