On the VBS Planning Calendar – June

On the VBS Planning Calendar – June

By Liz Calhoun We’ve come to the end of our shared to-do list. I hope your planning and recruiting and preparing and training has gone smoothly so far, and I hope you are excitedly looking forward to your event. You’ve put so much effort into making this year’s VBS an awesome one, and you are almost there! Continue to pray that God will prepare the hearts of the families you will meet, and that He will work through the folks who will speak into the lives of those families... Read More
Making the Connection AFTER VBS – Don’t Miss It!

Making the Connection AFTER VBS – Don’t Miss It!

By Tim Sherwood Your team has dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s, and the kids had an incredible time at your event. They danced like nobody was watching, they sang like nobody was listening, they made crafts out of pretzels and marshmallows that would rival a Picasso, created lasting friendships with new people and they can’t stop talking about what they learned (and how many marshmallows Billy fit into his mouth – which was 37 if you must know, it was incredible). Your work is done.... Read More
Six Ideas to Get Parents Involved in VBS

Six Ideas to Get Parents Involved in VBS

By Brian VanderArk I saw a strange site yesterday here in Michigan. It was a tulip starting to sprout from the ground (an orange one of course). Around here, that means Summer is closing in. And that means someone is planning a Vacation Bible School! Immediately, I had these visions playing out in my mind: Volunteers in a room with brainstorming cards or paper lining the walls filled with ideas. Staff or volunteers are feverishly inviting others to join them in reaching kids. Other team... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – May

On the VBS Planning Calendar – May

By Liz Calhoun For those who are hosting a VBS in June, here is your to-do list starting from 4 weeks out. If your VBS isn’t until July, save this list for next month. (In case you July-VBSers need a reminder, I’ll send this list again in June!) APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS BEFORE VBS: Send postcards inviting your entire mailing list to VBS. Send vocalists practice CDs or playlists of the songs you’ll be using. Spotify is an excellent and free option for doing this. If you have a... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – April

On the VBS Planning Calendar – April

By Liz Calhoun It’s time to host a volunteer training meeting! This will be the first time everyone comes together to see and hear what VBS will be about this summer. This is the perfect opportunity to vision-cast and give everyone their job descriptions so they will feel prepared when the time comes. Check out On the VBS Calendar for March to get more details about volunteer training. Start setting up promotional items for your VBS around the church to stir interest with the families.... Read More