4 Steps to Givings Students a Place and Purpose During VBS

4 Steps to Givings Students a Place and Purpose During VBS

By Brian VanderArk I have to admit to you, I was a bit panicked and I was not 100% sure of the outcome in the moment of the story I am about to tell you. I do know that my belief in students to step up and be the church was forever confirmed by what I saw and experienced. A few years ago, I took 20 junior high and high school students and 3 leaders to serve for a week with an organization that was holding a seven week neighborhood VBS. Each week, they held a VBS in a different neighborhood of... Read More
VBS – Make It Yours

VBS – Make It Yours

by Kevin Litton I love cookies. Actually, I love cookie dough more. Once a cookie is baked, it is what it already is. However, the dough is carefully crafted with each delicious ingredient. The options are endless as to what else you may want to add or what cookie-cutter shape you want to make the cookie before baking. I bet you didn’t realize cookie dough and VBS had so much in common. And no, I’m not talking about the snack rotation. When it comes to VBS, some churches write their own VBS... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – January

On the VBS Planning Calendar – January

By Liz Calhoun BEGIN MAKING THE BIG ASK and gathering the main players for your event. Surround yourself with trustworthy people who can lead different areas. Check out the Walk This Way Director’s Guide for a full list of volunteer job titles and descriptions (Pages 9 and 10). Key Leadership Roles: Large Group Director Small Group Director Tracks/Rotations Director Preschool VBS Director These are the folks that you’ll be meeting with the most over the next few months.... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – December

On the VBS Planning Calendar – December

FINALIZE the date, time, and location for your VBS if you haven’t done so already. Since many families like to attend more than one VBS each summer, consider checking dates of other Vacation Bible Schools in your area and keep those dates in mind when scheduling yours.Determine needed space and verify availability with your church’s calendar and get it on the books! DEFINE the event budget. If you have records from previous years, they can be used as a starting point. REST AND... Read More
VBS: Every Child Belongs

VBS: Every Child Belongs

Christmas tunes may be in this week’s Spotify playlist of choice, but summer planning is a necessary endeavor now to save energy and minimize stress down the road. If the average VBS program in a local church occupies 2-3 hours each day for 3-5 days, that’s anywhere from 6-15 hours with kids. In terms of weekend planning, it’s months of programming concentrated into a very short amount of time. Overwhelmed yet? Easily so. Everyone has those Sundays checking your watch wondering if the... Read More