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
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
How We Un-did VBS…and Hit a Home Run

How We Un-did VBS…and Hit a Home Run

By Tim Green Each year, Prairie Lakes Church hosts a special winter event for our 4th and 5th grade students. This event draws “tweens” from our six Iowa sites to a centrally-located, church camp where we deliver a high-energy weekend of snowy fun and inspiring, Biblical content. This year, we tried a different plan for the content we would be teaching during the weekend, and our team learned a valuable lesson from a summer VBS product in the middle of the midwestern winter. PLANNING SPECIAL... 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