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
6 Ways to Set Up Small Group Leaders to WIN During VBS

6 Ways to Set Up Small Group Leaders to WIN During VBS

by Rebecca Simmons Four years ago, I remember wrapping up an amazing week of VBS with outstanding worship, incredible volunteer leaders, mind-blowing decorations and of course, awesome kids. But, I clearly remember the moment when God laid the question on my heart, “Did every child leave here KNOWN and have a sense of BELONGING?” When I looked over each classroom of 25 children with 4 adults, I realized the answer was NO! We have stellar volunteer leaders, but in the classroom setting where... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – March

On the VBS Planning Calendar – March

By Liz Calhoun If you are anything like me, your weekly and monthly to-do lists are getting longer and longer, and you are finding that most of the items on your lists are various VBS tasks. If you aren’t much of a list-maker, find a friend who loves lists and ask them to sit down with you and write down each task that must be done before the big week. This goes a long way to reduce stress and anxiety and helps eliminate the “How am I going to get it all done?” question you... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – February

On the VBS Planning Calendar – February

By Liz Calhoun Your mind is forever on KidMin…. How can we reach these kids in our charge for Christ? How can we make things fun and engaging so they’ll beg their parents to let them come back next time? How can we make a lasting impact on their lives and their faith? How can we get more volunteers??? What’s a quick easy way to get a few more VBS volunteers? (HINT: Head on over to the student area and say, “We need help!”) What would happen if your thought process... Read More
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