Shining in Your Sweet Spot

A couple of years ago we had one of “those” VBS weeks. Unexpected illnesses and surgeries and countless other things derailed our VBS plans. Thankfully people rallied and jumped in to do things outside of their norm. We “accidentally” discovered something great. We found a lot of people’s VBS sweet spot. One lady who “always” teaches jumped in to run the kitchen (we do a full meal each night of VBS). She doesn’t want to do this particular job all the time, but for one week she loves ... Continue Reading

Create a Fall Break Event in a Zip!

What kind of fall break do the kids in your ministry have? Are they out of school two days, a long weekend, a week, or more? This is a great time to minister to families by providing an event that engages kids during their down time. And don’t forgot what a blessing you will be to families who struggle with short-term child care during these longer school breaks. Zip for Kids™: Essentials allows you to custom design large group (platform driven) times and/or small group times. From high-energy ... Continue Reading

Six Tips for First Time Teachers

So, you are teaching VBS for the first time? Or the first time in a long time? You are in great company! All of us were first timers at some time! Here are a few tips that might help you: Don’t Panic! You can do this! Page 1 of your leader guide has a quick outline of the steps you need to take from preparing yourself to teach through keeping the connection with kids alive long after VBS. Pray! It’s hard to realize just how important this step is. Pray before you start, while you are ... Continue Reading

VBS C.R.A.F.T.S - More Than What You Think

Is crafts rotation one of your favorite parts about VBS? It is for lots of people. I’m one of those people and I get excited about picking which crafts I’d like to do at my VBS. However, it’s easy to get too focused on the end product and forget what we are really creating in the VBS Craft Lab – great experiences for kids. Here’s a little reminder for those of us on the crafts team.   C – Conversation: As kids work on the their crafts, leaders have a great opportunity to get to know ... Continue Reading