Why the “B” Word Might Not Be Such a Bad Thing

By Klista Storts

Maybe the “B” word has never bothered you at all, but it has me.  “Babysitting.” Doesn’t that just go all over you sometimes?  Especially when someone uses it to refer to what we do in kids ministry at church?  It makes me feel as if our ministry is viewed as unimportant to the Kingdom. Could it be that it’s just terminology and maybe just a misunderstanding of what we do? This video of how a family came to Christ as a result of one church “babysitting” their kids through Vacation Bible School may change your mind. It did mine. Now I’m thinking, “Who cares what they call it? Just bring me your kids!”

 


5 Ways to Stay Connected with Preschool Families from VBS

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Connecting with new families is one of the main reasons for conducting Vacation Bible School in your community.  If it’s not, you might need to take a closer look at why you’re doing it!  And because we most often target elementary aged kids with VBS, you might be overlooking an important group that needs your connection – families with preschoolers.  Here are five ways to consider how you can reach those families and keep them connected to your church.

  1. Pair up the child’s future Small Group or Sunday School teacher with the VBS leader when making a follow-up visit to a preschooler’s home.  The child has bonded with the VBS teacher during the week, and chances are, so has the parent! That transition on Sunday morning should go a lot more smoothly once they’ve met.
  2. Enlist parents with similarly aged kids to connect with a specific preschool family. Give a gift card to help pay for a quick meal at a local kid-friendly restaurant to encourage them to make a play date.
  3. Offer classes on parenting, finances, marriage and other family issues that would benefit preschool parents.  Now that they know you’ll take great care of their children, and made new friends of their own, they’ll be more likely to attend.
  4. Make sure they know you have other activities! Put together a calendar of future events and classes—include your Sunday morning services—and invite them to come.  The number one reason people attend is because they were invited!
  5. Promise to meet them at the front door on their first Sunday morning. Show them where their children’s classes are, take them to your small group, and sit with them during worship! Everything is easier when you do it with a friend!

My prayer is that these will just get you started. Keep that connection going all year long. Love on these parents and their children.  Let them know that your church cares, not just the week of VBS, but the other 51 weeks as well.

Let us know how your church connects! Blessings, friends!

Jeff's Testimony take 2

We found a better video of Jeff Slaughter sharing his testimony about this year’s ABC song for Boomerang Express. He shared this story at each VBS Preview, and it made such an impact every time.

Visit our LifeWay Digital Media blog to see a full interview with Jeff about the Because song and video.

To see the Because music video click here.

Jeff's Testimony

While we were at the VBS Preview events, Jeff Slaughter shared a story about filming the “Because” music video in Israel that was very moving. I made a video of it for you guys to enjoy – you’ll have to forgive my bad camera skills!!

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If you are interested in seeing the video he is referring to, it’s on the VBS 2009 Worship Rally DVD, and is also available for preview and download on lifeway.com.

Heading east on Tuesday . . .

Well, we have a crew headed east from Nashville on Tuesday to be at Ridgecrest for the VBS Institute and VBS Preview Event. There’s a whole truckful of stuff already making its way there, and we’ll be working hard to get it set up and organized for when the first crew of people get there on Thursday! I’m really looking forward to Friday night, when we will have over 1,400 people there! I plan on posting lots of pics (some on the blog, but more on our facebook page), maybe some video, and hopefully and interview with Jeff Slaughter!

I’m a little disappointed because it looks like it might rain while we are there – but I know the rain won’t stop the fun. If you are going to the preview, let me know by commenting on this post! Can’t wait to see you there!