Scheduling Ideas To Increase Time and Space

A lack of space or time can be great challenges to a VBS schedule. While it may be impossible to add hours to the clock or additional rooms to the church building, there are ways to stretch or increase both time and space. Use recreation as an early arrival activity. Weather and space permitting, move recreation activities to the front lawn beginning 30 minutes prior to the advertised starting time. Serve a quick snack as kids are transitioning between two rotations, or between the opening ... Continue Reading

Maximize VBS Registration Opportunities

Registration is a necessity of VBS, yet we rarely give it much attention. After all, what is easier than collecting names and ages? But how many opportunities are lost when we take the registration process for granted? Here are a few takeaways from a discussion I recently had with a group of VBS Leaders. Registration is typically the first contact families have with your VBS and church. First impressions are powerful and lasting. The registration process (both online and in person) should ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - managing supplies

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Inventory and know what you have before you make purchases. Appoint one person to purchase, sort, and distribute all supplies so you can control your budget. Give a specific deadline for supply lists to be turned in. At the end of VBS give each ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Teaching Resources

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Always order extra – it’s not fun to run out of student books. Unused leftovers can be returned. Make sure your teachers know they do not have to use every teaching activity or everything in their leader pack. Pre-cut and organize crafts per day. ... Continue Reading