Celebrating 90: The Values of Conducting VBS

With the release of VBS 2015 Journey Off the Map (Jump Start Kits are available now) LifeWay has produced VBS resources for 90 years. In celebration I have been digging through the archives to find inspiration that is as relevant today as when first published. Dr. Homer Grice, the man who established the path for LifeWay's VBS journey back in 1924, outlined these values of conducting VBS. To the Children: provides the children with supervised play; clean, constructive, delightful social ... Continue Reading

Training is a VBS Priority

One standard of LifeWay's VBS that makes it so successful as an evangelistic outreach is training. Even if we have been working in VBS since forever, annual training sharpens our skills and increases our knowledge, resulting in increased confidence, renewed enthusiasm, and relevant ways to engage new generations. Annual training challenges us to abandon the status quo and reach beyond our comfort zones, which is one of the reasons there is a direct correlation between the number of workers ... Continue Reading

VBS 2015 Fun Facts - About Snacks!

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In some form or fashion, food is a part of every VBS! The VBS 2015 Snack Rotation Recipe Cards have a new look! Here are a few facts about next year's snack cards. There are 5 Bible related snack ideas with pictures 34 Theme related snack recipes 23 of the theme recipes are identified as "Preschool Friendly" 14 of the theme recipes have steps that "Kids Can Do" 10 Dinner menus that incorporate some of the theme recipes 18 Store bought snack suggestions with ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 2)

Recently I shared six procedures for enlisting workers that were first presented by Carr Suter in 1997. His presentation continued with the following six  ideas: Stress that everyone can do something in VBS. Be alert to non-church members (prospects, parents, visiting family members). Give them non-teaching tasks.  Ask adult Sunday School teachers to encourage class members to respond and to share names of possible workers. If an adult Sunday School teacher serves as a VBS class ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Klista Storts

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This week's VBS Geek of the Week is Klista Storts. She is officially the newest member to our team, but she's not really new! She has been around as a consultant for several years and has now changed roles. Here's Klista! What is your role on the VBS team? Content Editor What is your "geekiest" moment? Being envious of someone's earrings that they crafted from VBS buttons. What has been your favorite VBS theme? Such a hard question! Every year, I say "this one's the best!"  But if ... Continue Reading

VBS Starter Kits Save Time and Money – Check out the V.A.L.U.E.

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V – Very easy for the VBS director to distribute since the leader pack, leader guide, and a sample Kids Field Kit or Preschool Field Kit are packaged together and clearly labeled for distribution to teaching teams. A – Age-appropriate rotation leader guides are packed in each Preschool Starter Kit and Kids Starter Kit. L – Leaders are able to become fully acquainted with the resources and then determine what additional resources are needed. U – Useful extras such as craft pack ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Andrea Spikes

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This week's geek of the week is Andrea Spikes. She is one of the newest members of our team. She is an awesome graphic designer and she grew up as a missionary kid in Chile! Enjoy getting to know her! What is your role on the VBS  team? Graphic Designer What has been your favorite VBS theme? Journey Off the Map (mostly because I'm new on the team :)) You might be a VBS geek if . . . if you sing the VBS songs on repeat in your brain, before VBS has even started. What makes you love ... Continue Reading

Overcoming VBS Logistical Challenges

When faced with a logistical challenge such as space, scheduling, or lack of workers, step back and look for a solution instead of obsessing over the obstacle. WHEN SPACE IS A CHALLENGE Combine age groups Reduce the age-span offered at a particular time (children in the morning, teens at night) Look for temporary options such as campers or large tents Rotate leaders into one room instead of kids into multiple rooms Consider using Backyard Kids Club resources which are designed ... Continue Reading