Journey Off the Map for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

VBS 2015 includes several Bible stories that are familiar to many preschoolers and preschool teachers. There are also two Bible stories which are being used for the first time in VBS with preschoolers. But before you shake your head and think "they've lost their minds," take a second look at these two Bible stories. As you’ll see in the summaries below, we’ve taken care to tell both Bible stories in such a way that the focus remains on the power of God to protect rather than the scary details of ... Continue Reading

Still Time to Beat the Deadline

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While it is still a couple of months before VBS Preview, the early bird rate expires November 1 so today is the day to register! For more information or to register go to Lifeway.com/VBS/events. We can't wait to see you at VBS Preview and start our Journey Off the Map! ... Continue Reading

What Training Does Your Team Need?

When LifeWay Christian Resources introduced VBS resources in 1925 an emphasis was placed on training workers to use those resources. Ninety years later, training not only remains a LifeWay priority but is offered in more ways than ever. LifeWay's VBS resources include how tos in every leader guide, training videos at lifeway.com/vbs. National Preview events in North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. State and regional training events across the U.S., Canada and Mexico - hosted by our state and ... Continue Reading

A Brand New Look for Babies–2s

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Did you know that LifeWay VBS is the ONLY publisher that provides foundational, gospel centric, biblically sound, and developmentally appropriate resources for all ages from the youngest infant to the oldest senior adult… and everyone in between! So no matter what ages you include in VBS, we've got you covered with excellent teaching plans—not just time fillers. Today I am so excited to share with you one of the best new things about VBS 2015… a brand new, completely redesigned resource for ... Continue Reading

6 Lessons I Have Learned About VBS From Dr. Homer Grice

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As you may know from reading this blog, LifeWay's VBS team is celebrating 90 continuous years of providing VBS resources that are Biblically trustworthy, evangelistically focused, and age-appropriate for the entire family. It all started in 1924 when Washington, Georgia pastor Dr. Homer Lamar Grice came to The Sunday School Board (LifeWay Christian Resources) to begin promoting the ministry of The Daily Vacation Bible School. Dr. Grice, who remained in the position for 29 years, is credited ... Continue Reading

Why Choose Journey Off the Map for Your VBS?

I am often asked why a church should choose LifeWay's VBS resources. My first response is that ministry leaders can trust that LifeWay's resources are Biblically trustworthy, evangelistically focused, and deliver age appropriate content. Long before I came to LifeWay in 2006 I had a strong conviction that LifeWay produced the very best resources based on these three foundational components. My conviction has grown stronger with each passing year as I have observed and been a party to the new ... Continue Reading

Create-Your-Own VBS

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As we heard from Jerry yesterday, it’s not too early to start prepping for VBS 2015. If you’re looking for something different this year, we’d love for you to check out Zip for Kids. Zip for Kids provides an opportunity to create-your-own VBS that is perfect for your church, your community, your “zip.” You decide the theme. You decide the schedule. You decide which track options to offer. With Zip for Kids, we provide the options (Bible study content, videos, music, track options, and more) ... Continue Reading

It's Time to Start Prepping for VBS 2015

Really? Start prepping now? It's only October and the holidays are straight ahead. Exactly! October is a perfect time to begin preparation for VBS 2015. VBS 2014 is not yet a distant memory and the rush and crush of the holidays have not reached the all-consuming stage. It's a great time to both express appreciation to the workers who made VBS 2014 possible and at the same time jump into the art of introducing the theme and goals for next summer. This is why the name of the Jump Start ... Continue Reading

Introducing the VBS 2015 Preschool Keepsake Book

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I am so excited to share a brand new resource with you today on the blog. It's called the VBS 2015 Preschool Keepsake Book and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever! Parents love documenting the milestones of their children's early lives and often fill scrapbooks and memory books with pictures, notes, cards, etc. So to help parents record their child's first "journey off the map," we've produced a keepsake book ready for teachers and kids to fill with individual and class pictures, handprints, ... Continue Reading

Who Should Attend VBS Preview?

This week I received an excellent question from one of our VBS Friends: "We are trying to decide who needs to go to the VBS Preview. How many people from our church would we need to make sure we get all the information from each session? How many sessions are there and what are they about?" I received a similar question last week from a pastor who had the money to send five people and wanted to know who to choose. We receive similar questions each year, and I thought you might be trying to ... Continue Reading