Advice from the experts - Registration Team

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. Streamline registration by creating packets that include a registration card, name tag, and parent information. If using an electronic registration system, keep a binder with a hard copy of the information for emergencies. You never know when the ... Continue Reading

Make a Lasting Impact with Devos from Journey Off the Map

The purpose of VBS is to impact kids and families with the gospel. While we can pack as much Bible content and worship songs into five days as possible, we also desire for life-change and Bible study to continue for the rest of kids' lives. This year, we've produced a 52 week devotion for kids. It follows the VBS 2015 theme, Journey Off the Map. Devotions Off the Map contains devotionals, Scripture, prayer, discussion questions, and activities to help kids face uncharted territory with faith ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Don't Forget the Details

The countdown has started, and for many churches VBS begins in five short weeks. Once workers are enlisted it is important to make sure each one receives training that not only relieves fear and anxiety, but insures the week is a winning experience for everyone involved. A necessary aspects of training is covering the all-important details that are unique to your VBS - the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the week. While these details may seem like common sense information that every ... Continue Reading

Peanuts, Gluten, and Dairy! Oh My!

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Yes, it’s true that a few decades ago kids had Kool-Aid® and cookies or whatever the sweet ladies of the church made including all sorts of nut-filled goodies or homemade ice cream (with raw eggs, am I dating myself?) on the last day of VBS. For all kinds of reasons, snack life is not so simple anymore. As we minister to families and take steps to help them feel included and welcomed, taking a special look at what we offer for snacks is just another part of that total effort.   It ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Reaching Unchurched Families

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. During the last week of school distribute information to parents in the school pick-up lines. Make it fun and memorable. Host neighborhood VBS-themed block parties one to two weeks before VBS. Use VBS-themed snacks and games. Distribute ... Continue Reading

Where is the Clip Art?

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We always want our stuff to look good, so it's important to know where to find the cool clip art! There are actually a couple of places to find clip art for VBS 2015. The first place is on the VBS website. Click here and it will take you to the free clip art that is available. There is also clip art located on the CD in the Decorating Made Easy book. Both are filled with great images to enhance the look of your VBS! Enjoy! ... Continue Reading

Make Preparations Today for Your JOTM

We all need training - no matter how inexperienced or experienced we may be. But participating in training sessions can be a real challenge. Especially if the training you need is only offered once or consistently conflicts with other scheduled activities. So, if you can't attend Journey Off the Map training this Saturday morning or next Tuesday evening (or whenever training is being provided in your area), we are bringing the training to you - at the coffee shop or in your own home. In fact, ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts - Traffic Control

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. Ask parents to join the kids for worship rally at the end of the day. Parents will already be in the building when it is time to dismiss. Place a person with a radio at each build entrance. Offset schedules to insure preschoolers are not in halls ... Continue Reading

How I Fell in Love with Backyard Kids Club

Do you ever just laugh at how God works things out? Two years ago I moved to Nashville, started work on the VBS team, and started looking for a local church to attend. In my work, there was a need for someone to oversee the putting together of all the resources that feed into our Backyard Kids Club curriculum, because they come from so many different resources and arms of VBS. I started doing that job for the time being. Not to mention that it wasn't long at all after I started working ... Continue Reading