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

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Jerry Wooley

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This week's Geek of the Week is Jerry Wooley! If you have been to any Preview Event, you would have seen him on stage or running around making sure everything is running smoothly. You might also see him as he travels the country training people for VBS. What is your role on the VBS team? I am the VBS Ministry Specialist, which basically means I am responsible for VBS training events such as Preview, as well being the representative for ... Continue Reading

Pros and Cons of Evening VBS

Approximately sixty-six percent of Bible schools are now conducted in the evening. This rapid move from morning to evening results from a variety of reasons including worker availability and cooler temperatures. Before turning your VBS into an evening experience be sure to consider all of the pros and cons including the following: PROS 1. Younger workers and more men are often available. 2. Kids who attend summer school, day camps, and child care are available. 3. It is easier to ... Continue Reading

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to our new website and blog! We're excited about our new look and we hope that this site makes it easier for you to find all the VBS information you need for 2015. Check out our Biblical Content page to get a look at what your kids will be learning each day. Then stop by the Rotations page to see the Tangled Branch Tree House, Shady Grove, and other fun locations. And last but not least, you've all been asking for it, click here to preview all of the music for Journey Off the Map! ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 4

Approximately 24,000 Southern Baptist churches conduct VBS or Backyard Kids Club each year. In many countries - including New Zeeland, Australia and Malysia - VBS is known as Holiday Club. Early Vacation Bible Schools were four weeks long. The first VBS workers were school teachers on summer break and received a salary. Each year approximately 2,500 people make the decision to pursue vocational ministry as a result of VBS. 60,000 to 80,000 people are trained annually to work in VBS using ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Rhonda VanCleave

Today's team VBS Geek of the Week is our fearless leader! She's the one who tries to keep all of us on schedule. Here's Rhonda VanCleave! What is your role on the VBS team? I am the publishing team leader. It is a lot like herding cats. I am responsible for making sure we have a theme and content every year. I also work with the team to divide up all the responsibilities so that all the pieces happen. What was your "geekiest" moment? Using two Arctic Edge large inflatable moose at our ... Continue Reading

What to Save for Crafts in 2015

It's that time of year again, you've finished VBS 2014 and may be wondering why think about VBS 2015. Because it's never too early to start saving supplies and get a head start. With that in mind I am going to give you a top ten list of items to start saving:       Burlap Dowel rods Old crayons (ones that the paper can be peeled from) Smooth river rocks Small candy tins with lids 5x7 frame mats Pencil cap erasers Ribbon, twine, or raffia Dried flowers or ... Continue Reading