Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 3

LifeWay's VBS team is celebrating 90 years of life-changing resources for the ministry we all love and know as Vacation Bible School. Here are just a few tidbits you might not find in a history book. Approximately 3,000,000 people enrolled in VBS last year. It is rumored the first VBS (Daily Bible School) included lessons on hygiene. Considering VBS was started by a doctor's wife there just might be truth to the rumor. The first VBS was started by Mrs. Eliza Hawes in response to the stories ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 2

As LifeWay's VBS team continues celebrating 90 years of VBS heritage we thought you might enjoy these milestone facts. The first VBS was called Everyday School and held in New York City in 1898. Approximately 80,000 professions of faith are made each year during thee week of VBS.This number does not include the decisions made public in the following days and weeks. LifeWay's VBS music from previous years is available on iTunes. Average VBS enrollment is 100 including workers. Approximately ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Bethany Brown

We are back this week with another VBS team member as Geek of the Week. Bethany is one of our newer team members, but has a long VBS history! Here's Bethany! What is your role on the VBS Team? Production Editor- grammar, fact checking, the fun nitpicky stuff! What is your "geekiest" moment? Probably helping my mom promote Ocean Odyssey when I was in middle school. I don't remember all of what I had to do, but it involved wearing light, summer clothes on a cold spring day up onto the church ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 1

LifeWay Christian Resources, formerly known as The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, first created what became known as the Daily Vacation Bible School Department in 1924 -- so we're CELEBRATING 90! Ninety years of history, but more importantly 90 years of transformed lives, families, churches and communities. VBS started as an evangelistic outreach and has stayed true to the mission. Millions upon millions of people have professed faith in Jesus Christ as a result of ... Continue Reading

What Are You Reading?

Something I love about working at LifeWay is the frequent emphasis on training and improving. We're often reading and studying new resources, whether for education or inspiration, that help us improve what we do. So I thought I'd take an informal poll of what the VBS team is reading right now. I'm reading the audio book of Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P.L. Travers, which is a fun step into the whimsical mind of a child, as well as some thoughts about discipline. The original Mary Poppins of ... Continue Reading

It's Time to Report Your VBS

VBS 2014 reports have been arriving in my office by the thousands. If quantity of mail is any indication I must have the most popular address on the 7th floor. Of course the envelopes are actually addressed to the VBS Report Desk - which you might find humorous to learn is nothing more than a FAX machine sitting on a small metal foot stool in a corner of my office. So actually it is the Report Desk that holds title to the most popular address. If you have not already done so, it is time to file ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Carol Tomlinson

Today's VBS team member Geek of the Week is Carol Tomlinson. Hope you enjoy getting to know her! What is your role on the VBS team? Content editor for Preteen, Students, Crafts, and Missions What was your "geekiest" VBS moment? Visiting the Goodwill Outlet with my team to rummage through large bins of stuff that could be use to make gadgets for Agency D3 Previews. What has been your favorite VBS theme? Outrigger Island & Agency D3 loved that both of these could simply answer the truth ... Continue Reading

What to Save for 2015

          Want a jump on prepping for VBS 2015 decorations? Here's a list of things you can start saving (and collecting) now for next summer. Giant, colorful flowers (stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and JoAnn's have tons of summer decor on sale at the end of the season) Natural grass skirts or tablecloths Palm fronds Sticks, branches, bamboo poles, and the like Green plastic tablecloths (for vines) Green vinyl tablecloths (for lily pads) Blue foil ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Questions To Ask About Your VBS Promotion

LifeWay's VBS team is Celebrating 90! That's 90 years of providing VBS curriculum, training, and administrative helps that have been used by thousands of churches to reach millions of unchurched kids, teens, and adults. I've been combing the archives for advice from the past that is just as relevant today. This list of questions will be a valuable resource as you begin planning printed promotions (flyers, newspaper and web advertisements, and bulletin inserts) for VBS 2015. 1. Does the message ... Continue Reading

Why the “B” Word Might Not Be Such a Bad Thing

By Klista Storts Maybe the “B” word has never bothered you at all, but it has me.  “Babysitting.” Doesn’t that just go all over you sometimes?  Especially when someone uses it to refer to what we do in kids ministry at church?  It makes me feel as if our ministry is viewed as unimportant to the Kingdom. Could it be that it's just terminology and maybe just a misunderstanding of what we do? This video of how a family came to Christ as a result of one church "babysitting" their kids through ... Continue Reading