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

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