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

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 3

Too often we VBS Groupies mistakenly assume everyone is as aware and enthused about VBS as we are. The truth is, no matter the size of the congregation, most members are unaware of and concerned about the dates, details, and needs of VBS until they are publicized and promoted. Even then little notice is taken to the first announcement. This is why we must actively and intentionally promote VBS to the congregation as well as the community.  I know it seems a little early to begin promoting VBS ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Gordon Brown

Today we are doing Geek of the Week a little differently! We are going to be highlighting the different members of the VBS team and see what makes them a VBS geek. Today we are starting with one of our graphic designers, Gordon Brown! What is your role on the VBS team? Graphic designer What was your "geekiest" moment? Almost wearing the kangaroo costume—and almost being sad that I didn't. What has been your favorite VBS theme? Saddle Ridge Ranch—cowboy boots are cool! You might be a ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 2

Enlisting congregational support for VBS is a continuous process that must begin early and build momentum. As you continue evaluating VBS 2014 and begin planning for VBS 2015, here are six ways to insure every member of the church is on the team. 1. Enlist a phone team to call every member. 2. Conduct a Pep Rally two or three weeks before VBS to teach the theme song, motto, and Scripture. 3. Sponsor a coloring contest for children to promote VBS. Display the finished artwork throughout the ... Continue Reading

Share Your VBS Story

  Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school, and for the most part, you have wrapped VBS 2014.  That means it’s time to start sharing your stories.  One of our favorite parts of VBS is hearing how God is using you to change the lives of kids and make an impact in your community. So, out with it!  We want to hear the funny stories, the sweet stories, the life-changing stories, and anything else you want to share.   Leave your story in the comments below and it could be ... Continue Reading