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

10 Ways to Use the VBS 2015 Giant Inflatable Butterfly

With preparations ramping up for your VBS Journey, your thoughts may be turning to making your children’s space look “off the map” for your explorers. One great piece you want to include is the VBS 2015 Giant Inflatable Butterfly (005650054). Its size alone will bring a wow factor to your halls, but don’t limit yourself on how to use it! Here are a few ways to use the butterfly that you might not have thought of: 1. Hang multiple butterflies at various levels from the ceiling, but with the ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Worker Preparation Day

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. Enlist volunteers – who might not be able to work the week of VBS – to help move furniture, decorate, and sort, cut, and package craft supplies. Provide childcare for younger children and a fun activity, possibly off campus, for older ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: "We Learn to Do by Doing"

With VBS 2015 LifeWay Christian Resources has been promoting and producing Vacation Bible School resources for 90 years. It all started with a visionary named Dr. Homer Grice who came to "The Board" (LifeWay was formerly known as The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) from a pastorate in Washington, Georgia in 1924. He was tasked with creating resources, training workers to use them, and helping pastors and congregations realize the evangelistic value of summer church ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Off The Map Opportunities

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. Conduct Youth VBS at a fun location as a weekend adventure. Partner with a mission or smaller-membership congregation to help them reach their community through VBS. Conduct VBS concurrently in multiple locations such as parks, schools, and homes ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Scheduling Your VBS

There are basically two parts to scheduling your VBS: dates and times. Simple enough, especially if your church has scheduled VBS for the same week for decades. But, are you sure you have the right dates and times for the people you are trying to reach? It all goes back to knowing your purpose. Why are you conducting VBS? Who do you hope to reach? What do you want to be the end result of the week? Before moving to Nashville I served on staff of an inner city church. For decades VBS had ... Continue Reading

Do You Want to Build a Tree House?

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We've had many requests for some additional help in creating the tree house featured in our Worship Rally set.  So grab your copy of Decorating Made Easy and let's take a closer look together.  The supply lists and diagrams you'll need are on pages 24-25.  The diagram on page 25 is also available on the CD-ROM included in Decorating Made Easy so that you can project and trace the panels using a digital or overheard projector.  Feel free to simplify and freehand as needed. Decide whether you ... Continue Reading