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

Zip for Kids Testimonial

Janetta Holmes used Zip For Kids for preschool aged kids on Wednesday nights this summer. Janetta had been using Club VBS for this purpose, but changed to Zip when Club was no longer an option LifeWay offered. In addition to the Bible content, she used the Discover It and Make It tracks with her kids. Earlier this summer, I asked her a few questions about her experience: What was your favorite thing about Zip? I like the fact that we have one Bible Verse throughout the whole 10 sessions. As a ... Continue Reading

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

Zip Tip - Add Some ZIP to your Fall Break!

by Klista Storts As school starts and the last few days of summer are quickly fading away, kids are already looking forward to Fall Break! And while you may be just now taking a deep breath from VBS, camp, and other summer activities, you know you’re going to need something to take full advantage of those few days you’re going to have with the kids in your ministry. Take a look at a recent post by Jana Magruder to learn about 3 Ways to Make Fall Break "Cool and Colorful" We’d love to hear from ... 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