Student VBS in a Retreat Setting

Several people have asked about how to schedule Student VBS in a retreat setting.  The VBS Guy (aka Jerry Wooley) has the following suggestion for a retreat that begins after dinner and ends at lunch. This schedule is just a guideline for creating your schedule feel free to adapt it to fit the needs and resources of your church.      First,  try to figure out a way to use all five Bible study sessions. As you have probably noticed, each builds on the previous study and we believe it is ... Continue Reading

It's A Perfect Day for the Playground

With VBS just days away now is a good time to visit the playground. Not to frolic and play - although that is not such a bad idea - but to ensure the equipment and grounds are in good repair. Check for the following: Fence is in good repair Gates are secure and lockable and have a safety latch Sight lines are unhampered Playground equipment is at lest six feet away from fences and building Playground equipment is anchored and stable Sharp edges are covered Bolts and screws are ... Continue Reading

It’s Time for Special Friends VBS!

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Summer is almost here! Churches are gearing up for VBS. LifeWay’s theme for VBS this year is “Journey Off the Map.” Through Bible stories and all kinds of fun, kids will discover that obeying God can lead them beyond the expected. One group of kids and adults is especially excited to participate in VBS. These are people who have special needs. A curriculum has been designed just for them and is ready for churches to use to make VBS a fantastic week for kids and adults who need some extra ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Safety, Part 1

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. Create and clearly mark drop-off and pick-up areas. Allow no exceptions. Have parents pick up kids in their rooms using “claim tickets”. Require every worker to participate in security and safety training. Enlist church members to continually ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: VBS - An Event to Remember

We're celebrating 90 - that's 90 years of providing the very best VBS curriculum, resources, and training - by going to the archives for ideas and advice that is just as relevant today as the day it was first printed. The following article was originally published in 1998. Some of my clearest memories from childhood are of Vacation Bible School. A few of them are eating ice cream on the front lawn of the church, the minister of music leading songs for my class, gathering for the large group ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Involving Teenagers in VBS

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. Don’t assume teens don’t enjoy VBS – they do. Especially when you include good snacks, messy games, and off-site activities. Get the youth leader/minister on board and you will get the youth on board. Give Youth VBS a name that relates to the ... Continue Reading

What's New With KidEvent Pro?

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Did you know you can use KidEvent Pro for more than just VBS? Many of you over the past year have begun using KidEvent Pro to manage VBS, summer camp, Parents Night Out, retreats, and even weekly programming. Your feedback has allowed us to update some of the functionality to better suit your needs. And the best part is, we're not done yet! You'll continue to see improvements based on your suggestions... so keep them coming! Here are the main changes taking place in KidEvent Pro this ... Continue Reading

Zip Tracks for I Am

Zip for Kids™: I Am. . . has launched and just like the first volume God Is. . . this volume contains some awesome tracks to engage kids of all ages. Sure you'll still see some of your favorites like Kitchen Concoctions with new recipes and debriefs to each sessions' biblical content, but check out these awesome new additions: Play It—Volleyball and Baseball Create It—Photography Perform It—Praise Band and Ballet Live It—new activities and service projects Of course we still have ... Continue Reading

It's Time to Pray for VBS Down the Street and Around the World

The third Sunday of May (17th) is National Day of Prayer for VBS. The day serves as a reminder that the transformational ministry of Vacation Bible School is Kingdom work. The mission and impact of VBS is far greater than just one church, one denomination, or one country. It's a day to pause from the hurried pace of preparation to reflect on why we do VBS in the first place, and it's a time to give thanks for the results of previous Bible schools and the potential of schools to ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Registration Team

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. Streamline registration by creating packets that include a registration card, name tag, and parent information. If using an electronic registration system, keep a binder with a hard copy of the information for emergencies. You never know when the ... Continue Reading