5 Reasons My Pastor Loves VBS!

Hey guys. I’ve always been impressed with my pastor’s involvement in VBS, so I asked him if he would share a bit about why he, as Senior Pastor, thinks being involved in VBS is a good thing. Here’s what he said: 1. VBS gives the pastor a chance to be directly and almost exclusively engaged with the children in ways that he can’t be on Sunday morning. Reflecting on Jesus’ blessing of the children, one of the easiest ways a pastor can be like Jesus is to be involved in VBS! 2. VBS gives ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 3

As we continue to Celebrate 90, today's archives wisdom comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 Ways to Prepare Yourself for A Galactic Good News Adventure. While some of the ideas were specific to the theme, here are six more reminders that apply every year. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for additional ways to prepare yourself for VBS. 1. Visit lifeway.com/vbs for additional ideas and suggestions. (And don't forget PINTEREST and FACEBOOK, which are now two of our most popular sources for ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 2

We're Celebrating 90! That's 90 years of publishing VBS curriculum, and I've been digging through the archives. Today's wisdom is obviously a continuation of Part 1, and comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 Ways to Prepare Yourself for A Galactic Good News Adventure. While some of the ideas were specific to the theme, here are six reminders that apply every year. 1. Conduct a prayer walk around the church campus. 2. Prepare meals for the week of VBS ahead of time and freeze them ... Continue Reading

How Do You Collect a VBS Offering?

We want to hear how you get your kids involved in helping to collect an offering during VBS. We know many of our own churches make the offering a competition between boys and girls or each grade to see who can bring the most. Some churches set a goal and if that offering goal is met, then the pastor or other staff member gets a pie in their face! It is also great to hear stories from churches who do not take up money as an offering, but collect school supplies, canned food, and so forth for a ... Continue Reading

Shining in Your Sweet Spot

A couple of years ago we had one of “those” VBS weeks. Unexpected illnesses and surgeries and countless other things derailed our VBS plans. Thankfully people rallied and jumped in to do things outside of their norm. We “accidentally” discovered something great. We found a lot of people’s VBS sweet spot. One lady who “always” teaches jumped in to run the kitchen (we do a full meal each night of VBS). She doesn’t want to do this particular job all the time, but for one week she loves ... Continue Reading

Making VBS Your Own

Every year when I edit the grammar and style of the VBS material, I pause over the paragraphs about making VBS your own and smile.   These sections tell you that you don't have to use VBS curriculum just as it's written, but can adjust it to fit your schedule, age groups, number of teachers, and any other needs you have. And I smile because I know so many people who already do this so well. From stories of a helicopter landing at one Agency D3 this year to the rumor of a VBS villain ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 1

September 1, 1924 was a big day in the history of Vacation Bible School. It was the official start of LifeWay's VBS Ministry Department. The department as such no longer exist, but the ministry of publishing VBS curriculum and training church leaders to use it is bigger and better than ever. From time to time, over the next year, I'm going back to the archives to not only honor our past but to glean insight and wisdom from the ages. Today's wisdom comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 ... Continue Reading

Agency D3 Missions Update

We hope your kids enjoyed learning about Liam and his family and Mary and Abraham during their time in the Map Room at VBS. You can learn more about what Liam has been up to by clicking here.  And if you want to hear more about the work at Connexxion click here for an update. During the week of VBS we challenged kids to go out and complete their own "Special Assignment" as part of their Missions experience. We would love to hear about any reports you received from your special agents (kids) ... Continue Reading

Another 2015 Sneak Peek

You've already gotten a sneak peek at the interior and exterior of the Tangled Branch Tree House (Bible Study) and Survival Springs (snacks). "But what about the other rotations?" you say. "We must see more!" Have no fear, the others are right here! Enjoy this little preview of what's to come next summer on your "Journey Off the Map!" Shady Grove (crafts) Boulder Bridge (missions) Rushing Waters (music) ... Continue Reading

Recycling Ideas that Increase the Value of Your VBS Resources

As a recovering pack rat who once had the task of cleaning out an accumulation of 85 years from a church resource room, I have come up with six ways of recycling and organizing selected VBS resources for later use. By doing so you will not only appease your pack rat tendencies, but become a better steward by increasing the value of the resources that truly are too good to throw away. 1. Find a church or organization that can put the resources to good use. Based on the size of your VBS you might ... Continue Reading