Zip Tip - Recycle! Reuse!

Zip for Kids™ resources are not your average "use once and done" curriculum. This innovative tool is a great bank of ideas to use even after your camp or kids event. You may have used your Zip for Kids for a week-long or a one-day-a-week-for-10-weeks summer kids’ event. However, this powerful tool is still packed with potential. Consider pulling together a “Best Of” day for that Back-to-School bash. Use kids' favorite videos, music, or Bible stories. Throw in a few of those great games you ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Bethany Brown

We are back this week with another VBS team member as Geek of the Week. Bethany is one of our newer team members, but has a long VBS history! Here's Bethany! What is your role on the VBS Team? Production Editor- grammar, fact checking, the fun nitpicky stuff! What is your "geekiest" moment? Probably helping my mom promote Ocean Odyssey when I was in middle school. I don't remember all of what I had to do, but it involved wearing light, summer clothes on a cold spring day up onto the church ... Continue Reading

Zip Tip - Large Group Leader

One of the big things to make sure your zip event goes smoothly is to make sure everyone involved knows their role and its responsibilities. A Large Group Leader is a person (or team of people) who leads kids through Large Group worship and/or Bible Study sessions. Their responsibilities are: Prepare teaching plans each day, with the help of the session booklets and the interactive session builder. Lead the Large Group Sessions. Help in obtaining needed supplies. Coordinate technical ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 1

LifeWay Christian Resources, formerly known as The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, first created what became known as the Daily Vacation Bible School Department in 1924 -- so we're CELEBRATING 90! Ninety years of history, but more importantly 90 years of transformed lives, families, churches and communities. VBS started as an evangelistic outreach and has stayed true to the mission. Millions upon millions of people have professed faith in Jesus Christ as a result of ... Continue Reading

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

Guest Post: Zip for Kids in Moldova

We are happy to have Rachel Trammell share about her recent trip to Moldova with Justice and Mercy International.       Be honest: if someone challenged you to locate the country of Moldova on a map, would you even know what hemisphere to start in? Most of us wouldn't. Moldova is located in eastern Europe, and is the poorest and smallest country of the former Soviet Union. This past June, I spent a week in Moldova, but 3 months ago, I couldn't have told you what continent it ... 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