From the Archives: Four Reasons Why Handwork is Important to VBS

Handwork (crafts) has been a vital part of VBS since the beginning. Back in 1926, when this information was first printed, Bible schools were typically four weeks in duration and the crafts required multiple days or weeks to complete. Times have certainly changed and we now give much less time to crafts as well as VBS. Whether the craft required 10 hours back then or 20 minutes today, the reasons we include crafts remain the same. Actually, these reasons apply to recreation as well. So, the next ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Is Jesus Here?

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.  "Is Jesus here?" His brown eyes were questioning and a bit puzzled as he looked at me during those first few minutes of his first day in the Primary department of Vacation Bible school. I looked into his wistful face and realized he was a lad who had not attended Sunday school. ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: What Will Happen to the Registration Cards You Collect During VBS?

A proud church member once showed me a cabinet full of neatly stacked, banded, and labeled registration cards testifying to a decade of successfully attended Vacation Bible Schools. When asked why the cards were being kept for such a long time, the answer was, “We didn’t know what else to do with then and we hated to just throw them away.” I have heard similar tales which leads me to ask, “What happened to the registration cards from your last Vacation Bible School?” Were they discarded in a ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Why VBS Should Remain a Priority on a Child's Summer Schedule

There was a time, not too long ago, when summers were extended, and unstructured days provided endless adventure from first light until long after interest had been lost in capturing an endless supply of June bugs and fireflies. Except for a short visit to grandparents or cousins, one day usually seemed much like the other. Vacation Bible School gave kids and parents alike something to anticipate. Just one of the simple pleasures of summer, muck like the unmistakable sounds of an approaching ice ... Continue Reading