Thursdays Are For Training - Create a Planning Calendar

Last week we explored the necessity of defining the purpose of your VBS before diving into details. I hope you took time this week to meet with your pastor to discuss his expectations and arrive at a common purpose. Now that you know the purpose, and the type of event your are planning, it is time to jump in with both feet and get started. LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors provides some great resources and templates to help you develop a planning calendar, set up a budget, ... Continue Reading

Begin Well! Finish Strong!

Good morning VBS Leaders! It's March 3, and VBS is just around the corner! If this news makes you happy and you are performing cartwheels in front of your computer, you are probably well on your way to having workers enlisted, resources purchased, and schedules finalized. But, if you are one of the multitude in the wailing and gnashing of teeth crowd and uncertain of where to begin, take heart! We are here to help. Stop right now and check out these eight FREE VIDEO SESSIONS designed to ... Continue Reading

LifeWay's New Explorer Bible

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 by Andrea Spikes       We have heard many of you comment wanting a full Bible, not just a New Testament, to give your VBS kids, and so it’s here! VBS has partnered with Explore The Bible™ to release the Explorer Bible. It is the first time we have published a full Bible for VBS, which is exciting news. What is even more exciting is that the Explorer Bible will continue to be sold after this summer and so can be bought to partner with your fall curriculum. This ... Continue Reading

Scheduling Ideas To Increase Time and Space

A lack of space or time can be great challenges to a VBS schedule. While it may be impossible to add hours to the clock or additional rooms to the church building, there are ways to stretch or increase both time and space. Use recreation as an early arrival activity. Weather and space permitting, move recreation activities to the front lawn beginning 30 minutes prior to the advertised starting time. Serve a quick snack as kids are transitioning between two rotations, or between the opening ... Continue Reading