Thursdays Are For Training - Don't Forget the Details

The countdown has started, and for many churches VBS begins in five short weeks. Once workers are enlisted it is important to make sure each one receives training that not only relieves fear and anxiety, but insures the week is a winning experience for everyone involved. A necessary aspects of training is covering the all-important details that are unique to your VBS - the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the week. While these details may seem like common sense information that every ... Continue Reading

Peanuts, Gluten, and Dairy! Oh My!

Snack Cards

Yes, it’s true that a few decades ago kids had Kool-Aid® and cookies or whatever the sweet ladies of the church made including all sorts of nut-filled goodies or homemade ice cream (with raw eggs, am I dating myself?) on the last day of VBS. For all kinds of reasons, snack life is not so simple anymore. As we minister to families and take steps to help them feel included and welcomed, taking a special look at what we offer for snacks is just another part of that total effort.   It ... Continue Reading

Do You Want to Build a Tree House?

WRset

We've had many requests for some additional help in creating the tree house featured in our Worship Rally set.  So grab your copy of Decorating Made Easy and let's take a closer look together.  The supply lists and diagrams you'll need are on pages 24-25.  The diagram on page 25 is also available on the CD-ROM included in Decorating Made Easy so that you can project and trace the panels using a digital or overheard projector.  Feel free to simplify and freehand as needed. Decide whether you ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Creating Your VBS Budget

The three foundational components of VBS planning are a calendar, budget, and an event schedule. Together these three documents create a framework for the event and provide direction for everything from enlisting workers to purchasing snacks and crafts supplies. Last Thursday's post focused on creating a planning calendar. Now that you know your purpose and have a finalized calendar you are ready to create or rework an existing budget. The first step is to review budgets and actual costs from ... Continue Reading