From the Archives: Finding Rotation and Resource Persons

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. The following article was originally published in 1998 in The Sunday School Leader. When my banjo and I entered the VBS room, 12 enthusiastic preschoolers greeted us. They and their teachers sat in a semi-circle, listened as I described the instrument, and clapped in rhythm ... Continue Reading

Why Do You Choose the Week for VBS You Choose?

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For many years we have assumed that the biggest week of VBS is the first full week of June. I have referred to it more than once in this blog and during training sessions. So many indicators have given validity to my assumptions that I have easily convinced others that more churches conduct VBS the first week of June than any other week. However, data gleamed from Church VBS Reports tells a very different story. I was recently surprised to learn that the single largest week of VBS - at least ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Give Adult VBS A Chance

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. The following article was originally published in 1998 in The Sunday School Leader. (It's not too late to plan an Adult VBS. Think beyond the summer months and consider year-round possibilities.) Which of the following approaches to Bible study would you ... Continue Reading

Take Time to Tell Your VBS Story

We spend weeks, if not months, pleading with the congregation to volunteer, to donate craft supplies and snacks, and to invite neighbors and friends. We put announcements in the bulletin and newsletter, cajole from the pulpit, and decorate the walls with posters. We perform skits, project videos, and hold pre-event enlistment and registration events. All this - and much more - for the sake of educating the congregation about our upcoming Vacation Bible Schools. But once VBS is over how well ... Continue Reading