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

Advice from the experts - Reaching Unchurched Families

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. During the last week of school distribute information to parents in the school pick-up lines. Make it fun and memorable. Host neighborhood VBS-themed block parties one to two weeks before VBS. Use VBS-themed snacks and games. Distribute ... Continue Reading

Make Preparations Today for Your JOTM

We all need training - no matter how inexperienced or experienced we may be. But participating in training sessions can be a real challenge. Especially if the training you need is only offered once or consistently conflicts with other scheduled activities. So, if you can't attend Journey Off the Map training this Saturday morning or next Tuesday evening (or whenever training is being provided in your area), we are bringing the training to you - at the coffee shop or in your own home. In fact, ... Continue Reading