Advice From the Experts - Working with Unchurched 1st and 2nd Graders During VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Mary Wood, Director of Children's Ministry, First Baptist Church New Port Richey, Florida 1.Breaking the Language Barrier:  Be intentional in explaining the meaning of words/references that are commonly used in the church setting.  (Examples - baptism, salvation, fellowship hall, etc) 1st & 2nd graders respond well to visual-aids and ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: The Key Week of the Year

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. What is the most important week of the year in your church? A week of a revival? A stewardship emphasis? A Sunday School enrollment campaign? One of the most important weeks of the year, VBS, ... Continue Reading

What Happens After VBS Is More Important Than What Happens Before

We spends weeks, months, and sometimes years preparing for VBS, yet tend to give little attention at all to what happens afterwards. As the last session of VBS concludes we take a deep breath and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, when in reality some of the most important tasks, including the following six, are ahead. 1. Make sure every child, teen, and adult who made a profession of faith, indicated they would like to talk to someone, or made other decisions is adequately counseled ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts - Choosing Crafts for VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Lynn Jordan, Children’s Ministry Coordinator for Capital Baptist Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There is no shortage of craft ideas for Journey Off the Map.  The Children’s Crafts Rotation Leader Guide has three suggestions for each day, plus a three-to-five-day project.  Additional craft ideas can be found in the Adult, Preteen ... Continue Reading