Hands-on Mission Project for Journey Off the Map

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Would you like to teach your kids about serving others and being on mission right where they are? This year we have a great mission project that is totally customizable to your church and community. At one time or another many people may find themselves experience some "off the map" circumstances. During those times we can provide comfort and encouragement to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This year involve your kids in making "Off the Map Bags" to give to children in a local ... Continue Reading

Help Us Plan Preview 2016

You probably think the headline to this post is a mistake. Right? How can I (why would I) be talking about VBS 2016 Preview when most churches are just beginning to think about VBS 2015? When it comes to events as large as Preview we are always planning a year or more in advance. We have Preview dates on the calendar of one location for the year 2020. Evaluation is a big part of planning. We are continually evaluating throughout the events. In fact, we made changes to the Fort Worth and ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Scheduling

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. Include missions rotation videos and teaching resources during the large-group worship rally or during snacks. Extend worship rally time by a few minutes and include more music in place of the music rotation. For a smooth rotation schedule, use ... 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