6 Simple Ways to Quickly Decorate for VBS

Stack a few copy paper boxes or office file boxes and label each one with the words "Top Secret," "Property of Agency D3," or "Evidence." Not only are file boxes ready-made decorations, they also pull double duty as easy storage for supplies. String red yarn between two hallway walls to create a maze of "laser beams" which kids have to crawl through and/or climb over. Attach sections of dryer vent hose to drape across ceiling tracks or to arc out from walls to give any room an "industrial" ... Continue Reading

6 Things to Know About Teens Working in VBS

Teens are ready to take on some responsibilities and leadership roles within the church. They can be great role models for younger children and preschoolers. However, before enlisting teens to serve in VBS, you might want to check out these tips to ensure a successful experience. Partner up. Always have an adult leader in the room with the teen helper at all times. This is for the safety and protection of your church, kids, leaders, and the teens themselves. Teens should not be given the sole ... Continue Reading

6 Things You Need to Know About Teaching Preschoolers

Teaching preschoolers is THE BEST! No, seriously. It really is! There's something incredibly rewarding about rooting spiritual truths in the minds and hearts of young children and then watching the ways they so naturally apply them to their every day lives. If you're gearing up to teach babies, 1s, 2s, 3s, Pre-K, or kindergartners this summer in VBS, here are 6 things you need to know about teaching preschoolers.   If you don’t have a plan, THEY will! Preschoolers are hands-on, ... Continue Reading

Random Tip 1412: Make Relationships a Priority

A few weeks ago I shared that years ago Vacation Bible Schools were conducted for four weeks, then shortened to two, then one, and now we are beginning to hear of more churches scheduling three day schools.  In the previous post I wrote that as we shorten the number of days and hours it becomes even more important to connect everything - including snacks - to the daily Scripture and Biblical theme. As we decrease time we must increase the intentionality of everything we do from promotion to ... Continue Reading