Expressing Appreciation to Your Team

Christmas is when we most often express appreciation the best. Reflecting on the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ - leads us to think of all that others have done to bless and enrich our lives. Giving tokens of appreciation just comes natural at Christmas. But what about the rest of the year - especially for those VBS workers who are enlisted long after the holidays? The best way to express your appreciation to this army of faithful volunteers is not with monetary gifts but with your ... Continue Reading

Prepping the Building for VBS

Most aspects of VBS prep are obvious. After all, it is essential that workers be enlisted and trained, resources and supplies gathered, decorations created, and snacks assembled. But how much attention do you give to prepping the building? VBS typically requires using space that is not normally reserved for kids ministry. Rooms used as adult classrooms 51 weeks of the year or quickly rearranged to house first graders with little thought to hidden dangers. Even rooms typically used for kids ... Continue Reading

6 Steps to Jump Start Planning for VBS 2015

With Thanksgiving just days away can it be true that VBS 2015 is just around the corner? Without a doubt, and it's not too early to jump start planning for one of the most heart transforming, kingdom expanding, and culture shaping weeks of the year. Ready to jump in with both feet? Here are six quick and easy steps that come spring, you will be very thankful you took care of now. Purchase your Journey Off the Map Jump Start Kit. Meet with pastor to evaluate VBS 2014 and create ... Continue Reading

Journey Off the Map for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

VBS 2015 includes several Bible stories that are familiar to many preschoolers and preschool teachers. There are also two Bible stories which are being used for the first time in VBS with preschoolers. But before you shake your head and think "they've lost their minds," take a second look at these two Bible stories. As you’ll see in the summaries below, we’ve taken care to tell both Bible stories in such a way that the focus remains on the power of God to protect rather than the scary details of ... Continue Reading