From the Archives: Finding Rotation and Resource Persons

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. When my banjo and I entered the VBS room, 12 enthusiastic preschoolers greeted us. They and their teachers sat in a semi-circle, listened as I described the instrument, and clapped in rhythm ... Continue Reading

Take Time to Tell Your VBS Story

We spend weeks, if not months, pleading with the congregation to volunteer, to donate craft supplies and snacks, and to invite neighbors and friends. We put announcements in the bulletin and newsletter, cajole from the pulpit, and decorate the walls with posters. We perform skits, project videos, and hold pre-event enlistment and registration events. All this - and much more - for the sake of educating the congregation about our upcoming Vacation Bible Schools. But once VBS is over how well ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Snacks

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. Serve snacks outdoors for easier clean up. Provide alternative snacks for kids with allergies or medical conditions. Serve pre-packaged snacks that can be easily donated by church members. When serving snow cones place the ice in a cup instead ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Safety, Part 2

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. Do not allow adults not working in VBS to roam the building. Check the playground each day for cleanliness and the safety of equipment. Once the VBS session has begun, do not allow parents to walk the campus unescorted to locate their ... Continue Reading