Ministering During Vacation Bible School by Jessie Weaver


Is it VBS time at your church? We had our Vacation Bible School early this year, starting on June 3rd. Sadly, I got strep throat in the middle of VBS week and missed two nights of teaching my little first-graders. (And am praying I didn’t infect any of them when I was there!)

While I was teaching, though, I had a wonderful time. I loved LifeWay’s theme this year of Amazing Wonders Aviation. For me, it’s not that hard to work VBS, though. Our church’s is at night, so I left my kids at home with daddy to go. I am a stay-at-home mom, so I have time during the day to work on preparations. Not every volunteer has those privileges!

I’m sure you realize that the busiest individual during Vacation Bible School is probably your children’s minister or VBS director. Our lovely minister – a good friend as well – has two preschoolers AND her husband was in Africa during VBS!!

I try to make it a priority during VBS week to cook her family a quick dinner they can heat up. Feeding people is kind of my "spiritual gift"; it may not be yours. How else could you minister to a busy director or volunteer during VBS?

  • I have to reiterate that preparing a dinner can be such a blessing! Here are some ideas for my favorite go-to meals and some tips. If you don’t cook, even picking up dinner from Subway could help!
  • Offer to watch children for a few hours so the individual can get some rest, have some quiet time, or simply work undisturbed for a bit.
  • Help make last-minute trips to the Christian bookstore or warehouse store.
  • Give her a gift certificate for a post-VBS pedicure or him tickets to the movies.
  • Pray vigilently for your VBS, directors, ministers, and the children attending.

And if your VBS has already happened, too? File away ideas for next year, your next big event, or an everyday surprise. Our ministers work hard! They need spoiled every once in a while.


SNV32999 copy.jpgWhen Jessie Weaver is not busy being the resident ParentLife Blogger, she writes at Vanderbilt Wife and also for magazines like HomeLife and ParentLife. She lives in Chattanooga with her husband, where they run after two little ones: Libbie (3) and David (1).

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