Each year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching compiles reviews on VBS programs for the current year. We believe that Vacation Bible School helps churches spread the Good News of God in Christ, and that VBS is a powerful intergenerational program.
One church revisions VBS into community outings where parents can meet one another and bring crafts and faith formation home.
Join the CMT for a free webinar on VBS. Goals/objectives of VBS, practical tips for running a successful program. Panelists Lisa Brown and Emily Given.
2017 VBS reviews, new programs and recaps of perennial resources including CMT’s Top Picks, five programs we found stood out from the rest. We believe VBS can be a powerful tool for evangelism for your church. Be sure to select a program that mirrors the mission and theology of your church and community.
From balloons to jelly beans, these games by Jolene Roehlkepartain will add a spark to your group, and actually help kids focus!
Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.
The church shines at VBS: showing values of community, education, Scripture, and nurturing children. As a clergy person VBS is particularly powerful.
Teens make valuable contributions as VBS volunteers. But they need clear and direct training. Here's what to tell them to keep everyone safe and having fun.
Teenagers volunteering for VBS is a win-win: you get enthusiastic helpers and a chance to offer them age-specific formation
There are untapped volunteer pools in every church and community. Suggestions for whom to ask and how many volunteers you'll need.
A VBS theme provides overarching structure that ties all of your activities together and is an accurate reflection of your church.
"Whenever I walk the labyrinth, I will remember children making this beautiful sacred space – with hearts, question marks, joy, and a baseball field – and see the passion behind…
Churches have "safe church" protocols to keep children safe from abuse. But what about summer programs such as VBS? The author describes how to be vigilant.
I am writing this post from Shrine Mont, which is a Christian retreat center in Orkney Springs, Virginia - in the Shenandoah Valley. During the summer, Shrine Mont welcomes over 900 campers throughout the summer, with various camps and sessions. While the camp themes differ (art, sports, outdoors), worship is the thing that draws them all together. And the best worship tradition has to be THE SHOUTING PRAYER.
Churches leading VBS (and those with arts, nature, and fitness camps, too!) are also forming the adults and teens who volunteer. Recognizing those who lead the children during their daily camp is an important aspect of the ministry of church camp. Send your volunteers into the glittery fray, reminding them that they do important work on behalf of everyone in your congregation!
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver likes to dance to our own slightly different beat, even while we embrace the scripture and deeply rooted traditions of our faith. So, not surprisingly, we have a weeklong summer day camp every year. Also not surprisingly, it’s not Vacation Bible School.
Tips and advice for all volunteers at VBS. From keeping a positive attitude, to understanding each lesson for the day. You can be an amazing VBS volunteer!
It has always seemed a bit incongruous to watch the flakes fly in early February and know that now is the best time to choose your Vacation Bible School program. Distributors and publishers often give significant discounts now to attract these early purchases. But how do you make your choice?