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Let’s get ready for VBS!

I was in a Christian bookstore the other day and  realized they were already beginning to put out their Vacation Bible School curricula. Well, I guess it ‘s that time – Summer will be here before you know it. Better get those plans in motion soon.

One of the problems in small churches is the lack of finances to purchase those big fancy VBS kits and another problem is finding the volunteers to make it work. Because of that my husband and I put our own programs together for many years.

If you find yourself in the same boat – short on resources but still wanting to do something for your church kids – I’ll be posting some of our ideas here to help you out over the next few weeks. You can plan a  great VBS program from scratch with  a limited budget and only a few volunteers.

Check out the curricula in the stores or online. There are a lot of elements that they all have in common. But the most important  is the central message that the author is trying to get across to the children – One they will take home and put into practice in their lives.Everything else (decorations, theme, snacks, games, crafts, activities)  supports that message.

So the first thing you want to do is to sit down and determine what your message will be for the VBS.. No, I’m not talking about writing the complete lesson plans for all four or five nights – I’m talking about the central truth of your outreach.  What one key word or phrase do you want them to remember? You need to be able to boil it down into one word – certainly no more than five or six.

Developing your own VBS materials has an added bonus. You can tailor the program to fit the spiritual needs of your own children and the children in your community. For example, if your community recently experienced something frightening, you could choose a message of hope and comfort or one about fighting fear –using stories of Bible heroes. By  gearing it toward their needs, it will help them to “get” the message and remember it even more.

Key messages would look something like this:

Jesus loves you
Hiding God’s Word in your heart
Discovering God’s promises
God’s amazing world
Learning about Jesus through music, etc.,etc.

Once you have the key message for your VBS – you can break each one down into 4 or five nightly lessons  like this:

Salvation (The Romans Road with one salvation verse emphasized each night)
Jesus loves you (Bible stories that show His love in action – a different story for each night.)
God’s amazing World – pick unique animals or things that show God’s creative  variety and intelligence – one for each night)
And so on.

This central message is the key thought  you want the children to take home with them each night  Each individual story or lesson will build on that message. .But you’ll need to do some creative ideas to help make these truths memorable. We’ll talk about developing your theme in the next post.

For now, remember – choose your central or key message with prayer to meet the needs of your children.

I’d love to hear some of your ideas! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me,


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  1. Please let me know of updates

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