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By Design Team 08 Aug, 2017

Fall is rapidly approaching with all of its routines and schedules. As you plan for another year of ministry, don’t forget to plan a fun fall activity for your children’s ministry. Whether you plan a trunk-or-treat or a harvest festival, a fall ministry event is a great, family outreach event for the following reasons.

  1. Reach your community! 
    Fall festivals are the perfect event to invite your community’s children and families to. Because they are low-key events with a family focus, families in your community will be able to attend without feeling pressure to begin attending your church right away.

  2. Engage families!  
    The first couple months of the school year can be a busy time for families, but a fall festival provides a time for them to reconnect before the holiday season. Plan activities which involve the family working together, instead of dividing attendees up by ages.

  3. Reconnect with others!  
    All of the connections made during summer outreach ministries, such as VBS, can be strengthened through a fall festival. By bridging the gap between summer and Christmas, fall festivals provide a wonderful opportunity to deepen relationship with families who don’t regularly attend your church.

  4. Grow your ministry!  
    A fall festival provides a natural way to invite families to your church. Ask Sunday School teachers to help with the event, and promote your Sunday School program with a short video or leaflet. Sharing about the other children’s ministries you offer communicates with parents that you care about the spiritual lives of their children.

If you’re looking for an easy way to get started, planning an incredible fall festival can be as simple as ordering a kit!  And that’s why we love Maker Fest -  A one-night, 2-3 hour outreach event for families that works like a mini-VBS with a theme and activity stations. Maker Fest uses arts and crafts projects, stories, and activities to bring families together and show children that they were created by God for a unique purpose.

Find out more about Maker Fest by checking out our  website !

By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In Maker Fun Factory VBS, Group does an awesome job of breaking down the Bible points and teaching in a way that all kids learn - no matter their age or learning style. We've experienced Group's R.E.A.L. approach firsthand, and can tell you that it makes all the difference! So if you're looking for a straightforward overview of what's taught in Maker Fun Factory, and how it's presented, you're in the right place.
By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In any VBS there will likely be kids who have grown up in the church and can recite more verses than their leaders. And there will likely be kids who come to VBS having never set foot in a church before. To reach both extremes (and everyone in between) takes a lot of intentionality and some great resources. 

We've dug into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS to find out just how this program balances outreach and discipleship, and we're pretty excited to share what we found!
By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
Vacation Bible School is all about kids connecting with Jesus, and the Gospel presentation is a big part of that. We took some time to dive into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS so you know exactly when and how the Gospel is presented.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

With all of the decorating you are doing for VBS, why not set up a small area to use as a VBS photo booth? Social media savvy parents and kids love taking photos on their phones making a photo booth a great way to interact with families before and after Vacation Bible School. Plus, we’ve thought through the details and done a bit of brainstorming for you already!

By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
Although other churches in the area might be having a Vacation Bible School with the same or similar theme as your church, you can easily make your VBS unique with these simple tips!
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By Beth P 04 Mar, 2016

Are you taking every opportunity to multiply the impact of your VBS?

By Beth P 26 Feb, 2016
Missions is likely a key part of your church, so why not make it a big part of your Children's Ministry? Teach kids from a young age about the Great Commission and give them opportunities to see God working in the lives of children across the world. 

The easiest way to add a Missions component to your VBS is to include the Change 4 Life program. Change 4 Life is easy for directors to implement, and easy for kids to understand, and it's 100% FREE
By Beth P 17 Feb, 2016
Creating a budget may not be the most fun part of planning for VBS, but it's one of the most important.
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