VBS Tip #5 - How to Impact the World with 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
Join Empowering Lives International in providing resources for children in the DR Congo to go to school. A little goes a long way. Your change turns into a meal, a uniform, a teacher, and a hopeful future. By giving your change , you can send these kids to school and   change   their lives forever.

MISSIONS PACKET

Take the first step in adding missions to your VBS by ordering the   FREE  Missions Packet. Get a feel for the program with sample resources and program information. The Missions Packet is easy to share with your VBS planning team, pastor and staff .

This packet includes:

  • Full color folder
  • Reproducible flyer
  • Real Stories of Congolese children
  • Leader Information  
  • Info-rich coloring sheet  
  • Quick Start Guide

Together we can make a difference in the lives of children around the world. 

Learn more about the Change 4 Life program. 

Learn more about Empowering Lives International. 

Concordia Supply Blog

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!
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Concordia Supply Blog

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!
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

Standard has created awesome VBS themes for many years, including Deep Sea Discovery, which was a huge hit. The unfortunate news is that Standard will not be putting out a VBS theme in 2017. 

This is a great opportunity to explore some new programs and get your church excited about all the great options in store for 2017. Our VBS experts have put together some recommendations, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to refresh your Children's Ministry and build excitement around these brand-new themes from tried-and-true publishers.

Standard VBS programs were based on a rotation format, but had the flexibility to be used in a classroom format also. To ease the transition, we've hand selected a few 2017 themes that you can use with whichever format you're most comfortable with.

By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
As a former cross-cultural worker, I loved partnering with churches and having the opportunity to personally share with the children about my ministry. Here are a few tips I've gathered over the years to help you get your kids focused on missions.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
For most of us, the morning after VBS looks a lot like falling asleep in our breakfast. Completely exhausted from the months of planning and adrenaline-filled VBS week, we make big promises to plan better next year. That's why we've put a quick plan of action together to help you turn those well-intentioned promises into a clear strategy.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

What better way to kick off VBS planning and preparation with your team than with a themed meal? Eating together before the meeting allows time for your team to bond with each other and provides the energy needed to plan and prepare. Below are some fun ways to make your meal memorable and theme-focused.

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