VBS Tip #6 - 6 Ways T-Shirts Boost VBS Excitement

  • By Beth P
  • 04 Mar, 2016
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Are you taking every opportunity to multiply the impact of your VBS?

1. Build excitement for VBS

Arm your staff and volunteers with VBS shirts early, and coordinate when to wear them. Pick a Sunday to launch your VBS sign-ups and plan to flood your church campus with VBS promotion. Kids will get excited about what's coming, parents will be reminded to sign up, and everyone else will feel the buzz (and hopefully consider volunteering)!

2. Boost team spirit

Your kids will be so much more excited about VBS activities and games when they feel like they are part of a team. Use different colored shirts to divide kids up by team, with the same logo to keep a unified and consistent look. 
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3. Brand your photos

Hopefully you've assigned someone to take photos at your VBS. When kids & staff are in branded t-shirts, photos are automatically associated with your VBS theme and year. That means that when people post them on social media, print them for decor in your Sunday School classrooms, or revisit them next year, your theme & week will be easy to recognize and memorable. Bonus- include your church name on your shirt so friends of kids/parents/volunteers who attended get exposed to your church name.

4. Make volunteers easy to spot

By giving your volunteers a brightly colored shirt with the VBS logo or theme, they're instantly easier to recognize. Communicate to your kids that they can go to the "nice people in orange shirts" if they have questions or need assistance. This is also vital for the first and last days of your VBS, so parents can easily differentiate between volunteer leaders and other parents. 

5. Continue to ride the VBS wave

After VBS is done, encourage your volunteers and kids to continue to wear their VBS shirts to church. This is a great way to continue to follow up with kids, and make sure the lessons they learned that week have not been forgotten. Use shirts to identify kids who attended (or even made decisions) and ask them how things are going, or if they can still recite the VBS memory verse. 

6. Evangelism tool

When your kids and volunteers wear their VBS shirts out in the community, they create opportunities to invite people to church and share their experiences. You never know who they will share with at soccer practice, school or the grocery store, and VBS shirts can be a great tool  to open up more opportunities to evangelize. 

Where to get Custom VBS Shirts:

Get custom VBS Shirts for Cave Quest, Deep Sea Discovery, Barnyard Roundup and more at Concordia Supply . Work with our designers to customize with your church name for free, or design your own from scratch.

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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 !

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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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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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