How to Plan for Vacation Bible School

Children’s ministry leaders know what time it is… 

High School Musical Summer Gif By Refinery 29 GIF

Summer is just around the corner, and that means Vacation Bible School is nearly here! Time to get your sunscreen and safari hats ready because you’re about to prep for an epic adventure for your ministries. 

Just like any great adventure, VBS takes a bit of planning to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Start Recruiting & Logistics Early

Figuring out the wheres & whens will help you lay out a timeline for everything else. You should also get an estimate of how many kids you’re expecting. Draw on previous figures or, if this is your first time hosting a VBS, take a look at your children’s ministry currently and plan for higher figures. Typically, VBS gets more popular than typical week-to-week ministry, and if you’re advertising day-camp style services, they can draw in higher crowds. Knowing how many kids you’re expecting will also help with the volunteers you get. 

And speaking of volunteers, do your recruiting as early as possible and recruit more than you need.  The more hands on deck, the smoother things will run. Plus, it’s a great way to get more people involved in your church community.

Get the Theme Nailed Down

Choosing the right theme can set the tone for the whole week. Whether you’re going on a wild jungle safari, exploring the depths of the ocean, or blasting off into outer space, pick something that will get kids excited to come and learn.

Once you’ve got your theme locked in, it’s time to start brainstorming activities. Think crafts, games, and interactive lessons that tie into your theme and reinforce the biblical messages you want to share. And don’t forget about snacks! Every adventurer needs fuel to keep them going.

Get the Swag Handled 

Now, let’s talk about the fun stuff – decorations and swag! Transform your space into a magical wonderland that fits your theme, and don’t forget to deck out your team in matching shirts from Uth Stuph. Not only will they look super cool, but it’ll also help foster a sense of unity and team spirit.

Last but not least, don’t forget to pray. VBS is about so much more than just crafts and games – it’s an opportunity to sow seeds of faith in young hearts. So take some time to pray for the kids who will be attending, that they would encounter God in a real and powerful way.

So there you have it, folks – a crash course in planning for VBS. Get ready for an unforgettable week of fun, faith, and adventure!