P&K How To: How To Choose A VBS
Gone are the days when Vacation Bible School meant having a cookie cutter week in the summer at your home church. These days picking a VBS to attend is a bit like looking at a Thanksgiving buffet table. Options abound and they are all so fantastic. Here are a few tips to make the choosing a little smoother.
Nail down your open weeks. Account for vacations and other already planned activities, and check your availability. Hopefully, you’ve already planned to attend your own church’s summer activities. But if there are other churches you’d like for the kids to visit, this is where consulting your calendar is important. A lot of churches can easily accommodate partial week attendance, so don’t discount a VBS if you can’t be there every day of the week.
Determine VBS themes. Some churches have a themed week of fun planned, other focus on learning to sing good hymns. Some churches share the Love through sports-themed activities. Knowing what’s out there is usually as easy as checking websites or Facebook events a little closer to summer time. Most churches will have some introductory details on their calendars in the next couple of months. While numerous churches will share the same overall theme for their VBS, their execution of it will be different. At the end of the day the goal is to provide some extra infusion of Bible knowledge while having fun. Repetition can be very beneficial in the learning process!
Check costs. Most churches offer these VBS activities as a gift to their community. However, if there are any costs, be sure to take note of them. Keep in mind that these events are by no means inexpensive for churches to put on. If you have the ability to give a donation to the church, no matter how small, account for that in your planning as well.
Summertime VBS is a great time for kids to bond, play and learn about God’s love in a fun interactive environment. Get those events on your summer calendar as soon as you can!
Leah O’Gwynn Kackley lives, works and homeschools in the Rez/Fannin area with her husband Jason and their three kids.