The past two Tuesdays I have written about the importance of making connections - especially with the people you want to attend your VBS. Here are three ideas that not only allows you to have some theme-related fun but provides an opportunity for you and your VBS leaders to begin making those important community connections.
Super Dog Pet Rally - Host a community-wide pet fair and VBS registration event. Award inexpensive prizes for the best costume, best tricks, most unusual, etc. Show "A Man, a Dog, and a Community Center" from the Day 3 Missions Rotation video and share how God even uses animals as missionaries. Serve Big Apple Adventure snacks. Distribute information about VBS and provide families the opportunity to register.
Big City Adventure Saturday - Invite the community to participate in a scavenger hunt to discover the unique aspects of your own city - those places people may pass everyday without knowing their historical or cultural significance. End the hunt at the church campus. Share Big Apple Adventure snacks and information about VBS and other church ministries. Give families an opportunity to register for VBS.
Candy Apple Make and Take - Invite families to bring an apple for each member of the family and join the fun of creating their own Big City Candy Apples. Provide the sticks, caramel, and all the trimmings. Have extra apples on hand for anyone who might arrive without their own apple. Create fun categories and award prizes. Provide VBS information and registration cards.