Last Tuesday I challenged you to share how your congregation will be inviting the unchurched families of your community to VBS. There are some creative VBS leaders out there who are working hard to grab the attention of their communities.
Sixteen of your responded and ten of us voted.
And the winner is... Melissa L.
Here is what she wrote:
"South Florida is a mission field! We have an incredible opportunity to reach the lost. Because we are such a large community, we have to be creative in reaching a large number of people effectively and efficiently.
This year, our church held it’s first “Family Movie Night”. We invited the families who attend our 5-day a week preschool and our church members invited their friends. At the event, we played one of the VBS advertisement videos and handed out flyers & registrations.
We placed an adverstisement in our community’s monthly newsletter. We also targeted a large apartment complex across the street from a local elementary/middle/high school by placing an ad in their brand-new resident newsletter. Those 2 advertisements have reached 5000 homes!
We are not stopping there, though. We created a door hanger that advertises the Big Apple Adventure on one side and In Transit (Youth VBS) on the other side. We plan on canvassing 4 local communities. We have already completed 1 entire area and are working on the other 3. These door hangers and flyers are being placed in local businesses, too. We have placed flyers in a local pizza restaurant and a martial arts studio. Both door hangers and flyers boldly state that our VBS is FREE!
We also have a facebook page for both BAA and In Transit. (MSBC Big Apple Adventure VBS 2011 and MSBC In Transit Youth VBS2011). Kids and adults can share this page with their friends.
Our church is not only praying for our VBS, but for all VBS’ happening across the country, especially those in the tornado and flood area! May God bless all of you!"
Congratulations Melissa! Your church will receive a 2012 Super Sampler (sometime in December). Please respond to this post with your church name and address.
A close second was Linda and her son's VBS taxi. We loved the idea.
Thanks everyone for participating.