Several people have asked about how to schedule Student VBS in a retreat setting. The VBS Guy (aka Jerry Wooley) has the following suggestion for a retreat that begins after dinner and ends at lunch. This schedule is just a guideline for creating your schedule feel free to adapt it to fit the needs and resources of your church.First, try to figure out a way to use all five Bible study sessions. As you have probably noticed, each builds on the previous study and we believe it is important to see both the progression of Daniel’s life (from a teenager in session 2 to an old man in session 5) as well as how each session points to Jesus as our Guide.
FIRST DAY (EVENING)15 Minutes Icebreaker activity (check the Motivate section in each session plan for ideas)30 Minutes Worship60 Minutes Bible Study Session 130 Minutes Recreation & Snack60 Minutes Bible Study Session 2
SECOND DAY (MORNING)15 Minutes Icebreaker activity60 Minutes Bible Study Session 315 Minutes Active Worship (get the students moving)60 Minutes Bible Study Session 415 Minutes Recreation60 Minutes Bible Study Session 5
If your time does not end with lunch I would expand the worship and recreation times on the second day, eat lunch following Session 4, and finish the afternoon with more recreation and Session 5.Depending on how late you plan to allow the students to stay up you might have a Midnight Make and Take Session using some of the craft suggestions in the Bible Study Leader Guide.You may also consider adding a missions element to your retreat. Missions videos are on the DVD in the Student Starter Kit and plans for leading missions are included in the leader guide.
Zip for Kids™: I Am. . . has launched and just like the first volume God Is. . . this volume contains some awesome tracks to engage kids of all ages. Sure you’ll still see some of your favorites like Kitchen Concoctions with new recipes and debriefs to each sessions’ biblical content, but check out these awesome new additions:
Play It—Volleyball and Baseball
Perform It—Praise Band and Ballet
Live It—new activities and service projects
Of course we still have templates to create your own tracks for each category.
Check out Zip for Kids and start planning an awesome summer event for all your kids!
Would you like to teach your kids about serving others and being on mission right where they are? This year we have a great mission project that is totally customizable to your church and community.
At one time or another many people may find themselves experience some “off the map” circumstances. During those times we can provide comfort and encouragement to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This year involve your kids in making “Off the Map Bags” to give to children in a local hospital, to firemen or police officers to give to children who are experiencing trauma, the department of children’s services may accept them to give to children who are entering a new home, or homeless shelters. The options are limitless. A sample idea is pictured below:
In the photo we used our VBS 2015 Journey Off the Map Logo Stamp to decorate our VBS 2015 Cloth Drawstring Bag. Next we inserted a Journey Off the Map Color-by-Number Sheet and three crayons. You can use any colored crayons of your choice. Color in a number 1 with one color, a number 2 with another color, and a number 3 with a third color to create the code.
Click here Color Sheet if you would like to print a copy of the color sheet to use. There are four to a page.
Other items to consider placing in the bag could include:
- small toy figures
- hard candies
- travel size toiletries (would work well for the homeless)
- playing cards
- stress balls
- small craft kits
I am so excited to tell you about the new and improved resources available to you for your Student VBS in 2015. It’s going to be an amazing journey and students will discover that God is there every step of the way. And just like any journey you take, you need to make sure you have all the right gear. That’s where we’ve got you covered. Check out this awesome new set up to make it easy for you to lead your students on the journey of a lifetime!
First everything comes in this handy dandy envelope for easy storage and handling.
Inside this handy dandy envelope you will find a Student Leader Guide, a DVD-ROM, and a Student Learner Guide. The Leader Guide contains plans for leading students in worship, missions, recreation, crafts, and Bible study. On the DVD-ROM you will find videos and additional teaching helps to enhance your experience. Each student will need their own Learner Guide to help them apply what they learn on their journey to their lives at home.
And the most exciting part are the awesome four color posters included in the Starter Kit. (No more using all your color ink to print amazing posters for your walls!) I promise they are awesome! Each kit contains a large Promotional Poster, 5 Daily Session Posters, a VBS Scripture Poster, and other teaching items that will help you lead your students to hear God’s command, “This is the way. Walk in it.”
See, I told you it was exciting. Be sure to check it out today. VBS isn’t just for kids, students love it, too!
It’s that time of year again, you’ve finished VBS 2014 and may be wondering why think about VBS 2015. Because it’s never too early to start saving supplies and get a head start. With that in mind I am going to give you a top ten list of items to start saving:
- Dowel rods
- Old crayons (ones that the paper can be peeled from)
- Smooth river rocks
- Small candy tins with lids
- 5×7 frame mats
- Pencil cap erasers
- Ribbon, twine, or raffia
- Dried flowers or leaves
- Wooden beads