3 Ideas to Borrow from VBS

By Kelly Russell, October 9, 2017

Kids have been having a blast at Vacation Bible School since its inception in 1894, but why should they have all the fun?  The high energy and enthusiasm VBS is known for can bring out the kid in each of your attendees, making them smile and have fun. Riff off three tried-and- true VBS ideas to create memorable moments at your meeting.

Rock Out

VBS is known for catchy tunes with corresponding hand motions that stay in your head for months. Try this at your event by prompting spontaneous dance parties. Blast popular sing-along songs like “YMCA” between sessions, or host a silent disco, where people dance to music heard only through rented wireless headphones rather than using a speaker system.

Have Fun With a Theme

At VBS, everything points to the theme of the week. For example, one 2017 theme was “Camp Out: Getting S’more of Jesus.” You don’t have to get cheesy with themes, but use VBS ideas (you can find the full list of themes each year on the VBS website) to get playful with ideas. Once you decide on a theme for your event, search Pinterest for creative ways to weave it into every detail— including decorations, food and drinks.

Give Meaningful Swag

Every day at pickup time, VBS kids receive a small prize that reinforces the Bible story they learned. Consider the one major thing you want your attendees to do differently upon leaving your event, and then drive it home with a meaningful takeaway (that they’ll actually use).

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