As they say in Hollywood, that’s a wrap! From May to August, churches across the country (and around the world) cranked up the fun with week-long Vacation Bible School events focused on sharing the good news of Jesus with kids in the community.
With VBS 2017 in the books, let’s look back and celebrate what God did through churches coast to coast! We reached out to VBS leaders across the country to hear about the highlights and outtakes that made this their best year ever.
VBS Highlights - Classicly Cute
Whenever you work with kids, you’re bound to encounter moments when the precocious-meter goes to 100.
Jenn Patteson a VBS leader at River of Life Family Church in Lebanon, PA sat in church on the Sunday after wrapping… Read more »
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Vacation Bible School (VBS) and it’s value in the church today. In a busy culture with so many options, it can be difficult to prioritize one event over another, especially an event that demands the participation and resources of so many. It’s no wonder some churches have abandoned VBS in search of something less demanding.
So we dug down deep asking the question, “Why VBS?” We listened to some of the best of both sides of the discussion and in the end, we discovered a vocal community whose passion for VBS, and the eternal benefits they’ve witnessed because of it,… Read more »
Planning VBS is a big job. With so much to do, wouldn’t it be great if you had expert help to make ordering VBS T-shirts easy?
At VBS T-shirts, our friendly artists will work together with you to brainstorm and customize artwork just for your church. We have hundreds of designs for inspiration.
Start by choosing your favorite design. We’ll add your church name and even change the colors any way you like, add or remove elements, or even combine 2 of your favorite designs. We’ll work with you until it’s just right. There’s no risk. Working with our artists is totally free. Print your customized artwork on the front or the back, or both.
In addition to T-shirts, we can make VBS bags, banners, water bottles –… Read more »
It's craft time once again for the kids at First Baptist in Alabama. But this time, the kids were not given coloring books or sheets of paper. Instead, Susan, their Sunday school teacher, experimented on an idea that is brilliant in so many levels.
Susan called in and requested that we create for them a bunch of white T- shirts with an outline of their VBS design in black and white. She wanted to keep it plain so that the kids can color and decorate their own shirts and bring out their inner Picasso. What a brilliant idea! Pictured on the left is a sample of the white shirts that VBS T-Shirts made for her class.
So how did the little ones take on the challenge? Just like a painter… Read more »
Hello VBS directors and children's ministry directors. For 2015 we will be bringing you the same creative design options that have been here since 2009. If you have used us in the past you know how easy it is to get custom T-Shirts for your church with for a summer or winter camp, or the name of the ministry you're involve in, it IS possible to have that on a t-shirt! And we make it cinchy! Not only do we have great designs and colors, which you can customize, but we also offer a wide range of apparel that will appeal to everyone at your church from the little kids, moms, teens, and dads and grandparents.
In addition to that we have just launched our brand new VBStShirts.com website in… Read more »
Here's a walk down memory lane for all you veteran VBS directors out there. How many of these do you remember? Here we are attempting to put together a list of as many of the past VBS programs we can remember. This is just a start. We're still missing the Group programs from the 1990's
Can you help us add to the list of past VBS programs?
Lifeway VBS Themes
1988: Living for Jesus
1989: Let's Gather for Vacation Bible School
1990: Share Hope
1991: Celebrate Jesus
1992: Fantastic Journey
1993: Summer Shine
1994: Trail of Treasures
1995: Windows on the World
1996: Go For the Gold
1997: Good News Stampede
1999: Mt. Extreme
2000: Ocean Odyssey
2001: Truth Trackers
2002: Amazon Outfitters
2003: The Great Kingdom Caper
2004: Rickshaw Rally
2005: Ramblin' Road Trip
2006: Arctic Edge
2007: Game Day Central
2008: Outrigger Island
2009: Boomerang Express
2010: Saddle Ridge… Read more »
My dealings with your VBS T-Shirts for the last two years has been an absolute "10". To think I found your company purely by accident when my previous tee shirt person did not come through for our Church. I did a Google search, up popped your website, and the rest as they say is history. EVERYONE involved in VBS at our Parish including clergy, staff, parents and the kids have marveled at the beautiful shirts we have had for the last two summers. I even had parents who weren't involved in VBS want a tee for themselves because they loved the designs so much. You give your customers so much personal attention, willingness to work with original ideas, and the most prompt service I have… Read more »
When it comes to T-Shirts for VBS what works good for you? Do you charge for them or give them away when people register? Do they pre-order or do you order a bunch of shirts ahead of time? What about the leftovers? Guessing VBS quantities can be tricky especially if this is the first time you have ever ordered shirts. It would be great if you knew ahead of time how many kids were going to show up, how many staff were going to be needed, who needed a shirt and what size they wore, but this craziness that we call VBS rarely makes it this easy on us.
We hope this vbs t-shirt guide will help.
Make an educated guess about the total kids and staff you need to outfit..… Read more »
Are you planning a Day or Night VBS this year? Are you having your VBS during the day or in the evening this year? There seems to be lots of opinions but it would like to here from you regarding the pros and cons, and why you do VBS in the day or night?
Any help and advice you can share would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Daytime VBS works best - we tried an evening VBS last year but the kids were exhausted at the end of the day and it was difficult to inspire them. Also, attendance was significantly lower. Mornings seem to work best as children are awake and haven't spent the day working on other activities.
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