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VBS - Reviews of Standard Publishing, LifeWay, and More

Penulis : A. James on Monday, April 9, 2012 | 11:08 AM

What VBS program will you pick this year? There are so many great programs available each and every year that it can be hard to choose.

How to Pick a VBS Program

Making a list of the following will get you started:

  • how many kids are you expecting?
  • how many adults will you have to help?
  • how long will each VBS last? 2 hrs, 3 hrs, one full day?
  • where will it be held? inside or outside?
  • how much room do you have? a parking lot or a huge field?
  • will there be snacks served?
  • will you be running a church bus?
  • what will the age group be? small children, teens, adults?
  • do you want a puppet program?
  • will there be skits to put on?
As yo can see, these are only a few questions to ask yourself. Now, one of the easiest ways to determine what type of VBS program you purchase is to buy the sample pack or starter kit that many VBS retailers offer. You can order these months in advance and can weed out any programs that doesn't suit your needs.

VBS Reviews and VBS Costs

Below are some links to some reviews by fellow VBS administrators that may help you make your decision easier.

About the Children's Department: How Did I Determine Which VBS ...
http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2012/01/how-did-i-determine-which-vbs-is-my-top.html1/29/12
I want to give you an idea of how I made my selections for this year's Top Ten VBS resources. I'm not a VBS publisher and I'm not a bookstore; I'm a children's ministry person so when I evaluate curriculum I look for the "tools" ...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - Dollars & Cents of ...
http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2012/02/vbs-2012-dollars-cents-of-vbs-part-3.html2/8/12
Today I'm going to once again take a look at the Dollars and Cents for the final five VBS resources I reviewed. I'm happy to see in many of the director's materials some fun ideas of ways to raise money for VBS, but again, ...

Weekend VBS – Rocky Point Lighthouse – Review | Children's ...
cmbuzz.com3/27/12
If you don't do VBS today or if the traditional 5-day VBS just isn't working for your church...maybe you should take a look at Group's Weekend VBS - Rocky. ... Epic $10000 Children's Ministry Resource Giveaway. October 18 ...

A Few Words About My Top Ten VBS Picks for 2012 - Home School ...
homeschoolcourier.com1/4/12
while I do “rank” the VBS resources based on the content and components of each kit, this year it was particularly difficult for me to do so as most of the kits I reviewed were absolutely wonderful! This is. Read Full Article- follow ...


About LifeWay VBS

What We LOVE About VBS | LifeWay VBS Blog
lifewayvbs.wordpress.com2/14/12
If you think these 10 reasons we love VBS sound a little like LifeWay's “Purpose and Principles of VBS” statement you are correct. To those of us who have the privilege of working to provide your VBS resources this is more ...


About Standard Publishing VBS

Standard Publishing's 2012 Vacation Bible School Named Top Pick ...
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/7866718876.html2/6/12
Contact: Joni Sullivan Baker, Buoyancy Public Relations, 513-319-3231 CINCINNATI, Feb. 6, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Standard Publishing again received top honors for the best Vacation Bible School in the nation with ...

Hidden VBS Costs

There are several hidden VBS costs that you may not think of when making out your budget. Whether it is a week long VBS, two or three night VBS, or even a Saturday VBS, you may come across some of the costs, so make sure to add in some extra cash for things like:

  • bottles of water (especially on hot days)
  • snacks (kids get extremely hungry when on the go)
  • puppets or costumes
  • VBS t-shirts, hats, etc.
  • gas for church vans, buses, etc.
  • items for VBS games
  • VBS crafts
  • paper plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins, etc.
  • toilet paper, soap, wipes
  • coffee, kool-aid, and other drinks
Remember, no matter which VBS program you choose, do it for God. Don't let all the 'little stuff' that will pop up get you down. The devil doesn't want you to have VBS, so keep the reason for VBS first and foremost in your mind - Jesus!

Have a fantastic Vacation Bible School this year!

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