VBS is life-changing for kids and your team!
For many, vacation Bible school is right around the corner. In fact, I know some churches that are doing VBS right now! I believe VBS is an amazing chance to reach out into communities and change kids’ lives forever. It’s an amazingly fun, tiring, stressful, and unforgettable week that I wouldn’t miss for the world.
Today, I wanted to share an interview I did with my co-worker and friend, Shannon Velasquez. (If you went to KidMin last year, you may remember that Shannon and I helped kick-off the general sessions.) She’s full of energy and love for kids. I recently talked with her about all things vacation Bible school.
David Jennings (DJ): For those who don’t know you, tell a little bit about who you are and what do you do.
Shannon Velasquez (SV): I’m the Public Relations Manager for VBS! I get to do everything from helping to plan our special events like trade shows and FunShop trainings, to writing decorating tips and promotional materials! I have the best job in the universe!
DJ: Why do you think it’s important for churches to consider doing vacation Bible schools?
SV: VBS helps change lives! I’ve seen it! Not just kids…although that’s an important piece. It helps change the volunteers too-it’s even changed me! There is something about boiling down simple Bible truths in such a fun, interactive way. It’s so accessible! It brings out the kid in all of us. Child-like faith is what we all want, and VBS is an entire week of seeing the world through the eyes and ears of kids!
DJ: What’s different about Group’s VBS programs?
SV: Group’s VBS programs are TOTALLY different than any others because they are intentionally designed to change the heads and hearts of kids and volunteers! Every single rotation is crafted to help reinforce the one, simple Bible truth of the day. Not a moment is wasted…everything from Bible to snacks is a fun, hands-on experience that helps cement Bible truth!
DJ: What advice would you give churches looking at starting VBS for the first time this summer?
SV: Make sure you look for something that will speak to kids! Themes are fun, but VBS is about so much more than that. You need to look for a program that kids will WANT to come to! Don’t use something that has word searches or coloring sheets. Kids don’t learn more about God by circling his name. They learn by EXPERIENCING God, and developing a personal relationship with him. Make sure your VBS curriculum facilitates that!
DJ: Can you share a funny story or memory from VBS?
SV: During the Sky VBS field test I had to step in at the last minute to lead Sing N’ Play worship. Everyone was looking to me for the words and motions…which was okay until we got to a song I had never heard before. I was terrified. I had to make it up on the fly…sweating bullets! The adults were laughing hysterically as I tried to fake my way through. But, the kids LOVED it! They sang their little hearts out! In fact, it ended up being their favorite song! It just goes to show you, VBS is not about us. It’s about God! And, at the end of the day, you don’t have to do everything perfectly. You just have to show kids you love God and you love them. God will use that, and work out all the details!
DJ: Thanks Shannon!
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What are some of your favorite VBS moments? How do you get the word out to your community? When is the best time to start your vacation Bible school? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!