Advertise your church’s VBS program by entering a float in a Fourth of July or other community parade. Decorate your float like an Eastern Seaboard fishing village. Check out the Director Resource CD Set for patterns and decorating ideas to adapt for your float. Decorate the float further with these Big Fish Bay items:
· Oliver T. Otter puppet or an adult in an otter costume
· Other items available through the VBS 2020 catalog
Invite children to ride the float and recruit VBS workers and church personnel to walk with the float. Also invite two friendly adults (one on each side of the float) to carry an Oliver T. Otter puppet and interact with parade-goers on the sidelines. All participants can wear Big Fish Bay T-shirts (professionally made using the Big Fish Bay Logo and Print License or made with Big Fish Bay iron-ons), Sailor Shades, and Happy Crabbie Hats, Claw Bopper Headbands, Bayside Bandanas, or Captain’s Hats. Children can wave Plush Whales, while adults pass out goodie bags.
· 1 gospel bookmark
· 1 invitation flyer
The more VBS workers you have in the parade, the more invitations you can hand out and the better you’ll convey that your church is “Hooked on God’s Mercy.”
This is part 4 in a six-part Sunday series, Publicize Your VBS. Read “Publicity Overview: Countdown and Checklist,” “Interact with Your Community to Publicize Your VBS,” and “12 Weeks’ Worth of One-Liners.” Look for part 5, “Child-Directed Advertising.” Read “Cold Water and a Parade” to learn more about New Life Baptist Church’s 2014 float.