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A VBS That Keeps Working: Growth with Goals

A VBS That Keeps Working: Growth with Goals CHILDREN ARE FASCINATED with growing. They love to measure themselves against how tall they were last year (or even against Mom or Dad)! It makes them feel “all grown up.” Growth is also a big part of what a church…
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A VBS That Keeps Working: Family Discipleship

A VBS That Keeps Working: Family Discipleship WATCH WHAT HAPPENS just after a VBS leader has led a student to the Savior. Both are absolutely “walking on air”! There’s nothing like it in the world. At first, much of what happens with that student is one-on-one.…
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A VBS that Keeps Working: One-on-One Discipleship

A VBS that Keeps Working: One-on-One Discipleship A HIGH POINT in the year spiritually for many people is Vacation Bible School. That’s largely because of the relationship factor and God’s love being poured out on children and their families at VBS. Students are impacted forever! That depth…
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Make Big Fish Bay Your Back-to-School Event

Make Big Fish Bay Your Back-to-School Event Children love to celebrate being more grown up! And birthdays aren’t the only time to celebrate. Enjoying the end of summer and looking forward to a new school year is another. What better way to celebrate than with a supercharged,…
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Kids Given Opportunity to Bless Orphans This Summer

Kids Given Opportunity to Bless Orphans This Summer Now more than ever orphans in developing nations need a safe harbor. They were needy before the spread of COVID-19 resulted in more illness, death, poverty, and need. This summer, American kids can help these orphans by giving to Operation…
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News Releases Invite Your Community

News Releases Invite Your Community Send news releases to local newspapers, radio stations, and local cable television stations. If you’re not sure how to do that, read about sending a press/news/media release. Also post information on your church’s website and social media sites. VBS 2020…
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Charting a Course for VBS 2020

Charting a Course for VBS 2020 Yes, VBS May Be Unique This Year—but also the Most Evangelistic Ever! Many things stand out about VBS leaders, but one amazing skill is their ability to adapt and work with almost anything. Part of the giant stage decorations could…
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Six Ideas for Family-Directed Advertising

Six Ideas for Family-Directed Advertising Editor’s Note: In light of current shelter-in-place orders, you may think some of these suggestions are unattainable, but you can still look to some of these methods with creative thinking and see results. The second idea listed here is likely…
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Enter a VBS Float in a Community Parade

Enter a VBS Float in a Community Parade 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…
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A Refuge for Ourselves and Others

A Refuge for Ourselves and Others For many people, the crisis caused by COVID-19 really hit home when they walked into a store around the second weekend of March only to find bare shelves. That’s not something we’re familiar with in America. Since that time, everything…
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COVID-19 and Vacation Bible School

COVID-19 and Vacation Bible School Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article, a resource for Charting a Course for VBS 2020 has been released. Perhaps more than anything else in recent history, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the uncertainty of life. As James wrote,…
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Recruit a Great Team

Recruit a Great Team Who can teach the Bible in an exciting, memorable, and relevant way? Who loves twos and threes? Who is good with crafts? Who loves to decorate? Who is kind and smiles often? That’s who you want on your VBS team!…
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12 Weeks’ Worth of VBS One-Liners

12 Weeks’ Worth of VBS One-Liners Editor’s Note: We understand that many churches are not currently meeting due to COVID-19. With the uncertainty of when shelter-in-place orders will be lifted, consider ways to incorporate these invitations into your current practices. Try integrating these into the slides…
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Interact with Your Community to Publicize Your VBS

Interact with Your Community to Publicize Your VBS Take your publicity to where the people are! Here are three ideas for using Big Fish Bay resources to promote your VBS in your community. Big Fish Bay Display Set up a Big Fish Bay! Hooked on God’s Mercy display…
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Publicity Overview: Countdown & Checklist

Publicity Overview: Countdown & Checklist Don’t let publicity fall through the cracks as your team prepares for VBS. This countdown overview and checklist will help you and others keep on top of publicizing your Big Fish Bay VBS. Time Vacation Bible School Publicity Countdown 3…
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Set a Goal, Reach a Goal in VBS

Set a Goal, Reach a Goal in VBS by Joshua Mason If only there were no limits on what could be done in ministry—unlimited hours in each day, a rich donor to pay for every financial need, always plenty of volunteers—but enough of dreaming. In real life it…
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What You Wear Says a Lot!

What You Wear Says a Lot! In certain restaurants, all the waitstaff wear white shirts, black pants, and nametags. Or maybe they all wear a certain color or style of shirt. Or hats. Likewise, all the employees of your favorite grocery store may wear the same…
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Thinking Ahead: When It’s Time to Say Good-Bye to Big Fish Bay

Thinking Ahead: When It’s Time to Say Good-Bye to Big Fish Bay Before you say good-bye to Big Fish Bay, host a cookout, picnic, or fish fry. Be sure lots of friendly church members are there to greet and interact with guests. Sing some VBS songs and quote VBS verses.…
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Game Time: Leviathans vs. Otters

Game Time: Leviathans vs. Otters Invite VBS families back to Big Fish Bay for a game or sports day. Divide volunteers from your church into two groups: leaders/teachers/workers and everyone else. Choose a two-team sport that your church members enjoy. Teams should choose names from…
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A Puppet Matinee!

A Puppet Matinee! If you only do the Will Ketchit Skits during VBS, consider presenting a matinee performance of the Big Fish Bay Puppet Skits. Here are three possible ways to present the skits: Have your church’s puppet team present them. Invite…
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Have a Family Fun Fair in Big Fish Bay after VBS

Have a Family Fun Fair in Big Fish Bay after VBS Keep having fun and learning after VBS! Use the Big Fish Bay postcards to invite students and families back to your church for a Big Fish Bay family fun fair. And when you visit students for follow-up, invite the family…
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Summer Days in Big Fish Bay

Summer Days in Big Fish Bay RBP’s 2020 VBS program, Big Fish Bay: Hooked on God’s Mercy, has so many great ideas that no church could include them all in one week of VBS. So why not stretch the fun and learning to include more…
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VBS 2020 Now Shipping!

VBS 2020 Now Shipping!
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Rotation Names in Big Fish Bay

Rotation Names in Big Fish Bay When you call rotations by theme names, every place in VBS becomes part of Big Fish Bay. For example, snack time is now Tall Ship Treats, and that little extra touch helps students become sailors! Decorating the locations according to…
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‘Operation Safe Harbor’ Missions Project

‘Operation Safe Harbor’ Missions Project ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Regular Baptist Press is once again emphasizing orphans. As the RBP team prayed about next year’s VBS missions project, God led them to choose orphans as the offering recipients. Then, tying it in with the 2020 theme, Big
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When VBS Goes Dark

When VBS Goes Dark LEXINGTON, N.C.—Higher Ground Baptist Church added to the excitement of Giddyup Junction: Taking God’s Love to New Frontiers by going dark. Nighttime in the city can’t compare to a starlit night on the prairie. Using fluorescent paint and fabrics, glow-in-the…
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Still Looking for a Missions Project?

Still Looking for a Missions Project? Already had your VBS? Consider the Character Count missions project as a special offering for a Labor Day picnic, harvest offering, or a Christmas giving project! The need doesn’t end when summer is over. What do prisoners in local jails…
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Spread the Good News of God’s Love through Follow-Up

Spread the Good News of God’s Love through Follow-Up The Good News went to many new frontiers through your VBS. Students were reached with the gospel, to the glory of God. But after VBS, how can you help them grow and keep the good news of God’s love spreading?…
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Don’t Trash Your VBS Decorations

Don’t Trash Your VBS Decorations Your students loved riding into Giddyup Junction, and the decorations were a big part of taking them out West. But it’s true—what goes up for VBS must come down. After VBS, what do you do with all those crepe paper…
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Regular Baptist Press 2020 VBS Available for Preorder

Regular Baptist Press 2020 VBS Available for Preorder ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The 2020 Regular Baptist Press Vacation Bible School, Big Fish Bay: Hooked on God’s Mercy, is available for preorder at 2020.rbpvbs.org. Big Fish Bay features a nautical theme built around Psalm 103:8, “The LORD is merciful and…
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Baker Book House VBS Kickoff Showcases Camp Moose-on-the-Loose

Baker Book House VBS Kickoff Showcases Camp Moose-on-the-Loose GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Most people wouldn’t associate the month of January with Vacation Bible School. But January is known as the sweet spot for VBS—it’s when many churches begin thinking about what theme will best fit their ministries in the summer.…
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Regular Baptist Press 2015 VBS Available for Preorder

Regular Baptist Press 2015 VBS Available for Preorder FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Regular Baptist Press 800-727-4440 SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—The 2015 Regular Baptist Press Vacation Bible School, To the Edge: Encounter the God of the Universe, is available for preorder at www.rbpVBS.org. This space-adventure-themed program will rocket its way into…
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