45 Incredible VBS Ideas for Decorations, Volunteers, and Organization

We can always improve in life.  One of the best ways to get better is to look at what other successful people are doing.  Below you can find so many amazing VBS ideas from fellow directors to help make your Vacation Bible School better.  The list is huge!   

But before you dive in, I want to give you with this idea...

I'm guessing you are probably a Type-A kind of person.  You fight the serious battle of perfection.  And you are sometimes crippled by the idea of if it isn't going to be perfect, you aren't going to do it.  

I get it.  I can relate.  

But I have found this idea (when I remember it) to be very freeing.  

Done is better than perfect.

Don't allow this to be an excuse to not do things to the best of your ability.  But, use it as a way to show grace to others and to yourself.  There is no reason to let fear of imperfection control you or prevent you from doing something.  

So as you look at this huge list of VBS ideas, tips, and tricks, don't let fear creep in and remember this is a compilation of ideas from many different directors involved in many different Vacation Bible School settings.

Use the quick reference guide below to navigate to an idea of interest to you, or grab a tall glass of sweet tea and settle in to reap the wisdom found from many VBS directors.  

VBS Ideas Quick Reference

12 VBS Ideas to make decorating a cinch

Decorating takes up so much of your time.  Here are a few VBS ideas to make your decorating days go a little easier.  I asked around Facebook and wanted to share a compilation of other's ideas plus some of mine.  

Hot Glue and Painters Tape

Lori S. shared that she places painters tape on the wall where she wants to hang her poster or other items.  She then puts hot glue right on top of the tape and places her poster on the hot glue.  Decorations stay up and don't damage the walls. Emily T. also uses this VBS idea to decorate for her event.

Please be aware that someone else noted that the hot glue did damage their walls, so please test in an inconspicuous place first.  

You can also do this with double sticky side tape and painters tape to avoid the hot glue.  Dottie W. uses this method and says it works great!  

If you need blue painter's tape, you can get it here:

Duct Tape on Posters

Sue Y. says that they put a strip of duct tape on the back of large posters about one inch from the edge.  Then they attach loops of masking tape to the duct tape and use the masking tape to attach the poster to the wall.  She says that it sticks every time!

Command Strips on block walls

It is no fun to try to make anything stick to block walls.  Especially without leaving a sticky residue that will collect dirt and will remind you every time you see it of what a poor choice it was to use duct tape on the walls.  

But Rebecca K. says that command strips are a great tool to keep decorations up without damaging the walls.  She acknowledges that there is a cost associated with them but says that it is totally worth it.  They save the hooks and just buy new strips year to year.

Did you know that you can get poster command strips?  Me neither!  These are way more economical than what you would originally think.  Definitely worth checking out for those pesky block walls.

Grab some command strips to use for your VBS below:

Mavalus Tape

Shari L. says that Mavalus tape is the way to go.  It sticks but comes off cleanly.  Rene' M and Jennifer F. agree!  One of the women says that she guards this tape.  It is ONLY for hanging items on walls as it is a little pricy. But all agree, it is well worth the price.  You can get it here:

Gorilla Double Sided Tape

Leslie J. uses Gorilla brand double sided tape and says it works great!  

I am totally unfamiliar with it and would encourage you to do your research (as I would encourage you to do with any adhesive).

Paint Sticks to Stabilize Cardboard VBS Decorations

You have all been there.  You create this awesome masterpiece using cardboard and your own willpower.  You painstakingly cut it out (I'm pretty sure that takes hours).  And then when you go to prop it up, one narrow piece starts to bend.  Ahhhh!

Never fear, use a paint stick taped to the back to stabilize it.  Viola. Easy fix.  You can get paint sticks from your local hardware store.  If you need a bunch, you may have to pay a small amount.  If not, your hardware store may just give them to you.  It doesn't hurt to ask.  

Buy the Hot Knife

If you are using any foam insulation board in your decorating or set design, you know how tricky it can be to cut.  And not just cut, but cut so it looks nice.  Rachel S. says to buy the expensive hot knife.  She likes the one the Group recommends.  According to her, it is worth every penny!  Leslie T. seconds that!  

Connie B. says to take care of it by following usage and care instructions and it will last a long time.  

You can get the one recommended by these ladies here:

Premium Hot Knife with 2 Straight Blades

Build a Reusable "Set"

Consider making an investment in your set design.  Build a 2x4 frame that will fit well in your large group area.  Don't forget to make sure that you can easily get it out of that area and into the area where you will store it.  You may want to think about making a set with multiple pieces. 

Add a large piece of cardboard to the frame.  You can then paint a background that will match your theme either using a projector or your (or someone in your church's) awesome creativity.  

Next year, just paint over it with a base coat and create a new background.  

At my previous church, we had a set piece that had three pieces that hinged together.  Eventually we had to replace the cardboard, but it is so nice knowing that we had our background already made each year.

Tip:  Make sure to label how the set pieces go together if you do a multiple piece set.  It is so frustrating to think that you will remember how it goes to get it out the following year and think...uhhhh...

Label the top and bottom of each piece as well as left, center, and right positions.    

Use Binder Clips to attach items to drop ceiling

Binder clips or the black clips that have the two pieces of wire places to squeeze and release are a great way to attach things to your drop ceiling.  Simply attach the clip to the frame of your ceiling and then slide in the item you want to attach.  

One year, I wanted to create an "underwater" feel in our hallway.  So we used blue plastic table cover on the ceiling in the hallway.  I was stumped as to how to get it up there, but our assistant pastor who was a master at making things work went jogging into the office and came back with a bucket of rarely used binder clips. 

After a few minutes and a few trips up and down a step ladder, we had an awesome underwater effect.  And now those binder clips are used every year for VBS decorations.  

You could even throw a light cardboard shape of a sea turtle, fish, or even a shark in between the ceiling and the table cover to create a silhouette effect.  

Use Paper Clips and Fishing Line to attach decorations to ceiling

Emily T. suggests that paper clips and fishing line are the way to go when attaching decorations to a drop ceiling.  This is great for hanging or suspended decorations.  

I love how there are different ways to accomplish the same job and you get to pick the one that will work best for you!  Binder clips or paper clips and fishing line, oh my!

Brown craft paper is a staple when it comes to decorating

Janella J. wouldn't want to decorate for any VBS without a roll of brown craft paper.  She uses it to make palm trees, sand, rocks, waterfalls, and many other things as well.  It is a cost-effective go-to when you aren't sure what to use.  You can also use it to cover tables, floors when you are painting, wrap volunteer gifts, and so much more!

Here is a link for a large roll of this versatile stuff:

Get large cardboard sheets from large warehouse stores

Sue E. gets sheets of cardboard that goes between pallets from Costco.  Corinne N. agreed and gets hers from Sam's Club.  Both of these are great sources to grab large flat sheets for the ever persisting need of a good piece of cardboard.  

I have also been known to raid my local recycling center for cardboard as well.  No judging.  

But some of the best cardboard came when I had a brand new set of cabinets installed in my office.  It might be worth asking a local cabinet company if they could save some boxes for you.  

16 VBS Ideas to care for your Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of your VBS.  They are the movers and shakers.  And you need to care for them well. Here are a few ideas to help you love your volunteers. 

Ask them

Need a volunteer?  Or 30?  I have found that the best way to get volunteers is simply to ask someone.  People like to be asked.  It makes them feel valuable, useful, and essential.  

Are you wondering if your volunteers would prefer a t-shirt or a bandana to designate them as a volunteer?  Ask!

What about debating on providing breakfast or not for a morning VBS?  Not sure your volunteers would appreciate it? You guessed it!  Ask them.   

It is not hard to find out the culture of your volunteer life if you are willing to simply ask.  


Anne Marie G. says that M and M's are her secret weapon when it comes to VBS volunteers.  But maybe it isn't so secret because her volunteers now ask for M and M's if she doesn't have them!  She has them at every training meeting, every VBS work day, and VBS readily available every day! 

But really, any food goes a long way with volunteers.  It is just another way to make them feel valuable and appreciated.  

Jennifer H. has set up a volunteer breakfast each morning of VBS.  She asks for donations of breakfast casseroles, fruit, and breakfast pastries.  Many people get involved with this, some volunteers, parents, and other people who are not able to help with VBS directly.  It is a great way to include people in your VBS who aren't really "kid people."

Corinne N.  and Joy F. both agree that food is invaluable when serving volunteers.  Corinne provides a light supper for her volunteers before VBS.  She has delegated that task to someone else and doesn't have to think much about it.

Read below in the organization section to learn more about how Susan W. uses her volunteer lounge. 

Preferred name on name tag

It is such a simple thing, but by asking your volunteers what name they would prefer to have on their name tag communicates so much to them.  You value him and are willing to take the time to find out his preference.

Some adults really preferred to be called Mr., Mrs., or Miss.  And other's don't care.  

Last year, I didn't ask what people wanted to be called on their name tags.  Our senior pastor adjusted his name tag to say PK instead of Pastor Kevin.  If I had taken the time to ask, I would have been able to serve him by using a name he preferred in this setting. 

Schedule on back of volunteer name tags

Another VBS guru, Brenda F. suggested putting the schedule on the back of volunteers' name tags so that they have quick and easy access to it!  This is such a good idea.  Tori C. said that it was a lifesaver for their VBS this year!

Jennifer H. put their memory verses on the back of the name tags at her VBS.

In fact, last year, I had a volunteer do this herself.  I saw her looking at the back of her name tag and wondered what she was looking at.  When I asked, I was blown away at the simplicity of having your schedule so easily accessible (and making your name tag vital).  I intend to implement schedule on name tags this year.  

It works great with a lanyard name tag with a plastic holder.  These are the ones that I have used at two different churches now (below).  I love them because they are reusable.  And I really like the badge holders because they seal (like a zipper bag) and prevents the name tags from getting wet if you play with water.  

Leader Wrap Up

Gera S. does a wrap up each day of VBS with her volunteers.  They spend a few minutes discussing their favorite things from the day, things that improved from the previous day, she shares announcements, and they pray together.  

Gera says that isn't her original idea, but that she grabbed it from someone else in a Facebook group.  This works out well for Gera and her volunteers because all volunteer kids are dismissed to one location and are supervised for about 20 minutes to allow for this wrap up meeting AND for volunteers to clean up their area.  

This is a perfect segue into the next tip from Gera...

Dismiss all kids belonging to volunteers to one location

One way to love volunteers well is to care for their kids well.  Give volunteers 10-20 minutes after VBS is over to gather themselves before they have to collect their own kids.  They can use this time to clean up their area, get ready for tomorrow, AND attend your VBS wrap up (see idea above).  This is another one of Gera's ideas!

Be sure to provide supervision for these kids!  A couple youth volunteers and an adult or a couple adults.  We don't want a pack of kids running around unsupervised.  

Another idea is to show a movie in a separate room for volunteer's kids for 20 minutes after VBS is over.  Continue the movie each night of VBS.  

Provide Childcare for volunteers' kids 

Volunteers give much of themselves during the week of VBS and asking them to find their own childcare for their kids who are too young to attend VBS puts added strain on them.  Provide a nursery and a toddler class for volunteers' kids only.  It requires more space, more volunteers, and more supplies, but the benefits to the young mom who is able to serve far outweigh the extra strain (in my young mom opinion).  

In fact, I have two boys who are too young for VBS right now.  I would seriously have to think twice about volunteering if there wasn't childcare provided for them.

Tell Parents to bring their young (pre-VBS kids) in their PJs

If you have an evening VBS, that puts a great strain on young families.  A week of late bedtimes wreak havoc in the lives of little ones.  Help parents out with this a little by communicating that they are welcome to bring their young kids in their jammies to VBS.  Parents might feel awkward about doing that without your permission, but it will greatly help late bedtimes if all a parent has to do is move their child from the carseat to bed.

Communicate clearly and early

Volunteers are going to be happier to serve if they are equipped to serve.  One way to do this is by clearly communicating expectations.  What do you expect your volunteers to do?  Do you want them to be at a meeting before VBS?  Give them plenty of time to put it on their calendar.  

Do your volunteers know when you expect them to be at VBS?  Are your expectations easy to access and easy to read?  

Have you made some last minute changes to VBS because you just can't find enough of that one supply you need?  Make sure to communicate that with your volunteers.  

Make sure that you are kind as you communicate.  I know that I personally can start to sound harsh when I get in a groove of getting things done.  Often my husband will catch this and gently remind me to be kind.

Give gift cards to major players

Corinne N. is passionate about caring for her volunteers.  She does it to the best of her ability.  One of her VBS tips is to give gift cards to the key people who volunteer for her VBS.  They don't have be be $50 or even $20.  Even $5 shows you appreciate him and are willing to put effort into showing him.  

I would encourage you to add a handwritten thank you note to that card.  I greatly dislike thank you notes (having to write them is overwhelming and just not my favorite task).  But I think they are a valuable tool in ministry. There is no need to fill an entire card with cramped handwriting.  

It is great to be able to cite a specific thing you noticed your volunteer doing.  

Combine those things and you are well on your way to loving your volunteers.

Share your heart

So often we get caught up in the grind of VBS that we forget to step back and really share our heart with our volunteers.  You appreciate them so much.  Do you tell them that?  

It really isn't all about the decorations.  Even though we spend so much time on them.

It is really about the gospel.  And loving others.  Fellow volunteers, families, kids, and our communities.  

Check out six more things to share with your volunteers.  It is a great tool for a training meeting! 

8 Things to share with your
VBS Volunteers

Assign a youth helper to a volunteer with young kids

Assign a teen to help a volunteer throughout the week of VBS.  I'm not talking about working together during VBS.  I'm talking about asking the teen to help the volunteer care for his or her kids before VBS and after VBS.  Ask the youth to help the volunteer get the kids to the car (and all their stuff) and buckled into car seats.

Some parents' may not want to take advantage of this, but that is an opportunity that I would jump at as a mom of three young kids.  

Provide a prayer partner for each VBS volunteer

Your congregation is faithful to pray for VBS, I'm sure.  But what if they were praying for one specific volunteer faithfully through VBS prep and the week of VBS?  And what if your volunteer knew it?  

That would really encourage your volunteers.  It will also help develop and deepen relationships between VBS volunteers and other members of your congregation.  When you pray for someone consistently, you grow to love them more.  

Also, you are teaching prayer support in your ministries.  And this doesn't even mention how covering your VBS in prayer is the BEST way to do VBS.  

This is simple to set-up.  I like to set out a sign-up sheet to allow people to commit to pray for a specific VBS volunteer.  Then I pair each volunteer with a "pray-er."  And if I have extra of either category, I just double up.  

The beauty of this simple system is that someone else can put it together.  This is something that you can delegate to another individual (even someone who can't be at VBS).  By asking someone else to do this, you are equipping him or her to serve.  It is beautiful picture of the Body of Christ.

VBS Prayer Journal

There are so many stories, needs, praises, requests coming out of VBS.  As a director, you only get to hear a few of them.  Susan W. has provided a way for volunteers to communicate prayer needs with her and others.  She sets out a nice notebook in her volunteer lounge area and encourages volunteers to share in it.  

Volunteers write prayer requests specific to VBS or personal.  Some volunteer draw in it.  Some share joys, poems, or other thoughts.  

She then spends time pouring over each entry and praying after VBS each day.  

I love how this can be a beautiful reminder of each VBS and the joys and answered prayers associated with it.

Train every volunteer to lead a child to Christ

Kathryn W. echoes my heart when she suggests you train each person at your VBS to be able to lead a child to Christ.  You never know if a child is going to connect with the lady who is serving lunch and want to talk to her about Jesus.  Make sure she is ready to share the hope that is in her.  

I can't agree with this more.

Share your struggle

What is hard right now in VBS?  Can you share that with your volunteers without hurting someone, gossiping, or otherwise sinning?  If so, share it.  You will be surprised at how your volunteers rally behind you to help you solve this problem.  

They may have a solutions you haven't thought of yet, or have a resource you don't have.  

You will also be developing an atmosphere of sharing your struggle with others.  

Let me just warn you, be wise in what you share though.  As a leader, you are held to a high standard and I would caution you against sharing anything that is volunteer related (aside from needing more). 

13 VBS Ideas for Organizing all the details

The details are endless when it comes to VBS.  Find out how some expert directors keep all of their details organized.

Central location for vital VBS details

Torri C. creates what she calls a "big binder" full of all the important details of VBS.  She sets it up in such a way if she would have to miss VBS for an emergency or if she were sick, someone else could pick her binder and make VBS happen.  

This is such a good idea.  It is good for your volunteers to know they can carry on as usual.  It is also good for you to recognize that VBS can happen without you.  You are not irreplaceable.  I know it hurts to hear it sometimes.  But it keeps us humble.  

If you need a system to make this happen, check out The Master VBS To-Do List Printable.  It is 30 pages of fill-in-the-blank VBS planning.  

Wristbands are so versatile

Gera S. (who must be a ninja director) shares her church uses Tyvek wristbands to identify kids with allergies.  Her kitchen staff is so grateful for the quick reminder to be aware of what each child is getting.  Gera also writes the specific allergy on the wristband to help her kitchen crew a little more.

She also uses a different color wristband to designate volunteers' kids.  At dismissal time, it is easy to send volunteers' kids to a specific area.  This allows her to have a wrap up meeting with her volunteers quickly after VBS is over (see idea above).

You can also use these to assign kids to crews or classes.  Plus, they are super affordable!

Paint Sticks make great crew sign handles

Janet H. puts paint sticks to another use!  She makes her crew sign handles out of these.  It is an easy way for kids to identify their crew's location by having a sign that each crew leader holds.  

You can have your leaders hold signs during opening and closing, as the crews travel from one location to another and any time multiple crews are together.

PVC also are a great crew sign handle option

Jennifer H. made her crew signs from a laminated large paper attached to a PVC pipe.  The pipe was three - four feet tall.  She took this VBS idea a step further and created stands for each crew to set at the end of pews and in front of classes.  

Each stand is made of a coffee can filled with quick setting concrete and a wider diameter PVC pipe.  Crews can then put their signs into the larger pipe each time then arrive at a location.  

Color Code Allergies

Cheyenne L. color codes allergies in multiple places to put in extra layers of protection for kids with allergies.  They color code kids with allergies name tags.  They make a note of an allergic on the roster for group leaders in a designated color.  They also post a list of kids with allergies in the kitchen.  

It is so important to be very careful with allergies.  These extra safeguards are great ideas.  

Torri C. adds a fluorescent dot to the name tag of each student who has an allergy.  

There are so many ways to designate kids with allergies, just make sure you clearly communicate your system with everyone at your VBS.

Teacher Kit or Crew Bag Suggestions

Rebecca H. puts together a bag for each crew at her VBS.  She includes a roster, who is authorized to pick each crew member up, and emergency contact information.  She also adds wristbands for food allergies and the designate those who have declined to have their child's photo taken (she includes a wristband for each day).  In a pencil case she places pens, pencils, sharpies, tissues, and a small first aid kit.  Finally, she adds a laminated crew sign held up with a...you guessed it...paint stick!

Cheyenne L. also adds stickers, schedule, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer!

Mini Clipboards for Crew Leaders or Teachers

Joy F. uses mini clipboards for her group leaders.  She is a self-proclaimed color-coding junkie.  So all of her clipboards are color coded.  She adds a schedule, sharpie, bandaids, fire escape route, special instructions for each day, and a card depicting how to lead a child to Christ.  

The real genius comes on the back of these handy clipboards though.  She places a large number on the back that corresponds with the crew number.  So the clipboard has now doubled as a sign and a crew leader has one less thing to keep together along with a group of over-excited, sugar-high kids. 

Here are come clipboards and some sharpies to get your started!

Keep a running list of suggestions for next year

Each year, I create a document (sometimes a Word doc but usually an Evernote note) which is almost always open on my computer during VBS planning.  I keep a list of suggestions for next year.  

Every time I think of a new suggestion, I add it to the list right away.  I know that I can't trust my brain to remember it for next year (or even for next week).  

I also add things that I want to improve next year even if I don't have a suggestion for improvement.  And I add things that went really well.  It is good to remember those things, too.

It is kind of like my brain dump area.  I am often entertained by reading this list the next year.  I can almost "hear" the frustration dripping from my words.  Reading those frustrations on a different day, far removed from VBS allows me to think about a problem way more objectively than when I was in the moment.  But it also reminds me why it was a problem in the first place.

Equip leaders to do their own shopping

Instead of trying to fight the dreaded "supply list battle," Shari A., has decided to allow her station leaders (crafts, snacks, Bible story, etc) purchase their own supplies.  They are then able to turn in a receipt to be reimbursed for their expenses.

I also adopted this plan with teachers in a classroom model VBS.  I gave an allotted budget each teacher was able to spend and said that they could turn in their receipts to be reimbursed up to the set amount.  

It worked great for our church.  And it saved me having to make multiple trips out and about to pick up supplies forgotten on my first supply list draft.

However, when you do have to go shopping, especially if you are purchasing a lot of supplies or food, Torri C. suggests grabbing a buddy to with you.  She says the company is great and having help pushing a second cart is so necessary!

Brown Paper Bags

Use a larger brown paper bag to store each class' or crews' small paper bags containing their crafts and take home papers is another one of Rebecca H's fantastic VBS ideas.  

Jennifer H. uses Aldi bags to hold each class' individual bags.  She adds a colored ribbon to each Aldi bag that corresponds to their crew color.  

Volunteer lounge as a multi-purpose area

Susan W. makes her volunteer area useful for many different purposes but each one serves her volunteers.  There is food (big plus) but it is also where volunteers sign-in and pick up their name tags each day.  They can grab their crew bag or other class supplies, get bottle of water, grab a copy of the daily devotional, and write in a prayer journal.  

By having all of these items centrally located for volunteers, you are equipping them easily, and also promoting a positive volunteer culture.  It is likely that this there is a lot of traffic in and out of this area.  

At a previous church, we staffed this lounge area with people committed to encouraging and praying for VBS volunteers in the moment.  It was a huge blessing for many.  It also allowed people who wouldn't typically have a role at VBS serve and love also.  

Have a nurse for the week

Vanessa M. found the medical needs to be greater than a bandaid at her VBS occasionally.  She has found it to be so helpful to have a nurse on site.  

Depending on the size of your VBS, you could have your nurse be a volunteer in another area of VBS, so long as she is able to leave quickly to come attend a need.  I wouldn't suggest making him or her a crew leader, but maybe a kitchen helper or classroom helper.  

Let the little stuff go

The first year I directed VBS at a smaller church, we dismissed late from our opening.  It STRESSED me out.  I can't describe what a tizzy I was in.  

My co-director looked at me and said, "Jen.  Just breathe."  

I right away came back with, "Yeah, I'm breathing.  But how are we going to adjust the schedule.  How are all the teachers going to know?"

She just smiled at me and said, "It will be fine."  

And it was.  

I have always remembered that moment.  And have worked hard to respond with calmness in a stressful situation. It was so good to have the freedom to just let it go and know it really would work it all out.  

Torri C. just finished her week of VBS and shared the same reminder.  Let the little stuff go.  It isn't worth the stress.

6 Ideas to make your life a little better during VBS

The struggle to balance family, home, and a huge event like VBS is real.  Real real.  Here are six tips to help you keep your priorities in order during VBS.

Prepare your family early

Yeah right.  I am struggling just to get VBS done by midnight the night before it starts.  How on earth am I going to have time to prepare my family?

I get that.  But I also know that the years when I have taken the time (even weeks before VBS) to get some things into place have made VBS so much more enjoyable for my family.  

And don't get caught in the trap of thinking you have to prepare ALL. THE. THINGS. early.  Choose one thing.  

Plan out the clothes that your kids will wear prior to VBS.  

Or make some muffins or breakfast sandwiches and freeze them.  They will make for a quick breakfast during VBS (or supper when you are so rushed there is NO WAY you can do it without a drive through).

Figure out your transportation.  If someone in your family has practice that overlaps VBS by half an hour, figure out rides early so you aren't scrambling the day of practice and VBS.

Have fun

It is so easy to get caught up in all the busyness and details of VBS and forget to enjoy it.  Torri C. reminds us all to just have fun.  Have fun with your family.  Have fun at VBS.  Do not let the VBS stress rob you of the joy that is found in serving Christ.

Guard your schedule

Don't plan for lots of "extras" during the week of VBS.  You don't need to have a neighborhood cookout at your house during VBS.  

Nor do you need to plan an all-day water day at the amusement park just down the road from your house during VBS.  You could totally have a water day the following week with your kids and all their friends.  And you would enjoy it so much more!

There are some things that can't be avoided.  For example, during VBS this year, the area high schools start fall sports practices right in the middle of the week.  We just can't change our schedule or theirs.  So we work with it.  But at least it isn't competing with the water-day either!

Put VBS to "bed"

Some of you are really good at thinking about VBS non-stop morning, noon, evening, night, middle of the night and into the next morning.  You lose sleep.  You are distracted from your family.  And then you are tired.  And tiredness leads to stress and tension.  That leads to unkindness.  Ugh.  

Process through VBS and the things you need to do.  Then find a way to put VBS to rest for a while.  

Go for a run.  Write down all your tasks and then leave your list alone.  Turn your phone off and close your computer for the evening (or morning).  Engage your kids at meal time (talk about VBS if you want, but be willing to talk about other things, too).  

Preach the Gospel to yourself

Some people listen to pump up music.  Me, being the nerd that I am, love to listen to my favorite gospel passages before a big event.  Give me Romans 8 and Ephesians 1 and 2 any day!

I love to turn on my Bible App on my phone (YouVersion) and just let it read to me as I'm getting ready in the morning or driving to an event.  

But I also surround myself with other gospel reminders such as music that points me to the cross.  

Want some more ideas or practical suggestions for preaching the gospel to yourself?  

Grab this Gospel Reminders printable.  


What can you simplify in your life during VBS?  One year, I made strawberry freezer jam after VBS.  Was that making my life simple?  Not so much.  

Really evaluate what you can do to keep things as simple as possible for you and your family during VBS.  

I can't thank everyone who shared ideas for VBS ideas and hacks enough.  There is such a wealth of information found in these words.  

If you found something helpful, let me know!  Please comment below.  Or if you have an idea, tip, or hack that should be added to the next installment of Ultimate VBS Ideas, please share it below!

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  1. Thank you! These are some really wise words! It’s like you know me! I’m a mom of 3 all under the age of 6 years old (one of them being an infant 5 mths old). I’m struggling to find a way to convey to my church that my only working availability is at night. It’s stressing me out that they want VBS to happen but on their time schedule. I’ll keep praying that we all remain flexible and understanding.

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