Several people have asked about how to schedule Student VBS in a retreat setting. The VBS Guy (aka Jerry Wooley) has the following suggestion for a retreat that begins after dinner and ends at lunch. This schedule is just a guideline for creating your schedule feel free to adapt it to fit the needs and resources of your church.First, try to figure out a way to use all five Bible study sessions. As you have probably noticed, each builds on the previous study and we believe it is important to see both the progression of Daniel’s life (from a teenager in session 2 to an old man in session 5) as well as how each session points to Jesus as our Guide.
FIRST DAY (EVENING)15 Minutes Icebreaker activity (check the Motivate section in each session plan for ideas)30 Minutes Worship60 Minutes Bible Study Session 130 Minutes Recreation & Snack60 Minutes Bible Study Session 2
SECOND DAY (MORNING)15 Minutes Icebreaker activity60 Minutes Bible Study Session 315 Minutes Active Worship (get the students moving)60 Minutes Bible Study Session 415 Minutes Recreation60 Minutes Bible Study Session 5
If your time does not end with lunch I would expand the worship and recreation times on the second day, eat lunch following Session 4, and finish the afternoon with more recreation and Session 5.Depending on how late you plan to allow the students to stay up you might have a Midnight Make and Take Session using some of the craft suggestions in the Bible Study Leader Guide.You may also consider adding a missions element to your retreat. Missions videos are on the DVD in the Student Starter Kit and plans for leading missions are included in the leader guide.
Zip for Kids™: I Am. . . has launched and just like the first volume God Is. . . this volume contains some awesome tracks to engage kids of all ages. Sure you’ll still see some of your favorites like Kitchen Concoctions with new recipes and debriefs to each sessions’ biblical content, but check out these awesome new additions:
Play It—Volleyball and Baseball
Perform It—Praise Band and Ballet
Live It—new activities and service projects
Of course we still have templates to create your own tracks for each category.
Check out Zip for Kids and start planning an awesome summer event for all your kids!
Would you like to teach your kids about serving others and being on mission right where they are? This year we have a great mission project that is totally customizable to your church and community.
At one time or another many people may find themselves experience some “off the map” circumstances. During those times we can provide comfort and encouragement to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This year involve your kids in making “Off the Map Bags” to give to children in a local hospital, to firemen or police officers to give to children who are experiencing trauma, the department of children’s services may accept them to give to children who are entering a new home, or homeless shelters. The options are limitless. A sample idea is pictured below:
In the photo we used our VBS 2015 Journey Off the Map Logo Stamp to decorate our VBS 2015 Cloth Drawstring Bag. Next we inserted a Journey Off the Map Color-by-Number Sheet and three crayons. You can use any colored crayons of your choice. Color in a number 1 with one color, a number 2 with another color, and a number 3 with a third color to create the code.
Click here Color Sheet if you would like to print a copy of the color sheet to use. There are four to a page.
Other items to consider placing in the bag could include:
- small toy figures
- hard candies
- travel size toiletries (would work well for the homeless)
- playing cards
- stress balls
- small craft kits