It's that time of year—VBS is wrapping up for many churches. While it might be tempting to relax for a while, now may be the best time of year to build upon the buzz created by VBS. Wouldn't it be awesome if the same excitement and enthusiasm of VBS carried over into all children's ministry throughout the year? You can keep the VBS momentum going by reusing and repurposing elements from VBS for Sunday School, Midweek, Christmas programs, and Confirmation classes.
Set for Sunday School
Many of your Sunday School kids will remember the fun they had at VBS. Surprise them with a VBS song, game, or snack as a fun way to start the Sunday School year. Our song-action videos are a great way to get everyone up and moving and ready to learn the day's lesson at Sunday School. We've prepared a VBS song-action video playlist on YouTube so you can always have your VBS songs ready to go!
Have a Mind for Midweek
Another children's ministry area to integrate VBS material is in Midweek classes. Typically, these are classes that take place midway through the week (clever name, right?). Kids have the opportunity to study God's Word, play games, and sing, all in addition to Sunday School. Maybe you can reuse some of the song-action songs from VBS. Or if there was a favorite VBS game or craft, bring out the materials that you already have on hand.
Coordinate with Confirmation
Though students in confirmation classes are a little older, they will still have fun with VBS-related learning strategies. If they learn different parts of the catechism or memorize specific pieces, they can practice to a tune. Or, try to create a game that corresponds to the material. Kahoot and Tinycards are fun and easy ways to test knowledge both in and out of the classroom.
Activate Additional Church Activities
Finally, there's one more area in children's ministry we think is especially significant. We're talking about church programs, festivals, and any other church activities. They are a great way to involve everyone. Think Christmas programs, Fall festivals or Easter-themed scavenger hunts, and fundraisers. Many of these types of activities can be an ideal outreach to VBS families—ensuring that they feel welcome at your church.
To help integrate VBS fun throughout the year, we've created a VBS playlist available on YouTube. Incorporate these songs into your Sunday School, Midweek, or Confirmation class, and you'll have everyone singing, dancing, and praising God! Now that's VBS with Purpose—all year long.