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Karle Embretson

Karle Embretson is a student at Concordia University, Nebraska. She keeps busy at school with an English major as she endeavors to change the world one word at a time. Last summer, she interned at Concordia Publishing House in the Marketing department, where she honed her writing skills as she worked with VBS and Sunday School material. In the past, Karle has been a camp counselor and VBS volunteer who really enjoys spending time with kids and Jesus. You can usually find her outside in the sunshine with a good book, writing a story or two, or trying to be as amazing as her favorite movie character, Napoleon Dynamite.

Recent Posts by Karle Embretson

Simple Activities to Use During VBS Transition Times

VBS season has rolled around, and whether you’re gearing up for the kids and fun times or if you still have weeks to go before your VBS, it’s always a good idea to be prepared with plenty of extra resources and games to keep kids engaged during any downtime. Here are some VBS transition ideas for filling extra time at the beginning of the day, the end of a station, or even during snack-time when some energetic kiddos are getting antsy.

Preparing Youth to Volunteer for VBS

Now is the perfect time to ensure that your youth gain valuable experience before the VBS recruiting starts. I can say from past experience that helping out in these meaningful contexts enabled me to grow as a servant and learn how to value my time as a VBS youth volunteer. Here's how to get youth involved and prepared in the weeks and months before VBS begins.

Creating Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions

The Christmas season means Christmas break for kiddos! With the upcoming busy days of a joy-filled, full house, take time to slow down and focus on Jesus, the real reason for the season. During break, and even before your kids are out of school, keep them returning to the story of Jesus’ birth with these fun and engaging Christmas activities.

Evaluate the Success of VBS

You see the word everywhere. In school, at work, in feedback surveys for that sensational new gadget you bought online to gift to yourself as an early Christmas present. There’s a reason the word evaluate seems to pop up wherever you look. Even when it comes to VBS, evaluation is essential. To "evaluate" means to assess. So, for you VBS directors and leaders out there, take notes!

3 Tips for Teaching VBS Song Actions

Hey there, future song-action leaders. We hope last week's post about learning how to lead VBS song actions gave you some stellar ideas. Because everything you do is all for those kiddos, here are some tips on how to effectively apply the skills you've learned.

VBS Song Actions Made Easy

At some point you may have asked yourself, "Why even have song actions in the first place?" If this thought has crossed your mind more than once as you've awkwardly attempted to lead kids through an upbeat VBS song, I understand. It's hard to carry on when your audience gives you blank stares or giggle fits. However, in the end it's worthwhile. Actions engage kids of all developmental stages, and help kinesthetic learners while reinforcing the message that's being sung.

3 Ways to Engage Kids Every Minute of VBS

We’ve all been there. Most of the kids have finished their craft before time is up, and they’re getting antsy. Someone’s happily coloring the table, another has their craft glued to their own hand, and still more are getting dangerously close to romping gleefully out of sight toward the church volunteers who are setting out snacks. It’s a typical VBS scene.