CPH VBS Blog

VBS with Purpose

  • Make Bible stories come alive! Use theater!

    Make Bible stories come alive! Use theater!

    During the Middle Ages, common folks were taught the Bible via public plays in the town square. Today, drama can be an incredible tool for relaying Bible truths to your kids. You do not have to be...

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  • Sharing the Gospel through Mission Madagascar

    Sharing the Gospel through Mission Madagascar

    Every year CPH includes a mission project with their VBS so that children all across the country help spread the Gospel through their offerings. Inviting children to give, and showing them how...

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  • Interview with CPH’s 2018 VBS Interns

    Interview with CPH’s 2018 VBS Interns

    We always love having interns at CPH, and this year was no exception! We sat down with our VBS interns, Jayme and Adele, to talk about their experience this summer at CPH. Why did you want to be a...

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  • Tips for Teaching Hymns and Songs to Kids

    Tips for Teaching Hymns and Songs to Kids

    The BRAIN, Brain, Brain, Brain . . . Did you start singing a certain cartoon theme song in your head? Music is a powerful tool that sticks in our memory. As someone who works with children, there...

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  • Extending a Personal Thank You to VBS Volunteers

    Extending a Personal Thank You to VBS Volunteers

    From the music leader to the behind-the-scenes person who makes an emergency run for more snacks, many volunteers are needed to make VBS successful. To encourage VBS volunteers to return year...

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  • 5 Steps to Navigate VBS Feedback

    5 Steps to Navigate VBS Feedback

    Vacation Bible School is one of the best weeks of the summer—but how can you make it even better? By asking for feedback from volunteers and families, you can identify the areas of your VBS that...

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  • 3 Ways to Connect with VBS Parents

    3 Ways to Connect with VBS Parents

    As I looked up from leading the songs at VBS each day this week, I noticed something: The children were singing and watching me for the actions. The leaders were participating and building...

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  • Five Lessons I Learned from VBS

    Five Lessons I Learned from VBS

    Each year’s VBS program brings with it unique joys, memories, and a few challenges. In today’s post, guest blogger and VBS enthusiast Christina Hergenrader shares her top takeaways from this...

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  • Talking about VBS Lessons at Home

    Talking about VBS Lessons at Home

    You pick up your children at Vacation Bible School and you can’t wait to hear about their day. But instead of sharing what they’ve learned, they’re tired, or hungry, or just reticent about their...

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  • Simple Activities to Use During VBS Transition Times

    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...

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  • Join us for VBS 2019 at Miraculous Mission

    Join us for VBS 2019 at Miraculous Mission

    We’re bursting with excitement for our 2019 VBS theme, Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World. Join us for a interstellar adventure as we learn about our God who created our amazing universe...

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  • Inspire Wonder with VBS Decorations

    Inspire Wonder with VBS Decorations

    A nervous child steps out of the car. She looks up at the weird-looking building with a steeple and lots of people going inside. This child never has been to a church but is going to VBS with...

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  • Preparing to be a VBS Site Leader

    Preparing to be a VBS Site Leader

    Being a VBS site leader is a fun and important job! Yet, where to start? Follow these 3 easy steps as you get ready for your role as a spectacular site leader at VBS! Get to Know the Bible Lessons...

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  • Extending VBS throughout the Summer

    Extending VBS throughout the Summer

    The goal of VBS it to share the Good News of Jesus with children so that they may be connected to Christ for a lifetime! Yet, with everything else going on in the summer months, it can be easy to...

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  • Building a Child-Protection Policy for VBS

    Building a Child-Protection Policy for VBS

    Creating a safe environment is key to ensuring that kids have a fun and positive experience at VBS. That’s why it’s so important to build a child-protection policy for VBS as well as for other...

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  • Youth and Adult Bible Study Ideas for Splash Canyon

    Youth and Adult Bible Study Ideas for Splash Canyon

    At Splash Canyon, we want your youth and adult volunteers to have just as fulfilling an experience as the kids, so we’ve put together a list of water-themed Bible study materials to help them dive...

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  • Connecting Crafts with the Mission of VBS

    Connecting Crafts with the Mission of VBS

    “Oh my! That is so cute! What a clever idea!” This kind of compliment has met my ears when my students take home a project they have done in class. It is a sweet compliment meant to say, “Teacher!...

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  • Streamline VBS Planning with Technology Tools

    Streamline VBS Planning with Technology Tools

    Using technology for VBS planning can be double-edged sword. On one hand, technology tools can help make work efficient and get the word out for VBS, but on the other, using too much technology...

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  • Personal Ways to Invite Easter Visitors Back for VBS

    Personal Ways to Invite Easter Visitors Back for VBS

    When following up with visitors who came to your church for Easter, creating personal and meaningful communications is key. Here are some personal ways to reach out to families who visited your...

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  • Techniques for Regaining Kids’ Attention

    Techniques for Regaining Kids’ Attention

    Oh, spring time! The weather is warming up. The snow is melting. Spring break is coming. The children are wild. I love working with children, but I am always amazed at those times of the year when...

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