VBS On a Shoestring Budget

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Woohooo!!! VBS 2021!! At this time of year, we should already be well into the planning process and working towards our summer Vacation Bible School. However, I think it's safe to say, that lots of us are still wondering how to approach this summer's programming because of all the changes with our world's current situation.

Having said that, where do we go from here? I posted a while back that we move forward! Don't disregard a VBS for your children, as long as your local area is open and able to meet. Our kids needs some fun and exciting times! They need to know that we love them and want to teach them, even when things are rough.

On the other hand, some have said that their attendance is down a lot, so that poses another problem.

>>>> Budget and Volunteers! <<<<

In this Blog Post I want to discuss some options to help with a shoestring budget...AND limited volunteers. I just want to throw some ideas out there for you, in no specific order, to help you start thinking outside whatever "box" is hindering you, in your specific area. So let's dive in!

1. Curriculum and Theme When planning VBS, it usually begins with your curriculum which then determines your theme. But sometimes, we can be stuck in the thought that we need to "purchase" VBS curriculum...which can be somewhat expensive. If it fits your budget, then by all means, purchase one of the amazing curriculums out there that will give you all the direction you need and make things simple to implement.

But on the other hand, if you can't afford to purchase one, what do you do?

a. Write your own

b. Skip VBS completely :-(

c. or.... Adapt something you already have!

Option "C" is what I want to discuss in this section.

Why not take some lessons you already have...Sunday School...Mid week Classes...Free Lessons found online...etc. and then add the different elements of a great VBS curriculum.

What would that entail? Well, let's break down what VBS really is....

VBS is a few or all of the following:

a. A Bible Story/Theme for each day

b. Games

c. Crafts

d. Snacks

e. Music/Worship

f. Object Lessons

g. Decor

Ultimately, if you can't afford to purchase a VBS curriculum, take something you have, and then proceed to add the elements suggested above to make it a fun experience for your children! Don't feel you have to spend all kinds of money to make it fun. There are so many resources online to give ideas...just do some research to get your creative juices flowing. :D

2. Decor

Decor can be very expensive...if you just purchase premade and printed backdrops, etc. Why not make something from cheap, dollar store things?

Here are a few ideas:

a. Plastic table cloths can cover walls and other items to change the scenery. Use green for jungle and for underwater...brown for forest, etc. Form a waterfall or a brook with different shades of blue plastic table cloths.

b. Paper streamers are great! Hang them down from the ceiling in strips to be trees, roots, seaweed, etc. Whatever your theme is, think outside what it suggested as the decor to purchase. Imagine what could be turned into the same th