How to Make the Most out of VBS at Home
VBS is one of the highlights of the summer for our kiddos. We look forward to a week spent singing, learning, playing, and meeting new friends. When it’s over my oldest always asks, “How much longer until the next VBS?” But this year, VBS is going to happen in a different way. We won’t be singing with hundreds of other kids in the Auditorium at church or listening to our favorite teachers. Instead, we will be at home where it seems we have been for so long now.
So while we are disappointed that we won’t be together, I am looking forward to the unique time this VBS will provide. Here are a few ways my family will be making the most out of our VBS at home.
We finally have something to write on our family calendar! I don’t know about you, but if I don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen. So we are picking a day each week that will be our “VBS DAY.” Not only does this ensure we make time for it, but it shows our kids that we are prioritizing their discipleship over another option if it comes up.
GET EVERYONE INVOLVED
While VBS is primarily designed for preschool and elementary-aged kids, our whole family will be getting involved. Dad, Mom, brother, and sister are all going to participate. While I personally don’t have teenagers, this is a great opportunity for them to help lead the family in one of the days. Moms and dads—don’t be bumps on a log. Participate in all the fun that VBS has to offer! You might feel silly doing a fashion show across the living room, but your kids are going to love it. So jump in and have fun!
The beauty of VBS at home is that I can make adjustments and add extra things that are tailored for my specific kids. For example, my oldest loves to draw. So I plan to have him make cards or draw extras in our time together. Ask your kids for ideas on how you can take your time together one step further. You’ll be surprised at how creative they can be!
We’ve had some trying months lately. Use this opportunity to create some fun memories as a family. Don’t put pressure on yourself to make it perfect. Have conversations, make memories, serve others, and have fun while you do it. Show your kids that loving Jesus doesn’t mean sitting still and being dull. Show them how exciting it can be to learn and worship!
I am praying for our families at Bethel to use the month of July to disciple our kids in big ways. I pray that they will see Jesus through their moms and dads. And I pray that God will do some big things in our families as a result.
Don’t forget to post pictures of your family’s VBS activities on the Bethel Kids Facebook page with #BethelVBS2020!