Vacation Bible School Creativity

– by  Jim Trail

Prescott Pines Camp Director

Prescott Pines staff members have visited 21 churches since the first of the year.  We have talked with senior pastors, youth leaders and the heads of many children’s departments. Our goal was to hear how our camp could be an asset to the local church ministry, and also learn what new things churches were doing to reach the lost in their community. One of the reoccurring concepts concerned various church plans for their Vacation Bible Schools.

One church did a survey last year of all of the children who attended their VBS program. They found that 37% of the children attending their program were children from their own congregation, 50% of the children were from other local churches and only 13% were unchurched. These statistics have caused the church to reconsider the content of their curriculum and the location of their program.

Two churches have noticed that many neighborhood children are walking to their local schools for their summer breakfast program and then returning to school for the summer lunch program. Both churches are hoping to work with their local schools or parks nearby to offer their Vacation Bible School program at a location and time to reach these children between breakfast and lunch.

One of our Association churches has decided to change the location of their High School summer mission trip. Previously, they would take their youth out of state to do Vacation Bible Schools in rural areas. This year, they want to have their students assist churches in Arizona with their Vacation Bible School programs.

Overall, our staff has been impressed with the number of churches seeking creative opportunities to reach the lost during the summer.  We are excited to stand beside you and try and find ways to partner with your efforts to witness people responding to the claims of Jesus!

We are in this together!

Jim

Jim Trail

Prescott Pines Camp Director

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