Thursday, September 22, 2016
Watch this short interview with Amy Livingston to learn more about the effect of event decorating.
Catch a few of our VBS decorations in the video below. I heard dads go "Wow, this is cool." when they walked through my favorite room filmed below. I expect that from moms, but to hear dads say it meant were really making an impression.
You can see some of the other decorations we made for this VBS here and here and here.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
We made this Sunken Treasure Shop with all repurposed equipment. We borrowed an old trunk and an old barrel. We raided our wise men and king costume box for treasure like material. The wise men's present boxes for gold, frankincense and myrrh became containers for prizes. Check out the video below.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
To decorate or not to decorate, or maybe the real question should be, "Just how much should we decorate our church for VBS?"
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Let's start with asking why we decorate in the first place. I think we decorate for VBS for the same reasons that we theme our children's areas or church platforms. It creates a "wow" effect. It makes VBS feel like something special. And it sends a message that you cared enough to make the place special for your VBS guests. That "wow" effect makes a very good first impression - so it is important.
So how much decoration does it take to get that message out? Only you and your team can decide that. I just want to give you some ideas for getting the most bang for your buck in this post.
Sanctuaries take a lot of work to make an impact. We share our decorations with another church. This year they made these big coral reefs for on the platform. We had jelly fish hanging from the lights and cardboard water bubbles on the walls.
The short video below shows what we did in a small walk through room and in our craft room. We covered both in blue. For about $70 you can buy a 1000 foot roll of colored paper. We used less than 1/2 of it to cover our craft room. In the smaller room we used blue plastic which had been used 2 years running. We added some Dollar Store plastic tablecloths.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
I found some more pictures from week 1 of Ocean Commotion VBS.
This is church number 2 where Ocean Commotion will take place. We decided to cover the murals with blue paper to make underwater scenes. You can buy a 1000 foot roll for about $70. We covered all the walls and have lots left. The paper is 3 feet wide and our ceilings are 9 feet high, so it is a perfect fit (sort of!).
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
|Sea Turtles, bubbles and seaweed.|
I love the coral they made from pool noodles and Great Stuff (the spray insulation foam you can buy).
Even the coat racks get covered.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I love working in VBS. But it can be very demanding.This video that I made captures my feelings about it in 30 plus seconds. I hope you enjoy it. The memes are not original. My thanks to the creators of them.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
giant fish that swallowed Jonah, the base camp for Joshua during several of his battles and most recently it became
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
David and Goliath is a great lesson on proportion. Do we sometimes see things out of proportion? All the time. You know why? Because we leave God out of the picture. This is one of the lessons we can learn from David's response to the Goliath situation. And why not have a little
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
It seems that there is no end to the giant fish population on Pinterest these days. But just in case you missed them, here is one more DIY post for making a giant fish.
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