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Daytime Or Nightime VBS

I am new as Director to Preschool and Children at my church. We are gearing up for VBS and are considering changing up the time. This year, our focus is on reaching families for Christ. So, we are considering night VBS. I would like to hear pros and cons for day versus night. Any comments?

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Jack --- in answer to your question. We are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature and VBS is just one way to do that. Read. Matthew 28: 18-20. I remember VBS as a child and many children whose parents never took them to church would come and every year some would be saved. And because the children came and were blessed, many times the parents started coming to church and received Christ too. VBS is a way to reach children and families and teach them about the Lord.
---Gena on 1/29/08

For the sake of this blog, will assume you are in an area where both parents work. If this is true, you will probably get better results having a night time VBS. It would be hard for them to get their child to a day-time VBS. In either a daytime or nighttime VBS the final "graduation" should be at night so the parents can attend.
---wivv on 1/27/08

Jack I like your take here. I do know where VBS is though. It can be found under church order. Also under family order. Also under raising YOUR family in the Lord. I don't know where turning your children over to others for their scriptural education can be found in the Bible. I know its not in my STRONGS Concordance...
---mikefl on 1/26/08

Our church is so large that this past summer, they had both afternoon and evening VBS and had over 400 kids at each session.
---TT on 1/16/08

Can you tell me just where in the Bible they had Vaction Bible Schools?

Give book, chapter, and verse in your answer.
---Jack on 1/16/08

Rosalie ... Sometimes Jesus speaks and works through mere humans!
Bill_bila5659 ... Thanks we have this sort of thing here, but6 don't call it the same!
---alan_of_UK on 1/16/08

VBS, alan8566, is Vacation Bible School...traditionally a one-week summer program for ministering to children. It can be a week with Bible teaching and crafts and other fun things for the children of the church. Plus it can be used to draw kids of other churches, including ones which are not scriptural, so those children can hear the Gospel and how Jesus is our one and only Way to God. And kids from un-Christian households get attracted to things like this, where they hear God's word and see how we love.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/16/08

My church always had evening VBS. The upside is that you can have more men, and working women involved in the ministry. If you wish to reach families, then families should minister together in the Bible school.
---Trish9863 on 1/16/08

Why do you ask those on a blog man? Should you not ask Jesus to reveal what His plan is for this? What if Jesus had only one person to reach out of this and it was meant to be at the evening VBS and you chose a daytime because of the pro and cons? Bring every thought captive to our Lord and savior - He is so madly in love with us He wants to be apart of every part of our live, not just Church.
---rosalie on 1/16/08

(3) Linda, reaching to whole families is a very different ministry than just to children. 1 Timothy 3:1-10 shows me that a leader who is trusted with taking "care of the church of God" needs to be proven in his own home, "first". If you deal with whole family ministry, you need whoever is proven in making one's own marriage work and has succeeded in bringing up one's own kiddos well, I'd think, going by 1 Timothy 3:1-10.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/15/08 might get to know the people involved and talk with them. They may have unique things in their lives that would apply. But ones of them might not think of what Lovable Linda just gave you, so you might make sure these items are considered. Also...if you wait until the end of the day...even if they are scheduled to get to bed on time, will people be the freshest possible, then, so they can benefit the most? (2) >
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/15/08

(2) Does it have to be all one or the other (night or day) (o: You can have the predominantly kids' part earlier in the day, then parents can arrive for an early-evening portion finishing easily in time for children to get home for . . . evening time at home, devotions and family bonding time, and getting ready for bed. This does not have to be every night. Also, how about spreading VBS out on a series of Saturdays, versus filling one whole week? (3) >
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/15/08

VBS? What's that?
---alan8566 on 1/15/08

Children require more sleep than adults.

Accommodating for adults is not always in the best interest of the child, and teenagers require as much sleep.
---lovable_linda on 1/15/08

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