Vacation Bible School Promotional Video (2017)

What is VBS?

Vacation Bible School is the premiere outreach event of the year for Mt Calvary.  Few other events offer the potential to reach out to children and adults in your community the way VBS can.  It offers a powerful and unique opportunity for sharing Jesus Christ and positively impacting the kingdom of God.  We take that potential very seriously. We want children to understand the reality of the Bible through an entertaining, theme-oriented learning approach.  Our beliefs and commitments are clearly outlined in our mission statement.

VBS is centered on a theme that permeates content, methodology, and the learning environment, creating an experience totally distinct from Sunday school. The theme must be appealing to children. A sub-theme may be used to explain content or the meaning of the theme.  VBS provides sound, relevant Bible study that enables people to experience and respond to the gospel message in ways that are appropriate for them.  Everything that happens during a day of Vacation Bible School grows out of the biblical content and emphasis of that day. Vacation Bible School leads preschoolers, children, youth, and adults to study the same biblical content, when appropriate.

VBS includes schedules that help older preschoolers and children rotate through varied learning experiences with a variety of Christian leaders. It also offers suggestions for a self-contained classroom option.  VBS enlists teachers of preschoolers and children to lead certain functions based on their abilities, interests, and spiritual gifts. This simplifies worker preparation for many teachers who repeat their teaching assignments with different groups of children.

VBS requires user-friendly, easy-to-prepare, and easy-to-use materials that help teachers lead effective, meaningful learning experiences and establish relationships with learners.  The primary elements of Vacation Bible School are Bible study, worship, crafts, music, missions, recreation, and snacks. Each age group may adapt these elements.  VBS is an entry point to church and Christianity for many people, so it must be comfortable, enjoyable, and appealing. Vacation Bible School gives the church the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with these people.