Sources for Virtual Vacation Bible School Links

Most VBS are currently working on preparing material for you to upload links or material that you can create your own videos to upload. Whatever the VBS you decide that works best for your church is your choice, just make sure you are within copyright of the publisher with what your release to your church members.  Low tech option with downloads to send out. They have not made public a release date of their material.

Group Rocky Railroad is not promoting virtual VBS at all so it is in the Low Tech option because they want your download pdf and send out material to your kids. June 1 Cranes! looks like they won’t have links, but you can use material to create your own @HomeVBS videos. June 1 release videos. Cokesbury's Knights of the North Castle will have songs, lessons and skits recorded and available for you to send out the Amplify link. They recommend doing a virtual Knights of North Castle this summer and then doing the LIVE version next summer with all bells and whistles. (Example Scott gave was watching Frozen the movie and then going to Frozen Live on Ice the following year with your children.) Cokesbury will have all materials available for purchase for Knights of North Castle for VBS 2021!

Orange had a easy virtual transition to Virtual VBS so all of their material is ready to purchase now! They have lovely PK and Elem. video clips to send out to your families. Their them this year is FOCUS! All of their songs can be purchased in itunes by parents so do NOT send out their music.

Original VBS from a Local Church:
Bentonville First has a tradition of writing their own mission driven VBS curriculum each year and this year is not different. However, the Children's Minister Sadie Stratton is willing to share what she has written in PDF format for you to create your own virtual VBS videos OR wait until June 1 and Sadie is willing to share the videos she creates to other churches around the state. The theme for Bentonville First VBS this year is We ARE the Church! Pdf written curriculum is hoped to be produced by May 15 You can contact Sadie if you are interested in graciously sharing of original VBS curriculum.

*If you downloaded Grow's Free Curriculum Deep Blue Sea VBS early in the year, do not use it! They currently have a Cease and Desist order on that Curriculum. It would NOT be legal to use it in your church or virtually.
Like a good fruit salad, we can all add what we have and create something yummy! Giving you some time to conference with your church VBS planning team about what they feel is best approach for your church during this time of no in-person VBS, let's come together and share ideas. Melinda will be on the Zoom to moderate, but this is a way to connect across the state with other Children's Ministers!

  • Who is leaning toward what VBS theme?
  • Are you charging or is it free?
  • Are you sending T-shirts or not messing with VBS T-shirts?
  • What registration platform are you using?
  • What ideas do you have for posting the Virtual VBS links each day?
  • Who needs help?
  • Who has recorded material already to share?
  • What is the recommended platform to get links to parents?

Topic: VBS Collaboration
Time: May 21, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time

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You may want to sing or pray in unison with kids on Zoom. It can sound harsh if you don't have everyone adjust their Zoom settings. You can follow this link to a downloadable PDF on our website that you can send to parents to adjust the settings if you are planning to sing or pray in unison with a group of kids.
Pentecost is May 31, 2020
Permission to Use Guidelines During COVID19

Hi Melinda, 
We are happy to give permission for your teachers to read "The Day When God Made Church" and share electronically with their students. We just ask that you include the credit (below) for the book and a link to our website. We also ask that you take down any video productions after 30 days. 

The Day When God Made Church: A Child's First Book about Pentecost  by Rebekah McLeod Hutto, Illustrated by Stephanie Haig
Text copyright 2016 by Rebekah McLeod Hutto
Illustrations copyright 2016 by Paraclete Press
Used by permission of Paraclete Press, Inc.


Best Regards,
Jenny Lynch
Paraclete Press
For your planning purposes get these dates on the church calendar:
Dates to remember :
  • Annual Conference will be on Zoom. Check for details.
  • Quest September 26, 2020