When it comes to knowing what to buy for Spark Studios VBS, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!
#1—Get the Directors Kit. This is a “one per church” item that includes all of the administrative and early planning resources that every VBS Director will need. The Directors Kit is the first thing available every year so that you can start planning now!
#2—Choose your Starter Kits. With Lifeway VBS, Bible study and rotation materials are bundled together to save you money and time! But there are several to choose from. So how do you know which one is right for you? All you need to know is how you plan to group kids at VBS. Will you keep kids of the same age/grade together, or do you plan to put several different ages/grades together in one room?
If you’re keeping the same age/grade together (e.g. one class of 1st graders, one class of 2nd graders, one class of 3rd graders, and so forth), then you’ll want to choose the closely-graded resources included in the Preschool Starter Kit and the Kids Starter Kit.
- The Preschool Starter Kit includes everything you need to get started for one class of babies–2-year olds, one class of 3s–Pre-K kids, and one class of kindergartners plus all of the preschool rotations. If you have more than one class of each age, just add on another Preschool Starter Kit to your order or purchase the items a la carte.
- The Kids Starter Kit includes everything you need to get started for one class of 1st–2nd graders, one class of 3rd–4th graders, and one class of 5th–6th graders, plus all of the rotation guides for grades 1–6. If you’ll have separate classes for each grade, simply purchase an additional Kids Starter Kit.
If you’re planning to group a wider age range of kids together (for example, 3-year-olds through kindergartners or 1st–5th graders), you’ll want to get the Multi-age Starter Kit. This handy kit gives you one of everything you’ll need for a multi-age group of preschoolers (Bible study and rotations), as well a as broadly-graded group of 1st–6th graders (Bible study and rotations).
#3—Grab your Worship Rally Pack. Don’t make the rookie mistake of only getting the Worship Rally CD Set or the DVD Set. If you’re doing Worship Rally, you need everything in this pack. So why not save yourself the headache of not being able to find what you need the week before VBS and save money? Purchasing the Worship Rally Pack saves you money over purchasing each piece separately.
Directors Kit + Starter Kit + Worship Rally Pack. It really is as easy as 1-2-3! (Now if only DOING VBS were this easy!)
Melita Thomas serves as Lifeway’s VBS and Kids Ministry Specialist. For the past 14 years she has also been an editor of Lifeway’s VBS resources. Melita holds a masters degree in Childhood Ministry from Dallas Baptist University. A passionate advocate for kids ministry in the local church, Melita enjoys teaching kindergartners and preteens at Nashville First Baptist Church.