Answers VBS FAQ

What do I need to start my vacation bible school?

You’ll want to begin your vacation bible school planning with a Starter Kit or a Super Starter Kit (if you want the Music Pack, sample promotional items, and samples of the various "extras" we offer, go with the Super Starter Kit). After you receive your kit, read through the Director Guide, which will walk you through the decisions you’ll need to make and help you decide what else you’ll need to order.

  • How many of each site do you need? How many staffers do you want to have at each station? (This will determine the number of extra leader guides you’ll need to order.)
  • How much do you want to publicize your vacation bible school? (This will determine how many publicity items you’ll need to order.)
  • How much do you want to give to the kids who attend—T-shirts, music CDs, bookmarks, trinkets?

What is the cost per child for this vacation bible school?

The cost for your vacation bible school depends on a variety of factors: how much you want to publicize it, how many leaders and students you have, how much is donated toward your craft and snack times, how many "extras" you want to purchase, etc. With that in mind, we have found that the cost per child runs between $10–15 (this total doesn't include T-shirts and student music CDs). Again, however, this will depend on how elaborate you would like your vacation bible school to be.

We endeavor to put together a vacation bible school that even the most budget-conscious church can afford. For example, the craft, game, and snack ideas are all comprised of relatively common, inexpensive materials (i.e., there are no elaborate craft kits that you'll need to purchase); and the Resource DVD-ROM contains clip art and logos for making and printing your own promotional materials.

Is your vacation bible school easily adaptable to my particular situation?

Yes! We’ve had reports from people who have used this vacation bible school with backyard clubs, Sunday schools, and other non-VBS situations with great success. We encourage you to check our vacation bible school program out for yourself by ordering a Starter Kit or Super Starter Kit without risk since we offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee on the kits!

Will this vacation bible school work with the size of my church?

Yes! We field test each Answers VBS program with large and smaller churches, and it works well in each situation!

For smaller churches, we suggest that you begin by ordering either a Starter Kit or a Super Starter Kit (if you want the Music Pack, sample promotional items, and samples of the various "extras" we offer, go with the Super Starter Kit). For churches with fewer than 100 kids, the Super Starter contains most of what you’ll need to efficiently run your vacation bible school without having to purchase many extra items—you’ll have one of every leader guide, plus the sheet music, song motions DVD, leader music CD, and access to the VBS manager, which will make registering kids and volunteers a breeze!

What Bible version do you use?

Answers VBS programs offer materials in the English Standard Version (ESV) and the King James Version (KJV). It’s easy to choose the materials that use the Bible version you’re most comfortable with.

Do you offer skits?

Yes, the Assembly Guide offers scripts for daily skits. We suggest performing your skit during the daily Closing Assembly; however the skits can also be used during your opening assembly. Each day's skit continues the storyline from the previous day.

Do you offer DVDs of the song motions and the daily drama?

Yes! We’re pleased to offer a song motions video with your Answers VBS Super Starter Kit. Also, a DVD featuring a recording of the drama performed by experienced actors at one of our test churches is available.

What age groups do you offer material for?

Answers VBS curriculum features age-appropriate teaching material for four age groups: Toddlers (ages 2-4); Pre-Primary (ages 4-6); Primary (ages 6-9); Junior (ages 9-12). We also offer a Special Needs Supplement for those working with children with disabilities in either self-contained or integrated classrooms. In addition, we offer a Teen-Adult Guide.

Each Teacher Guide is filled with age-appropriate information that enables your kids to connect the Bible to the real world. While the information presented to each age is basically the same, the Teacher Guides differ in presentation and activities geared toward reaching the target age.

If you choose to teach all ages together, we suggest using the Primary Teacher Guide.

Do you offer puppet scripts?

Puppet scripts are featured in the Teacher Guides for the younger age groups—there are several days that the Teacher Guides suggest using a puppet to help tell the lesson during the Bible lesson time.

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