Vacation Bible School (VBS) is over and it’s time for a well earned rest. But don’t wait too long to start your follow-up. You’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with new families. It’s also important to ask your staff and families to evaluate your program while things are still fresh in their minds. So here’s a list of seven things you should do when your VBS is over.
Invite new families to be a part of your church
Make sure that families whose children attended VBS but aren’t already part of your church know that they are welcome to attend Sunday school, worship services, and other activities that you offer. It would be great if you can get your pastor and church leaders involved in this as well.
Inform families about your church
Have information, perhaps in a brochure, available for families with information about your church. Distribute or mail out a letter inviting them to services and Sunday school.
Evaluations should be done on the last day of VBS or as soon as possible after VBS is over. Ask volunteers as well as families for feedback on how your program went and then use this constructive criticism to make next year’s VBS even better!
Thank your volunteers
Make sure your volunteers know how much you appreciate them and how important their contributions to VBS were. A small gift and handwritten note can be presented during your VBS closing ceremony. You might also want to recognize your volunteers at your church’s worship service.
Continue your VBS theme in Sunday school
If possible, coordinate with your Sunday school program to continue your VBS theme. Leave your VBS decorations up and play VBS music during the Sunday school hour. Some companies even sell curriculum which coordinates with their VBS theme.
Get together soon
Plan an event a few weeks after VBS when the good times are still fresh in everyone’s minds. A two hour morning reunion might be a good idea.
Plan for next year
Planning for next year’s VBS can start during your present VBS program. Be sure to let your volunteers, as well as your children and their families, know that you’re looking forward to seeing them again next year at VBS. Use what you’ve learned this year to make your VBS program better next year.