SAD NEWS: According To The Latest Poll Numbers Vacation Bible School Is Becoming A Thing Of The Past!

I found this particular article to be somewhat sad and interesting at the same time.  I grew up during the time when VBS was a week long BIBLICAL teaching session that would/could turn or point kids/adults toward Christ. 

 Vacation Bible School (VBS) is the term for a special type of religious education which caters toward children, usually during the summer. These are typically week long events; however, some churches hold them over a longer period of time. Some churches opt to use themed curriculum programs from their respective denominations or independent publishing houses which provide for easier course preparation as well as more consistent teaching tools and subject matter.

These churches often conduct a week long program during the summer consisting of religious education, skits, puppet shows, arts and crafts exercises, and songs geared toward young children. Some churches cannot run their own VBS for the entire summer. They may elect to coordinate their VBS with several other churches in order to provide Christian education and affordable childcare for members of the church and the larger community. Some churches charge a small fee if child-care services are provided through their VBS program. 

At one time this was a very popular summer event  in the local community.  It was through VBS events  that the seed to follow Jesus was planted in my life as a very young child.    With the main purpose and the idea being to increase Biblical literacy among members.... Especially the young.

According to a recent Barna Group study, VBS programs have declined enormously, in the last 15 years  from 81 percent of American churches to 68 percent in 2012.

 The  biggest reasons why former VBS churches have skipped out in recent years are: lack of volunteers (cited by 3 in 10 pastors), lack of children (cited by 1 in 4), and lack of time (1 in 5). 


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