The February 2017 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares insight into how to create and strengthen the Vacation Bible School (VBS) ministry in a congregation. VBS is a great way to connect children in a concrete way to the life-sustaining truth of the Gospel.
Some helpful tips for effectively reaching out to a whole community through VBS include being selective on the week to schedule it; seeking volunteers months and weeks before VBS week; sharing a list with church members of needed items that can be donated; and keeping detailed records of everything.
The newsletter also offers information about ongoing free monthly webinars and other events.
Visit lcms.org/rstm to learn more about this ministry and the resources it provides. Also, mark your calendars and pray for the following upcoming events offered through RSTM:
- “Teaching the Faith: VBS” free webinar presented by Kayla Ronfeldt, Dennison, Iowa – Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- “Teaching the Faith: Confirmation” free webinar presented by Rev. Kenton J. Birtell, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Holdrege, Neb. – Thursday, March 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- Engaging Your Community (EYC) event in Crossville, Tenn. – Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. The LCMS Mid-South District will help with the presentations. View schedule and register online.
- Engaging the Wandering (ETW) event in Fairbury, Neb. – Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time at Grace Lutheran Church. The LCMS Nebraska District will help with the presentations.