Vacation Bible School Marketing Ideas

Vacation Bible School programs provide kids an educational yet fun and exciting experience they will be sure to remember. But in order to have a memorable experience, kids and their parents first need to be aware that there is an experience to be had!

Marketing a Vacation Bible School is a great way to appeal to parents and kids alike. The promotion can be as simple as putting a banner or sign outside of your church or placing flyers on the bulletin boards or windows of local shops. But to truly nab someone’s attention, consider these creative marketing ideas:

Hold a pre-event for kids a month or so before VBS. The event can be as small as an afternoon outing or as grand as day-long festivities. Whichever path you choose, holding any kind of pre-event will further stir the interest of parents. Plus, it’s a great way to raise community awareness of VBS. Giving parents a taste of VBS will surely nab their attention, so make sure to have sign-up sheets available and ready.

Make announcements on local radio stations. Most radio stations will make announcements for non-profit events. Choose radio stations that are both kid-friendly and news-heavy; these types of stations often boast the strongest listeners. In addition to having the event promoted on the air, most local stations post the list of events in the calendar section of their website.

Place an ad in a local community publication. Placing an ad in a city or county newspaper can be costly, but most small community publications run ads for non-profit events free of charge. These are the types of publications that are usually free themselves, and because they specifically promote local events, they will help you to market VBS weekly or monthly, depending on their time cycle.

Spread news of the event by word of mouth. This may not seem like the most original idea in marketing and promotion, but it is one of the most effective. Have the congregation invite their friends with children to see for themselves how exciting VBS can be. They will most likely express interest in joining the fun!

Pass out colorful, eye-catching flyers. Go to parks or door-to-door in neighborhoods near the church and hand parents a flyer for VBS. Passing out flyers is a great way of directly communicating with potential participants. If they have a question about VBS, you can give them an immediate answer. Having colorful, eye-catching flyers will directly reflect the liveliness and vibrancy of the program, and they will surely increase the curiosity of parents.

Use social networks. Almost every single person has internet access, and just about everybody has some sort of social networking account. Facebook is undeniably the most well-known and logged-onto service, and it serves as the ideal place to market online. As a Facebook user, you can simply create a go-to event page for your VBS camp, and members of the congregation could easily invite their friends to join the page. Make sure to post basic information about your VBS, and include photos from past events to further entice interested families. When the event is over, make sure not to delete the page but instead save it for the following year. The internet makes recycling information easy, so you will already have a list of Facebook friends to invite to the next VBS.

Marketing is all about putting yourself out there and showing the public how your project will better the community. By directly communicating with locals through pre-events, door-to-door visits and social networking, you will help to increase the level of enthusiasm for your VBS. Marketing Vacation Bible School is no easy task, but with these creative ideas in mind, you will have no problem gaining the attention you need to have a successful camp run.

Elements of Communion: Bread and Wine

Communion is a time of worship when believers come together to celebrate the life of Jesus. During this time they praise his work, acknowledge the sacrifices he made, and reflect on their own decisions in life. It is a very intimate time with God and is the perfect time to thank Him for what He’s done in your life and for Jesus’s sacrifice.

Most churches will designate specific times to take communion, whether it is every Sunday or a few times a year. The most common times are Easter weekend and Christmas Eve services. While some churches will pass out the bread and juice to the congregation, others will allow for people to come to the altar to accept their communion. Churches will have the appropriate communion supplies to present the bread and drink. This gathering would not be complete without the two most significant elements of communion: bread and wine / juice.

Communion commemorates Jesus’ last meal, which took place with his disciples the night of his betrayal by Judas. This was his last meal, hence the familiar event called “The Last Supper”. Bread and wine were a core part of the meal that night, and these two elements have taken on a greater significance today. The bread and wine that are taken during communion represent both the physical and spiritual aspects of Christ himself.

The first element, the bread, symbolizes the physical body of Christ. During their final meal together, Jesus told his followers, “This is my body given for you.” The bread signifies the life Jesus was willing to give up for those he loved, and his message has been carried out over generations. Many churches will present the bread in wafers, plain crackers, or a loaf of bread. It is not the type of bread that matters, but the sacrifice which it symbolizes.

The second element, the wine, represents God’s covenant in blood, which has been poured out in payment for mankind’s sins. The blood of Jesus represents not only his life, but belief in his life as well. Jesus poured his life into those cups that night for his followers, and today we drink up his life as a reminder of his sacrifices and as a way of taking in all of his teachings. Just as pure blood had to be spread across the doorposts for death to pass by the Jewish people, Jesus’s pure blood will protect his believers when they pass from this earth.

Together, the body and blood are important elements used to remind believers of Christ’s sacrifice – living a pure and sinless life as well as shedding his blood for us on the cross. Communion is done on regular basis as a means of letting Christians to routinely show their deep appreciation and love for Jesus and to commemorate his life. Communion doesn’t have to be taken only in a church setting. It is also commonly taken at home with families to commemorate special times, at funerals, and even weddings as a way for the new couple to place themselves before God. Wherever you take communion, remember the importance of it and that it is your time to come before the Lord.

Bible Gifts for Kids

Children are the leaders of tomorrow. One day these kids will be passing on the valuable information they’ve learned to their own children. But for now, they are on the receiving end of the learning spectrum, and their young, developing minds are absorbing all they can about God, his work and his Word.

What better way to help them exercise their minds than with resourceful Bible gifts specifically catered to their needs and interests? After all, there are lots of study Bibles to aide adults; let’s take a look at what’s available for children.

Story Bibles

Among these specially-made gifts are story bibles designed to teach the smallest children. Filled page after page with colorful illustrations and detailed imagery, these storybooks introduce young, non-readers to the characters and tales of the Bible. Their artistic features are designed to nab a child’s attention and increase their interest in learning about God.

The Adventure Bible is among the most popular storybooks, helping kids to understand life during Bible times, highlighting the most well-known verses and indicating the most interesting facts and figures in the Bible. Parents will approve of Bible gifts such as this, and children will have a blast mixing their fun time with learning.

Bibles for Boys and Girls

When considering giving the gift of the Bible to a boy or girl, it is best to acknowledge the differing interests of both parties. Boys, for instance, are more inclined to read stories that feature a strong, male figure, while little girls respond to the classic heroine. There are different study Bibles made specifically for children that will help them understand the Bible better, from a younger perspective.

These types of children’s bibles allow both boys and girls to grasp the details of what it was like for men and women to live during Bible times. They present powerful, admirable characters that children can aspire to be like.

When searching for the perfect boys’ or girls’ bibles, keep in mind that color and design are everything. Most gender-specific children’s bibles stick to the basics: blue for boys, pink for girls. The artwork is also gender-specific; decorative flowers, for example, typically indicate bibles meant for little girls. But artwork and packaging aren’t everything. The main purpose of these Bible gifts is to enlighten the lives of young children by reaching out to them from a point of view to which they can relate.

Bible Accessories

The ideal Bible gift for a young child does not necessarily have to be a storybook or a Bible written in a gender-specific format. Among the most creative gifts to give are those made for children who already possess their own copies of the Bible. These gifts can be as simple as Bible highlighters, which are ideal for marking verses without having the ink bleed through the page, or Bible tabs, which allow kids to mark their favorite passages without ruining any pages. These accessories are not only fun to use, but they are constructive and worthwhile.

A Bible cover is one treat that would please any youngster. Available almost anywhere in an array of colors, textures and designs, Bible covers are a smart way to protect the Bible and keep additional notes neat and organized. Girls will love the various fashionable designs available to them, from bright, animated colors to animal print and furry covers. Boys will enjoy the camouflage-style covers, and older kids will appreciate a nice, fine leather to wrap around their Bibles. Meanwhile smaller kids will go crazy for the Veggie Tales-themed plush Bible covers.

Children are continuously learning, and these varied Bible gifts will help them further acquire biblical knowledge, all whilst learning in an imaginative, hands-on manner.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage by Mark Gungor

I watched Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage DVD series with my husband. I was so excited to find a comedic marriage tool that is in DVD format. My husband was more than willing to participate when he found out he didn’t have to read a book.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

This DVD series is a recording of Mark Gungor’s marriage seminar. It has about 6 hours of teaching on it. A whole weekend at a marriage seminar can be a lot for some people. But with this DVD what we did was cut out an hour of TV time every night and watched this instead. This wasn’t difficult to do since this marriage seminar was hilarious and entertaining.

The topics that he covered were very important and opened my eyes to how men and women think differently. The topics included:

1. Tale of Two Brains – These sessions go into detail of how men and women’s brains are wired differently. My favorite part was when Mark explained the male part of the brain that literally thinks about “nothing”.

2. #1 Key to Incredible Sex – Mark takes this time to focus on the women (since we can be the most complicated in this area) and how men need to treat them. It is beneficial for both husbands and wives to watch these sessions to learn how they might have built up negative attitudes towards sex and how to overcome them.

3. How to Stay Married & Not Kill Anybody – Men can learn how to earn “bonus points” with their wives and wives learn why it’s so important to be your husband’s number one fan. All marriages go through trials and tribulations. Give yourself an advantage by working as a team.

4. Why Does He/She Do That – This just might be the number one question that we ask about the opposite sex. Mark Gungor explains some interesting insights that will have you and your spouse laughing.

Mark Gungor Marriage Author

Mark Gungor, a Christian pastor,  is absolutely hilarious and his impersonations of different men and women are a bonus.

I would definitely recommend this marriage seminar DVD to friends and family – and it would make a great gift for engaged couples, newlyweds, and even couples who have been married for 50 years! This is one seminar you won’t want to miss!

Power of Communion

Communion is a significant act of worship for Christians. It is an important time to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and His resurrection. Taking communion should be an intimate time to reflect on the saving grace of Jesus and how we are living our lives as Christians. The first communion was taken during a Passover celebration when Jesus gave His disciples bread and wine the day before He was crucified.

communion disposable cupsMatthew 26:26-29 “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them saing, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.'”

Jesus instructed the disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me.” That is why Christians around the world still partake in communion today. Communion is usually taken during church services but can also be practiced at home, in the mission fields, at weddings, at hospitals, and other areas. Where you take communion is not what’s most important. What is most important is the remembrance of the body and blood of Christ by which we are saved.

Portable communion setChristian Bookstore offers quality communion supplies for churches and families. We even have a portable communion set that is perfect for travel and missions trips. It contains 24 communion cups, a container for juice and a server for communion bread. Some of the other communion products that we offer include communion disposable cups, communion cup filler, communion hard bread, silver tone communion tray, and brass tone communion tray. Check out our Church Supplies area at our online Christian store and find just what you need. God bless and we hope you remember to take time and honor our Lord and Savior through communion.

 

Warm Up Your Home For The Fall Season

Fall season is a wonderful time to open the doors of your home and welcome in family and friends, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to give thanks to God. As you may know, the first Thanksgiving in the United States was celebrated in 1863 between the pilgrims and Indians. It is still celebrated today on the fourth Thursday in November. Take this fall season and remember to give thanks daily.

Psalm 107:1 (NIV) “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Help guests feel welcome in your home by bringing those warm fall colors inside. Whether your budget is large or small, there are many different ways to embrace the season.

Nothing emanates autumn like pumpkins. If you don’t want to deal with real pumpkins, you can instead use ceramic pumpkins or realistic-looking imitation pumpkins with inspirational messages.

For a great table centerpiece, start off with a fall-themed candle holder and warm colored candles. Surround that with miniature pumpkins and you will have a good start. If you want to go the extra mile, check out this creative idea to suspend fall leaves from your ceiling. Be sure to pick out a matching table cloth, place mats and some cloth napkins for those special guests.

Some other quick ways to warm  up your home without breaking the bank are:

  • Add some red, orange or brown throw pillows in your living room.
  • Change our the linens in your guest bathroom with fall colors – this can include the floor rug.
  • Get bold and put up some different drapes – this will immediately make your home feel warmer.
  • Place a few fall scented candles throughout your house.

Remember to be creative and have fun! Check out some products below that will help with your Fall decorating.

Ceramic Pumpkin Collection Fall Candle Holder Pumpkin Inspirational Messages

The Bible Diet

The Bible Diet (also known as the Maker’s Diet) is a diet promoted on radio and in books by writer and motivational speaker Jordan S. Rubin, who says it is based on teachings from the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy and other books of the bible, that certain foods are either forbidden (“unclean”) or acceptable (“clean”) to God. Rubin also markets supplements associated with the diet though his company Garden of Life, Inc.

Rubin claims that the diet was responsible for his recovery from Crohn’s disease at the age of 19. When he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, he went to all kinds of doctors, and finally turned to the Bible. Wanting to share his newfound knowledge, he wrote the Maker’s Diet, a wonderful book that explains his story and how to do it yourself.

The diet classifies food according to certain factors such as how the food was raised, cooked or cleaned; how a particular animal lived, such as if it was a so-called “creeping” animal or not; and its physical form, such as whether a certain fish had fins and scales or not. The rules for determining clean and unclean foods are derived from certain passages from the Bible in the books of Genesis, Proverbs, Luke, Paul, Exodus, Peter, Leviticus, Judges, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, 1 Corinthians, Habakkuk, and Daniel.

Check out Rubin’s books below and give the Maker’s Diet a try!