The summer months can be tons of fun for a number of reasons: daylight lingers, watermelon is in season, lightning bugs litter the sky at night, and churches host Vacation Bible School programs!
In my travels around the state, I have noticed that some churches host their Vacation Bible School program during the daytime while others host their programming in the evening.
Pastors, Christian Educators and lay-leaders must choose a time that best suits their congregation and their local community.
Considering making a change to the time schedule for next year? Below are some ideas about hosting by day or by night!
- Early morning or mid-day programming supports families with working parents and keeps children engaged during normal business hours. Carpools and shared pick-up and drop off-times are a great way to help support one another!
- Youth and College-aged students are generally free during the summer months. This can be a great option for volunteers and staff support. Moreover, learning and nurturing can be a two-way street!
- Morning programming can allow for fun and engagement without impacting lunch and nap time for little, growing bodies!
- Feeling rushed to have it all together each day? Programs that finish earlier in the day allow ample time to clean-up and set-up for the next day of fun.
- More adult volunteers may be available with evening programming, especially if their children are attending. Sometimes, an adult class is offered simultaneously.
- Kids aren’t the only ones who can have fun! Evening programs could offer special time for parents to consider a date-night out.
- Evenings are a great option if the age range for participants includes middle and high school kids. And while you’re at it, encourage them to bring a friend!
- Have volunteers for both day and evening? Schedule helpers the day after for clean-up and set-up to ensure smooth transition and to give your evening volunteers a break.
If your congregation puts on a Vacation Bible School program, does it occur during the daytime or during the evening?
What times works best and why?
Please share your ideas!
Nicole Childress Ball, Church Relations Officer