VBS Tools Online can simplify organization

by Polly House

Fun With Crafts

Fun With Crafts
Natasha Varnick, member of First Baptist Church, Parsons,Tenn., helps daughters Emily, 7, and Anna, 6, work on Vacation Bible School crafts at the VBS Expo.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — Anyone who has been in charge of registration for a church's Vacation Bible School knows that while it's crucial, it can still be a headache. It's hard to keep it all organized.

But, LifeWay's VBS Tools Online can help.

VBS Tools Online is a Web-based application designed to help churches organize their VBS programs. It includes a customizable website and online registration forms for VBS participants and volunteers.

Becky Loyd, marketing leader for LifeWay's VBS area, led "VBS Tools Online," a breakout session, during the 2011 VBS Preview held Jan. 27-28 at LifeWay Christian Resources' home office in Nashville, Tenn. A second preview was held Jan. 28-29. More than 1,500 people attended.

"VBS Tools Online is Web-based, not downloadable," Loyd said. "The 2011 version has launched and is available now.

"You can use it to set up all your registration however it will work best for your church," Loyd told the session participants.

Using VSB Tools Online, a church can preregister children and volunteers, keep up with attendance, do mass e-mails to learners, volunteers and directors, and more.

Once a church has put in all their information, it becomes possible to update the site from year to year without having to reenter everything.

Amy Gaskin and Patty Clark, VBS volunteers from First Baptist Church in McComb, Miss., said they had used VBS Tools Online for record keeping and registration for several years with good success. Both said, however, that they could see how it could be even more efficient.

"Our dream this year is to get the church to have WiFi available," Clark said. "That would make it so easy for us to bring some laptops and just get the children registered after a Sunday morning service or on Wednesday nights."

VBS Tools Online is available at LifeWay.com/VBSTools for $29.99.

Payment Options: LifeWay Account, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express

LifeWay Accounts are for churches, ministries, and businesses only. Organizations having a not for profit status may also enjoy savings by not having to pay sales tax on qualifying products.

Your trusted source of Christian resources since 1891

LifeWay Christian Resources, Religious Goods, Nashville, TN