Vacation Bible School Family Night is an important part of your VBS ministry. It's a great way to get to know the families of the kids who have been attending all week. VBS is one of the greatest outreach tools for a church, and while some people may not come to church to hear a sermon, they will come to see their kids perform. Follow these tips to help make your VBS Family Night successful.

  • Ask members to park as far away from the church building as possible. Let the guests have the good parking spots!

  • Ask outgoing church members to serve as hosts and hostesses at different tables or seating areas. This helps keep conversation flowing, makes sure no one is sitting alone, and helps guests feel welcome.

  • Have greeters stationed at every door to help guests find the event location. Guests who have not been to your church need to feel comfortable from the minute they step on to your property, and that includes knowing where to go. Have people available to assist and direct the guests to the sanctuary, worship center, etc.

  • Have church staff play a pivotal role. This helps guests put names with faces and to get to know the church staff.

  • Teachers should greet and help parents of the kids in their class. Parents want to meet the people who have been teaching their kids all week.

  • Have fun! Family Night should be a fun event for all involved.

  • Follow Up. Get contact information from those visiting so that you can contact them and follow up to let them know more about your church and the ministries you offer.

Churches and individuals are in crisis, and there is a timeless solution that can help churches avert the crisis by evangelizing people with the gospel and providing community for today's isolated kids and adults. Lifeway Research partnered with Lifeway Kids to discover how VBS is the one week that mobilizes the entire church to reach the community with the gospel, while simultaneously providing a unique discipleship experience for the individual child and volunteer. It's Worth It: Uncovering How One Week Can Transform Your Church presents the findings of that research in a compelling way, making the case for the importance and worth of Vacation Bible School in the life of today's church.