- Read this post from last year that explains why I wasn't a big fan of our church having VBS.
- According to this article, VBS started in 1894. It lasted 4 weeks(!), and the purpose was to teach the Bible to students who normally didn't regularly attend church. Nowadays, most churches "mainly draw kids from other churches and the children of workers."
- On a lighter side, check out a post from Jon Acuff about VBS, on Stuff Christians Like.
- From Growing Kids Ministry, here's another churches take on why they are not doing VBS.
In rural and impoverished area like Allendale, I see a big value in events like this, if nothing but to give kids a chance to do something. But I believe that even in this, we must pursue it in the context of meaningful relationships.
What do you think about VBS events in your area?