Our culture can be so individualistic that sometimes that translates into a lack of community—even at church. That’s one of the reasons why VBS is so powerful. With its fun and informal atmosphere, it’s ideal for helping teens and young adults deepen relationships as they make authentic connections to the five Bible accounts that the younger children are learning.
Use our downloadable and fully reproducible P23 Youth & Adult Bible study to prepare volunteers in advance for the stories they will teach, use it as a Sunday school series, or offer adults a VBS class. Learn more about how youth and adults can be a part of VBS by visiting us online. While you’re there be sure to check out the lesson sample, volunteer site video, and job description!
Don’t be shy about asking teens and adults to volunteer. VBS is a great way to make them feel involved! For teens, VBS may be their first opportunity to be able to mentor younger children.
“The younger kids look up to them and hang on their words—and sometimes on them,” says Pam Nummela, Senior VBS editor and veteran VBS director. “My favorite thing is when youth arrange their summer around volunteering for VBS because they looked forward to being leaders when they were kids.”
It is God who gathers us together and places us with people who share His wisdom and grace with us. Not only will your volunteers grow in their personal connections, they’ll grow spiritually, too, as they memorize Psalm 23 and the daily Bible truths.
“I live my life in VBS themes,” says Pam. “This year, as I sat in a doctor’s office and heard some not-so-good news, the verse for Lesson 4 popped into my head, ‘I will fear no evil, for You are with me.’ And He was and is.”
From the smallest preschooler to the 70-something prayer warrior, God is at work as His people of all ages pray, learn, and serve together! Now that’s a VBS with Purpose!