Free tools and helps for Concrete & Cranes VBS directors and leaders. Watch our Unpacking the Starter Kit videos, download clip art and free resources, and finish off your program with extra planning, preparing and follow-up resources.
We're praying for you! The Lord's blessings be with you and your ministry team this summer as you build the Kingdom of God!
Practical Strategies for VBS from LifeWay
No one knows what public gatherings will look like a few months from now, but we know there are at least four forms that VBS might take this summer. Pick the one that works best for you and we'll provide you with the tools and resources to accomplish it!
Traditional VBS — This is the ‘VBS as usual’ approach. Go all in and all out! For some places it may well be that, by the time VBS rolls around, VBS can happen as it always has. You may have to pick an alternate date, but VBS can still happen as planned. You might even experience record-breaking attendance!
Neighborhood VBS — Conduct driveway, front porch, backyard, or cul-de-sac neighborhood gatherings. This approach utilizes church-member “hosts” in multiple neighborhoods throughout your community to conduct a small-scale VBS at their homes. This could be a great solution if we are able to meet in smaller groups of 10-20.
Alternate VBS — Embrace a creative approach using alternative timetables such as conducting VBS over five consecutive weeks (e.g. Wednesday nights, Sunday nights, Saturdays), as a back-to-school kick-off, or over Labor Day weekend or Fall Break. This approach allows you to still do VBS, but in a low-maintenance, low-prep manner.
VBS at HOME — Deliver VBS directly to the home. Post or livestream media-driven Worship Rallies to engage kids as viewers, and utilize home delivery methods to equip parents to facilitate Bible study, rec, and crafts at home. As we seek creative solutions, we are sure of this: VBS is worth it because the gospel is worth it!
VBS at Home Ideas
What might a neighborhood VBS look like this summer? Listen to Lifeway VBS experts and friends share ideas and answer questions to help make this summer your best summer ever!
Concrete & Cranes at Home VBS FAQ
Will there be a new VBS theme next year?
Yes! LifeWay is underway with the production of VBS 2021. The theme and Bible content will be released later this summer.
Can I save Concrete & Cranes for next year?
Concrete & Cranes will continue to be available for purchase as part of the Backyard Kids Club line only. Decorations, Activity Books, and ancillary products will be available while supplies last. We believe the message of Concrete & Cranes was divinely appointed for the uncertain times we’re facing this year—He is our Rock and our solid foundation. A foundation that will not crumble no matter what life throws at it.
What is the last date I can purchase Concrete & Cranes resources?
Concrete & Cranes materials will be available, while supplies last, from Christianbook.com.
What if I need to return items?
We will gladly take back any unused / unopened / unmarked items in sellable condition even after VBS season is over - up until September 30th of the current VBS year. For further information, please view our return policy.
Can I use VBS music in a livestream or virtual VBS experience?
LifeWay VBS has partnered with LifeWay Worship to grant gratis licenses to churches to use the VBS 2020 music during a livestream or prerecorded Worship Rally throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. To obtain permission, churches must first complete two easy steps:
- Check with your church leaders to see if your church already has a streaming license through CCLI. (Note: This is a different level than just the basic CCLI license. If your church has been live streaming worship services for a long time, you’re probably already covered.) If you don’t already have one, go to CCLI.com to obtain one.
This license will cover more than 300,000 copyrights you may want to stream.
- Include the VBS songs in your church’s next CCLI report. (This is something your church should already be doing regularly. You’ll just need to make sure the person who does the reporting includes any VBS songs you used.) For more information about online reporting, visit CCLI’s guide.
*Note that this gives you permission to use VBS songs and music/choreography videos as part of your streaming or prerecorded Worship Rally or music rotation. It does not allow you to post a stand-alone video directly to your website or any public social media platform (including YouTube). We recommend you either livestream or prerecord and post your Worship Rally to a private or secure site where all families can access it using a password or after being granted permission.
If you have questions or need further assistance regarding this topic, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team at:
Telephone: 1-800-CHRISTIAN (800-922-3462) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How I can I get my VBS leaders ready if we can’t meet in person?
Training videos for preschool and kids Bible study leaders, as well as crafts, snacks, missions, music, and recreation rotation leaders are available our Concrete & Cranes Free VBS Helps page. Churches that purchased the VBS 2020 Preschool Starter Kit with Digital Add-on and/or VBS 2020 Kids Starter Kit with Digital Add-on have the advantage of easily sharing digital leader guides and teaching plans with their volunteers. Go ahead and send teachers their teaching materials so that they can begin planning at home.