Vacation Bible School, or “VBS.” One week each summer that Directors of Children’s Ministries stress over (I mean, anticipate) from the moment the manager scene costumes are shoved back into a church closet each winter.
I know this because for a few years it was more like Vacation Bible SEASON in our home! During this time I served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at one church, my husband held the same position at a different church, and our son wanted to attend VBS at all of his friend’s churches as well.
I was all for our son attending as many weeks of VBS as he wanted, but those summers our cars and our home were littered with memory verse plastic bracelets that broke, construction paper crafts that ripped, and take home trinkets that he never looked at again.
One summer CJ and I said “enough” and wrote a VBS program called “The Service Connection.” The kids didn’t take home anything that would end up in the garbage and they engaged in a lot of really cool and worthwhile service projects for the community.
In an effort to continue encouraging and creating VBS opportunities that are fun and meaningful for kids, simple to plan and lead for adults, and environmentally responsible for the Earth and all its creatures (i.e. activities that don’t require you to purchase junk, only to have it lost or broken before the week is through) in this post I outline how you can incorporate Story and Stretch into one of your VBS stations, no matter the theme.
1st - Read the assigned Bible stories for each day of your VBS.
2nd - Assign a yoga pose/body movement to each of the main characters, settings, and events in the story. You should be able to connect eight to twelve poses to a story.
3rd - Prepare a question for each yoga pose/body movement you came up with in order to create a retelling of the story.
1st - Read the story (or better yet, TELL the story) to the children.
2nd - Lead the children through recreating the story using the yoga poses. Do this by asking the children the questions (in order of the events in the story) that you previously prepared. As each question is answered demonstrate the corresponding yoga pose and have the kids hold the pose with you for three to five breaths.
Jesus Feeds 5,000
Question: Who is the main character is this story?
Yoga Pose: Warrior I Pose
Question: What body of water did Jesus and His disciples cross?
Answer: The Sea of Galilee
Yoga Pose: Cat/Cow Pose
Question: How did Jesus and His disciples cross the Sea of Galilee?
Answer: In a boat
Yoga Pose: Boat Pose
Question: Where did Jesus and His disciples gather together after getting out of the boat?