This discussion about "VBS in the Year of the Coronavirus" was kicked off by Nancy Eubanks back in March 2020 (see her original post below). We are expanding it to include other ideas about Summer VBS.
Keep in mind that at the time of posting, "how long" quarantine is or was going to last, and "how many" would be permitted to gather in one place may have still been unsettled questions in the STATE and community where each person lives.
Feel free to offer your thoughts, questions, and requests for help, and to return here with your plans.
June 2020 Update:
Many churches have cancelled their traditional VBS' for a variety of reasons, including concerns over low attendance and lack of willing volunteers, let alone concerns over COVID itself. Many VBS publishers have now published "at home" adaptations and additional resources.
Last month, Rotation.org's Teacher Training Team published a free list of suggestions titled Ways to Connect and Care Beyond the Classroom -- many of which could be used in lieu of a VBS to use this summer as a time of outreach, rather than "programming."
What to do about VBS this year?
Posted by member Nancy Eubanks
During an online staff meeting a couple of weeks ago (in early March), one of my colleagues asked if I had thought about canceling VBS. I burst into tears. At that point, it had not yet entered my mind and the thought was painful, but I am realizing that it is something I'm going to have to "wrestle" with soon. Of course, I realize that there are MUCH more important situations and painful losses that loved ones are enduring at this time.
You are a group of respected Christian educators, and I would love to hear your thoughts on going forward (or not) with VBS this summer.
Thank you for your reflections on the subject!