Summer Teams

About Summer Teams

During the summer, you’ll find anywhere from 30 to 40 AFLBS students scattered in teams across the US. These Summer Ministry Teams focus on teaching children in Vacation Bible School, counseling youth at Bible camps, and performing music concerts for spiritual encouragement and spreading the gospel message.

Each summer, AFLBS, along with AFLC Home Missions, sends anywhere between seven and nine teams to encourage believers, reach young people for the Lord, and make disciples of Jesus Christ through Vacation Bible School, concerts, and Bible Camps.

These teams seek to serve churches and camps and leave them refreshed and excited about God’s work. Their main emphasis is teaching Vacation Bible School, sharing testimonies, counseling at Bible camps and building relationships. Teams are also fully equipped to share testimonies, lead youth group events, and assist with outreach as well.


Meet the Teams

  • Ambassadors Summer Team

    Elika Korhonen, Josh Hedstrom, Seth Moan, Julia Erickson, Esther Johnson

    Itinerary

    Date Concert/Service Time Church Church Address
    Sunday, June 1 9:30 a.m. Solid Rock Free Lutheran Church 737 Bob Ehlen Dr.,
    Anoka, MN 55303 
    Sunday, June 1 7:00 p.m. King of Glory Lutheran Church 2488 Vierling Dr. E.,
    Shakopee, MN 55379
    Monday, June 2 Training at AFLBS Training at AFLBS  
    Tuesday, June 3 7:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church 5939 Oliver Ave SW,
    Cokato, MN 55321
    Wednesday, June 4 7:30 p.m. Singsaas Free Lutheran Church  19715 487th Ave,
    Hendricks, MN 56136
    Thursday, June 5 7:30 p.m. Immanuel Free Lutheran Church 29686 458th Ave.,
    Centerville, SD 57014
    Friday, June 6 7:00 p.m. Tabor Lutheran Church  
    Sunday, June 8 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church 2802 12th St S.,
    Fargo, ND 58103
    Sunday, June 8 7:00 p.m. New Hope Free Lutheran Church 407 4th St. SE,
    Jamestown, ND 58401
    Monday, June 9   AFLC Annual Conference  Valley City, ND
    Tuesday, June 10 11:15-11:40 a.m.
    National WMF Day
    AFLC Annual Conference  Valley City, ND
    Wednesday, June 11 6:45-7:00 p.m.
    Mission Festival Service
    AFLC Annual Conference  Valley City, ND
    Thursday, June 12   AFLC Annual Conference  Valley City, ND
    Friday, June 13   AFLC Annual Conference  Valley City, ND
    Sunday, June 15 9:30 a.m. Calvary Free Lutheran Church 910 6th St. NE,
    Fosston, MN 56542
    Tuesday, June 17   Galilee Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Wednesday, June 18   Galilee Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Thursday, June 19   Galilee Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Friday, June 20   Galilee Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Saturday, June 21   Galilee Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Sunday, June 22 10:45 a.m. Camp Sunday Service - Galilee Bible Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Sunday, June 22   Galilee Pre-Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN 
    Monday, June 23   Galilee Pre-Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Tuesday, June 24   Galilee Pre-Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Wednesday, June 25   Galilee Pre-Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Thursday, June 26   Galilee Pre-Teen Camp  Lake Bronson, MN
    Sunday, June 29 9:00 a.m. Badger Creek Lutheran Church Badger, MN
    Sunday, June 29 10:45 a.m. Oiland Lutheran Church Badger, MN
    Sunday, June 29 7:00 p.m. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church 2075 US Highway 59 SE,
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    Monday, June 30 7:00 p.m. Grace Free Lutheran Church Bagley, MN
    Tuesday, July 1 7:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church 481 4th St NE,
    Blackduck, MN 56630
    Wednesday, July 2  7:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church 5878 Pine Beach Rd,
    Brainerd, MN 56401
    Friday, July 4  Off    
    Sunday, July 6 9:30 a.m. Bethel Free Lutheran Church 530 22nd Ave NW,
    Minot, ND 58703
    Sunday, July 6  6:30 p.m. Wlison Park
    Hosted by: Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    (in case of bad weather, concert will be held 
    at Our Savior's)
    Stanley, ND 
    Monday, July 7  7:00 p.m. Our Savior's Lutheran Church 614 11th St. E.,  
    Dickinson, ND
    Tuesday, July 8  Travel    
    Wednesday, July 9 7:00 p.m. Faith Free Lutheran Church 405 Liberty Street
    Kalispell, MT 59901
    Thursday, July 10 11:45 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Home (nursing home) Kalispell, MT 
    Friday, July 11 Travel
    Saturday, July 12 6:30 p.m. Elim Lutheran Church 11504 26th St NE,
    Lake Stevens, WA 98258
    Sunday, July 13  10:00 a.m. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 11611 NE 140th St.,
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    Sunday, July 13 7:00 p.m. Triumph Lutheran Church  5719 Church Rd.,
    Ferndale, WA 98248
    Monday, July 14 OFF     
    Tuesday, July 15  7:00 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church 525 S. Division St.,
    Buckley, WA 98321
    (Corner of Division and Ryan) 
    Wednesday, July 16  7:00 p.m. Calvary Lutheran Church

    1711 26th St.,
    Everett, WA 98201

    Thursday, July 17  7:00 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church 451 34th St.,
    Astoria, OR 97103
    Friday, July 18 7:00 p.m. Spencer Creek Lutheran Church 86286 Pine Grove Rd.
    Eugene, OR 97402 
    Sunday, July 20  10:00 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 1200 Easy St.,
    Brookings, OR 97415
    Monday, July 21  Travel    
    Tuesday, July 22  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Church of Hope 2595 Monroe Ave.,
    Loveland, CO 80538
    Wednesday, July 23  7:00 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church 202 N. College St.,
    Saint Francis, KS 67756
    Thursday, July 24  7:30 p.m.  St. John's Lutheran Church 418 Globe St.,
    Oxford, NE 68967 
    Friday, July 25  7:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church 1630 I St.,
    Fairbury, NE 68352
    Sunday, July 27  10:00 a.m. Stavanger Free Lutheran Church 15407 Oak Street
    Garden City, IA 50102
    Monday, July 28   ARC Family Camp  Association Retreat Center
    Osceola, WI 
    Tuesday, July 29  7:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church of Running Valley  
    Wednesday, July 30  7:00 p.m. Christ the King Lutheran Church  2997 30th Ave.,
    Wilson, WI 54027
    Thursday, July 31 ARC Family Camp  Association Retreat Center
    Osceola, WI  
    Friday, August 1  7:30 p.m. Hosanna Free Lutheran Church 662 20th Ave.,
    Cumberland, WI 54829
    Sunday, August 3  9:00 a.m. Trinity Free Lutheran Church 2727 Holiday Dr.,
    Janesville, WI 53545
    Sunday, August 3  7:00 p.m. Cornerstone Lutheran Church 1540 Old Highway 81,
    Argyle, WI 53504 
    Monday, August 4  7:00 p.m. Grace Free Lutheran Church 1121 S. 1st St.,
    DeKalb, IL 60115 
    Tuesday, August 5  7:00 p.m. Newark Lutheran Church 101 E. Liberty St.,
    Newark, IL 60541 
    Wednesday, August 6  7:00 p.m. Christian Free Lutheran Church 407 N Main St.,
    Wheatland, IA 52777 
    Thursday, August 7  7:00 p.m. Mt. Sion Lutheran Church  502 1st Ave. SW,
    Kasson, MN 55944
    Friday, August 8  7:00 p.m. Faith Free Lutheran Church 140 W 44th St,
    Minneapolis, MN 55409

    (Scroll over itinerary for more)

  • Cornerstone Summer Team

    Joe Frech, Erik Stoopes, Heather Hansen, Alicia Kuhlman

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 27 -June 1
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1

    Bethel Free Lutheran
    1566 Hill Ave
    Grafton, ND  58237

    Victory Free Lutheran
    113 Oak St
    Park River, ND 58270

    June 8-14
    Week 2
    Trinity Bergen Lutheran
     309 Main St
    Starkweather, ND 58377  
    June 15-21
    Week 3
    Zion Free Lutheran
    211 N Main
    Tioga, ND 58852
    June 22-27
    Week 4
    Bethel Free Lutheran Church
     530 22nd Ave NW
    Minot, ND 58801  
    June 29 – July 5
    Week 5

    New Luther Valley Lutheran
    309 N Main
    McVille, ND 58254

    Bethany Lutheran
    Binford, ND 58416

    July 6-12
    Week 6
    Galilee Family Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN
    July 13-19
    Week 7
    Grace Lutheran Church
    322 Vance Ave
    Erskine, MN 56535
    July 20-26
    Week 8
    Bethany Free Lutheran Church
    17350 69th St SE
    Wahpeton, ND 58075
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    Pickerel Lake Jr. High Bible Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Rd
    Grenville, SD 57239
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    Christ the King Free Lutheran
    804 8th Ave NE
    Pipestone, MN 56164
    Aug 9  Debriefing AFLBS
  • Covenant Summer Team

    Ben Franz, Isaiah Marschner, Katrina Nielsen, Christina Hoops

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 27 -June 1
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    Resurrection Free Lutheran
    415 W 6th St
    Beltrami, MN 56517
    June 8-14
    Week 2
    Calvary Free Lutheran Church
    E2916 State Rd M94
    Eben Junction, MI 49825
    June 15-21
    Week 3
    Abiding Word Lutheran
    W4198 Washington St
    Felch, MI 49831
    June 22-27
    Week 4

    Zion Lutheran
    602 S Jefferson
    Wadena, MN 56482

    Bethany Lutheran
    21987 CR 23
    Sebeka, MN 56477

    June 29 – July 5
    Week 5
    Salem and Sauk Valley
    Osakis, MN
    July 6-12
    Week 6
    AFLBS
    July 13-19
    Week 7
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    1416 Co Hwy 111
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    (218) 736-4282
    July 20-26
    Week 8

    Mt. Sion Lutheran
    502 1st Ave. SW
    Kasson, MN 55944

    Zion Lutheran
    66632 300th St
    Dexter, MN 55926

    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    2372 30th Ave
    Osceola, WI 54020
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    Trinity Free Lutheran
    2727 Holiday Dr
    Janesville, WI 53545
    Aug 9  Debriefing AFLBS
  • Foundation Summer Team

    Justin Hunt, Jeremy Nikunen, Emalynn Dahl, Kaelyn Anderson

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 27 -June 1
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    Our Saviour’s Lutheran
    614 11th St E
    Dickinson, ND 58601
    June 8-14
    Week 2
    Slim Buttes Free Lutheran
    Reva, SD
    June 15-21
    Week 3
    St. Olaf Lutheran
    25284 342nd Ave
    Chamberlain, SD 57325
    June 22-27
    Week 4
    Pickerel Lake Sr. High Bible Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Rd
    Grenville, SD 57239
    June 29 – July 5
    Week 5

    Bethel Free Lutheran
    Faith, SD

    Emmanuel Lutheran
    Eagle Butte, SD 

    July 6-12
    Week 6
    Elim Free Lutheran
    5th St
    Clinton, MN 56225
    July 13-19
    Week 7
    Community of Grace
    3434 N 204th St
    Elkhorn, NE 68022
    July 20-26
    Week 8
    Salem Lutheran
    3400 Ziegler Ave
    Radcliffe, IA 50230
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    Hauge and Emmanuel Lutheran
    317 3rd St
    Kenyon, MN 55946
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    Living Word Lutheran
    4300 Nicols Rd
    Eagan, MN 55122
    August 9
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Joshua Summer Team

    Jeremy Dahl, Micah Coyle, Danielle Thompson, Abigail Johnson

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 27 -June 1
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    Christian Free Lutheran
    407 N. Main St
    Wheatland, IA 52777
    June 8-14
    Week 2

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    202 W. Jefferson St.
    Morris, IL 60450

    Grace Lutheran
    11025 N State Rt 47
    Morris, IL 60450

    June 15-21
    Week 3
    St. John’s Lutheran of Schwer
    1812 E 1130 N Road
    Milford, IL 60953
    June 22-27
    Week 4
    Fire Up Youth at the ARC
    2372 30th Ave
    Osceola, WI 54020
    June 29 – July 5
    Week 5
    St. Peter Lutheran
    39695 SD Hwy 44
    Armour, SD
    July 6-12
    Week 6
    Ortley Free Lutheran
    PO Box 6
    Ortley, SD
    July 13-19
    Week 7

    Redeemer Free Lutheran
    47992 W 5th
    Canton, SD 57013

    Community Outreach
    Beresford, SD

    July 20-26
    Week 8
    Camp Patmos
    Hackensack, MN
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    United Free Lutheran
    845 Old Ridge Rd
    Greenbush, MN 56726
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    Abiding Faith Free Lutheran
    433 Crestview Ave
    Ortonville, MN 56278
    Aug 9 Debriefing AFLBS
  • Majesty Summer Team

    Aaron Ocker, Joey Johnson, Cassie Maier, Rachel Quanbeck, Emma Twedt

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 27 -June 1
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    Prince of Peace Lutheran
     200 19th St NW
    Beulah, ND 58523
    June 8-14
    Week 2
    AFLC Annual Conference @Grace
     2351 W Main St
    Valley City, ND 58072
    June 15-21
    Week 3

    Grace Lutheran
    15655 Bass Lake Rd
    Maple Grove, MN 55311

    Living Hope Church
    3989 Maciver Ave NE
    St. Michael, MN 55376

    June 22-27
    Week 4
    Bethany Bible Camp
    51497 Tanager Drive
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    June 29 – July 5
    Week 5
    Rose Lutheran
    30804 Co. Rd. 15
    Roseau, MN 56714
    July 6-12
    Week 6
    Elbow Lutheran Bible Camp
    Elbow, SK
    July 13-19
    Week 7

    Trinity Free Lutheran
    3426 Chestnut St
    Grand Forks, ND 58201
     

    Ny Stavanger Lutheran
    720 Neill St
    Buxton, ND 58218

    July 20-26
    Week 8
    FLY Beyond
    2372 30th Ave
    Osceola, WI 54020
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    Eastern ND Teen Camp
    Warwick, ND
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    Eastern ND Pre-Teen Camp
    Aug 9 Debriefing AFLBS
  • Timothy Summer Team

    Matthew Pillman, Stevens Pierre, Chrissy Tallman, Morgan Strand

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 27 -June 1
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    Our Savior’s Free Lutheran
    602 8th Ave SE
    Stanley, ND 58784
    June 8-14
    Week 2
    Bethel Community Church
    620 3rd Ave E
    Culbertson, MT 59128
    June 15-21
    Week 3
    Our Savior’s Lutheran
    715 E. Bannack
    Dillon, MT 59725
    June 22-27
    Week 4
    Pacific NW District Bible Camp
    6905 172nd St NE
    Arlington, WA 98223
    June 29 – July 5
    Week 5
    Trinity Lutheran
     1200 Easy St
    Brookings, OR 97415
    July 6-12
    Week 6
    Bethany Free Lutheran
     451 34th St
    Astoria, OR 97103
    July 13-19
    Week 7
    Our Redeemer Lutheran
    11611 NE 140th St
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    July 20-26
    Week 8
    Stillwater Church
    1401 Church Drive
    Kalispell, MT 59901  
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    Emmanuel Free Lutheran
    1213 3rd Ave W
    Williston, ND 58801
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    Maranatha Free Lutheran
     101 Foundation Ave
    Glyndon, MN 56549
     
    August 9
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • North Barnabas Summer Team

    Andrew Quanbeck, Sam Nelson, Melody Nash, Elisabeth Ballmann

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 26 -31
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    Living Word Free Lutheran
    7901 S. Meredith Ave
    Sioux Falls, SD 57110
    June 8-14
    Week 2
    Christ Lutheran
    505 W. 2nd St.
    Stover, MO 65078
    June 15-21
    Week 3
    Immanuel Lutheran
    2745 S. Blackman Rd.
    Springfield, MO 65809
    June 22-28
    Week 4
    Faith Lutheran
    3464 Old Marion Rd.
    Metropolis, IL 62960
    June 29 - July 5
    Week 5
    Peace Free Lutheran
    28 Elm St.
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
    July 6-12
    Week 6
    St. Peter’s Lutheran (LCMC)
    6168 Walmore Rd
    Sanborn, NY 14132
    July 13-19
    Week 7
    Living Faith Lutheran
    1206 Montgomery Ave
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    July 20-26
    Week 8
    Disciple Lutheran Fellowship
    333 North Kenhorst Blvd.
    Reading, PA 19607
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    St. John’s Lutheran
    6004 Linnville Rd.
    Newark, OH 43056
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    The Gathering
    1303 Eddy St., Suite 100
    Hastings, MN 55033
    August 9
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • South Barnabas Summer Team

    Tom Abel, Marcus Goodfellow, Alisha Kneeland, Megan Schierkolk

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 26 -31
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 1-7
    Week 1
    New Hope Free Lutheran
    407 4th St. SE,
    Jamestown, ND 58401
    June 8-14
    Week 2
    West Prairie Lutheran
    173 Prairiewood Circle
    Kindred, ND 58057
    June 15-21
    Week 3
    Hope Free Lutheran
    228 5th Ave
    Enderlin, ND 58027
    June 22-28
    Week 4
    First Lutheran Church
    1300 North Robinson Ave
    Oklahoma City, OK 73103
    June 29 - July 5
    Week 5
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran
    2507 E State Highway 97
    Pleasanton, TX 78064
    Sunday through Thursday
    July 6-12
    Week 6
    Community Lutheran
    4507 Mission Ave.
    Oceanside, CA 92057
    Sunday through Friday
    July 13-19
    Week 7
    St. Ansgars’ Lutheran
    72 E. San Joaquin St.
    Salinas, CA 93907
    Sunday through Thursday
    July 20-26
    Week 8
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran
    380 Arneil Rd.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    July 27 - Aug 2
    Week 9
    Holy Cross Lutheran
    1212 Maricopa Highway
    Ojai, CA 93023
    Sunday through Thursday
    Aug 3-9
    Week 10
    The Black Hills Gathering
    2111 B N. LaCrosse
    Rapid City, SD 57701
    Sunday through Friday Noon
    August 9
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Ambassadors:  Made up of two men, two women, and an accompanist, this team is commited to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through musical concerts and through testimony of what God has done in their lives.
  • Majesty: This team, made up of five individuals (at least two young men and two young women), serves a dual purpose in ministry. During the summer weeks, they serve as both camp worship leaders/counselors and as VBS teachers in various congregations.
  • Cornerstone, Timothy, Joshua, Foundation, Covenant, Zion: Each of these teams, composed of two men and two women, travel to churches throughout the AFLC, ministering to children and family through VBS. Occasionally, the teams serve as camp counselors as well.
  • North Barnabas: The North Barnabas team, an AFLC Home Missions team made up of two men and two women, travels throughout the midwest and eastern portion of the states, serving churches through VBS ministry.
  • South Barnabas: Also sent out by the AFLC Home Missions Department, the South Barnabas team conducts Vacation Bible School throughout the midwest and southwestern states.

 


Request a Team

Each team member goes through an application process before they are called to serve on a team. The final team selections are usually announced in mid-February. Once we confirm the teams, we can finalize team schedules. Itineraries typically become complete and public at the end of March or at the beginning of April.

  • To request a team, fill out the Request Form online. Please submit forms no later than February 1st.
  • To help us in the scheduling process, please include at least three possible dates/weeks that would work for your church to host a team. If your church or camp is open to any week, please indicate that. We will notify you when we have found a week that works best for both the team and the church, and we will confirm the date with you then.
  • Please indicate if you have a preference for an AFLBS team or a Home Missions Barnabas Team. (Home Mission Congregations have first priority for Barnabas Teams)

Suggested Donation: $1050 for a summer team to minister for one week.  $1450 where there are two congregations and two Vacation Bible School’s in one week. For Ambassador and Majesty concerts, we ask for a free will offering to be taken at the concert.

 Team Training: All summer team members enroll in a practical Children’s Ministry training class throughout the Spring semester that prepares them for Summer ministry. All students also participate in an intensive summer ministry training week during the final week of May as well.

Team Availability: Teams are available from the first Sunday of June through early part of August.

VBS Materials:   Each year, the curriculum is chosen by late February.  We send our teams fully equipped to teach this material and assist congregations in outreach and evangelism.

 


Mailed requests

For an AFLBS Team:
(Ambassadors, Majesty, Cornerstone,
Foundation, Timothy, or Joshua):
AFLBS
Attn. Chad Friestad
3134 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 544-9501
chadf@aflc.org

For a Barnabas Team:

AFLC Home Missions
Attn. Pastor Paul Nash
3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 545-5631
homemis@aflc.org

FAQs

What curriculum/theme is being used this year‌?

The 2014 summer curriculum is Concordia Publishing: “Gangway to Galilee”

Where can we buy the curriculum kit and supplies?

We recommend purchasing the curriculum kit at a sale price through Ambassador Publications Online Store or call 763-412-2010. Receive an additional 5% off through April 15 using this code: VBSSAV5. Other supplemental supplies can be ordered through the Ambassador Publications office at 763-412-2010.  

When do we need to submit our payment for the team‌? Before the team comes or after‌?

All payments from churches are due to the AFLBS office by July 15. We encourage churches to make payments earlier, if possible.

Does the team provide its own transportation?

Yes. The team drives a van that will transport them to each ministry destination. When team members are staying in separate homes, they will occasionally request a ride from their host family. Those details can be worked out upon arrival.

Are we responsible for housing the team?

Yes, churches are asked to provide host families for the team. Typically, male team members stay in one home and female members stay in another home.

How many male and female team members are on each team?

Most teams have two males and two females. Five person music teams have either two males and three females or two females and three males.

Are we responsible for meals for the team?

Yes. We ask that the church provide meals for the team throughout the week, whether that be meals provided in host homes, meals hosted at the church, or meals hosted by various congregation members. This usually is a highlight of the team’s stay and an enjoyable experience for host churches.

How do you recommend dividing age group/classes‌?

Typically, students are divided into four groups: Pre-school and Kindergarten; 1st and 2nd grade; 3rd and 4thgrade; and 5th and 6th grade. Each team member will be responsible for teaching one age group. For churches with very large VBS programs (75 or more kids), we recommend these groups to be further divided and for the church to provide additional teachers.

Who is in charge of crafts?

Churches are responsible for providing craft supplies. It is recommended that the church also provide a craft leader. The team will be available for assisting the craft leader. In the absence of a craft leader, team members can lead the craft time, provided they have proper instructions and supplies.

Who is in charge of games?

Our teams will be fully trained to lead game time for the kids. However, if churches decide to provide their own game leader, the team members will be more than willing to participate and help the game leader.

 

 

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