January 16: DIY VBS

For those who missed the DIY VBS class, here is the Zoom recording for you to view:

Please watch the video below and review the PDF materials prior to Saturday’s class. Pr. Hille will use these materials as the basis for his discussion.

Jesus Feeds Our Soul VBS Song Full Score
Jesus Walks Beside Us VBS Full Score
Lead Sheet
Set My People Free VBS Full Score

Tired of spending lots of money to buy Vacation Bible School curriculums that are too generic to speak to the specifics of your congregation and context?

Done purchasing crafts, knick knacks, and VBS favors in bulk numbers only to have them gather dust in closets and storage for years after?

Ready to give up on “big box” VBS programs that are either too big or too small for your community?

Pastor Hille was, so in 2012 he sat down and began writing his own Vacation Bible School programs tailored to his congregation. Since then he has written six VBS curriculums, as well as consulted congregations and international ministries in developing curriculums for their contexts.

In “D.I.Y.: V.B.S.” Pastor Hille will outline how to develop an entire week long Vacation Bible School program in house. By picking themes that speak to your ministry, and developing Bible Studies, games, crafts, and snacks around them, Pastor Hille’s home grown approach to VBS is organic and context reflective, drawing on talents, skills and passions of congregations to create a memorial and fun experience for kids of all ages.

Topics covered will include:

  • Looking for inspiration & themes.
  • The importance of theme consistency across the VBS.
  • Surveying and utilizing resources in you context (both people & things).
  • What VBS might look like during this socially distant time.


This course is lead by the Rev. Daniel W. Hille, Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH.