The annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a particularly busy time for many churches. With the many activities going on, and an environment that is structured yet informal, many parents enjoy sending their children to VBS for learning and fun. For churches, there are many ways to advertise and engage others in the VBS programs – and social media has the power to do this.

Share your VBS on Social Networks

Here are some social networks and ways that you can use them to promote your VBS:

  • Pinterest can be used to increase interest and bring awareness to the events that will occur. Create a board specifically geared towards VBS and add different pins that will highlight the activities that will be presented. You also have the option to share the pins with others.
  • Facebook can be used to share information. You can create an event page and promote it, so that people who may not attend your church regularly can learn about your VBS event. You can create a group or a page for your VBS, and update photos or other news in real time. You also have the option of going live with video and sharing the events as they’re happening.
  • Instagram can be used to share the images from your events. Instagram is very popular among teenagers and millennials.
  • Twitter can be used to create awareness by tweeting out information on events. You can also create a hashtag for your VBS that people can follow so they won’t miss a single update.

Additionally, sites like Google Hangouts can be used, as well. Google Hangouts is a live video chat, and it can be a great way to work with a team on coordinating volunteer’s schedules, donations and anything else that needs to be done. This allows for people to work from home and other areas in creating the best experiences for VBS.

Have Fun and Be Safe

All in all, these simple, free methods of advertisement are great to utilize to get the word out about your VBS. Also, after the event is over, people can still find and enjoy the videos and pictures of the event.

Always remember, though, when posting pictures or videos of children attending the VBS, make sure that you get parents’ permission before you post anything. All parents, volunteers, and other adults involved in VBS should be involved in keeping children safe both at the event and when it comes to social media. Be safe and have fun!

Latoya Collins is a freelance writer based in the Chicagoland area and she just finished her first book titled “God through Jesus, Nothing can Separate you from his Love.”

 

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