There are many ways you can help with VBS! Please read the descriptions below and prayerfully consider where you would like to serve before you register. All VBS volunteers must attend a training session and comply with Grace Community Church’s childcare safety policies and procedures.
The VBS worship team is comprised of a volunteer team who leads the children in worship during the large group worship gatherings. We need people who are energetic and don’t mind being in front of people, and who can help lead the songs and teach motions to the children. The time commitment for this team includes every day of VBS as well as 2-3 rehearsals before the week of VBS. The number of volunteers for this team is limited so not everyone who requests to be on the worship team may be chosen to serve. Attendance at rehearsals is a requirement for participation.
The VBS drama team is a group of adults and youth who work together to present engaging dramas during worship times that help communicate the gospel. Previous acting experiences is not required, but it is helpful. The VBS drama team director will be responsible for assigning parts. You will be required to memorize your lines, attend rehearsals, and be present for your performance times.
VBS WORK DAY TEAM
“Work days” encompass all of the tasks, big and small, that support VBS week. These projects will occur throughout the year and progressively get more frequent as the week of VBS approaches, ending with takedown, cleanup, and storing items after VBS. Volunteering for work days is ideal for those who want to be involved in VBS but who perhaps can not join us during the week of VBS. Although there are some jobs that require specific skills, most of the jobs involve cleaning, sorting, counting, organizing, and creative thinking that can be done by nearly anyone. Most work days take place during week days. We also plan to have some work days during the evening or on weekends. This will allow those with commitments during the day to participate in these volunteer opportunities.
COSTUMES AND PROPS
In order to travel back to biblical times we need to dress the part. If you have some basic sewing skills you can help with costumes for volunteers, children, and the drama team. We also need props and decorations to set the scene. If you have an eye for decoration and design this team is a great way to help us make VBS an authentic 1st century experience.
We will have approximately 300 children who participate in VBS and we need to assign them to tribes, make sure we know about their allergies and emergency contacts, and be able to communicate with their parents before, during, and after VBS. If you are good with computers, spreadsheets, and organization then this is the team for you!
A tribe leader is responsible for a group of approximately ten to twelve children throughout the entire VBS week. You will move together with your tribe family through the VBS areas and watch dramas, sing worship songs, play games, experience the marketplace, and more. Attending a VBS leader training, setting up your family area with decor from home on set-up day, and cleaning up your area once VBS is over are also parts of the job. This role is one of the most rewarding as you get to sow seeds of truth into the hearts of the children God brings to VBS. Estimated time commitment is 28-38 hours.
TRIBE LEADER ASSISTANT
A tribe leader assistant is responsible for helping their assigned tribe leader fulfill the responsibilities listed in the tribe leader’s job description. Cooperating with the tribe leader and serving as a good role model for the children help make this job invaluable. Attending a VBS training event, contributing to the decor of your assigned family area, helping with set up and clean up are other requirements of this job. Estimated time commitment is 25-35 hours.
Do you enjoy creatively telling an interactive bible story to a large group of children? We would love for you to share the good news of Jesus with our children during VBS. You will teach the lesson 3 times each day to the different tribes in your area. You will need to be familiar with the curriculum and participate in training before VBS.
The marketplace is a great places to serve during VBS. As a shopkeeper or an assistant shopkeeper, you will help the children make a simple craft or learn a skill relevant to Biblical times. Your responsibilities prior to VBS week include attending a training session and setting up and decorating your shop. During VBS you will manage your shop each day, helping the children complete the specific task you’re responsible for teaching them. All scripts, supplies, and instructions will be provided. This role is great for mothers with infants as the time commitment keeps you away from your child for a shorter length of time.
The games team works to provide active and engaging games for each of the tribes. This team is responsible for securing needed supplies for each day and cooperating with the games team leader to ensure the safety of the children. Games are active so you MUST make sure to stay hydrated. Attending VBS training is required.
The kitchen team prepares and serves snacks for children and adults during VBS. They also prepare and serve meals to children of volunteers in childcare, as well as lunch for all volunteers at the end of the week. This is an active job that requires you to be on your feet most of the day. Attendance at a planning meeting prior to VBS is required.
VOLUNTEER CHILDCARE WORKER
Do you love little children and want to serve our VBS volunteers? We provide childcare for the young children (birth-4) of our volunteers during VBS. Each day you will arrive early (8:45am) and leave later (12:30pm) than everyone else, but you will get to play with kids and share God’s love with them while allowing their parents to serve in their volunteer roles.
SET-UP & RESET TEAM
In order to prepare for VBS we must transform the church property into a 1st century village. This takes many hours to accomplish successfully. On the Sunday prior to VBS we will rearrange the chapel, classrooms, and outdoor areas to be ready for the children who will attend. Crews can serve in two different shifts (1:00-4:00pm or 3:00-6:00pm) on set-up Sunday. On the Saturday following VBS, the property will need to return to 21st century Brentwood! Crews will begin at 8:00am and work until the property is ready for Sunday services.
The construction team is responsible for creating and building indoor and outdoor sets and props. This team works with the construction team leader and drama team leader to plan, organize, and build the necessary set pieces for VBS dramas. This job typically involves work during evenings and weekends prior to VBS.
The cleaning team will assist the Director of Church Administration to remove trash, vacuum the building, and clean bathrooms after each day of VBS.