Way back in June, I shared with you about “Creating Rome in a Day” for my church’s vacation Bible school (VBS). Well, it’s August now, and our VBS has come and gone. We didn’t build Rome in a day, but we did build it in two days. Recall that I had five basic areas that needed a bit of decoration: marketplace, sanctuary, jail/house arrest, and a cave.
This is the easiest space for me. In fact, I don’t really do anything because the “vendors” come in and set everything up themselves. Yes, I like this space.
This was the most time consuming space, but we spend the most time in here and it’s the first area everyone sees. Additionally, we finished this space first to help get everyone excited.
Besides the marketplace, this was one of the easiest areas to complete. We cleared the room out and brought in a bookshelf, a few “homey” chairs, and some tchotchkes. Voila! Insta-home! It was a simple set, but it got the point across.
Ahh, the cave. I changed the methodology for this so many times. In the end, we created a cave-like walk through in the hallway that lead to a classroom. We used cardboard boxes to create the general shape of the cave and draped whatever fabric type substance we had available – sheets, bolts of fabric, tarps, etc. I think the tarps worked best though – the brown color worked well for the cave, but the shininess made it seem like it could be wet.
In the classroom portion of the cave, I used plastic backdrops that I ordered online – lifesaver. The backdrops only covered three quarters of the room so I grabbed my handy dandy brown packaging paper and set the youth group to creating a rock wall. It’s not perfect, but the kids loved it – every night they asked if they would be going into the cave.
Bonus Space: Parent Cafe
We typically have a space for parents to stay and hang out. I typically ignore this space when decorating, but this year I put a bit more effort in.
Big shout out to the youth for painting, taping, cutting, and creating all the set pieces!
Creating sets for VBS may seem unnecessary, but many of the parents noted how much more of an impact the lessons, skits, etc., made on their child. Plus, decorating the spaces really sets up the mood for the congregation as a whole. Next year, we’ll be recreating Babylon! My head is already filled with Babylon’s famous Hanging Gardens – who wants to help?