Posted 7/23/21

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

Who can I invite to vacation Bible …

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

Who can I invite to vacation Bible school? Which kids might be left out? Can I offer to drive them to VBS and give their parents a few hours of rest?


VBS invitations

To do’s
  • Make and copy invitations. Make enough copies for members of the congregation to share.
  • Pray for the children who need to come. How can you get them to VBS with no expectations attached? A seed planted today may sprout in 20 years - but sprout it will.
Verses to pray on

Matthew 21:14-16 — “Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, ‘Hosanna to the son of David!’ They were indignant and said to Him, ‘Do You hear what these children are saying?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?’ “

Ready, Set, Go!

Thank you for coming! (Pause. Remember to make eye contact with as many children as possible.) Do you know something? There are kids right here in our community whose parents don’t come to church. So the kids don’t get to come either. They don’t get to know Jesus, sing, or come to vacation Bible school, or any other great stuff we have. And they don’t have the fun of getting to know you!

But guess what! You can bring them here. When friends spend the night with you, bring them. Or just invite them to church once in a while. Ask Mom or Dad if it’s okay to pick them up on the way. It doesn’t have to be every Sunday.

Make them feel welcome. Needed. Wanted.

Did you ever know somebody who was having a party but didn’t invite you? You wanted to be invited.

Let’s do that for someone else. These are invitations to our vacation Bible school. VBS will be from _______ to _______. The information is on the invitations. All you have to do is pass them out. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors. When your new friends come to VBS, we can make them feel welcome.

Okay, everyone take a pile. Anybody in the pews up to a little missions work? If you want some, please raise your hand. Our young ambassadors for Christ here will be glad to deliver as many invitations as you need. (Leave a few near the exits for the shy.) Please help us. There are many seeds to plant, many children are waiting just to be asked.

While the kids hand out the invitations, let’s pray over our VBS. Father, there are so many lonely children, single parents who need a break, unchurched and discouraged neighbors. If we only plant one seed, let it be fruitful. Let us share the welcoming love and light of our church with our neighbors. Make us bold as we go forth. Help us hand over any fear of rejection to you. Amen.

Thanks kids! What a blessing you are! And thanks to those the pews who bring you here. We all need to feel welcome and needed!

Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book. The e-book is available for free at You may reach her at


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