Vacation Bible School pledges


Vacation Bible School pledges [image: American flag, Christian flag]

Vacation Bible School pledges offer children a unique opportunity to make the decision to serve.

These are the Vacation Bible School pledges that we use every day in our VBS programs: pledge to the Christian flag, pledge to the Bible, pledge to the American flag.

You can allow two of the older children who arrive on-time to VBS (on any given morning) to march in carrying the Christian flag and the American flag. Then try to choose a younger child for carrying the Bible in, as it is a very important job, too, and gives the little ones a chance to participate in the march.

(One of these days, I do plan to do a whole blog post on the VBS march!)

Watch this video for a brief overview of the purpose behind the Vacation Bible School pledges.


And here you go – the actual words of the three Vacation Bible School pledges:

Pledge to the Christian Flag

I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag,
And to the Saviour for whose kingdom it stands,
One brotherhood, uniting all mankind in service and love.

Pledge to the Bible

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word,
And will take it as a lamp unto my feet, a Light unto my path,
And hide its word in my heart that I may not sin against God.

Pledge to the American Flag

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands,
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The Vacation Bible School pledges are great to include in your morning VBS general assembly. I really like the method I learned from my mentor, Kathy, of sandwiching each Vacation Bible School pledge between a short explanation of the pledge’s meaning and significance and a short, relevant song.

In closing, here is an image I put together that you can save to your Pinterest VBS board for reference:

Vacation Bible School pledges [image: list]

List of VBS pledges for reference

Hasten Home logo (small)

YOUR TURN:
Do you use (or plan to use) these three pledges in your Vacation Bible School? Have you learned any neat activities to go with them? Tell us about it in the comments! 🙂



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flags image a derivative of: “American Flag and Christian Flag” by Shawn Campbell 2009 (CC BY 2.0) – flickr.com


Comments

Vacation Bible School pledges — 6 Comments

  1. Do you know why the pledges are said at vbs? I’m struggling to find why we do and if its truly honoring God by pledging allegiance to flags. Ive always struggled with doing things simply doing things because they had always been done. But 6 years ago God opened my eyes to His deeper truths and since then ive always tried to only do what is honoring to Him. This is my first year as vbs director so I’m honestly just trying to find out why the pledges are said. If you have any insight, I would greatly appreciate your wisdom.

    • First of all, I apologize for not seeing and acknowledging your comment sooner, Andrea! Thank you so much for your thoughtful question. I certainly understand your desire to honor God with all of your decisions.

      On this one, what I can offer you is my understanding of the matter. A flag (very similarly, a “banner”) is a symbol. Flying the flag shows our support for a particular ideal, country, etc. It claims that that system is strong and alive in our hearts. Often it implies that we are willing to fight for that system if need be.

      Pledging allegiance “to a flag” is really pledging allegiance to —promising support for, faithfulness to— the system that the flag stands for.

      That being said, at VBS we say three pledges: to the Bible, to the Christian flag, and to the flag of our country. I believe that the pledges present a very positive and powerful opportunity to verbally and publicly place ourselves (and the children, themselves) on the Lord’s side. The pledges, much like the songs we sing, ring in our minds and the children’s minds long after VBS is over and stand as reminders of our commitment to serve God. (Remember that being law-abiding citizens, so far as we can do so without breaking God’s law, is definitely part of being faithful Christian witnesses.)

      I would encourage you to read over the words to each of the pledges. Take time to really think about each phrase and what it is saying. Prayerfully consider the message and the promises we are making when we say the pledges. Then consider whether these are promises (pledges) that honor God. I think then you will have your answer.

      God bless you. <3

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