Vacation Bible School Curriculum and VBS Theme Supplies

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Answers

2017 VBS Curriculum from Answers in Genesis:

(To be released February 2017)

  • Theme: Operation Arctic VBS by Answers in Genesis
     

    Operation Arctic VBS

    "Every day, our kids are bombarded with the message that the Bible isn't the true Word of God, that it can't be trusted to tell us the truth about the past or, more importantly, about how we can receive the gift of eternal life. At Operation Arctic, your kids will warm up to the Word as they explore the coolest Book on the planet and discover how we can know for sure that the Bible is God's written word to us!"

    • Day 1: Book of Books
      Bible Passages: Selected Verses
      Lesson Focus: The Bible is the coolest book on the planet, unique in so many ways.
      Bible Gem: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. (1 Tim. 3:16)
      Apologetics Focus: Did you know the Bible isn't like any other "religious" book?
    • Day 2: Incredible Impact
      Bible Passages: Acts 9:1-22
      Lesson Focus: The Bible's message has had an incredible impact on the earth.
      Bible Gem: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps. 119:105)
      Apologetics Focus: Did you know the Bible's teachings have positively influenced cultures around the world?
    • Day 3: Bedrock Base
      Bible Passages: Matthew 7:24-29
      Lesson Focus: The Bible is the bedrock foundation to build our lives on.
      Bible Gem: Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matt. 7:24)
      Apologetics Focus: Did you know science, history, and fulfilled prophecies confirm the Bible?
    • Day 4: Letter of Love
      Bible Passages: Selected Verses
      Lesson Focus: The Bible has a thrilling theme running throughout its pages.
      Bible Gem: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
      Apologetics Focus: Did you know the earth didn't start out with polar ice caps?
    • Day 5: Exciting to Explore
      Bible Passages: Luke 10:38-42
      Lesson Focus: The Bible is exciting to explore. Let''s learn it, love it, and live it!
      Bible Gem: I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. (Ps. 119:162)
      Apologetics Focus: Did you know we need the Holy Spirit to help us understand the Bible?

Group

2017 VBS Curriculum from Group Publishing:

(To be released December 2016)

  • Theme: Maker Fun Factory VBS by Group Publishing
     

    Maker Fun Factory VBS

    "Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. ... kids travel through field-tested rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures."

    • Day 1: God made you.
      Key Bible Verse: Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. (Ps. 139:14)
      Bible Story: God lovingly creates people. (Psalm 139; Genesis 1:26-2:4)
    • Day 2: God is for you.
      Key Bible Verse: If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Rom. 8:31)
      Bible Story: Rahab believes in God's mighty power. (Joshua 1-2)
    • Day 3: God is always with you.
      Key Bible Verse: The Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Josh. 1:9)
      Bible Story: God is with Gideon. (Judges 6:11-7:25)
    • Day 4: God will always love you.
      Key Bible Verse: Your unfailing love will last forever. (Ps. 89:2)
      Bible Story: Jesus dies and comes back to life. (Luke 22:66-24:12)
    • Day 5: God made you for a reason.
      Key Bible Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. (Jer. 29:11)
      Bible Story: Abigail brings peace. (1 Sam. 25)

     
  • Theme: Passport to Peru VBS by Group Publishing
     

    Passport to Peru VBS

    "Hike cloud-shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu. Savor exotic flavors of the Amazon. Hear what daily life is like from kids in Peru. Immerse kids in this vibrant culture where they discover God's good gifts for us all."

    • Day 1: God gives us comfort.
      Key Bible Verse: He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. (2 Cor. 1:4)
      Bible Story: God is our good shepherd. (Psalm 23)
    • Day 2: God gives us patience.
      Key Bible Verse: Wait patiently for the Lord. (Ps. 27:14)
      Bible Story: Simeon and Anna wait for the Messiah. (Luke 2:21-40)
    • Day 3: God gives us peace.
      Key Bible Verse: And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. (Jn. 14:27)
      Bible Story: Jesus calms the wind and waves. (Mark 4:35-41)
    • Day 4: God gives us love.
      Key Bible Verse: The greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)
      Bible Story: Jesus dies and comes back to life. (Luke 22:66-24:12)
    • Day 5: God gives us joy.
      Key Bible Verse: The joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10)
      Bible Story: Paul and Silas praise God while in prison. (Acts 16:16-40)

     
  • Theme: Rome Holy Land Adventure VBS by Group Publishing
     

    Rome Holy Land VBS

    "Explore a crowded Roman marketplace, tiptoe past watchful Roman guards, encourage first-century Christians who meet in a dark cave, race chariots, and visit Paul for daily discoveries about God's love."

    • Day 1: God's love is a gift.
      Key Verse: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)
    • Day 2: God's love changes us.
      Key Verse: Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. (Rom. 12:2)
    • Day 3: God's love is always with us.
      Key Verse: And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. (Rom. 8:38)
    • Day 4: God's love saves us.
      Key Verse: But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Rom. 5:8)
    • Day 5: God's love is worth sharing.
      Key Verse: For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. (Rom. 1:16)

     
  • Theme: Camp Out: Getting S'more of Jesus - Weekend VBS by Group Publishing
    (To be released February 2017)
     

    Camp Out: Getting S'more of Jesus - Weekend VBS

    "Kids trek through an outdoor adventure and learn Jesus is the light of the world. You won't need bug spray on this two-day VBS" - Theme Verse: Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12)

    • Session 1
      Jesus' life showed God's love. (John 1: 3-9; Luke 17:11-19; John 13:1-17)
    • Session 2
      Jesus dies and comes back to life. (Luke 23:1-24:12)

     

Lifeway

2017 Vacation Bible School Curriculum from Lifeway:

(To be released December 2016)

  • Theme: Galactic Starveyors VBS by Lifeway
     

    Galactic Starveyors VBS

    "As kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, they will discover the wonder among all wonders - that the God who created everything there is - the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible - wants a personal relationship with them!"

    Theme Verse: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Col. 1:15-16)
     
    Theme Motto: Search the Visible, Discovering the Invisible
     
    • Day 1: The Relationship Began (Genesis 1:1-2,26-31; John 1:1,14)
    • Day 2: The Relationship Broken (Genesis 3)
    • Day 3: The Restoration Promised (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 2:22-3)
    • Day 4: The Relationship Restored (Mark 15:22-16:7)
    • Day 5: The Relationship Continues (John 21:1-19; Acts 1:4,8)

What's in Bible

2015 Vacation Bible School by Jellyfish One, the creator of VeggieTales:

  • Theme: Buck Denver Asks What's in the Bible? by Jellyfish One
     

    What's in the Bible VBS

    "a one-of-kind family ministry experience that will bring the families in your church closer together as they journey through the Bible - from Genesis to Revelation."

    • Day 1
      Kids' Lesson: What is the Bible?
      Parents' Lesson: Understanding Narrative
    • Day 2
      Kids' Lesson: Why do we need the Old Testament?
      Parents' Lesson: Understanding Genre
    • Day 3
      Kids' Lesson: Why do we need the New Testament?
      Parents' Lesson: Understanding Sin & Judgment
    • Day 4
      Kids' Lesson: What is a Christian?
      Parents' Lesson: Understanding the Gospel

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