Vacation Bible School Curriculum and VBS Theme Supplies
Click on a tab below to check out VBS curriculum from some of the major Vacation Bible School curriculum publishers as well a list of what might still be available from previous years.
Answers in Genesis
2021 VBS Curriculum from Answers in Genesis:
- Theme: Mystery Island VBS by Answers in Genesis
"... you’ll track down the one true, beyond description God while spending an exciting week in paradise. Each day, kids will discover more amazing attributes of God, leading them to a deeper trust in who he is as they look to the only source of truth, God’s Word."
- Day 1: God is Great!Bible Passages: Paul in a City of Idols (Acts 17:16–34)
Lesson Focus: God is Great! He is the one and only God who is the awe-inspiring Creator.
Treasured Verse: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Ps. 145:3)
Apologetics Focus: There's only one God as revealed in the Bible. You can't make up a god of your own choosing.
- Day 2: God is Almighty!Bible Passages: Jonah (Book of Jonah; Ps. 139)
Lesson Focus: God is Almighty! He is all knowing, all powerful, and all present.
Treasured Verse: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? (Jer. 32:27)
Apologetics Focus: God can do all his holy will without effort. God's miracles are real and effortless.
- Day 3: God is Ruler!Bible Passages: Isaiah's Vision (Isa. 6:1-3; Ps. 8)
Lesson Focus: God is ruler! He is the majestic king who is holy and perfect.
Treasured Verse: And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" (Isa. 6:3)
Apologetics Focus: God is the same in the Old Testament as He is in the New Testament. He was and is and always will be in charge.
- Day 4: God is Emmanuel!Bible Passages: God Came to Earth (Gospel Presentation; Select Scriptures)
Lesson Focus: God is Emmanuel. He is the loving, good Savior who came to earth.
Treasured Verse: But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
Apologetics Focus: God is three-in-one -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even though there is mystery to this, God is also knowable.
- Day 5: God is Trustworthy!Bible Passages: David Trusts God (1 Sam. 17)
Lesson Focus: God is trustworthy. He is our rock. We should praise, thank, worship, adore, and live for Him.
Treasured Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Prov. 3:5-6)
Apologetics Focus: God is bigger and greater than our unanswered questions. We can trust him.
2021 VBS Curriculum from Group Publishing:
- Theme: Rocky Railway Easy VBS by Group Publishing
"On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs."
- Day 1: Jesus' power helps us do hard things.
Bible Verse: For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)
Bible Story: Ananias helps Saul. (Acts 9:1-19)
- Day 2: Jesus' power gives us hope.
Bible Verse: So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Ps. 31:24)
Bible Story: Paul encourages others in a storm and shipwreck. (Acts 27)
- Day 3: Jesus' power helps us be bold.
Bible Verse: He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isa. 40:29)
Bible Story: Peter and John teach about Jesus. (Acts 3:1-4:31)
- Day 4: Jesus' power lets us live forever.
Bible Verse: The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. (Rom. 8:11)
Bible Story: Jesus' death and resurrection. (Matt. 26:17-28:10)
- Day 5: Jesus' power helps us be good friends.
Bible Verse: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. (Jn. 15:12)
Bible Story: The church is united. (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35)
- Theme: Wilderness Escape VBS by Group Publishing
"... an exciting journey with God’s people, the Israelites, that brings God’s Word to life for kids and adults! Everyone learns how God Guides and Provides ..."
- Day 1: God is with us, so ... trust God!
Bible Verse: God answered, "I will be with you." (Ex. 3:12)
Bible Story: The Israelites cross the Red Sea. (Exodus 14:1-15:21)
- Day 2: God gives us what we need, so ... trust God!
Bible Verse: For your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! (Matt. 6:8)
Bible Story: God provides manna and quail. (Exodus 16)
- Day 3: God gives us strength, so ... trust God.
Bible Verse: For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)
Bible Story: Israel defeats the Amalekites. (Exodus 17:8-16)
- Day 4: God saves us, so ... trust God!
Bible Verse: "For I am with you and will save you," says the Lord. (Jer. 30:11)
Bible Story: Moses remembers Passover. (Ex. 12:1-30)
- Day 5: God guides us, so ... trust God!
Bible Verse: I will bless the Lord who guides me. (Ps. 16:7)
Bible Story: God gives the Ten Commandments. (Ex. 20)
- Theme: Anchored Weekend VBS by Group Publishing
"Anchored VBS makes a huge splash with kids as they dive deeper in their faith and discover the unwavering love of God!"
Bible Point: God gives good gifts.
Theme Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (1 Chron. 16:34)
- Session 1: Paul encourages others in a storm and shipwreck. (Acts 27)
- Session 2: Jesus dies and comes back to life. (Matt. 26:17-28:10)
2021 VBS Curriculum from Lifeway:
- Theme: Destination Dig VBS by Lifeway
"Destination Dig: Unearthing the Truth About Jesus takes kids to present-day Israel to become junior archaeologists and study tangible pieces of the past to learn about who Jesus is and why He came. Along the way, they'll uncover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13 that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts."
- Day 1: Jesus Came as God PromisedBible Passage: Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18–2:6
Lesson Focus: Jesus is the Savior God promised.
- Day 2: Jesus Demonstrated God’s PowerBible Passage: Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 35:5-6a; John 9:1-41
Lesson Focus: Jesus has the power God promised.
- Day 3: Jesus Was Betrayed and RejectedBible Passage: Psalm 41:9; Isaiah 53:3,7; John 13; 18:1–19:16
Lesson Focus: Jesus knew what would happen and still followed God’s plan.
- Day 4: Jesus Died and Rose AgainBible Passage: Isaiah 53:5,9-11; John 19:17–20:18
Lesson Focus: Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to be our Savior
- Day 5: The Bible Is TrueBible Passage: Isaiah 53:7-8; Acts 8:26-40
Lesson Focus: The Bible is true and helps us tell others about Jesus.
- Theme: Concrete & Cranes VBS by Lifeway
"As kids explore a world of concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, bulldozers and backhoes, they will learn to build their faith on Jesus as they uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion!"
- Day 1: The Foundation of LoveBible Passage: Matthew 9:9-13
Lesson Focus: Jesus Calls Matthew
- Day 2: The Foundation of Forgiveness Bible Passage: Acts 26:1-29
Lesson Focus: Paul's Defense Before Agrippa
- Day 3: The Foundation of WorthBible Passage: Matthew 26:36-46
Lesson Focus: Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
- Day 4: The Foundation of PromiseBible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20
Lesson Focus: The Resurrections & Great Commission
- Day 5: The Foundation of Life Bible Passage: Matthew 7:24-29
Lesson Focus: Build Your House Upon the Rock
- 2019 Theme: The Incredible Race VBS by Answers in Genesis
- 2019 Theme: Athens: Paul's Dangerous Adventure to Share the Truth VBS by Group Publishing
- 2019 Theme: Roar! Life is Wild - God is good VBS by Group Publishing
- 2019 Theme: In The Wild VBS by Lifeway
- 2018 Theme: Time Lab VBS by Answers in Genesis
- 2017 Theme: Operation Arctic VBS by Answers in Genesis
- 2015 Theme: Camp Kilimanjaro VBS by Answers in Genesis
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