24 More VBS Hints

  • By Design Team
  • 06 Apr, 2016
Our experts shared their 36 Hints for 6 awesome themes . Now they're back with 24 more to round out VBS season. Here's 4 more hints for 6 new themes (yes, that's 24 total) to help you find what you're looking for and plan the best VBS yet.

Pets Unleashed

1. WHAT'S SPECIAL
Pets Unleashed is a 2-day weekend VBS, that's easy for leaders, easy on your budget and easy to remember.

2. BIBLE POINT

Jesus cares for us.

3. KEY VERSE
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

4. EXPERIENCE
Kids experience the Bible in active, hands-on ways, and then circle up with Critter Crews for thought-provoking discussions.

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Blast to the Past

1. STARTER KIT
The Blast to the Past Starter Kit has everything you need to lead and plan without having to buy separate components.

2. BIBLE POINT

We can count on God’s love. 

3. KEY VERSE
God IS love! 1 John 4:16

4. SPECIAL NEEDS-FRIENDLY
An entire section of the  Director’s Guide  is devoted to including kids with special needs. In addition, look for the Special Needs Friendly tips and other options in the printed leader materials. Extra activities, modified discussion questions, age-level characteristics, Sensory Inventory Forms, and much more can be found on the  Planning & Missions DVD and  Age-Level Resources CDs .

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Cow-A-Bunga Farm

1. WHAT'S SPECIAL
Cow-A-Bunga Farm is the evangelistic VBS, with a strong emphasis on the salvation message.

2. BIBLE POINT

Students will be encouraged to grow in godliness and to trust in God's plan.

3. KEY VERSE
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
(Psalm 100:5)

4. EXPERIENCE
Students will experience life on the farm—complete with animals, tractors, and growing crops. As they learn about God's faithfulness as revealed in the life of Joseph, they'll be encouraged to grow in godliness and to trust in God's plan.

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Mega Sports Camp

1. WHAT'S SPECIAL

Bible teachings interwoven with sports training make an unforgettable, life-changing outreach event. Sports include soccer, basketball, flag football, baseball and cheerleading.

2. BIBLE STORIES
Jesus calls Peter. Peter reaches for Jesus. Jesus renames Peter. Peter rejects Jesus. Peter preaches.

3. KEY VERSE
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

4. EXPERIENCE
Kids don't just sit and listen to someone talk about the Bible. They have a chance to play a fun sport, like football, while learning biblical principles. Having fun makes learning easy! 

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1. WHAT'S SPECIAL

Sorpresa (Surprise) is the  only  Spanish Vacation Bible School program that is originally written in Spanish and available in both Spanish and bilingual formats. 

2. BIBLE POINTS

Sin brings discord and separation. God provides faith to overcome difficulties. God works through His children to show His love. God works forgiveness through Jesus. God arranges for a happy ending.

3. KEY VERSES

Genesis 37:3–34

Genesis 39

Genesis 41:14–40, 56–57

Genesis 42:6–8; 45:1–15

Genesis 46:26–30

4. EXPERIENCE
As our travels begin, we arrive on the scene of Genesis 37 as Joseph is being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Next stop: Egypt. During Joseph’s forced exile, he befriends a servant named Donkor, who tells us all about Joseph’s adventures in this far-off place. Although Joseph missed his father and brothers dearly, God gave a joyful ending to this amazing story—one of unity, forgiveness, and harmony. These five lessons reveal how Joseph is a precursor of Jesus, foreshadowing what our Savior would do for His children to reunite us with our heavenly Father and grant us forgiveness of sins and harmony in the great family of faith.

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Joy in Jesus

1. WHAT'S SPECIAL

This is a Bible & Arts Program that utilizies African American culture and history as a lens through which to teach biblical truths and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is designed not only to be used as a traditional VBS format, but also suited well for after school program, or black history month activity.

2. BIBLE POINTS

Celebration, gratitude, healing, teaching and faith

3. KEY VERSES

Psalm 100:2-5, Matthew 8:13a

4. EXPERIENCE
Joy in Jesus will help all of God's children understand that God affirms all life and God’s joy can be experienced in every circumstance.

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MORE VBS 2016 THEMES

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We've dug into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS to find out just how this program balances outreach and discipleship, and we're pretty excited to share what we found!
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In Maker Fun Factory VBS, Group does an awesome job of breaking down the Bible points and teaching in a way that all kids learn - no matter their age or learning style. We've experienced Group's R.E.A.L. approach firsthand, and can tell you that it makes all the difference! So if you're looking for a straightforward overview of what's taught in Maker Fun Factory, and how it's presented, you're in the right place.
By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In any VBS there will likely be kids who have grown up in the church and can recite more verses than their leaders. And there will likely be kids who come to VBS having never set foot in a church before. To reach both extremes (and everyone in between) takes a lot of intentionality and some great resources. 

We've dug into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS to find out just how this program balances outreach and discipleship, and we're pretty excited to share what we found!
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Vacation Bible School is all about kids connecting with Jesus, and the Gospel presentation is a big part of that. We took some time to dive into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS so you know exactly when and how the Gospel is presented.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

With all of the decorating you are doing for VBS, why not set up a small area to use as a VBS photo booth? Social media savvy parents and kids love taking photos on their phones making a photo booth a great way to interact with families before and after Vacation Bible School. Plus, we’ve thought through the details and done a bit of brainstorming for you already!

By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
Although other churches in the area might be having a Vacation Bible School with the same or similar theme as your church, you can easily make your VBS unique with these simple tips!
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

Standard has created awesome VBS themes for many years, including Deep Sea Discovery, which was a huge hit. The unfortunate news is that Standard will not be putting out a VBS theme in 2017. 

This is a great opportunity to explore some new programs and get your church excited about all the great options in store for 2017. Our VBS experts have put together some recommendations, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to refresh your Children's Ministry and build excitement around these brand-new themes from tried-and-true publishers.

Standard VBS programs were based on a rotation format, but had the flexibility to be used in a classroom format also. To ease the transition, we've hand selected a few 2017 themes that you can use with whichever format you're most comfortable with.

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What better way to kick off VBS planning and preparation with your team than with a themed meal? Eating together before the meeting allows time for your team to bond with each other and provides the energy needed to plan and prepare. Below are some fun ways to make your meal memorable and theme-focused.

By Design Team 18 Oct, 2016

The newest Weekend VBS from Group has us craving chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers! Camp Out Weekend VBS 2017 is filled with s’mores, tents and campfires, all pointing toward Jesus, the Light of the World. Camp Out VBS is packed with Bible lessons and fun activities for kids. From learning about Jesus, to playing wilderness games, kids will have a blast during their adventure.

Camp Out has five twenty-minute rotations -- music, Bible exploration, wilderness games, Projects-With-a-Purpose and closing campfire. As students visit each station, they will be reminded that Jesus is the Light. During Projects-With-a-Purpose students make special gifts for others in the community or church; these projects allow them to apply what they are learning and to be a light for Jesus to the people around them. Camp Out also includes a twenty-minute Sunday Celebration. This time allows your entire church family to be involved in VBS, as well as providing a great opportunity to invite children and their families to your Sunday service.

Begin preparing for you summer Camp Out VBS 2017 by pre-ordering a Starter Kit and exploring  custom t-shirt designs  for your campers. Also, be sure to check out all of the craft and snack ideas we have on  Pinterest  for Camp Out!

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