VBS: "River of Life" ELCA World Hunger program guides children through learning about the work to which God calls us in the world. This year’s VBS will focus on the importance of water, highlighting how ELCA World Hunger is working with our neighbors around the world in projects related to clean water. This five-day program includes large-group gatherings, small-group activities, games, crafts and ideas for snacks. FREE Videos included.
VBS: Who is My Neighbor?ELCA World Hunger is thrilled to invite you to explore our new VBS curriculum for 2019, “Who is My Neighbor?” This curriculum is a FREE resource that is now available to order and download! “Who is My Neighbor?” invites children and youth to re-imagine what it means to be neighbors in Christ. Based on the Good Samaritan story, this full, five-day program contains skits, games, crafts, snacks and intentional activities for children to enjoy and learn how our faith calls us out into the world to love and serve our neighbors.
VBS: God's Good Creation from ELCA World Hunger. Helping children learn about hunger, hope and the work to which God calls us in the world is key to ending hunger for good. The themes for each of the five days of vacation Bible school in this program are drawn from projects supported by gifts to ELCA World Hunger. We encourage you to support ELCA World Hunger; the craft suggestion for the first day – a goat bank – can be a great way to do this! The days are divided into four main sections: a large group opening, “family” time with small groups, rotations of activities and a large group closing. Please feel free to adapt this anyway that you like! In the first pages, you will find a daily overview and a sample schedule, with customizable schedules that you can copy and hand out to group leaders for quick reference.
RENEW - A Lutheran curriculum from Sparkhouse. This 100% downloadable is a 5-day curriculum that empowers kids in grades PreK-Grade 6 to grow in faith, have fun, and change the world. Each day, kids will explore Jesus’ Parable of the Sower with 3 age-appropriate activities that help kids learn how to care for God’s creation.
Generation to Generation VBS - Lutheran Outdoor Ministries 2021 LOM’s theme will allow campers and their leaders will explore the stories of familiar Bible characters and their responses to God’s call and promised faithfulness in the midst of life’s unpredictability and challenges.
Transformed Community VBS - Lutheran Outdoor Ministries 2019 VBS package includes all you need to run your own Vacation Bible School program: 5 full days of Bible Study designed for lower and upper elementary students, crafts, games and the This Changes Everything graphics. Priced at only $100. God’s Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E. conjures up images of a mighty band of superheroes with secret missions. When we take on the mission of being God’s agent of change in the world, we must be ready to be transformed—individually and together—and to discover that our not-so-secret identities will probably not conform to the world’s expectations.
Godly Play in VBS - Check out why and how a church changed their VBS format to weave in Godly Play.
Godly Play Summer Sessions - Godly Play is a spiral curriculum that acknowledges that the connection to God is within all of us. Learning the language of our shared ancestors through sacred story, parables, liturgical actions, and silence enables us to express that deep connection. There are six full volumes of Godly Play stories which can be used in endless combinations to bring together a week of immersive Christian formation programing. Here are a few combinations we have tried. Find more ideas and purchase materials here. Olivia Leone is the Director of Religious Education at St. John's Episcopal Church in Northampton, MA.
Joy in My Heart - 5-Week at-home VBS resource about generosity and kindness. This is a FREE resource from the ELCA's Generosity Project.
In addition - Joyfully Generous - provides a full worship outline, Live it Out activity sheet andvideo reflection honoring the generations.
Compassion Camp - from Illustrated Ministry
Compassion Camp: Be Kind. Be Loved. Be You. is an At-Home/Virtual VBS or Holiday Club where kids and their families will explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. It is geared toward preschool-age children and K-5th graders, and it is incredibly flexible, adaptable, and fun for the entire family, older siblings included.
VBS on Location! Imagine instead of coming to a church building, going out into the community and telling relatable Bible stories there!
Camp Hope Ministries - Provides VBS for elementary aged kids while training middle school and high schoolers to be a leaders-overseen by a college student and adult staff.
Arts Camp - Arts Camp provides practical, concrete instruction that a church needs to plan, organize, staff, and conduct an annual five-day Arts Camp, including guidance on logistics, funding, finding art instructors (within both the local church and the broader community), ideas for structuring and scheduling the five days of camp, and a celebration on the Sunday following camp. Each chapter includes details on art projects, programming, music, drama, games, and resources.
The Best VBS Workbook Ever! - by Lisa Brown This book provides Christian educators with the tools they need to assess the needs and resources in their congregation, and to craft a creative program in response to that assessment. The Best VBS Workbook Ever offers direction and suggestions on theme, structure, logistics, program, activities, staffing and promotion.
Some of us speak our thoughts and feelings to God. Others are quiet, settling their hearts to make space for the Holy. Each day campers will experience a different prayer practice — a new way of communicating with God — such as a labyrinth, guided meditation, art, and call and response.
This Is Our Prayer all-inclusive summer camp curriculum includes materials for a full week’s worth of activities for five different age levels. You’ll find:
• Bible studies centered on our longings and God’s call to be a part of something bigger than ourselves
• Daily themes focused on our desire to be included, connected, heard, guided, and renewed, as well as to create change and to celebrate
• A new prayer practice for each day, such as prayer partners, a labyrinth, guided meditation, and collaborative art
• Expanded worship section
• Creative arts and crafts projects, games, and more
• New this year: Take-home resources for families and congregations
Videos for each of the daily lessons for Days 1-6 HERE.
Branching Out: Connecting Through Christ has everything needed for up to 7 days of residential and overnight camp programming or 8 weeks of day camp. The Bible stories encourage campers to use prayer, relationships, family, and more to stay connected throughout their lives.
Big Picture Big Purpose from Dawn Trautman - VBS for Grown-ups is back. And there's no need to park yourself in front of Zoom to participate. You'll download the lessons each week, do the the activities and crafts at home away from screens, and then report back in our private Facebook group.
If the people of God stop and listen to Creation, what might we hear? Shhhh, listen. Creation Speaks!
From Inside Out - Creation Speaks invites us to look to God’s Creation, including each other, as we listen for God’s voice in the world today. By looking anew at the Creation story, campers will imagine what each part might teach us about God and our place in the world. Light, water, earth, seasons, animals, humans, and even a day of rest will invite campers to listen for God, still speaking to them today.
Noticing God in Creation - VBS in a Bag 2020 from St. John's Episcopal Church comes a FREE resource for families to do together at home.
GenOn’s “All God’s Children: The Church Family Gathers for Summer” can be easily modified to meet your needs for at-home use or small backyard groups. It has 5 sessions perfect for outdoor activities. INCLUDES IDEAS FOR DOING VBS AT HOME. Buy the whole set or individual sessions. Try a FREE sample.
Faith and Fireworks (Mark 5:21-43)
Let's Go Camping (1 Kings 19:1-13)
Plumb Straight (Amos 7:7-15)
Storm Stories (Mark 4:35-41)
Walking on Water (Matthew 14:22-33, John 6:16-21, Ephesians 3:14-21)
Virtual Day Camp -From Camp Lutherhill and Living Word Lutheran Church--both in Texas comes a FREE Viritual Day Camp! Each day we open our eyes to see as God sees. To see the intricate beauty and grand majesty of creation. To see all people made in the image of God. To see and embrace who God created us to be. Bring on the revelation!