Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be right around the corner again!  As you begin preparing to share Jesus with the hearts of children ages preschool through teens, take a look and compare the various curriculums available:

VBS 2016

However, if you are looking for a Bible school curriculum or maybe extra ideas to go along with what you have, take a  look at these exciting and FREE ideas including lessons, crafts, games, object lessons, and more to assist you in this very special ministry.


Why is VBS important? It is here that many children come to know Christ. Unchurched families may not attend our churches, but they may send their children to Bible school. According to the Barna Group , "Nearly half (43%) of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (2004)."

The sad news is that the Barna Group also found that "Another shift in children’s ministry since 1997 has been the 12% decline in the percentage of churches offering Vacation Bible School (or VBS) - from 81% to 69%. That represents about 38,000 fewer churches offering VBS than eight years ago." In response to their question, "Why not offer VBS?" ,pastors' top three reasons were - a lack of teachers, a lack of time, and that they offer "other activities." I fear that another reason could be a lack of funds. If your church does not offer Vacation Bible School, I pray you will be the one God uses to get them to reconsider it. It doesn't have to be huge or expensive to touch the life of at least one child. You may even want to consider having your own Backyard Bible Club!

Whatever the case, we hope the following free Bible school resources will assist you in reaching boys and girls with the love of Christ.


Extras for Your Vacation Bible School

 

Christian object lessons  are great additions to any lesson or as a quick filler for in-between moments!
Bible Crafts are fun and great carry-home reminders of lessons!
Bible Games can be incorporated to compliment any VBS theme!
Bible Coloring sheets are also great fillers that still keep minds on the lesson being taught or for take-home fun!
Kid Snacks can also become an extension of a lesson and make VBS not only fun, but memorable!




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Free Vacation Bible School Lesson Themes

"Incredible Me!" - One in a Minion!

One of the greatest difficulties for kids of any age in this world we live is identity.  The world wants to mold and conform, and when we feel like we don't fit the "norm", we feel left out, invaluable, unloved and down right "weird"!  Well...they say fifty is the new thirty... so these lessons point out that "weird" or "different" can be the new cool!  Each of us is unique...a one of a kind...incredible me!

These are four lessons based on Psalm 139:14 - "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" helping students understand that they matter to God!  They can be incredible because of Jesus and for Jesus right here and right now!



  1. "I am Created" - I am incredible because God created me in His image!  Includes Bible verses from Psalm 139, Genesis & John with an object lesson & game!
  2. "I am Chosen" -  I am incredible because God loves me and has made a way for me to choose Him! A salvation focused lesson based on the life of David and how he was chosen but also chose God.
  3. "I am Christ's" - I am incredible because with Jesus I am never alone; He is always with me and makes me a part of God's family!  Based on the story of Ruth and Boaz.
  4. "I am Called" - I am incredible because God has a plan & purpose for my life! This is shown through the life of John the Baptist.  We make Jesus known to others!


"Wild West Wisdom"

This Western Vacation Bible School theme series of Bible lessons is about David's "outlaw years." It includes Western themed games and activities along with creative, printable "Wanted Posters" that outline the lessons for each day for children to take home with them.




"Kingdom Kids"


Use this theme to teach children how they can become a child of the King! This series of Bible lessons cover four kings and a queen. Included are themed games and crafts for five days of Bible School fun!

Lesson 1: Queen Esther
More on Esther...
Lesson 2: King David
More on David...
Lesson 3: King Solomon
Lesson 4: King Josiah
More on Josiah
Lesson 5: King Jesus


"Fishers of Men"


Use a fishing theme to encourage children not only to be "caught" by Jesus, but also to follow Him in becoming a fisher of men. If you live near a lake or pond, maybe plan an actual time for fishing too!


Lesson 1: Jonah - Caught by a Great Fish
Lesson 2: 12 Disciples Become Fishers of Men  - More on the disciples...
Lesson 3: Peter - A Great Fisher of Men
Lesson 4: Get Caught by Jesus! (Salvation)
Lesson 5: Tell Your Own Fishing Story

Fishing Bible Game
More Fishing Bible Crafts


More Free VBS Lesson Ideas:

DLTK's site also offers these four great free Bible School plans complete with curriculum and other fun activities:

F.R.O.G. - Fully Rely on God is a five day VBS curriculum that includes Bible lessons on Daniel and David from the Old Testament.

They also have five day VBS lessons dealing with The Fruit of the Spirit, The Parables of Jesus, and a Treasure theme that teaches Jesus is our greatest treasure!

This Olympic Theme can also be used for a one day VBS plan.