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2011 VBS Curriculum

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ReNew and the Parable of the Sower (age specific material)

Printed on recycled paper and soy-based ink, this green VBS program brings together the Bible and environmental stewardship. Besides being a flexible program that encourages hope, opportunity, and service, ReNew is based on one story: Jesus’ Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9). Children explore the parable in-depth, rather than trying to learn multiple non-consecutive stories over a short period.

Baobab Blast (Age specific material)

Theme: Overall theme verse is Psalm 50:1 “From the East to the West, the powerful Lord God has been calling together everyone on earth.” Set under the giant African Baobab tree (a symbol of the church community) children explore their faith and build relationships.

Congregational Ministries Publishing of the PC(USA) (

Congregational Ministries Publishing of the PC(USA) is selling all material for previous years of VBS for 75 percent off the original retail price. Clearance VBS materials include Baobab Blast and Discover Canyon. The program contains five flexible “Activity Sites” to engage kids in the joy of God’s community. Families take trips to the Grand Canyon to see the wonders of creation. In Discover Canyon children explore the wonders of faith. Offer valid while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Another curriculum option is under consideration – but not available by the Outlook deadline.

Cokesbury/Abingdon Press (

Shake It Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe (Age specific material)

Children will explore the Bible as an exciting cookbook filled with recipes for living out God’s Word. The setting for this program is a kid-friendly café full of chef’s hats and aprons, pots and pans, checkered tablecloths, and chalkboard menus. Through interactive lessons, that are easy for kids to apply to their lives today, boys and girls will celebrate Biblical festivals that reveal ingredients for being a follower of God.

Concordia Publishing

Big Jungle Adventure: A Faith Journey With Jesus (Age specific material)

With this program children learn they are never alone during their adventure of life because Jesus is by their side. A new feature – grab-and-go guides – a four-page guide that simply explains the lesson for teachers. The program is designed to reduce preparation time for teachers.

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PandaMania: Where God is Wild About You! (Age specific).

A bamboo forest is the setting for this program. Small groups called Crews rotate to stations like games, crafts, Bible adventures, and a video visit with Chadder Chipmunk™. Each day the children’s activities are connected to the day’s Bible point to reinforce the lessons.

Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid (Intergenerational)

Small groups (named after the Tribes of Israel) explore the Nazareth Marketplace, try classic games, and visit with Mary, Jesus’ mom. Kids choose which Marketplace shops they want to visit during the week. Marketplace shops allow participants to create crafts and projects, pet animals, sample foods like the ones Jesus might have eaten, and more!

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SonSurf Beach Bash (Age specific material)

Learn about cool sea creatures like clownfish, dolphins, and sea turtles. As the children explore the wonders of the beach they will also explore answers to their faith questions, like Who is Jesus? Why Can I Trust Jesus? It’s a rewarding week for you and your children.

Other programs available: SonRock Kids Camp, Kingdom of the Son, SonHarvest County Fair.


Big Apple Venture (Intergenerational)

Explore the big city while connecting with Jesus. Theme Verse: So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message of Jesus Christ. — Romans 10:17

Club VBS: Beach Blast (Age specific material)

This is a flexible program suitable for VBS or anytime. Kids will catch the wave of God’s faithfulness as they learn all about His love for them. Theme Verse: God is faithful; by Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, 1 Cor. 1:9.

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Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street: Where Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day! (Age specific material)

Jesus turned lives upside down and hearts inside out through parables that challenged people to look at themselves and others in new and unexpected ways. Each day of this VBS program, a new parable is used to teach and reinforce Jesus’ message. Stories about whiny workers teaches gratitude, roadside rescue teaches compassion, a shocking servant teaches forgiveness, a warmest welcome teaches grace, and the master’s money teaches faithfulness. O