Vacation Bible School Themes for 2018
Now is the time of year folks get excited planning Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) in their area. These are week-long programs featuring camp-style activities and crafts presented alongside Bible stories with a side of snacks.
VBS is near to our hearts as we reflect on the summers we spent either in the inner-cities, backyards, churches or at neighborhood homes.
We’ve scoped out this year’s themes, and see how easy it will be to use lights with each one.
Here are this year’s curriculum and lighting ideas:
GAME ON by Lifeway
From the Lifeway website: LifeWay’s 2018 VBS invites your kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. (vbs.lifeway.com)
Lights: Use mini Christmas lights in a variety of colors to separate rotation stations. Make the Opening Pep Rally really sparkle!
2. SHIPWRECKED by Group
From the Group Website: Spark Imagination With Faith-Building Fun!
Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. (group.com)
Lights: Use White Christmas Lights to accent a fun island hut accent with palm fronds and party accessories.
Blue chasing mini lights are perfect for simulating “water” for island decor.
Mix the white and chasing lights with steady-on blue light strings to add texture.
Here’s a quick video showing what chasing mini lights look like in action:
3. ROLLING RIVER by Cokesbury
From the Cokesbury website: Cokesbury’s Rolling River Rampage invites children on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace! (Cokesbury VBS)
4. POLAR BLAST by Group
From the Group website: Sled into an ice way to spend the ultimate summer weekend. At Polar Blast kids chill with new friends and warm up to Jesus–the coolest friend of all. (group.com)
5. SPLASH MOUNTAIN by Concordia’s
From Concordia’s website: Splash Canyon VBS is packed with thrills and spills as kids Discover God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride. Take the plunge and teach kids God is with us, God gives us life, He is faithful, He gives hope, and Jesus is our savior. On life’s wild ride, Jesus is always by our side! (concordiasupply.com)
Lights: Use white curtain lights behind blue sheer fabric to create the look of a waterfall.
Twinkle lights will make a beautiful night sky in your meeting space.
From the Group website: Join Daniel—torn from his home and forced into the king’s service. Explore exotic sights and smells in a Babylonian bazaar! Kids and adults will find that they’re not much different from Daniel and his friends, who kept their faith in a faithless culture. (group.com)
Lights: White Christmas lights on a black wire can create the starry night effect.
Using lights alongside your VBS decor is the easiest way to really add a “wow factor” when families walk through the door.
Let us know how you light this year’s events!