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Vacation Bible School

Updated on March 28, 2015

One Sample Lesson

The first lesson for this curriculum, including the theme song is now available as a free download. You can even use it stand alone with no additional permission if you like!

Just click that link below to find the Sample Link.

Jesus is Turnin' the Town Upside Down

A Brand New VBS

A lot of what God, and then Jesus, did was very upside down or backwards to the way the world thinks. David winning the battle with Goliath, shepherds being the first to hear the Savior had come, fishermen being chosen to spread the most important message even given to humans, these are just a few of the upside down/backward things we read about in scripture. One of the most important upside down/backwards thing in the Bible is Jesus, the perfect One, dying in place of all the imperfect ones. When we realize that all of our goodness is like filthy rags, but God chose us anyway, the upside downness of God’s plan seems a lot less backward.

This is the message of this VBS. Read below to see the overview, hear a few songs and find out how you can order for your church's Vacation Bible School Ministry.

Every aspect of the event will point the kids to these simple truths, the Upside Down Themes for the five days:

  1. All of my goodness is not good enough
  2. God chose me even though no one else does
  3. Jesus, the One with no sin, died for me, to pay the price for my sin
  4. Death is not the end, and the King wants to be my friend
  5. God helps us praise even when things aren’t good

Included in the Reproducible Curriculum

The Curriculum includes

  1. Complete Bible Based stories for a five day Vacation Bible School Program
  2. Complete Craft instructions as well as a teaching moment to tie the craft into the lesson
  3. Scripts for Opening Worship, Closing Worship, and music classes
  4. Sound trax, motions and lead sheets for three original songs and two cover songs and lead sheets for two other familiar Bible School Songs
  5. Complete Snack and Game ideas and instructions with teaching moments for each to tie them into the lesson for the day.
  6. Memory Verses for each of the five days.
  7. Bonus activities with the stories for classes that finish early.
  8. One skit for each day
  9. Full script for a closing program.

The Memory Verses for the Week

  1. DAY ONE
    All of my goodness is like dirty rags to God - Isaiah 64:6b
  2. DAY TWO
    People look at what’s on the outside, but God looks at the heart. - 1 Samuel 16:7
  3. DAY THREE
    Even though I am stained red because of sin,
    God will clean me as white as snow - Isaiah 1:18
  4. DAY FOUR
    I don’t call you servants anymore, now I call you friends. - John 15:15
  5. DAY FIVE
    For Christ’s sake I delight in the hard times . . .
    For when I am weak, then I am strong - 2 Corinthians 12:10

© 2015 Lynne Modranski

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      Lynne Modranski 2 years ago from Ohio

      My personal qualifications on choosing any curriculum:

      1. The curriculum focuses on Jesus Christ and his crucifixion and resurrection being the basis of salvation.

      2. The curriculum writers believe the basics of the faith. For example that which you might find in the Apostles' Creed or Nicene Creed. (because as different as those truly Christian beliefs are - we really have more in common than one might imagine)

      3. The amount of resources available and the ease to prepare for volunteers - 'cause lets face it, most of our volunteers don't have time to spend weeks preparing.

      4. Our church uses the music to decide whether we like the VBS - not necessarily a deal breaker for everyone, but it's our final criteria.

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      Joseph O Polanco 2 years ago

      Interesting hub :)

      Now, given all the competing teachings regarding Jesus, in particular, and his Creator, in general, how would you decide on which version to promote in your VBS?

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I look forward to all the new VBS programs each year. It's such a good way to involve the community.

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      Lynne Modranski 2 years ago from Ohio

      Perspycacious - You are correct, that's the plan! I hope to have the sample available soon. In fact, I should eventually have an Amazon link on there too!

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      Lynne Modranski 2 years ago from Ohio

      Celafoe, I am approving your comment because everyone has the right to be heard. Yes, you are correct, the father and mother are responsible for training their children. And part of my job as a parent was to put as many Godly people in my children's lives as was humanly possible. My kids attended at least three VBS's at neighboring churches every year. They also went to church camp where they heard about Jesus. You see, I knew if my children heard from other reputable adults that Jesus Christ loved them they were more likely to believe what I say. As a young child, children believe everything you say, but as they grow older, they become a bit skeptical. I wanted them to know I wasn't the only one who believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior.

      You are free to believe whatever you like. However, I believe that the Holy Spirit has asked me to help parents reach their children for Jesus Christ.

      And - my child rearing philosophy worked . . . not only do I have three daughters who all go to church of their own choosing, they are all three sold out followers of Jesus Christ, raising children who love Jesus. Plus they are productive in society, helping others, serving and loving. One is a successful owner of several small businesses, one is a fitness instructor and the third teaches middle school children in the public school (probably the hardest job of the three).

      I've watched people raise their children as you suggest, and with the influences of the world, I've never seen it work. Perhaps you have . . . I hope so. There are a lot of adults out there "teaching" kids every thing under the sun. From Disney to the teacher at school. I prefer to give the kids in my very small church (because we don't focus on numbers, we focus on Jesus) a leg up by introducing them to as many adults as possible who love them and whom they can grow trust to show them the best life possible.

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      charlie 2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      what scripture gives you authority to teach another persons children?? VBS is not scriptural and is simply another of the programs of men in the churches of men.

      Scripture tells us the father is responsible for the children. God never gave children to the apostate churches of men and their fables. He gave them to the parents and they will answer to Him for how he fulfills his obligation

      One believing parent sanctifies the children until they are of maturity to be accountable. The church (God,s people) not those in the building they erroneously call a church, being led by some man who calls himself pastor or whatever title he fees he deserves, are to be reaching the PARENTS not the children. but of course the churches of men use any means possible to reach their attendance goals, even it violates scripture.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I get the impression this is advertising something you are wanting to eventually sell with some link from the follow-on HubPages article which will provide the link for that along with the "downloadable sample."

      Is that the plan here?