In earlier posts I’ve shared ideas for doing Vacation Bible School creatively and inexpensively. Click here for a review of a curriculum that focuses on clean water and living water. Click here for a post about ways our church has done VBS on a shoestring and a list of some more resources.
Here’s an idea for using summer VBS to look more deeply at the Christmas stories. This past Advent, one of our adult Sunday School classes enjoyed Adam Hamilton’s book and five-session dvd study entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem. In the dvd Hamilton takes viewers to see Nazareth and Bethlehem and the likely route Mary and Joseph took on their journey. A youth edition and a children’s edition of the study are also available. You can see them all on the Cokesbury website.
While I haven’t reviewed the youth edition, I do have a copy of the children’s edition, written by Daphna Flegal, and it is full of great ideas and reproducible materials, readily adaptable to just about any situation. Here are its contents:
Art Show (invitation)
Suggestions for an All-Church Event
Lesson 1: Mary
Lesson 2: Joseph
Lesson 3: Elizabeth
Lesson 4: The Journey to Bethlehem
- Lesson 5: The Shepherds
With all these materials you could plan a VBS for ages four through adult.
Image: Bethlehem Gate