The Best Vacation Bible School Kits for 2016

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Our Annual VBS Reviews
Each year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching reviews as many Vacation Bible School kits as we can get our hands on. We open the kits, pour through all the materials, listen to the CDs and/or watch the videos. We look at engagement, theme, theology, and adaptability. After compiling the pros and cons of each program, we select our annual top picks.

You can read our detailed reviews by clicking the following link: VBS Reviews 2016. Our five favorite programs are listed below as our top picks, in alphabetical order.


Our Top VBS Picks for 2016 (listed alphabetically)

Abundance_Orchard-blog-finalAbundance Orchard
Published by the Society of St Andrew

“The curriculum encourages the development of empathy, and invites the children not only into the Bible stories, but also to reflect on the meaning of the stories in their own lives. ”



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Global Ministries (United Church of Christ and the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ)

“The Global Ministries curricula – Journey to Congo, Journey to Colombia, Journey to India – emphasize that we are all God’s people and interrelated. Each program offers engagement with scripture, as well as an introduction to the country through worship, music, crafts, games, and snacks.”


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Abingdon Press

“Joy in Jesus predominantly reflects the music, syntax, and visual representations of the African American community, its primary audience. All churches who want to confront the racial issues our nation is facing, however, should consider this joyful curriculum that is filled with hope.”


Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Lovelogo-glow

“A theological background that emphasizes love, grace, and God’s continuous presence. The Bible stories, the central part of Surf Shack, help students see God at work in their lives and experience the love of


surpriseSurprise! Stories of Discovering Jesus

“This program really shines as a coherent program to teach comprehensively five different Bible stories: Jesus in the Temple as a child; Jesus blessing the children; feeding the 5,000; Jesus and Nicodemus; and Jesus on the road to Emmaus.”


Read the Full Reviews
For detailed reviews of all five programs, plus reviews for dozens of other VBS programs, download the full VBS Reviews 2016.


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