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VBS Summer 2021

Updated: Sep 7, 2021


Welcome to Vacation Bible School!! Here you'll find all of the videos needed to follow along each day!


DAY 1: GOD KNOWS YOU

Bible Story: God identifies David as the future king. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Bible Verse: “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” (Psalm 139:1)


Consider This:

*Through the prophet Samuel, God warned his people of the hardships they’d endure at the hand of a king (1 Samuel 8:10-18). Yet their desire to be led by a human king—rather than by God—overtook Samuel’s candid cautions. So God gave them a king in Saul.

*King Saul’s initial humility soon transformed into hubris. He became rebellious and arrogant, leading God to choose a new leader for his people (1 Samuel 15:22-23).

*It’s unlikely that David’s family understood exactly the significance of Samuel’s anointing. For safety’s sake, Samuel wouldn’t have wanted to broadcast God’s designation of a new king while Saul still sat on the throne!

*Samuel showed his humanity when he evaluated each of Jesse’s sons based on outward appearance. God wasn’t interested in someone who looked like a king; God knew that David had the heart of a king!

*David ranked so low in his family that his father didn’t even invite him to the sacrifice with Samuel (1 Samuel 16:11). Instead, he tended the sheep—the job of a servant.

*Scholars estimate that David was about 10 to 15 years old when Samuel anointed him.


Why It Matters…

A recent survey found that more kids aspire to be a YouTube “star” than an astronaut, doctor, teacher, or musician. It’s no surprise that today’s kids crave fame and recognition. Yet as adults who love and lead kids, we need to ask “why?” Why do kids desperately desire to be known? What’s missing in their world? in their hearts? In the technology-induced information overload, kids can feel invisible. Unimportant. Insignificant. That’s why today’s message brings hope! God, the creator of the universe, knows your heart. Kids don’t need to strive for celebrity when they discover that God knows and loves them!


As you embark on this VBS journey today, keep saying: "God Knows You!"


Meet today's Bible memory buddy and learn today's Bible point!


Watch today's skit!



Time to praise God with some awesome songs!



Click to watch today's Bible story!



Learn to work a new science gizmo in Imagination Station!





Grab a snack and watch the Kid Vid Cinema video of the day!



Now you can complete your craft!


Day 1: Treasure Map



This map will help to guide you through the week!! Check in with your treasure map each day as a reminder to review the daily bible point as you take a moment to talk to Jesus! You can color your map all at once or a little bit each day!


End the day with some more praise and worship!





DAY 2: GOD HEARS YOU


Bible Story: David escapes Saul and writes psalms to God. (1 Samuel 23:1-14; Psalm 86) Bible Verse: “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.” (Psalm 116:1)


Consider This:

* Saul, jealous of David’s popularity, kept David and his men on the run. But David repeatedly resisted opportunities to harm Saul, in spite of the danger he faced daily. Not only did David have to flee from Saul (his own king), but he also chose to fight the Philistines (his people’s enemy) at the same time!

* Abiathar the priest brought the ephod to allow David to speak with and listen to God. A chestpiece attached to the ephod contained the Urim and Thummim (Exodus 28:30), small metal or stone objects. Priests used these to ask God “yes” or “no” questions, to seek his guidance and will.

* David posed no small threat to King Saul, since David’s army numbered around 600 men!

* After David escaped Saul in Keilah, the Ziphites located David and planned to deliver him to Saul. During this time, David wrote Psalm 54, in which he cries out, “Listen to my prayer, O God. Pay attention to my plea.”

* Scholars are unsure exactly how long David ran from Saul. However, some historians estimate it to be around seven years! During that time, David had countless reasons to call out to God in desperation, triumph, sorrow, and loneliness.

* Since some psalms don’t list an author, it’s unclear how many David wrote. However, Bible scholars believe the shepherd-king wrote at least 73 (and possibly more) of the 150 songs in this book!


Why It Matters…

Kids can tell you exactly what it’s like to be ignored or unheard. They know what it feels like to talk to a busy parent or teacher who responds with a distracted “Mm-hmm.” They’ve been that hand, waving in the air, that didn’t get called on to share an answer. And even when someone is tuned in, kids may not have the words to express what they’re feeling. What a gift to discover that God hears every whispered worry or spoken celebration. The God who treasures us is eagerly awaiting conversation with us! Today we learn that not only does God hear our voices…but God also hears our hearts!


As you embark on this VBS journey today, keep saying: "God Hears You!"


Meet today's Bible memory buddy and learn today's Bible point!



Watch today's skit!



Join in for some praise and worship!





Click to watch today's Bible story!




Learn to work a new science gizmo in Imagination Station!



Grab a snack and watch the Kid Vid Cinema video of the day!



Now you can complete your craft!


Day 2: Decorate your own hat!



When you’re treasure hunting, you need to make sure you are wearing the right gear! Now you can decorate your very own hat! Use the washi tape and stickers to decorate your hat the way you want it.



End the day with some more praise and worship!




DAY 3: GOD COMFORTS YOU


Bible Story: God reassures King Hezekiah. (2 Kings 18:5–19:34)

Bible Verse: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” (2 Corinthians 1:4


Consider This:

* Hezekiah inherited a weakened realm, surrounded by powerful kingdoms such as Egypt and Assyria. Nevertheless, he immersed himself in repairing Jerusalem’s fortifications, manufacturing weapons, and overseeing the creation of the Siloam Tunnel to safeguard their water supply.

* The gold and silver tribute Hezekiah paid to the Assyrian king likely weighed about 26 tons!

* Not only did the Assyrian field commander hurl a hurricane of insults at Hezekiah, but he did it in Hebrew so Judah’s onlookers could understand every offensive word. At the time, Aramaic was the official language, so it’s surprising that this officer had such a mastery of Hebrew.

* Hezekiah responded dramatically to the Assyrian lies, threats, and insults. He clothed himself in sackcloth, as a sign of mourning. He headed to the temple and laid the offensive words before God. Then he cried out to God, imploring him to turn his eyes and ears toward his vulnerable children.

* Apparently the Assyrians had destroyed the surrounding farmland, prohibiting God’s people from planting adequate crops. Yet in 2 Kings 19:29, God promises that his people will have enough food to last two seasons. What a comforting assurance!


Why It Matters…

Though they may not be familiar with his story yet, children may be able to relate to Hezekiah. Maybe they’ve experienced a bully’s threats or felt the sting when a schoolmate spreads lies. It’s likely that they know what it’s like when circumstances seem too big and overwhelming and it feels like the world has turned against them. God doesn’t promise to take away our problems…but he does promise to be with us, holding us through each one. Today, share your own stories of how you’ve found comfort in God’s presence. As Isaiah did for Hezekiah, be the voice of God’s reassuring comfort when life’s worries press in


Meet today's Bible memory buddy and learn today's Bible point!



Watch today's skit!



Join in for some praise and worship!



Click to watch today's Bible story!



Learn to work a new science gizmo in Imagination Station!



Grab a snack and watch the Kid Vid Cinema video of the day!



Now you can complete your craft!


Day 3 Craft: Paint your own treasure chest



Use the paints to paint your chest. Once the paint dries, you can ask a family member to have a treasure hunt with you by taking turns hiding all of the coins!


End the day with some more praise and worship!




DAY 4: GOD FORGIVES YOU


Bible Story: Jesus reinstates Peter. (John 18:1–21:19)

Bible Verse: “But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love.” (Nehemiah 9:17


Consider This:

* Peter, whose name means “stone” or “rock,” had trouble displaying a firm faith. When Jesus first called him, Peter doubted Jesus’ wisdom (Luke 5:1-10). During a storm, he walked on stormy seas to be near Jesus…yet Jesus asked him, “Why did you doubt me?” (Matthew 14:27-31)

* Peter first denied Jesus when questioned by a seemingly powerless slave girl (John 18:15-18). Historians note that slave girls practically held the least amount of importance or influence in that time.

* Warming himself at a charcoal fire, Peter is questioned two more times and denies knowing Jesus each time. It’s interesting that John 21 records Jesus and Peter’s reunion after the resurrection at a charcoal fire as well!

* The first two times Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” he uses the word agapeo for “love,” which means a sacrificial love. In Peter’s response, he consistently uses the word phileo for “love,” which refers to an affectionate, friendly love. Scholars debate the reason the two different forms of “love” are used. Perhaps Peter is acknowledging his shortcomings compared to the overwhelming love displayed by Jesus.


Why It Matters…

Most children equate forgiveness with simply saying a hurried “I’m sorry” after they’ve wronged a friend or family member. Yet true forgiveness goes beyond mere words. It includes undeserved mercy, healing, renewal, and grace. Forgiveness means restoring brokenness and starting fresh. Kids may have heard about Jesus’ death on a cross, but it’s difficult to understand that God required such sacrifice for complete atonement. Guide kids as they discover the life-changing truth that Jesus’ death provided a way for them to be with God forever. Today's lesson can show kids that God loves them enough to completely wipe away their wrongdoings, restoring a priceless friendship with our loving Father.


Meet today's Bible memory buddy and learn today's Bible point!



Watch today's skit!



Join in for some praise and worship!



Click to watch today's Bible story!



Learn to work a new science gizmo in Imagination Station!




Grab a snack and watch the Kid Vid Cinema video of the day!



Now you can complete your craft!

Day 4: Bracelet: Use the supplies to make your own bracelet!



End the day with some more praise and worship!


DAY 5: GOD CHOOSES YOU


Bible Story: God chooses Esther to save her people. (Esther 2–8)

Bible Verse: “I have called you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)


Consider This:

* During his reign, King Xerxes invaded Greece, using one of the largest armies in ancient history, as well as a sizable navy. Unfortunately, the invasion ultimately failed.

* Nebuchadnezzar captured Mordecai’s ancestors, taking them from Jerusalem into Babylon. In Daniel, you can read about a few other Bible heroes captured at the same time!

* Although the name of God is never mentioned openly in the book of Esther, it’s clear that Mordecai believed in God’s sovereign plan for placing Esther in the role of queen so she could save God’s people.

* Haman offered an enormous sum of money to the men who would annihilate the Jews. The sum of 10,000 talents of silver was nearly two-thirds of the annual income of the entire kingdom. Scholars assume this money would have come from the plunder taken from the slain Jews.

* King Xerxes gave Mordecai a distinctive honor when he allowed Mordecai to wear a robe the king had worn. In ancient times, such an act signified a sharing of the king’s power, status, and honor.

* The book of Esther ends with a festival called Purim. Today, Jews still celebrate Purim, usually in March. Leaders read the book of Esther in the synagogue. Congregants cheer when they hear Mordecai’s name and hiss when they hear Haman’s name.


Why It Matters…

Being chosen feels special, doesn’t it? But it’s likely that Esther felt unprepared for the task for which God chose her. As much as kids love being selected for something special, they may feel a bit like Esther when they’re called on to befriend a newcomer at school, stand up to a bully, or share their faith. Kids may wonder if God really knows what he’s doing…and if they really can do such bold feats. Yet God didn’t only choose to love us— he chooses each of us to do his amazing work! Today's activities encourage kids that they’ve been handpicked by God to be an integral, important part of his kingdom work!


Meet today's Bible memory buddy and learn today's Bible point!



Watch today's skit!



Join in for some praise and worship!



Click to watch today's Bible story!



Learn to work a new science gizmo in Imagination Station!



Grab a snack and watch the Kid Vid Cinema video of the day!



Now you can complete your craft!


Day 5: I Spy Bottle



For this project you will need to use a funnel. You can use one that you have around your house, or you can make a simple one by rolling a piece of paper. Once you have your funnel, begin by pouring in some of your rice. Alternate between pouring in the rice and dropping in your little objects. Continue until you’re out of rice. Put the top back on the bottle and shake it up! Now you have an I Spy Game! Note: if younger children will be using the I Spy Bottle, you will want to secure the lid with duct tape or a strong glue to prevent the bottle opening and creating a choking hazard.


End the day with some more praise and worship!





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