Are you researching VBS themes for 2011? This page helps you compare the different curricula and choose the right one for your church’s Vacation Bible School. Below you will find links to the official publishers websites and our reviews as they starter kits ship. We also have dozens of articles to help you plan your Vacation Bible School.
In January, our readers voted on the “Most Appealing 2011 VBS Theme.”
Group VBS 2011 | my video preview | our review | music samples | starter kit unboxing | Choose from two different options for your church’s Vacation Bible School program. Read our coverage of the Group 2011 VBS Theme announcement or visit their official website to learn more. We hope to review this theme on our website in late December. For more information see Group’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
LifeWay VBS 2011 | preview the starter kit
You can also pick from 2 VBS theme options from LifeWay. Their main program for 2011 is called Big Apple Adventure and is a New York City themed Vacation Bible School. We plan to write an in-depth review in early December, but for now you can visit the official website to learn more. Learn more about both programs from their community website or VBS blog. One church plant in NYC is even willing to parter with your kids for a missions offering, click here to learn more.
Kickin’ It Old School | preview the starter kit | my podcast with Go Fish | The Go Fish Guys have released their second Vacation Bible School theme. It’s a project where they update classic hymns for a new generation of kids and families to love. This is only their second VBS program, but they’re off to a great start. Download samples at their website and Facebook page.
Gospel Light VBS 2011
The curriculum that features “Jesus Every Day” has a new theme for next summer called Son Surf Beach Bash VBS. This is something of a safe concept, since most publishers have tried a beach theme for their Vacation Bible School materials. I’ve looked through the initial information and we will post a full review once we see the curriculum first hand. Check out their official website for more details and to hear the theme song.
Cokesbury VBS 2011 | preview the starter kit
I really like the creative direction for Cokesbury this year. Their new 2011 VBS theme is built around chefs and cooking. It’s called “Shake It Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe.” The daily Bible recipes are based on biblical feasts and the principles they teach about following God’s plan. If you want something very original for a Bible school program, you should give this one a closer look. Check out the official website to learn more.
Regular Baptist Press | preview the starter kit | our review | Rev It Up! Full Throttle for God is a NASCAR themed VBS for 2011. This may have strong tie-in with boys who love stock car racing, or next Summer’s big movie “Cars 2.” Learn more at their official website.
Mission to MARS | read our review
This is the 2011 VBS theme from WordAction Publishing. This is one of the few space themed choices this year. MARS stands for “meet a risen Savior.” For ordering information visit the official website or Facebook page.
Beach Blast VBS | read our review | preview the starter kit | This is the simplified Vacation Bible School program from LifeWay that is designed for smaller churches. It’s scaled back to include only 3 rotations and fit within a 2 hour time frame. The Bible lessons are broadly graded. To learn more and hear music samples, you can visit their official website.
10/40 Expedition: Quest for the Lost Window is a unique new VBS program that’s all about missions education. It’s produced by a mission organization called “Advancing Native Missions.” To learn more, read our review or visit their official website. This is their first year offering, but this one is worth looking over for any church that wants to education kids about missions among unreached areas of the world.
Other VBS Themes for 2011
Group Holy Land Adventure
Answers In Genesis VBS
reThink Group // Orange Curriculum
Great Commission Publications
- Faith Expedition | official website
Voice of the Martyrs
- “Kids of Courage” teaches about the persecuted church | official website
Next Generation for Christ
Urban Ministries Inc.
- Jesus Truth Seekers “Mission Possible” | official website
- has updated the “reNew Green VBS” from their Spark House division, click here to read Glen’s review or visit the official website
- TREASURE QUEST pursing the riches of Christ | official website
VBS Reachout Adventures
David C. Cook
- no new VBS theme announced for 2011, older programs still available on their website
- no news about a 2011 VBS theme
Non-Dated Bible School Curriculum
There are also several smaller publishers who produce VBS materials that can be used any year. Here are a few that might interest you. This often double as Backyard Bible Club curriculum.
- Don’t miss our free curriculum for Armor of God VBS and Fruit of the Spirit VBS
- Children Desiring God VBS is a good option if theology is more important that supporting materials and high-gloss themes.
- City Light Ministries has several VBS programs under $50 and delivered electronically for download.
- Truth Quest also offers some VBS programs including a new Fire Fighters VBS for 2010
- The 1040 Expedition is a VBS program focused on missions education.
- Christian Olympics Vacation Bible School theme – free VBS curriculum
Catholic Vacation Bible School Curriculum
Most everything on our site is written from an Evangelical Protestant perspective, but here are a few links for our Catholic friends who put up with us. Check out these VBS programs written especially for Roman Catholic Churches.
- PandaMana (Catholic Version) from Our Sunday Visitor
- Allelu – Catholic VBS
- Cat Chat Vacation Bible School | official site
- Growing with the Saints Catholic VBS – official website
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