Cokesbury VBS Starter Kit 2019 "To Mars and Beyond"

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Cokesbury is an important friend to our website and we are excited to let you know about their new VBS curriculum for 2019 called “Mission to Mars.”

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us! – Ephesians 3:20

If you’re just hearing about this VBS theme, be sure to watch the video below and visit their website for yourself. Cokesbury is a name you can trust for Bible School materials and each year they keep getting better. Click here to download their theme / Bible lessons overview.
The giveaway on this post has ended and the winner notified by email.

One small step for your kids…one giant leap for God’s Kingdom!
Blast off with the first VBS to land on the moon! Cokesbury’s To Mars and Beyond will help kids discover the wonders of God’s universe. They’ll become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God’s power can take them. Beginning in your Assembly area-an outpost on Mars-they’ll lift off to distant planets on special missions to collect power sources. Along the way, they’ll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is always with them, too. Add to the adventure with out-of-this-world fun, learning, and timeless Bible stories that inspire kids to give glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine!
The theme verse (Vector Verse) is “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.” —Ephesians 3:20, CEB
The To Mars and Beyond Super Starter Kit has everything you need to help your kids explore where God’s power can take them! It includes:
Director Guide
Leader Guides for Bible Storyteller, Preschool/Kindergarten, Craft, Music, Science, Assembly, Recreation, Decorating, and Reflection Time
Sample copy of age-level student books for Preschool/Kindergarten, Younger Elementary, and Older Elementary
Complete Music CD
Samples of publicity and craft materials
Mega Media Pak
Access to FREE online registration for your church (CokesburyVBS.com)
Offer for free download of Mission and Snack Leaders
Sessions include:
Session 1 – Go Beyond with Faith! Daniel Trusts God in the Lions’ Den (Daniel 6)
Session 2 – Go Beyond with Boldness! Queen Esther Takes a Stand (Esther 4-9)
Session 3 – Go Beyond with Kindness! The Good Samaritan Helps a Fellow Traveler (Luke 10:25-37)
Session 4 – Go Beyond with Thankfulness! Jesus Heals 10 Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
Session 5 – Go Beyond with Hope! Jesus Comforts Friends on the Way to Emmaus (Matthew 24:13-35)
Order by August 31, 2018, and receive a FREE cardboard cut out of EP3-20 – the official To Mars and Beyond puppet! This is a great way to advertise your VBS this fall and winter! (35.44″ x 43.3″ x 13.75″)


82 thoughts on “Cokesbury VBS Starter Kit 2019 "To Mars and Beyond"”

  1. This looks like a complete blast, and it would fit so nicely with our goal of showing kids how God made everything for HIS OWN GLORY!

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  2. Kids from our church will surely enjoy and be blessed by this. It will engage not just their curiosity but their desire for more things beyond what we can see. It also puts VBS curriculums into the 21st century with an approach that our kids nowadays can relate. Thanks!

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  3. This look like the kids will be over the moon about this curriculum. Our students love studying about space and will tie in nicely with our lessons we are already teaching them. This will reinforce their learning of God building the Universe and the Miracle of How he created everything.

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  4. This sounds awesome! I think our kids would really be happy with this theme. This is modern and ups to date and has great choices for the daily bible lessons. Our kids are gonna love it!

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  5. I love Cokesbury and the themes chosen for VBS. We usually go the water themes but I really think the kids would enjoy this one!

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  6. I am that it is upbeat and active. No chance of boredom. I truly feel that for the first time doing a VBS program at our church, this would be great.

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  7. I just started looking a VBS stuff yesterday, and this came up on my computer! I think it is a sign! This looks like a really fun program that I would love to use!

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  8. Looks like a lot of fun. My Kidzrock kids would really love this theme. Addressing their interests using the Bible is so amazing. We recently took their love of dinosaurs and supported it using information from the Bible. Making the Bible relevant!

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  9. I am just becoming familiar with your ministry. I was very impressed with the Thanksgiving and Christmas curricula. Our children ages 5-13 will be captivated by this theme. They are very excited when they get to pray for others. Realizing that what they do is far beyond what they can see will be such an encouragement to them.

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  10. Wow! This sounds so great! Our kids would definitely love the theme. We do a Mr. Science lesson once a month so I’m so glad to see you’ve included the science part into the rotation. What fun!! I love to decorate for VBS and I can see the backdrops are wonderful.

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  11. This curriculum is engaging and exciting. Would be “Over The Moon and Back” if I win this for my churches children’s ministry!

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  12. So thankful for your ministry. I have just started Children’s Church for a pastor and I use your material most every Sunday. Our kids would love this theme. I would love to win this kit to use with my kids. Thanks so much Doris Holleman

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  13. The kids at the church I attend would be aghast! We don’t have very many and the budget is almost nonexistent (besides what comes out of our pocket). This would be a blessing and the kids probably wouldn’t know just what to say. We would be able to show the community we are apart of a fun way to share the gospel.

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  14. I’ve just discovered your site and it seems to be chock full of great ideas to energized the kids in our Sunday school class to really learn about Christian principles and to learn that being a Christian can be amazingly fun!

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  15. Mardy says
    November 8, 2018
    We did our own Bible School last summer! This “To Mars and Beyond” would be an awesome theme to promote for next summer. Thank you for this chance to win a free Bible School curriculum for our next summer Bible School!

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  16. We have been an established house church for 5 years and plan to move into our new church facility this winter. One of our first priorities is to make our church known to the children in our new community. This would definitely attract the children.

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  17. i have been subscribing for a long time and find your lessons very helpful, i hope to receive th vbs kit in due course. thank you

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  18. I wish to win this one because we’ve never had a VBS at our church. We love to have it but our church still haven’t found budget for it yet.

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  19. Hello, my name is Raúl Cárdenas from Spain. I am apart of the children’s ministry of Immanuel Baptist Church in Madrid. We are always thankful to the people who give out ideas and prayers to keep God’s work especially in children. We hope that many more will get to know Jesus and may He bless your continuous effort in glorifying him.

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  20. After viewing the video for this year’s vbs.. I was excited! We are a small church that are building our children’s ministry and we need an amazing and exciting theme like this to inspire our precious youth’ of God’s love..His goodness and power.

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  21. Cokesbury’s VBS 2019 “To Mars and Beyond” looks really awesome! My 8 year old granddaughter really liked the preview and loved the songs (she loves singing). I believe the kids will be excited to the point of exploding with the apparent high energy seen in the preview. Looks like it would keep their attention and pull them right into the action. Thanks Cokesbury for another great VBS program!

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  22. I had lost my desire to lead VBS over the last couple of years and by decision of our Youth Ed. team along with our pastor we chose not to do it last summer 2018. I do believe that was God’s timing for our smaller church as our pastor left shortly after that decision and we are journeying with a wonderful interim pastor right now as we wait on the Lord and pray for the Man he will be sending to us (http://southforkchurch.net/minister-search) and are also continuing in our 18 month quest to find an new youth pastor. This promo and looking at the themes and activities, etc. actually make me really excited to lead a VBS again, that and one of our young ones that asked if we would do VBS next summer because she missed it.
    We need to be raising up more young people to walk in dedication the the Lord Jesus and have the desire to want to serve Him in ministry. This curric. in the hands of loving church leaders around the country will surely help to do that!
    Thanks for this ministry and being faithful to the church of the Lord!
    Smaller but mighty church that has remained faithful to the Lord for over 180 years!
    http://southforkchurch.net/minister-search
    South Fork Church of Christ, Rochester, Illinois

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  23. We love using Cokesbury for our church. The programs and bible lessons fit in perfectly. “To Mars and Beyond” gives us so many opportunities and Ideas. Would love another great VBS with your material. Thanks

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  24. This curriculum looks awesome!! The children at our church really enjoy when I’m able to invest in something that is as creative as this Cokesbury VBS plan. Our church can’t typically afford something like this and the children at my church having access to this could change the way they look at VBS, church and God!

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  25. I like the idea of getting out of jungles and deserts and out into space! Music is 90% of our decision when picking a VBS. I like what I hear!

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  26. We would be so blessed to win this VBS! God is out of this world and sometimes it’s hard for kids to see beyond their own little universe and realize how big God’s creation really is. Yes, there is outer space created by the God who loves us all.

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  27. The Space theme is awesome! This would be a fabulous way for our church to do Vacation Bible School for the very first time.

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  28. This would truly be a blessing to win this for our group for VBS 2019- Love the topic would be interesting to see what it involves.

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  29. Our children at Full Gospel Fellowship would love having this kit to start off the NEW of never having vbs. But our new Pastor is making change. Praise the Lord. Thanks God Bless.

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  30. I would LOVE to use this for our Sunday School. The children would just love it too!! Looks like so much fun and an easy way for teachers to teach their lessons.

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  31. Our kids at New City Church would love this mars…velous outer space and beyond our galaxy experience!!! Our volunteers will have a spaceblastic time too!!! Love it!!!

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  32. Am so excited, its truly a blessing what you do. Our church is in Zambia in Central Africa and we have never had a VBS, but our children get to go to other ministries because we cant afford the it. It would be really nice to share these lesson with our children, I am sure they will love it. Thank you for this opportunity of taking part this great ministry.

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  33. This would surely bless our small hometown church. The children in our children’s ministry program would adore this! It would certainly reach far beyond the moon and back towards teaching them the wonders of our loving and powerful Lord!

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  34. Our kids would love to do this VBS theme! it is different and looks exciting! Our budget has never allowed us the indulgence of a new VBS kit. We have always used bits and pieces or homemade. Winning this would be a prayer answered!

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  35. Thank you for the chance. I think being at a Military Chapel, our kids would find it fun to be a on a mission just like their parents but to Mars. Looks really fun.

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  36. i’m new to full-time children’s ministry, and it is a lot of work and time…but seeing the word of God come alive in creative ways with our kids has been beyond rewarding! also, i feel it’s a cool, different theme than usually seen…would love to be a winner! but also just glad to see it and know what’s available for next year! gotta keep looking ahead 🙂

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  37. My 3 children and I have been attending and/or volunteering at VBSs at area churches for 12 years now. Wow! This year God has spoken to my husband, who is also our pastor, that our church will be doing a VBS of our own this summer! We are so excited for what God has for our church and community! We know this is only the beginning of our church ministering to the families of our community in a greater way. We’ve been looking at all the VBSs and really love the “Mission to Mars” theme! All these years of VBS and we’ve never seen a “space” theme. The Bible stories, focus verse, and daily points are perfect for where our children’s ministry is at right now. Thanks for the opportunity to win a starter kit! It would really help make our first VBS awesome!

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  38. Wow! Without watching the video, this already sounds “WOW”. I can imagine traveling the universe with the children learning about the Cosmos and other wonders of God while still studying the lives of Bible heroes and thereby helping them to grow in the knowledge of the will of God.
    I say God bless you as you keep allowing the Lord show you ways to bring His Word closer to children’s hearts.

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  39. I have been teaching in Sunday school in a local church in Nigeria for 7 year. I really want the children to have opportunity to learn more about God in exciting ways. Though local but i belief children here can also benefit from such wonderful experience in knowing more about God. God bless you.

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  40. What an adventure it would be if my Sunday schoolers were given the opportunity to travel to Mars. We are from Jamaica and this is one theme we have never thought of exploring. Children need to know that they can be heroes for God. And this kit would definitely give them that experience.

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  41. I have been working with the Youth in my church and my grandkids. And the most challenging experience is being able to keep the kids focus and the lessons fun. I believe just from watching your video that “To Mars And Beyond could meet that challenge. I want to be able to meet the need of educating kids to know at a young age that God’s word is their sword in life. One thing I continure to remind them is that we must need to know what that sword is made of. But I want them to have fun while learning. This could be the tool that I could use to Introduce VBS to the youth at my church and in the community.

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    • We just ran the drawing and you’re comment was the random winner! I’m sending you an email to get shipping information. Congratulations!

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  42. The theme will definitely be the best.for our church who ministers to the children of different faiths during the VBS . TjTha you for giving us the opportunity to use your material.

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  43. I am so done with pokemon and yugi oh cards. Its nice to get something the kids in childrens church can have that is fundamental to learning about God.

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  44. Good content…I have started to use this for my Scripture class at Primary school in Fiji, and also at my Sunday school class. Much appreciate your commitment to children and to God’s Word. Love the Memory Verse – just fits perfectly. God bless you all

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  45. I’m really excited to use this theme/series in our VBS to share and experience God’s Greatness to our students.
    God bless ?

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  46. Oh our kids would enjoy this curriculum. Especially the whole space theme! We have little to no budget for VBS. Faith Community Church, Staten Island NY – Diane Petrosino – Director of Children’s ministries

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  47. What an exciting theme! I have so many kids that are all about STEM and this VBS theme would fit right in. We are super excited for the chance of winning the starter kit.

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