VBS 2020 Theme Overviews - Orange VBS, Lifeway VBS, Group VBS

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VBS 2019 may be in the books (or close to being wrapped up!), but it is definitely time to be thinking about VBS 2020! It’s an exciting time of year for both VBS directors and those of us that create VBS resources because we get to begin building excitement about the amazing themes for VBS 2020!

To help leaders see basic information all in one place, I thought it may be helpful to put some details about several of the most popular VBS products all in one place. Of course I have a favorite VBS curriculum, but looking through the themes that have been released, 2020 is going to be a lot of fun for a lot of kids!

And if you need other VBS-related resources, here are a couple of suggestions for free downloads that are perfect for leaders wrapping up their 2019 VBS programs!

So without further ado, please check out a few of the upcoming VBS themes for 2020!


THEME: Focus
TAGLINE: Take a Closer Look
THEME VERSE: Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith. Hebrews 12:2a
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Get ready for your VERY BEST SUMMER in 2020! FOCUS VBS will help kids dive deeper into their faith. Your preschoolers through preteens will have a blast as they discover how to trust in what they CAN’T see because of what they CAN see.


By putting the FOCUS on God and His amazing plan for us. We’ll use this week to explore four different ways we can FOCUS on God:

Day 1
Bible Story: Seeing God in Creation
Daily Scripture: Romans 1:2
Bottom Line: FOCUS on what you can see.
Day 2
Bible Story: The Wise and Foolish Builders
Daily Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27
Bottom Line: You can HEAR from God.
Day 3
Bible Story: Peter Says that Jesus is the Messiah
Daily Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
Bottom Line: You can TALK with others about what you believe.
Day 4
Bible Story: The Lord’s Prayer
Daily Scripture: Matthew 6:5-13
Bottom Line: You can PRAY anytime, anywhere, about anything.
Day 5
Bible Story: The Greatest Commandment
Daily Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40; 1 Corinthians 13
Bottom Line: You can LIVE for God by loving others.


THEME: Rocky Railway
TAGLINE: Jesus’ power pulls us through
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Each day at Rocky Railway VBS, kids track through field-tested rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures. At Rocky Railway, one memorable Bible Point is reinforced throughout each station, each day—making it easy to apply long after VBS is over.
Day 1
Bible Point: Jesus’ power helps us do hard things.
Key Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
Bible Story: Ananias helps Saul
Day 2
Bible Point: Jesus’ power gives us hope.
Key Bible Verse: Psalm 31:24
Bible Story: Paul encourages others in a storm and shipwreck
Day 3
Bible Point: Jesus’ power helps us be bold.
Key Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:29
Bible Story: Paul and John teach about Jesus
Day 4
Bible Point: Jesus’ power lets us live forever.
Key Bible Verse: Romans 8:11
Bible Story: Jesus’ death and resurrection
Day 5
Bible Point: Jesus’ power helps us be good friends.
Key Bible Verse: John 15:12
Bible Story: The church is united
LEARN MORE: Group.com


THEME: Concrete & Cranes
TAGLINE: Building on the Love of Jesus
THEME VERSE: I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (CSB)
MOTTO: Jesus! Our strong foundation!
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: This summer, kids will grab their hard hats and head out to the construction site to discover that skyscrapers aren’t the only things that need a rock-solid foundation.
During VBS, kids will discover that Jesus’ love provides a foundation that will last. When the storms of life come, they’ll need the One who will be with them to the end of the age. When anxiety sets in, they’ll need the assurance that true worth comes from being a child of God, not from what other people think about them. When they feel unworthy, they can remember that Jesus loved them enough to die for them. They’ll learn to be wise builders who continue in what they’ve learned and firmly believe. And they will discover that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion. We’re all a work in progress. Life is a hard hat zone. But just wait ‘til you see what God will do!
Day 1
Bible Story: Jesus Chose Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13)
The Point: Jesus chooses to love me. I can’t earn it.
Bonus Verse: As the Father has love me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. John 15:9
Day 2
Bible Story: Paul’s Redemption (Acts 26:1-29)
The Point: Jesus loves me regardless of my sin.
Bonus Verse: But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Day 3
Bible Story: Jesus Prayed in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46)
The Point: Jesus chose to die for me.
Bonus Verse: No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Day 4
Bible Story: Jesus’ Resurrection and Promise (Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20)
The Point: Jesus will always love me.
Bonus Verse: And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b
Day 5
Bible Story: Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29)
The Point: Jesus’ love is the foundation for the rest of my life.
Bonus Verse: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you. 2 Timothy 3:14
LEARN MORE: VBS.Lifeway.com


THEME: Mystery Island
TAGLINE: Tracking Down the One True God
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: At Mystery Island, prepare to be thrilled from the top of your sun-drenched head to the tip of your sandy toes as we explore an intriguing tropical paradise while tracking down the one true God. Kids will gain a better understanding of our awe-inspiring Creator God and the salvation He offers through Jesus Christ through our age-appropriate curriculum! Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a taste of paradise as you track down the one true God with Mystery Island!
Day 1
Bible Story: Paul in a City of Idols (Acts 17:16–34)
Lesson Focus: God is GREAT! He is the one and only God who is the awe-inspiring Creator.
Treasured Verses: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3
Day 2
Bible Story: Jonah (Book of Jonah; Psalm 139)
Lesson Focus: God is ALMIGHTY! He is all knowing, all powerful, and all present.
Treasured Verses: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
Day 3
Bible Story: Isaiah’s Vision (Isaiah 6:1–3;Psalm 8)
Lesson Focus: God is RULER! He is the majestic king who is holy and perfect.
Treasured Verses: And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” Isaiah 6:3
Day 4
Bible Story: God Came to Earth (Gospel Presentation; Select Scriptures)
Lesson Focus: God is EMMANUEL! He is the loving, good Savior who came to earth.
Treasured Verses: But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Day 5
Bible Story: David Trusts God (1 Samuel 17)
Lesson Focus: God is TRUSTWORTHY! He is our rock. We should praise, thank, worship, adore, and live for him.
Treasured Verses: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6
LEARN MORE: AnswersInGenesis.org


THEME: Knights of North Castle
TAGLINE: Quest for the King’s Armor
THEME VERSE: Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Ephesians 6:10
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: VBS 2020 invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. Kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor—the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation—at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.

Help kids take up the gauntlet this summer and accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God and sharing God’s love in a world that needs it more than ever.

Day 1
Bible Story: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Stand True (Daniel 3)
Castle Callout: Armor Up with Truth!
Day 2
Bible Story: David Defeats Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-50)
Castle Callout: Armor Up with Justice!
Day 3
Bible Story: Mary’s Journey to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-20)
Castle Callout: Armor Up with Peace!
Day 4
Bible Story: Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-33)
Castle Callout: Armor Up with Faith!
Day 5
Bible Story: Midnight Praise with Paul and Silas (Acts 16:16-40)
Castle Callout: Armor Up with Salvation!
LEARN MORE: 2020.CokesburyVBS.com


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