Note: Because this is a perennial VBS, the review has not been updated since it was originally written.
S.P.Y. Parables is a three-session program designed to explore the meaning of the Kingdom of God. Children study three specific parables—the mustard seed, the pearl of great price, and the yeast or leaven ─ by following clues that unlock the lessons hidden within the multi-layered stories. The program is theologically sound and developmentally appropriate for elementary-aged children.
The program is low-key, providing a break from the fast pace many families keep. There is time for children and adults to reflect on the story and form relationships. S.P.Y. Parables might be a good program for a winter VBS offered between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Age Levels: Elementary (through Grade 6)
X Director’s Guide
- Activities encourage creativity in visioning the Kingdom of God.
- Service components are included for each session.
- Snack suggestions are thematic and healthy overall.
- Music is a weak component, relying on the purchase of CDs or using songs on YouTube; many of the URL links did not work.
- Crafts repeat the major theme but are somewhat limited.
- No game suggestions are included. Leaders should introduce games of varying levels of movement.
- Although the program includes instructions on making crafts, nametags, and other items, putting everything together would take significant effort.
Reviewed by Dorothy Linthicum.