Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary has offered Vacation Bible School reviews for more than 15 years. Beginning as an in-person “fair” and transitioning to an online-only presence in 2018, our department has spent countless hours assessing intensive, formative curricula so that hundreds of folks can rely on an authoritative assessment.
To make sure your curriculum choice aligns with your community’s theology, we recommend reading about the publishers. Our reviews can be found here and you can find usually find a statement of faith on the publishers website.
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Top Picks for 2022
- Church Publishing, Inc.: Arts Camp (Perennial)
- Cokesbury: Food Truck Party (New for 2022)
- Episcopal Relief & Development: The Abundant Life Garden Project (Perennial)
- Illustrated Ministry: Compassion Camp (2 Editions Available)
- Shine Curriculum: Passport to Peace (New for 2022)
Special Mention: ELCA World Hunger
ELCA World Hunger’s new VBS for 2022, Tree of Healing, is an excellent resource. We consider it a “Top Pick” for ELCA congregations. The heavy emphasis on the work of ELCA World Hunger means that it might not be transferable to other denominations.
Additional Curriculum New for 2022
- Answers in Genesis: Zoomerang
- Group Publishing Easy VBS: Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness
- Group Publishing Holy Land Adventure: Jerusalem Marketplace
- Group Publishing Weekend VBS: HayDay: Growing in Friendship with Jesus
- Lifeway: Spark Studios
- Orange: Make Waves (read our review here)
- Sparkhouse: ReNew: The Green VBS
Additional Perennial Curriculum
Aslan Is on the Move!
Dare to be Different
Pilgrimage: Seeking the Kingdom of God
Praying All the Time
Wild Willy’s Candy Factory: A New Look at the Prodigal Son
Wizards & Wonders: A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter
Living Waters for the World (PCUSA)
Water All Around the World
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
This Changes Everything: Day Camp Bible Study
Society of St. Andrew
Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows and Hungry People Are Fed
THE SUNDAY PAPER
God’s Garden, God’s City
Special thanks to this years reviewers: Elizabeth Walker & Sarah Bentley Allred.