VBS 2021

July 11 – August 8

Sundays at 3pm
Diocesan YouTube channel
20-30 minute videos
Then keep the conversation going during Sunday dinner


Alleluia, Christ is risen!

As we continue to keep the faith while keeping safe, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The most important lesson that we learned through this past year is that we are better together.

So… we’re back with another video series for this summer. After the wild success of VBS last summer, we produced videos for Christmas, Epiphany, and an Easter with great response and support. They’re easy to find on YouTube.

Vacation Bible School will be a time to grow in Jesus’ love through over five weeks beginning July 11. Each Sunday at 3pm, a new 20-30 minute episode will premiere on YouTube to watch as a family or with your church family. Featuring leaders from across our diocesan family we’ll use Treasured from Group Publishing, as a springboard to explore Jesus’ love thorough stories, songs, scripture, and more. We’re excited to continue to unwrap God’s future together and look forward to an exciting summer of learning about Jesus’ love for us.

Scroll down for information on how you can be part of this special gift!

How it Works

During this unprecedented season of prevention, many members of our diocesan family have made collaborative steps toward producing VBS for our congregations and other ecumenical partnerrs. We’ll explore Jesus’ role in our lives through pre-produced videos and songs, locally produced skits, scripture, and prayers led by church leaders from across our diocese. Starting July 11th, these 20-30 minute videos will premiere each Sunday afternoon at 3pm, and could be a great opportunity for our families to explore faith, together, then continue the conversation during dinner that night.

No Registration Required

This video series is available for anyone who wants it. Premiering weekly on the diocesan YouTube channel or Facebook page at 3pm each Sunday afternoon, we’ll gather to create community as we continue to learn about Jesus’ presence in our lives.

Crowdsourced Ministry

Using this curriculum, we’ll enjoy professionally produced videos with stories and songs then bring it local for our own take on the topics. Each segment in the program will have opportunities for volunteers to record videos for each segment during the episode; Welcome then Opening Prayer, Lesson from Scripture, Skits, a Science Activity (following provided lessons), and Wrap up with Closing Prayer.

Weekly Schedule

Welcome then Opening Prayer – Volunteer

Pre-recorded song – from Group

Bible Lesson/Skit – Volunteer(s)

Pre-recorded Video – from Group

Science Activity – Volunteer

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – Volunteer

At a Glance

Listed below are the 5 weeks of VBS. Each week includes: a Bible lesson, key verse, and opportunities for volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Jennie Morse or Greg Tuttle. Thank you!

These are onscreen opportunities, to be clear. Many students and adult leaders are skilled with editing video, if you’d like to be part of the adventure in that way, please contact Greg Tuttle.

Week 1:
July 11

Bible Lesson: God identifies David as the future king (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Key Verse: “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” (Psalm 139:1)


Volunteer opportunities:

1. Enthusiastic welcome then Opening Prayer–5 min max using today’s verse

2. Bible Story—read, present in LEGO, use puppets, whatever then offer a quick reflection

3. Science Lesson – “Let’s understand a little more of God’s creation through today’s science lesson”

4. Closing Prayer–5 min max

Sign up here


Week 2:
July 18

Bible Lesson: David escapes Saul and writes psalms to God (1Samuel 23:1-14)

Key Verse: “I love the Lord because God hears my voice and my prayer for mercy” (Psalm 116:1)


Volunteer opportunities:

1. Enthusiastic welcome, recap of last week then Opening Prayer–5 min max using today’s verse

2. Bible Story—read, present in LEGO, use puppets, whatever then offer a quick reflection

3. David Skit – two actors

4. Science Lesson – “Let’s understand a little more of God’s creation through today’s science lesson”

5. Closing Prayer–5 min

Sign up here


Week 3:
July 25

Bible Lesson: God reassures King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:5-19)

Key Verse: “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others” (2 Corinthians 1:4)


Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Enthusiastic welcome, recap of last week then Opening Prayer–5 min max using today’s verse

2. Bible Story—read, present in LEGO, use puppets, whatever then offer a quick reflection

3. Science Lesson – “Let’s understand a little more of God’s creation through today’s science lesson”

4. Closing Prayer

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Week 4:
Aug. 1

Bible Lesson: Jesus reinstates Peter (John 18:1-21:19)

Key Verse: “But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry and rich in unfailing love.” (Nehemiah 9:17)


Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Enthusiastic welcome, recap of last week then Opening Prayer–5 min max using today’s verse

2. Bible Story—read, present in LEGO, use puppets, whatever then offer a quick reflection

3. Science Lesson – “Let’s understand a little more of God’s creation through today’s science lesson”

4. Closing Prayer

Sign up here


Week 5:
Aug. 8

Bible Lesson: God chooses Esther to save her people (Esther 2-8)

Key Verse: “I have called you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)


Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Enthusiastic welcome, recap of last week then Opening Prayer–5 min max using today’s verse

2. Bible Story—read, present in LEGO, use puppets, whatever then offer a quick reflection

3. Esther Skit – two actors

4. Science Lesson – “Let’s understand a little more of God’s creation through today’s science lesson”

5. Closing Prayer & Thank you!

Sign up here

Quick Reminders!

Please upload all videos 10 days prior to release date (For example: Week 1 videos will need to be submitted by July 2)

View the weekly videos! On Facebook or on YouTube

Formation Leaders: Email Charlette Preslar (cpreslar@edsd.org) to host these videos on your church’s platform