Editor’s Note: Every spring, the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary reviews Vacation Bible School (VBS) curricula from publishers we trust. For the next week, we’ll be featuring some of our favorites here on Key Resources. Or you can download them all as a PDF (also El Rey Que Viene, en Español).
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Phone number: 1-800-672-1789
Praise Break is based on Psalm 107 and the overall theme that God is good. The five themes/stories used during the VBS include Praise God for Freedom (deliverance from the Egyptian army/Miriam dancing), the Faith to Pray (the healing of Hezekiah), the Savior’s Birth, Lost and Found (the parable of the Lost Coin), and Marching to Zion (Palm Sunday).
God brings people out of their troubles, just like in times of old. It is always good to pause and praise the Lord. Each story is also supplemented with both historical and present-day African-American models. The music, crafts, snacks and outreach are all based on God’s love for us and the reminder that we should thank him daily—making a praise break part of our routine!
X Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 4-5)
X Elementary (younger-grades 1-3 & older-grades 4-6)
X Teen – purchase separately
X Adult – purchase separately
X Director’s Manual
X Music Action Training DVD (limited)
X Music CD
X Alternate schedule
Kellee Wattenbarger is Director of Christian Formation at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Springfield, VA, and a former Forma board member. This is her second year leading our VBS review project.