VBS Fair – Top Pick – Praise Break: Celebrating the Works of God
VBS Fair – Top Pick – Praise Break: Celebrating the Works of God

Praise Break cover from Abingdon

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 ResourcesOr you can download them all as a PDF (also El Rey Que Viene, en Español).

Praise Break: Celebrating the Works of God!

Publisher:  Abingdon Press

Cost:    $74.99

Phone number:   1-800-672-1789

Overview

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!

Age Levels     

X   Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 4-5)

X   Elementary (younger-grades 1-3 & older-grades 4-6)

X   Teen – purchase separately

X   Adult – purchase separately

Includes

X   Director’s Manual

X   Music Action Training DVD (limited)

X   Music CD

X   Alternate schedule

Strengths

  • The whole program is wonderful!
  • The music is current—a mix of hip-hop, gospel, praise, slow, fast—a breath of fresh air as far as VBS music is concerned.
  • The supplemental material each day of historical and present-day African Americans is a great way to introduce the participants to people who have overcome and continue to overcome hardship through their faith.
  • The crafts are simple but totally integrated with the stories. They are also age-appropriate.
  • This program is presented as an evening program and even has meal/dinner suggestions included in the leader’s guides.
  • I LOVE the fact that there is an outreach component connected with each story. The outreach programs are not just for that particular day—they have long-range programs that continue long after VBS is over.

Weaknesses

  • I’m not sure there are any.

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.

Download the rest of our reviews here (en Español here).

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