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: Gospel Light
Cost: $169.99 (deluxe kit)
Phone number: 1-800-446-7735
SonTreasure Island is based on 1 Corinthians 13, with overtones of Gilligan’s Island. The week will be spent discovering the rich treasure of God’s love and Jesus’s life, surrounded by a tropical beach theme. The five daily points are solid ones: God’s love is giving; God’s love is kind; God’s love is caring; God’s love is forgiving; and God’s love is forever.
The stories used are familiar ones and told in an developmentally appropriate way. Gospel Light does a good job of making sure the messages of God’s love and saving grace are evident in all their lessons without being overbearing.
X Preschool/Kindergarten (pre-kindergarten, ages 3–4; kindergarten, ages 5–6)
X Elementary (primary, ages 6–8; middler, ages 8–10; preteen ages 10–12)
X Director’s Manual
X Clip art/reproducible CD
X Online resources (photos, blog, forums, training)
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.