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Athens VBS 2019 by Group

The all-new HLA VBS by Group. Athens: Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth

Athens Starter Kit: Your first step to the Holy Land Adventure

Athens VBS 2019 HLA Starter Kit

Athens VBS 2019 Ultimate Starter Kit

The Athens Starter Kit comes packed with everything you need to plan a truly impactful Vacation Bible School.

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Kit Contents:Standard | Digital

Your Ultimate Starter Kit Includes

Athens Ultimate Director Go-To Guide

The Ultimate Director Go-To Guide has everything you’ll need to recruit and train volunteers, promote your VBS, follow up with families for an impact that lasts all year!

Athens Leader Manuals

Leader Manuals offer easy instructions for each leader at your Athens VBS. Manuals include an overview of each day’s Bible content, historical backgrounds, easy directions for each activity, and guided discussion prompts.

Athens DVDs and CDs

Helpful DVDs and CDs feature training activities, clipart and publicity tools that make it easy to encourage and invite your church community. The Decorating Places DVD dynamic ideas to make an Athens atmosphere come alive—and the Celebration MusicDVD will have your kids praising Jesus in a new and exciting way, every day!

Athens Student Resources

Student Resources, including Bible Memory Makers and Marketplace samples, help students process the biblical stories and truths in a fun and spirited way that sticks with students long after your VBS is over.


Escape to Athens with Paul!

Imagine leaving a life of privilege, power and influence to angry mobs, agonizing imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to share the life-altering truth of God’s heart for humanity. Hear the awe-inspiring story of the Apostle Paul…straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s boundless!

Transform your church

Transform your church

Bring a famous Bible-times city to life.

Transform your church

Meet Paul

Engage with and learn from a well-known Bible hero.

Transform your church

Fun, flexible programming

Use as a kid-only or intergenerational VBS.

How it Works

A Day in Athens

Preview a week in Athens! Check out the field test (at a real church) that followed a crew around to get a firsthand look at what your students will experience.

Athens Rotation Chart

Learn More about Each Station

Opening Celebration Opening Celebration

Start off with worship and celebration!

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Oikos Time Oikos Time

Small groups gather together to map out the day's activities.

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Marketplace Shops Marketplace Shops

Craft cool projects and sample unique treats.

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Paul's Adventures Paul's Adventures

Meet Paul and hear how he and his friends were held captive.

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Arena Games Arena Games

Play high-energy games.

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Oikos Time Oikos Time

Connect experiences in Athens to modern-day lives at home!

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Closing Celebration Closing Celebration

Wrap up the day with worship!

Bible Content

Experiencing God's Word

At Athens VBS, you’ll reinforce Biblical truths effectively as the daily Bible Point is carefully woven into each station. God’s Word comes to life as students engage with Biblical history!

Bible Point

God loves us all.

Key Bible Verse

"The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation." Psalm 145:9

Bible Story

Paul begins his second missionary journey. Acts 15:36-16:5

Bible Point

God loves us and takes care of us.

Key Bible Verse

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7

Bible Story

Paul and Silas are put in prison. Acts 16:16-40

Bible Point

God loves us when others don't.

Key Bible Verse

"The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?" Psalm 118:6

Bible Story

An angry mob searches for Paul and Silas. Acts 17:1-9

Bible Point

God loves us and sent his Son, Jesus.

Key Bible Verse

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Bible Story

Paul preaches about Jesus. Acts 17:16-34

Bible Point

God loves us and wants us to share his love.

Key Bible Verse

"Just as I have loved you, you should love each other." John 13:34

Bible Story

Paul continues his journey. Acts 18:1-5


Set the scene

Welcome students to Ancient Greece as you transform your church to the Holy Land of Athens -- full of vivid colors, unbelievable architecture, and dignified hilltop sights. ► Watch Video

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Meaningful Music - Kid Tested and Approved

Your kids will be glowing all week long with these fun, faith-filled songs that exalt the name of Jesus! Check them out below!

Yes, It's True

Love Round

Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)

The Love of God

We Will Live Forever

He Cares for You

Get Up, Get Up


Come, Now is the Time to Worship

It Was for Freedom

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