Discovery on Adventure Island VBS 2021 by Cokesbury

Quest for God's Great Light

Starter Kit | Discovery on Adventure Island VBS 2021

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  • Director Guide
  • *Digital Director Guide

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  • Bible Storyteller Leader Guide
  • Preschool / Kindergarten Leader Guide
  • Craft Leader Guide
  • Music Leader Guide
  • Science Leader Guide
  • Assembly Leader Guide
  • Recreation Leader Guide
  • Decorating Leader Guide
  • Reflection Time Leader Guide
  • *Digital versions of each Leader Guide listed above
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  • Preschool / Kindergarten Student Book
  • Younger Elementary Student Book
  • Older Elementary Student Book
  • Complete Music CD
  • *Complete Music CD in MP3 Format
  • Mega Media Pak
  • *All files from the Mega Media Pak (including MP4 files of the music and adventure videos)
  • *Downloadable Lyric Sheets w/ Guitar Chords

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  • Publicity Samples
  • Craft Material Samples

Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’S glory has shone upon you! Isaiah 60:1

Overview | Discovery on Adventure Island VBS

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Quest for God's Great Light!

Discovery on Adventure Island invites children to arise and shine because the light of God's love has come and is shining on them. The children will be empowered by exploring ways God shines great light in the world and by learning how they can also shine God’s light by reflecting what they’ve learned. Through stories in the Old and New Testaments, this program will show students how connection with God brings the invitation to shine God’s light in a world that needs it now more than ever.

From a whimsical lighthouse on the tropical, enchanted Adventure Island, children (Explorers) begin their quest in search of five mysterious infinity lanterns that help light their way on the island. These lanterns are the light of Love, the light of Trust, the light of Faith, the light of Joy, and the light of Hope.

In each session, children (Explorers) with the guidance of the lighthouse keeper and Adventure Island expert (Beacon the Puffin), will discover map coordinates and clues from their Reference Book (the Bible) that help them find each lantern. They will also learn the ways God’s great light shines in the lives of familiar Bible characters and explore how the same light can be shining in their lives!

Through this VBS, children will learn many ways of sharing God’s love everywhere they go!

Bible Lessons | Discovery on Adventure Island VBS 2021

Session 1

Bible Story

The Creation Story (Genesis 1:1-2:9)

Pathfinder

Arise! Shine with Love!

Signal Verse

"Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD'S glory has shone upon you!" Isaiah 60:1

The story of Creation helps children understand how we can shine God’s light of love on all creation! As children explore God’s loving creation through six days of work and one day of rest, they will witness, beginning with light, how God called all of creation good. Through this experience, they will be reminded that God's purpose in creation is good. We should strive to take care of the environment God has provided. We can also care about the people around us by shining the light of love everywhere we go.

Session 2

Bible Story

Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-20)

Pathfinder

Arise! Shine with Trust!

Signal Verse

"Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD'S glory has shone upon you!" Isaiah 60:1

The story of God calling Moses through the burning bush helps children understand that we can shine God’s light of trust by answering God’s call! Even though Moses felt inadequate to follow through, he had to trust God in order to experience God’s power in the world. We often trust our fear more than we trust God’s words to us. But when we are able to confess our fear and put our trust in God, we experience God’s miraculous work. We arise and shine as we witness God’s glory through all life’s ups and downs.

Session 3

Bible Story

Faith Through the Roof (Luke 5:17-26)

Pathfinder

Arise! Shine with Faith!

Signal Verse

"Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD'S glory has shone upon you!" Isaiah 60:1

The story of four friends whose faith led them to lower their friend through a hole in the roof for Jesus to heal demonstrates to children that we can shine our light of faith by acting on who God is. Children will not only see faith demonstrated through the act of the four friends, but Jesus’ response to the man who was paralyzed. Instead of immediately healing the man, Jesus forgives the man’s sins first. This might seem odd, but children at Discovery on Adventure Island will understand that this is exactly what a life of faith is like. We come to God with the needs we know we have. God addresses those needs, but through faith, we also learn about other needs we were unaware of. Like the man who was paralyzed and his friends, God affirms our faith. And that faith allows us to arise and shine God’s light in the world.

Session 4

Bible Story

The "Lost" Parables (Luke 15)

Pathfinder

Armor! Shine with Joy!

Signal Verse

"Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD'S glory has shone upon you!" Isaiah 60:1

Through Jesus’ telling of the “Lost” Parables, students will understand that we can shine God’s light of joy when we share God’s light together. Students will explore how finding a lost sheep and a lost coin, and the return of a lost son can all be occasions for celebration and joy. Like the father in the story, God is pleased when we celebrate what God celebrates. And, when we do, we shine with joy in the world.

Session 5

Bible Story

Mary at the Tomb (John 20:1-18)

Pathfinder

Arise! Shine with Hope!

Signal Verse

"Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD'S glory has shone upon you!" Isaiah 60:1

The story of Mary, Peter, and the disciple Jesus loved at the empty tomb reminds students that we can shine God’s light of hope by sharing Jesus’ good news with others! As Mary hears her name spoken by the risen Jesus, children are witness to the hope found in Jesus’ resurrection. And as witnesses to the hope found in Jesus, children are invited to share this hope with others and shine God’s light of hope to all.

Music | Discovery on Adventure Island VBS 2021


Discovery on Adventure Island

Creator of the Universe

Here I Am To Worship

Little Night Light

Everywhere

Bustin' through the Roof

Running

You Reign Forevermore

I Feel Like Dancing

Your Light Has Come

Arise and Shine

Adventure Island

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