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Group Publishing’s Blast Off Weekend Vacation Bible School curriculum

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Besides their five day contemporary Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum and their Holy Land Adventure curriculum, Group Publishing offers a third option for VBS. They call it their Weekend VBS and it includes two 2-1/2 hour sessions and one Sunday celebration. The age levels are preschool through grade 6.

This year the program is Blast Off: Launching Kids on a Mission of God’s Love. The space theme is a familiar one and appeals to boys and girls of all ages. A single Bible Point is reinforced each day; the Bible Point is "God loves us so…love each other!” There are two Bible stories: men bring their friend to Jesus to be healed (Luke 5:17-26) and Jesus dies and come back to life (Matthew 27:11 - 28:20).

The five songs include one contemporary praise song, a remake of a country gospel song, and the reuse of a song from a previous VBS. The Leader’s Version 2-CD set includes lyric and instrumental versions of the songs plus bonus “space sounds.” A music DVD is available as well as a student CD. You can listen to music samples at the Concordia Supply website.

There is a separate preschool program. The centers include music, storytelling, and games. There is also Projects-With-a-Purpose where kids make special gifts for others in their church, community, or the world.

The Ultimate Starter Kit has a list price of $67.99. Additional student resources are available, including a Bible Memory Mission Tag and Love Each Other Wristband. There is also a Program Resources DVD and Publicity Poster.

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