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Preparing Children to Survive in Today’s World

We are engaged in an epic battle for the hearts and minds of our youth. Every day, they’re bombarded with lies about who they are, who their Creator is, and where their salvation comes from. Thankfully, God has given his children armor to wear in this battle between truth and lies, light and darkness, good and evil.

With this VBS, your kids will learn how they can be part of God’s kingdom through salvation in his Son and will be equipped with the armor of God to become Keepers of the Kingdom who stand strong in today’s battle for truth.

Excitement and adventure await from the first minute of each day when kids meet in traveling troupes.
The troupes gather at the Apprentices’ Assembly in the Great Hall, a high-energy beginning that includes wacky intros, lively songs, a missions moment, and prayer. It’s then off to rotate through five sites:

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Truth Talks in the Keep

LESSONS

During the lesson time, God’s Word is taught in hands-on ways.

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Tessa’s Treats in the Town

TREATS

Kids can feast on tantalizing treats and eats.

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Griffin’s Games on the Green

GAMES

Kids will play plenty of Old World games with fun new twists.

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Kieran’s Crafts and Science in the Courtyard

SCIENCE & CRAFTS

Kids are bedazzled by making special craft and science creations of their own.

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Minerva's Mission, Music, and Memory Verse in the Manor

MUSIC & VERSES

Kids can sing songs, commit the verses to memory with fun games, or go in-depth with the mission moment featuring Children’s Hunger Fund and the Wild Brothers.

Finally, everyone heads back to the Apprentices’ Assembly in the Great Hall for the closing, where there’s more singing, contest results, and the highly anticipated daily drama.

illustrated war horse

DAY 1

THE TWO KINGDOMS

Bible Passages

Creator King and Prince of Darkness:
John 18:37–38
Ephesians 6:10–14

Lesson Focus

We’re in a battle between two kingdoms.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 6:10–11

Apologetics Focus

Absolute truth is true for all people, for all times, and for all circumstances.

Science and Crafts

Science: Light and Dark & What’s Up?
Crafts: Castle Catapult & Juggling Balls

Treats

Kingdom Cookies & Be Strong Barbells

Games

Capture the Flag & Jumpin’ Jesters

Cool Contests

Jester Juggling

Animal Pal

Winifred (“Winnie”) the Warhorse

illustrated fox

DAY 2

THE BELT

Bible Passages

Savior King: Genesis 1–3
Gospels; Ephesians 6:10–14

Lesson Focus

Each child of the King needs to fasten on the belt of truth.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 6:14

Apologetics Focus

Build a biblical worldview to stand strong in the truth.

Science and Crafts

Science: Goin’ in Circles & Newton’s Cradle
Crafts: Fox and Geese Board Game & Suncatcher Cross

Treats

King’s Cups & Fox Faces

Games

Belt Bonanza & Bucket Brigade

Cool Contests

Team Tournaments

Animal Pal

Wily the Fox

illustrated dragon

DAY 3

THE BREASTPLATE AND SHOES

Bible Passages

King Josiah:
2 Kings 22–23
Ephesians 6:14–15

Lesson Focus

Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 6:15

Apologetics Focus

Put on what’s right (Jesus’ righteousness), then do right.

Science and Crafts

Science: Pom-Pom Shooter & Force Field
Crafts: Breastplate Tin Punch & Dragon Sock Puppet

Treats

Dragon Munchies

Games

Dragon Dash & Royal Games of Skill

Cool Contests

Royal Dress-Up Day

Animal Pal

Grimwald the Dragon

illustrated beetle

DAY 4

THE SHIELD AND HELMET

Bible Passages

King Solomon:
1 Kings 2–11
Ephesians 6:16–17a

Lesson Focus

Take the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 6:16

Apologetics Focus

Guard against false teachings and temptations.

Science and Crafts

Science: Spring and Fling & Balloon Jousting
Crafts: Faith Necklace & Wordless Book

Treats

Mini Pizza Shields & Cracker Shields

Games

Defend the Castle & Hat Stack

Cool Contests

Design a Helmet

Animal Pals

Byron the Ironclad Beetle

illustrated falcon

DAY 5

THE SWORD AND PRAYER

Bible Passages

King of Kings vs. Prince of the Air
Matthew 4:1–11
Ephesians 6:17–18a

Lesson Focus

Take the sword of the Spirit and pray.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 6:17–18a

Apologetics Focus

Be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you.

Science and Crafts

Science: Tests of Strength & Battering Ram
Crafts: Train Your Brain Card Caddy & Mini Sword

Treats

Moat Floats & Banana Swords

Games

Knights’ Obstacle Course & Sword Tag

Cool Contests

Scripture Swords & Mission Money Mania

Animal Pal

Skye the Peregrine Falcon

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