And those who listened discovered a treasure in his words.
At first, Jesus’ parables seem simple. Of course we know that the type of soil in which seeds are sown is important for plants to grow, but what does that have to do with us? And if someone asked us for food, we wouldn’t be rude and give a stone instead! Or, what if we lost something important to us? Of course we would look high and low and celebrate when it was found.
It turns out, however, that the parables have a greater meaning beyond what we first see. So come along, listen, and dig deeper for the treasures of the kingdom of heaven!
Digging for Treasure is a Bible and activity-based learning experience with tracks for grades K-5 and preschoolers ages 4-5 (and added options for grades 6-8).
Detailed guidelines for planning and adapting your VBS approach this year, with coronavirus social distancing restrictions and concerns. Read the document here.
Engaging games that can be played over Zoom or other video conferencing apps.
If you are planning or considering a virtual VBS experience this year, note that our licenses give you permission to share the download links with all of your leaders so they can prepare from home. You can also share individual electronic files with your participants, although we recommend having families pick up and bring home a bag/box of materials before the VBS begins. You are allowed to stream sing-along videos over video conference or make them available directly to your participants. Color booklets, audio CDs, and MP3 download cards still must be purchased separately for use by individual children/families. Please let us know if you have questions.
Matthew 13:10-11a, 16
The disciples ask Jesus why he speaks in parables, and Jesus explains that it is so they can know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven.
God will help us understand.
Mark 4:2-9, 13-20
Jesus tells the story of the farmer who sowed seeds on different types of soil. Some of the seeds were unable to be fruitful, while others flourished. Jesus explains that the seeds are the Word, and the soil is how people hear and experience the Word.
God’s Word can grow in us.
Mustard seeds and yeast are very small, but they produce big things. Jesus explains that they are like the kingdom of heaven.
Small things can be- come great with God.
A shepherd looks everywhere for a lost sheep, and a woman searches diligently for a lost coin. They celebrate when they find what had been lost. Jesus explains that there is much rejoicing when a sinner repents.
God loves us.
Those who ask will receive, thanks to their persistence. Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit is given to those who ask.
When we seek and ask, God is with us.
Offered as a reproducible resource (for all components except student booklets and music to send home) and physical format.
Leader guides are conveniently formatted for reproduction. Physical leader guides are in a binder with tabs to make them easy to rearrange or duplicate.
Bulk-priced CDs can easily be sent home with every family.
Reflections from Pope Francis for each day.
Music from Oregon Catholic Press featuring Jesse Manibusan and other Catholic musicians.
A great all-around Scripture-based experience perfect for any parish!
You will be humming along with this top-notch kid-friendly music that connects closely with the theme.
Sing-along music videos with hand motions make it easy to lead your group in song.
Features songs by Jesse Manibusan, Ken Canedo, Bryan Sirchio, and more.
We provide all the core features you expect in a VBS, without overwhelming complexity.
Our VBS is earth-friendly: fun without plastic trinkets that will litter our common home.
A separate early childhood leader guide makes it easy to include preschoolers.
The program is easy to adapt to your timeframe and preferences.
A fun and effective way to help children learn about and experience Jesus and the kerygma.
Includes Scripture, prayer, drama, music, games, crafts, and activities, all nicely integrated to teach children meet and follow Jesus!
Bible stories with a good balance of men and women role models.
Thoughtful take-home pages will bring parents into the process and coach them on how to talk to their children about what they learned.
Extra resources included to help you market and manage your VBS.
Optional gestures/motions are provided for prayers, memory verses, and songs.
Overview of the VBS and guidelines for orchestrating the process. Includes a planning chart, sample schedules, tips for working with staff/volunteers, forms, Bible backgrounds, snack ideas, a book list, a letter to parents, guidelines for inviting children to faith, and more.Preview
Full guide for all aspects of VBS for younger children (ages 4-5). Makes suggestions for full daily schedules, including snack ideas, Bible sessions, activities, crafts, books, song/motion suggestions, and more.Preview
Full guide for leading Worship & Drama sessions for each day, including gathering (introducing theme, opening prayer, etc.), worshiping (prayer, song, Bible verse, drama), responding (offering project), and sending (schedule review, blessing, and song)Preview
Full guide for leading interactive activities & games each day, including advance preparation, session plan, material list, step-by-step instructions, and debrief.Preview
Full guide for leading Bible Response sessions for each day, including Biblical background information, materials list, advance preparation, session plan, and suggestions for teaching Bible memory verses.Preview
Full guide for leading craft sessions for each day, including Biblical background, materials list, advance preparation, snack ideas, and debrief.Preview
Full-color 16-page activity booklet for grades K-5, including puzzles and other interactive activities.Preview
Full-color 16-page activity booklet for ages 4-5, including a retelling of the Bible story for each day, puzzles, and other interactive activities. Send this booklet home so parents can follow up with their children!Preview
• Invitation posters.
• Bible memory verse poster and Powerpoint presentation.
• Send-home parent engagement notes.
• Postcards to print and invite parishioners, school families, etc.
• Logo artwork (use to create your own t-shirts or documents)
• Music components (see below)
• …and much more!
A great collection of upbeat, high-energy, easy-to-sing songs that fit perfectly into the VBS theme.
Our theme song is by Bryan Sirchio, the musician behind JustFaith's J-Walkers CD. Other songs come from Oregon Catholic Press's Spirit and Song, led by Catholic composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humorist, catechist, evangelizer and encourager Jesse Manibusan.
© 2018, Bryan Sirchio. Published by Crosswind Music. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
© 2001, Chris Muglia. Published by Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
© 1999, Steve Angrisano, Tom Tomaszek, Pat And Christi Smith. Published by Spirit & Song, a division of OCP. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Words and music by Sarah Hart and Jeffery B. Thomas. © 2009, Sarah Hart. Published by Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Jesse Manibusan & Ken Canedo
© 1999, Jesse Manibusan. Published by Spirit & Song, a division of OCP. 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Jesse Manibusan & Ken Canedo
© 1995, 2002, Ken Canedo, Dan Brennan, Kevin Roth & Marc Cavallero Published by Spirit & Song, a division of OCP. 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
© 2003, Bryan Sirchio. Published by Crosswind Music. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
The downloadable VBS starter kit includes the following components for use within the VBS sessions (all downloadable):
• MP3 audio files of all songs
• Songbook with lead sheets (melody line scores, lyrics, and chords)
• Hand/body motions for all songs
• Simple sing-along videos, showing the motions
• Simple sing-along lyric presentations (in Powerpoint and Keynote formats)
• Lead sheets with scores for select songs
The physical starter kit includes:
• All of the downloadable files on a data DVD
• Audio CD
• Simple sing-along lyric video DVD
• Printed songbook
In addition, purchase inexpensive bulk audio CDs to send home with families, so they can continue to sing the VBS songs!
St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Reproducible files delivered electronically
Music for use in VBS delivered electronically
Online access to
Reproducible posters & promotional materials
of child booklets
Handy tabbed binder + CD-ROM + download access
Audio CD & printed music + download access
Sing-along video DVD + online access
Two copies of each poster + download access
Printed sample of
each child booklet