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Where children discover
God’s way of peace!

Through learning how to resolve conflicts and figuring out ways to help others, children will learn how to be peacemakers in this VBS curriculum. The five Bible stories will lead children on an awesome adventure through the Bible, equipping them to follow Jesus as compassionate peacemakers.

This is a theme for this time of division, bullying, and discrimination. Teach children how to be an antidote, as Christ-bearers to the world!

Peace Lab 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).

“For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone. Love of one’s enemy constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution.’” –Pope Benedict XVI

"To be true followers of Jesus today also includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence.” –Pope Francis, Message for World Day of Peace, 2017

SCHEDULE

DAY ONE

Jesus

Matthew 5:9, 43-48

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers that peacemakers will be called the children of God. Later, Jesus shared that people are to love others.

Purpose statement:
Blessed are the peacemakers.

DAY TWO

Abram & Lot

Genesis 13

Abram and Sarai and Abram’s nephew Lot traveled to a new land. There was disagreement among their herders about both parties using the best land for their cattle. To solve the argument, Abram suggested that Lot choose which land would be his, and Abram would go in the other direction.

Purpose statement:
Peacemakers find good ways to solve problems.

DAY THREE

Naomi, Ruth, & Boaz

Ruth 1-2

Ruth moved with her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Bethlehem. In order to support them, Ruth gleaned in nearby fields. Boaz, the owner of the farm, helped Ruth and Naomi by making sure grain was left for them.

Purpose statement: Peacemakers help other people.

DAY FOUR

Jonathan, Michal, & David

1 Samuel (18) 19–20

King Saul was increasingly jealous of David. Saul’s son Jonathan and his daughter Michal, who was also David’s wife, tried to talk their father out of harming David because they believed it was the right thing to do.

Purpose statement:
Peacemakers speak up for what is right.

DAY FIVE

Martha & Mary

Luke 10:38-42

Martha was upset because her sister, Mary, sat and listened to Jesus rather than help with tasks around the house. Martha asked Jesus for help in solving the conflict between her and Mary and received a differ- ent response than she expected.

Purpose statement:
Peacemakers ask for help to resolve conflicts.

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FEATURES

Affordable & Flexible

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.

Enthusiastically Catholic

Reflections from Pope Francis and other Catholic role models for peace throughout.

Music from Oregon Catholic Press artists Jesse Manibusan and others.

A great all-around Scripture-based experience perfect for any parish!

Catchy, Meaningful Music

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, Josh Blakesley, Steve Angrisano, and more.

Comprehensive, but Simple

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.

An Ideal Theme

A fun and effective way to help children learn about the core Catholic social justice topics of peace, nonviolence, and love.

Includes Scripture, prayer, drama, music, games, crafts, and activities, all nicely integrated to teach about Gospel-oriented peace!

Bible stories with a good balance of men and women role models.

And More...

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.

COMPONENTS

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Director Guide

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.

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Early Childhood Leader Guide

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.

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Worship & Drama Guide

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)

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Active Response Guide

Full guide for leading interactive activities & games each day, including advance preparation, session plan, material list, step-by-step instructions, and debrief.

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Bible Response Guide

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.

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Creative Response Guide

Full guide for leading craft sessions for each day, including Biblical background, materials list, advance preparation, snack ideas, and debrief.

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Lab Book - Child Booklet

Full-color 16-page activity booklet for grades K-5, including puzzles and other interactive activities.

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My Book of Stories - Preschool Child Booklet

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!

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Plus:

• 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!

MUSIC

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Featuring the music of Jesse Manibusan with other Oregon Catholic Press artists

A great collection of upbeat, high-energy, easy-to-sing songs that fit perfectly into the VBS theme.

Catholic composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humorist, catechist, evangelizer and encourager Jesse Manibusan.

Song Previews

Power of Peace

© 1996, 2019, Jesse Manibusan. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Peacemaker

Jesse Manibusan

© 2002, 2019, Jesse Manibusan. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

God Is Bigger

Jesse Manibusan

© 2002, 2019, Jesse Manibusan. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Walking the Ways of Peace

Jesse Manibusan

© 2002, 2019, Jesse Manibusan. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Our God Is Good

Jesse Manibusan & Ken Canedo

© 2001, 2003, Joshua Blakesley and Cooper Ray. Published by Spirit & Song, a division of OCP. 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Give Us Your Peace

Jesse Manibusan & Sarah Heart

© 2009, Jesse Manibusan and Sarah Hart. Jesse Manibusan published by Two-by-Two Music and spiritandsong.com®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved. Sarah Hart published by spiritandsong.com®, a division of OCP, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved.

Go Make a Difference

Steve Angrisano

© 1997, Steve Angrisano and Thomas Tomaszek. Published by Spirit & Song, a division of OCP. 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Want to preview the full songs or videos? Just contact us!

Music Components

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!

TESTIMONIALS

"I wanted to send a quick note to you and thank you for the awesome VBS program! We are on our 4th day of Vacation Bible School, and it is going so well! We have received many compliments on the content of the program, the kids are having a great time, our teachers and leaders are so pleased with all of the activities.

One comment that really spoke volumes to me was the fact that it is a fairly simple program, and because of this, the message really is received. So many VBS programs have become a huge production, and the message of God is lost in all of the external factors of the program. I am so glad we happened upon your program. I hope you are working on another one for next year, because we will be reaching out to you! This is the first time in at least 15 years that our parish has hosted a VBS. Looks like it will become an annual event for us!"

Pam Richter
St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Berryville, AR

PURCHASE

$79

Downloadable Starter Kit

  • Reproducible files delivered electronically

  • Music for use in VBS delivered electronically

  • Online access to
    sing-along videos

  • Reproducible posters & promotional materials

  • Electronic preview
    of child booklets

$129

Physical Kit + Downloadable

  • Handy tabbed binder + CD-ROM + downloads

  • 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


Plus a la carte items:
Lab Book (booklet for Ages K-5) • $2.75
My Book of Stories (booklet for preschoolers) • $2.75
Audio CDs • $8 / $4 for 5+ / $2.50 for 10+
MP3 Download Cards • $8 / $4 for 5+ / $2.50 for 10+
Sing-Along Video DVD • $6
Bible Memory Poster • $4
Invitation Poster • $4

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