Set sail on an amazing grace adventure with Concordia’s 2014 VBS!

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Lessons at a Glance

  • VBS Theme

    Jesus gives amazing grace.

    Theme Verse

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

  • Lesson 1

    Jesus Calls His Disciples

    Matthew 4:18–25

    Take-Home Point: Jesus calls me.

    Memory Verse: “I have called you by name, you are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1

  • Lesson 2

    Jesus Teaches from the Boat

    Luke 5:1–11

    Take-Home Point: Jesus teaches me.

    Memory Verse: “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation.” Psalm 25:5

  • Lesson 3

    Jesus Calms the Storm

    Mark 4:35–41

    Take-Home Point: Jesus keeps me safe.

    Memory Verse: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:7

  • Lesson 4

    Jesus Walks on the Water

    Matthew 14:22–33

    Take-Home Point: Jesus saves me.

    Memory Verse: “Jesus said, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’” Matthew 14:27

  • Lesson 5

    Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

    John 21:1–14

    Take-Home Point: Jesus provides all I need.

    Memory Verse: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

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  • Gangway Opening

    All hands on deck! During the Gangway Opening, you’ll energize and excite your teams for an adventure full of Set Sail Songs, mission moments, God’s Word, and video skits. Download our sample Gangway Opening/Closing Leader Guide to get an idea of how you can open and close each day of your VBS.

    Gangway Opening/Closing Sample Leader Guide

  • Set Sail Songs

    Listen to our theme-inspired, high-energy songs and check out our song-action videos to see how the kids in your VBS will dance for joy and sing about Jesus’ amazing grace.

    Music Samples

    • Gangway to Galilee
    • Face-to-Face
    • We Are His Children
    • By Grace I’m Saved
    • Jesus Rescues Me
    • Amazing Grace
    • He’s Big
    • Set Me Free
  • Big Catch Bible Challenge

    At the Big Catch Bible Challenge site, kids will dig into God’s Word just like they dig in the sand for seashells to discover the amazing things God tells us about His grace. Kids will connect the daily Bible story, memory verse, and take-home point to their lives as they explore, learn, and memorize the Bible verse for each lesson. Download our sample Big Catch Bible Challenge Leader Guide to see how you can help kids memorize key Scripture verses.

    Big Catch Bible Challenge Sample Leader Guide
    Big Catch Bible Challenge Video and Photos
  • Splash-tacular Crafts

    From Fin-tastick Fish Crafts to Safe Harbor Sand Art, our Splash-tacular Crafts engage kids in making creations that share the message of Jesus’ amazing grace and help kids learn the Bible stories and take-home points. Download our sample Leader Guide using the link below.

    Splash-tacular Crafts Sample Leader Guide
    Splash-tacular Crafts Video and Photos

  • Sunrise Snacks

    Snacking on delicious food and learning about Jesus—what could be better? Keep bodies nourished and energized for a fun-filled day at the Sunrise Snacks site! Download our sample Snack Leader Guide to see how snacks can help teach kids about Jesus.

    Sunrise Snacks Sample Leader Guide
    Sunrise Snacks Video and Photos

  • Sink or Swim Games

    Gangway to Galilee is full of energy, excitement, and some silliness! During Sink or Swim Games, kids will grow in faith, have fun, and celebrate the amazing grace that Jesus gives. Download our sample Games Leader Guide to see how games can reinforce the Bible lesson plus add a bit of silliness and lots of fun to your VBS.

    Sink or Swim Games Sample Leader Guide
    Sink or Swim Games Video and Photos

  • Seashore Storytelling

    At Gangway to Galilee, kids will journey around the Sea of Galilee to learn about God’s life-giving Word. Teams will actively engage in Bible learning as they read, see, and interact with the Bible lessons. Download our sample Seashore Storytelling Leader Guide for an idea of how you can teach the key Bible lessons.

    Seashore Storytelling Sample Leader Guide
    Seashore Storytelling Video and Photos


Set Sail Songs

With our theme-inspired, high-energy songs, kids will sing about Jesus’ amazing grace and dance along to our song-action videos. Check out our playlists for a sample of our Gangway to Galilee music!

  • Gangway to Galilee
  • Face-to-Face
  • We Are His Children
  • By Grace I’m Saved
  • Jesus Rescues Me
  • Amazing Grace
  • He’s Big
  • Set Me Free

Dockyard Downloads

  • Theme Art & Logos
  • Clip Art
  • Leader Guide Samples
  • Decorating
  • Posters/Planning
  • Collectibles
  • Templates
  • Mission Art


So you’re going on a sailing adventure this summer! But how do you transform your VBS space into the Sea of Galilee and sandy beaches? Fear not, capt’n. All the decorations you need plus our helpful how-to videos will help you create a seaside stage that will take your young sailors straight to the Sea of Galilee. Sample our decorating materials from the downloads below.


Decorating How-To Video

Plan My VBS


For a complete, month-by-month planning guide, check out the Gangway to Galilee Director Guide, included in the Starter Kit.

To create a customized planning calendar based on your VBS dates, use our interactive planning calendar.

Set Your Budget

From the get-go, it’s important to determine how your budget is set (from church line items, donations, a special offering, registration fees, fund-raisers, etc.). Five to six months before your VBS event, decide on registration fees, if required, and plan fund-raisers. Get started on your budget with our helpful worksheet download:

Budget Worksheet

Use our VBS quick order form for easy ordering.

Promote Your VBS

Get the word out about your upcoming VBS with these helpful downloads! While first impressions are great, it’s important you advertise and promote your event often and in various different ways. Whether you’re posting an announcement on your church website or adding a blurb to your bulletin, don’t forget about face-to-face invitations!


Every seasoned VBS director knows it takes many helping hands to pull off a successful VBS program. So don’t wait until the last minute to start recruiting your team of volunteers. Start building your team of VBS volunteers with these helpful downloads:


While it’s important to have the right person for the job, it’s also essential you provide the necessary training to help your volunteers do their best. Check out our helpful volunteer training videos and materials to help you get a jumpstart on your volunteer training.


While VBS is often only a few days out of the year, your volunteers will put in a lot more time and effort than just the time they spend teaching, leading, and decorating. Be sure to show your volunteers your appreciation and thank them for their time and energy in teaching God’s children about Jesus!

 2014 VBS Director Survey

Create Your Own VBS Registration Site in 3 Easy Steps

Our FREE online registration tool will help you:

  • Register students and volunteers
  • Build student rosters and other reports
  • Organize small groups
  • Create and track VBS events

It only takes minutes to get started, and for additional direction you can follow our tutorial videos (coming soon) or send your questions to our team at

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