Come with Martin to uncover the meaning behind hidden messages!
Jesus Encounters is the only Spanish Vacation Bible School program that is originally written in Spanish and available in both Spanish and bilingual formats. Find all the materials you need to plan, promote, and produce a Spanish VBS event!
Perfectly adaptable to any setting and program size, Jesus Encounters engages children (ages 3–14) and adults in themed Bible lessons, memorable music, and age-appropriate activities. The simple program is a wonderful outreach tool, whether you’re hosting a Spanish VBS at your church or during a mission trip.
Behind castle doors at a medieval university, mysterious Bible messages shine through stained glass windows in an old library. Who has the answers to unlock the truth? Meet Martin—a young student in the summer of 1507. His mind raced at the opportunity to learn about Scripture, but his heart trembled with uneasiness whenever he wondered about eternal life.
That’s why Professor Lectione, a caring teacher, gave Martin an amazing gift when he encouraged him to explore Bible stories like never before! Come along with Martin, his professors, and his classmates on a quest to uncover God’s salvation plan in Jesus—one stained glass window at a time. These five stories invite us to sit at our Savior’s feet and see how Jesus blessed, healed, sought, and saved His people in the Bible and does the same for us. Freedom’s found only in the cross!
Begin each day with a time of praise by singing special Jesus Encounters songs, available in Spanish and instrumental versions. During the lesson rotation, learn about Martin’s latest adventures by reading aloud the daily theme-based story or by playing the recordings on CD (Spanish only). Next, present and discuss the Bible lesson from Scripture. For activities time, participants gather in age groups to enjoy engaging review activities, take-home crafts, and lively games. On the last day, create a closing event where participants can share with teachers and parents all they discovered on their journey.
Invite parents or adults from the community to study God’s Word alongside the children by using themed, reproducible adult Bible studies in the Event Manual. Everyone will love going on this adventure together!
Lesson 1: Jesus Blesses Little Children
Jesus blesses all people, including me.
Key Point: God wants everyone to receive His blessings.
Lesson 2: Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar
Jesus calls me into His presence.
Key Point: God cares about all of our needs.
Lesson 3: Jesus and Zacchaeus
Jesus accepts me when no one else does.
Key Point: God seeks those despised by the world.
Lesson 4: Jesus Visits Mary and Martha
Jesus leads me to His Word.
Key Point: God teaches us that His Word is most important.
Lesson 5: The Conversion of the Philippian Jailer
Jesus blesses me for all eternity.
Key Point: God grants us salvation through faith in Jesus.
Encourage the whole church to get involved! Vacation Bible School is a wonderful opportunity to invite new families into your church and reach out to your community.
Choose dates that best work with the host church pastor’s availability and do not conflict with other community events and school schedules. Keep in mind the weather, too, if you plan to be outside.
Prepare a budget to help you stay on track financially. Consider organizing a fund-raiser or two, asking for donations, or charging a small registration fee.
Start asking for volunteers early. Junior high and senior high youth make great volunteers, and VBS is a good way to involve young people on a mission trip or teens from the local church at your mission site! Be sure to share the goals of the event with your volunteers and coordinate responsibilities with their interests and abilities.
Set up a promotional team that’s willing to make personal invitations, call families with children, and set up an information table at the church.
Remember to factor in time for early registration, training for your teachers and volunteers, and preparing snacks for the children and volunteers during your event!
Planning and promoting a VBS is a big time commitment, but it’s an excellent outreach event and an opportunity to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to children and families. God’s blessings as you plan your VBS!
Inside the Starter Kit, find all the promotional, planning, and teaching materials you will need, plus sample student materials for each age level.
Each lesson is sold individually and includes all the material for Days 1–5. Order one per student.
Spanish: $3.29 per student
Bilingual: $3.79 per student
Lessons include a take-home worksheet & bookmark for every day!
Even after VBS is over, these creations keep sharing the message of Jesus’ love and sacrifice! Use one or all of the crafts to reinforce the daily Bible lessons about the ways Jesus walks with His dear people.
Just as Jesus restored the sight of a blind man, He also healed us from sin’s sickness. This paper puppet with a 4 ½" x 6" face helps you retell an amazing miracle from start to finish. (12 projects/Ages 3+)
Like Martha, we get distracted from fixing our eyes on the Savior. These 3D sand art crosses give off an unmistakable glow—pointing you to Jesus’ sacrifice. Kits come with 7 bags of sand, each containing .08 ounces. (12 projects/Ages 5+*)
*Warning: Choking Hazard—small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Make a beautiful stained glass window just like the one Martin saw in the library! Each window frame stands 9" tall, making an eye-catching piece to display at home. Includes a self-adhesive foam cross. (12 projects/Ages 4+)
Know! And Show! And Pray!
Promise Comics is the ideal outreach tool to put in the hands of your VBS children! Prepare them for awesome moments when a friend asks them about their new cross necklace. How about a neighbor who has never been to VBS? a teammate who wonders why a friend misses Sunday morning games?
This engaging booklet filled with comic-style storytelling moves from Old Testament creation to New Testament Baptism in five fast-paced stories. Encourage kids to share or give away this book as a way to witness—and remember to invite recipients to church to learn even more!
Return Policy: 100% of your VBS order is fully returnable until August 15, 2017. Between August 16, 2017, and September 30, 2017, 10% of your VBS order is fully returnable. No further returns will be accepted on or after October 1, 2017. All returns must be unopened and salable for credit to be applied.