Great Big Beautiful World is a one-week Vacation Bible School curriculum. It begins with the creation story in Genesis 2 and includes psalms, stories of Jesus, and the vision of a new heaven and new earth in Revelation. This comprehensive look at the biblical story reveals Godís deep love for all of creation, including each child. Great Big Beautiful World invites children to see the ways God cares the earth and challenges them to be part of caring for and preserving the created world. Click for VBS overview (outline and Bible memory).
Each day starts with relationship-building, joint worship, music, and a dramatic presentation of the Bible story. This is a time to SOW seeds of friendship, joy, generosity, and wisdom. These seeds will GROW as children explore, create, play, and learn about Godís story at three response stations. In closing worship, children will be challenged to GO out into the world to care for the beautiful world God made.
Goals of Great Big Beautiful World:
Enjoy the beauty and wonder of creation together
Invite children to love God the Creator
Encourage children to notice the ways that we impact the natural world through our choices and actions.
Challenge children to join God in caring for all of creation
Childrenís Faith Formation
Great Big Beautiful World is the first VBS unit produced by Shine Curriculum and incorporates the same approach to Christian faith formation as the Shine: Living in Godís Light Sunday school curriculum. We believe that faith formation is a lifelong process of developing a relationship with God. This relationship is nurtured within family and faith communities. Intentional faith formation experiences such as VBS help children grow in their understanding of Godís love for them. This curriculum recognizes that the faith of children often grows quietly, in ways that are not readily seen, as children take in and ponder the meaning of biblical stories.
Key elements of faith formation found in Great Big Beautiful World:
Relationship building: As children arrive at VBS each day, small group leaders guide children in activities designed to build community and create a feeling of belonging.
Gathered worship: Children of all ages gather to sing, pray, and watch a dramatic presentation of the Bible story.
Spiritual practices: Spiritual practices are included each day, including music, Bible memorization, and different ways of praying.
Centrality of the Bible story: The Bible story is shared and explored in multiple ways each dayóthrough drama, scripture memorization, hands-on activities, music, full-body movement, writing, art, and reflection.