Concordia 2014 VBS

See a review of the Concordia 2014 VBS theme, Gangway to Galilee.

Our Review:

During Gangway To Galilee, children will sail to sites all around the Sea of Galilee, hearing stories from Jesus' life and learning about how Jesus Gives Amazing Grace.

With a strong evangelical emphasis, Concordia's Gangway to Galilee maintains their motto of "VBS with Purpose."  All of their lessons during this 5 day program are designed to help kids learn the way of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Fun activities, music, crafts, and snacks make Gangway to Galilee exciting and interesting for kids.  I have to say that the Snacks are my favorite this year, with amazingly fun ideas like "Banana Boats" and the "Cone of Plenty" (which is an ice cream cone on its side, stuffed with all sorts of trail mix type items, including Goldfish!)

Besides all of this, there are plenty of ideas for decorating, as well as tons of materials that help you get the point of your story across.

Since the lessons are all situated around the Sea of Galilee, there is a nice connection between the stories.  All of them have some version of a boat, or the seashore, or the water involved with them.  This will make your decorating a little easier.  (For example: Your "boat" can stay up all week, and maybe just get moved around a little.)

This VBS is for all ages, as Concordia has prepared a separate Preschool program, as well as a Youth and Adult study called "Anchored."

"Anchored" covers the same lessons as the kids' VBS and can be used to help volunteers prepare for the stories they will teach, or to help parents to better understand the lessons their children are learning. You could easily use this as an extension of the outreach of your VBS program.

The Gangway to Galilee Starter Kit contains everything that you will need to get started; including all of the printed materials and samples of craft ideas and lots of extras.

Concordia has provided a truly lovely program, with a traditional approach to VBS, along with fun games, activities, snack ideas, and songs.  

Enjoy Gangway to Galilee, the Concordia 2014 VBS Theme!

Find and compare prices for the "Gangway to Galilee VBS Starter Kit" at places like:, Family Christian, and others.

About Themselves:

Set sail on an amazing grace adventure as you journey around the Sea of Galilee to learn about God's life-giving Word.

VBS MOTTO: Jesus gives amazing grace.

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

MSRP: $149.99 starter kit

PROGRAM LENGTH: This program can be run as a one-day, two-day, or week-long VBS.

AGE RANGE: This program is primarily for Preschool through Elementary, but additional Teen and Adult materials are available for purchase


MISSIONS PROJECT: Gospel Nets - raising funds to provide bibles, bikes and buildings to churches around the globe.


NOTES: Small groups of up to 6 students each

Daily Lessons:

  • Day 1: Jesus Calls Me
    Passage: Jesus Calls His Disciples (Matthew 4:18-25)
    Memory Verse: Isaiah 43:1 - "I have called you by name, you are Mine."
  • Day 2: Jesus Teaches Me
    Passage: Jesus Teaches from the Boat (Luke 5:1-11)
    Memory Verse: Psalm 25:5 - "Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation."
  • Day 3: Jesus Keeps Me Safe
    Passage: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
    Memory Verse: Romans 1:7 - "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • Day 4: Jesus Saves Me
    Passage: Jesus Walks on the Water (Matthew 14:22-33)
    Memory Verse: Matthew 14:27 - "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."
  • Day 5: Jesus Provides All I Need
    Passage: Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples (John 21:1-14)
    Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:9 - "
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."


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