for Christ's glory is what VBS Reachout Adventures is all about!
Your young "Sea Explorers"—churched and unchurched—will come away from this high seas VBS adventure
knowing deep truths about our ever-present, Sovereign God who pursues us in love, and turns us around
in repentance and obedience. In Summer Seaquest, they'll engage the truths of God's Word through:
profound, in-depth Bible lessons captivatingly conveyed by costumed "eyewitness" Storytellers
exciting and challenging Scripture memory drills kids are eager to participate in
a daily, theme-related Gospel presentation the children learn step-by-step for themselves and to share
meaningful, motivating service projects at home, in the community, and at VBS
Summer Seaquest is a time and field-tested Vacation Bible School kids from all backgrounds truly love!
You'll effectively reach your neighborhood children and inspire and disciple your own church kids, too.
This Biblically rich and fun program makes VBS worth all the effort you invest in planning and
carrying it out. PLUS you'll receive FREE personal coaching along the way when you need it.
Let Summer Seaquest launch your church and community into a high seas VBS adventure that anchors kids in God's Word and impacts them for eternity!
“...rich biblical theology, unusual nowadays in materials for children, and a presentation that is unsurpassed for interest and fun. Moreover, the four-year cycle of themes allows us to mix freshness with experience.”
Rev. Robert Rayburn
“I highly recommend Reachout Adventures. Their material conveys the belief that our children deserve teachers with a deep understanding of the Scripture lesson. This program proves you don't have to sacrifice in-depth Bible teaching to have a creative, fun-filled week with children!”
Mrs. Sue Jakes
“The content of the Reachout material allows us to make the Gospel attractive. Every year young lives are touched and changed. Thank you for your partnership.”
Rev. Alistair Begg
IN-DEPTH BIBLE LESSONS
Summer Seaquest's profound content is sure to inspire the young hearts and minds of your VBS Sea Explorers!
In SSQ's exciting daily Probing the Depths Bible Lessons:
Sea Explorers discover life-changing truths about Jonah—and the Jesus he points to—by diving into the tale of the
runaway prophet who flees, then finally faces, God's challenge to him.
Extraordinary "eyewitness" accounts of Jonah's roundabout route to Nineveh keep Sea Explorers on the edge of their seats during the 5-day voyage.
By journey's end, young Sea Explorers have a deeper grasp of God's pursuing love and saving grace as they encounter the
God who turns us around in repentance and obedience.
Lesson 1—"J" Day
Am I Jehovah's or Am I Jeering?—
Petar the Pearl Diver reveals to VBS Sea Explorers how God pursues even those who “jeer” at Him, that they might belong to Him
in a relationship of love.
Lesson 2—"O" Day
Am I Headed to My Tarshish or My Nineveh?—
As Washed Up Jonah relates his dramatic rescue by God’s gracious hand, the children see the blessing and wisdom of living for
God in loving trust and obedience.
Lesson 3—"N" Day
Have I Been Turned Around by God?—
Nazireh, the newly-repentant Ninevite, tells how she and her fellow Ninevites were made new by God’s saving power. She calls the children
to consider whether they too have been turned around by God, both once-for-all in salvation and in daily repentance.
Lesson 4—"A" Day
Do I have a "Jehovah" or a "Jonah" Attitude?—
Worsabag, the worm that ate the vine, highlights for the children the necessity of knowing we are saved by grace alone through
faith in Christ.
Lesson 5—"H" Day
Matthew 12:33-41, Luke 11:29-32
Lord, Send Me a Fish and a Resurrection—
Through Halthasar the Herald, Sea Explorers hear the clear Gospel message as they learn how Jonah’s life points to the death
and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Christ-centered, Bible-based, doctrinally sound, and delightfully creative. I heartily commend your materials!”
Rev. J. Ligon Duncan
“...a stellar example of scholarship with a burning heart...an excellent example of creative educational tools to advance deep spiritual truth.”
Rev. Joseph Novenson
“The eyewitness storytelling really made the Bible story come alive and focused the children's attention on the truths of God's Word.”
VBS Director Sarah Kitts
“If you're looking to dig deeper into the Bible in your VBS, Reachout Adventures is the place to go!”
Rev. James McManus
“I am impressed with how you have kept the material fresh without compromising your Biblical and Reformed commitments.”
Rev. Robert Looper
Engaging Scripture Memory
In a Reachout VBS, memorizing God's Word plays a key & fun role. Your VBS kids will amaze you by how much of the Word they
can hide in their hearts!
Summer Seaquest's memory work is learned in a question, answer, and verse format to aid in understanding, and is reviewed and encouraged
through the exciting Lighthouse Drill. Daily reviews help ensure that by week's end these key verses are hidden in the children's hearts.
Sea Explorers also learn important Gospel verses from the daily "Salvation Sea Crossing" Gospel presentation, and eager
memorizers can go on to learn Extra Credit Memory Verses, and the Books of the Bible.
Isaiah 45:21; Psalm 48:14; Acts 3:19; Ephesians 2:8; John 20:31
“Since memory work is not as encouraged these days, our teachers and parents were surprised by the enthusiasm and ease with which even the youngest children learned their verses!”
VBS Director Nancy Myers
“Our VBS went great! Everyone loved the curriculum and the flow of the program. My favorite part was watching the kids dig into the Word. We are excited already about next year's program!”
VBS Director Vicki Waide
“Sound biblical instruction is never sacrificed for mere entertainment, and yet it is great fun for the kids. The Scripture memory emphasis enhances the eternal benefits of VBS.”
Rev. Chad Steenwyk
Salvation Sea Crossing Gospel Presentation
For Reachout Adventures, the Gospel is front and center!
Summer Seaquest's theme-related Salvation Sea Crossing Gospel presentation
is a key part of every Summer Seaquest day, and is learned by the Sea Explorers—both
for their own understanding and to share with others.
Salvation Sea Crossing is creatively presented daily
through skits and an animated PowerPoint visual aid.
It's also colorfully illustrated and captioned
in their Student Logbooks for them to memorize,
take home to parents and friends, and remember
long after VBS is over.
“This material reaches both covenant children as well as community children who come through the doors of the church for the first time.”
Dr. E. Brent Turner
“Children’s ministry is often a desert of moralism...your VBS was a much needed wellspring of Gospel truth. Helping children find their identity in the Gospel is clearly VBS Reachout’s greatest desire!”
Rev. Anthony Trussoni
“The Gospel is clear, the means of Grace are clear, the emphasis on man's chief end is clear—and it is a tremendous amount of fun for everyone. Praise God for such a valuable resource!”
Rev. Robert Looper
“This was our first year using Reachout, & we had a great VBS! The kids are so sad it’s over & everyone is already excited about next year. The Gospel presentations were awesome!”
VBS Director Laney Birch
Music with Impact
Our fabulous Summer Seaquest Music CD has been written and produced by the talented Benjamin and Chelsea Peck,
aka Mr & Mrs Something. This great mixture of upbeat & worshipful songs will immerse your VBS kids in the
rich spiritual themes of the book of Jonah. They'll have great fun learning and singing them at SSQ,
in the car to and from, and long
after VBS is over!
NEW for SSQ! We're expanding our Music Resources with Chord Charts and a Hand Motions DVD!
Music CD's (vocal/instrumental tracks) are perfect for use in training meetings and
for purchase by staff and parents.
Leader's Music CD includes vocal/instrumental plus instrumental-only tracks and is
included in Starter Kit and full Director Kit orders.
Piano Music and guitar chords with cross-reference
guide to corresponding Bible lessons and Gospel Presentation steps.
Chord Charts include lyrics and chords for each song.
Hand-Motions Training DVD provides a demonstration of hand-motions for training
Song Leader and assistants in leading your VBS kids.
A PowerPoint presentation of song lyrics against eye-catching theme-related
art is on the Artwork CD (included in all Director Kit orders, or available separately).
“I loved growing up on Reachout songs. We sang them all the time, not just at VBS. My siblings & I still remember them!”
Anna, age 21
“I loved VBS because I learned about God in fun ways. I remember a lot of the songs and Bible verses, and I use them when I feel sad or afraid.”
Allison, Age 11
Teacher-student relationships grow as
rotation schedules allow time to get to know students
activity stations allow staff to specialize
Classroom teachers do not:
teach the Bible lessons
give the Gospel presentation
lead recreation, singing, assemblies
Classroom teachers do:
get to know and disciple a small group of 6-8 children
oversee Bible lesson heart and life application worksheet completion
teach & listen to memory work
participate with their group in assemblies, Bible lessons
“The only curriculum that really gets kids into the Bible — reading, memorizing, and doing extra activities all connected with the Word of God. Kids and parents love these programs!”
Children's Ministry Director Laurie Beavers
“Our whole team loved the format and the depth of teaching involved. Also, it was wonderful how every aspect of the material, from music to crafts reinforced the Bible stories. The children and volunteers all had loads of fun with every station, but more importantly the children came to a greater understanding of the Gospel with each and every day. ”
Rev. Anthony Trussoni
“Reachout is all about the children and introducing them to Jesus Christ…It's exciting and Gospel-centered...the children can’t wait to get to VBS and don’t want to leave...our dedicated volunteers say Reachout makes our VBS a success!”
Rev. Bruce O'Neil
Summer Seaquest's creative craft curriculum
presents fun, quality projects
helps children remember Bible lessons truths
provides detailed instructions & patterns (supplies not included)
is designed for all grade levels
supplements Lesson Handwork for 4's-K
Age 4-Grade 6 Crafts
Age 2's & 3's Crafts
“This was by far one of the most biblically saturated and God-centered curricula we've ever used. Numerous staff expressed how much they like the depth of the lessons, and several teachers noted how they themselves were impacted as they prepared the lessons.”
Elder Taj Eaton
“Our VBS was a huge success, and by the closing program I had numerous people asking what the theme would be next year!”
VBS Director Robbie Franks
Summer Seaquest is just one of four rotating adventure themes. Sign on with VBS Reachout Adventures & take the guesswork out of your VBS decision-making!