Rethinking your summer VBS plans?

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, churches are rethinking their plans for Vacation Bible School and Holiday Clubs.

  • Have you already canceled your VBS or summer programming?
  • Not sure your current VBS curriculum & supplies can adapt well for virtual use?
  • Do you want to provide families with an "at-home" VBS experience but don't have time to write your own?

Illustrated Ministry encourages churches and communities to continue to flatten the curve, regardless of whether in-person gatherings start to be allowed. So, if you're asking any of these questions, we're here to help!

I was never totally sold on the concept of VBS. I could not find a curriculum that I actually liked. So, the idea of teaching VBS online during a pandemic was not something that I was excited about. It seemed like a lot of effort for something that might not create much of an impact. But then I found Compassion Camp. The curriculum connected kids both to their faith, and to the reality of our world in an impactful way, and it was so much easier to put together than any other VBS curriculum I had ever seen.

Hope Bentley Hutchison
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Richfield United Methodist Church
Minneapolis, MN

Check out Illustrated Ministry's COMPASSION CAMP!

Click below to receive an infoguide and a complete sample of Session One. This will help answer any questions you have about the program and what it might look like to run it in your context.


I love Compassion Camp SO much. Having a thoughtful, progressive curriculum convinced me to push through my own mental block and do an online VBS. We're using it for a program giving families an option to participate with an online community or do it at their own pace. It will span eight weeks, and it's inspired by the classic library summer reading program.

Risa Vargas
Director of Children and Family Ministries
First UMC Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach, CA

COMPASSION CAMP is centered on compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. This at-home/virtual VBS is geared toward K-5th graders, plus activities specifically for preschool-age children. Highlights of the materials:

  • Digital & Downloadable files
  • Five sessions (have a "VBS Week" or use one session per week and spread the experience out over the summer)
  • Ideas for sharing compassion in your community
  • 5 original songs (audio files + sheet music)
  • Inclusive language & theology
  • Communal art project with digital materials: create art together, while being apart
  • Flexible & Adaptable
  • Special activities for preschool-age children
  • Fresh and modern illustrations

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