WOW VBS: Virtual Bible Spectacular Planned For 1 Million Kids This Summer

Alex MurashkoBy Alex MurashkoJune 12, 20202 Minutes

Christian children’s ministry leaders are partnering with churches from around the world to host an online vacation bible school – WOW VBS (Virtual Bible Spectacular) – to counter cancellations resulting from COVID-19.

“It struck me that at this moment in the history of the world, all kids camps and VBS were cancelled due to COVID-19,” said WOW-VBS Co-Producer Steve Pennington. “Hearing stories about the rise of depression and anxiety for children. I wanted to do something big to encourage and elevate children.”

WOW-VBS organizers say they would like to see 10,000 churches participate in the program for children that’s planned to stream live on Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 24 and again Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2. The four-episode, four-day Virtual Bible Spectacular event will feature different hosts from around the world, kids ministry guest artists, and celebrity cameos.

Kids and families can view a fun, engaging, interactive program of worship, Bible stories and teaching, magic, fun, games, and a presentation of the gospel message. Each 30-40 minute program is prerecorded in a “life event” style. Churches may host watch parties through Facebook Watch Parties or YouTube at FaithKidz TV, and create a shared VBS experience for their kids.

“Imagine a moment when the children around the world would be united singing, laughing, learning, praying, and lifted up with the gospel message of courage, hope, help, and love,” Pennington said. “That would be, WOW!”

Although organizers currently say the biggest challenge is getting churches onboard, there have been signs of hope. “We’ve had so many people catching the vision—and jumping on board,” Co-Producer Scott Humston said. “Large and small ministries. Well-known believers and those who just influence a small number in their home or church. We already have more than 17 countries represented.

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