Galatians 3:1-4 (MSG)

You CRAZY Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something CRAZY has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this CRAZINESS? For only CRAZY people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? 

The FREE grace-based VBS from the people behind Kidz Blitz Live.

NOTE: Crazy Island VBS is not a conventional approach to VBS and not well-suited for traditional churches.

THE BIG IDEA

It’s not about what you DO for God but about what He DID for you through Jesus.

THE OVERVIEW

Trusting Jesus in a crazy world. Crazy Island VBS is gospel-centered. It’s crazy to take your focus off of God’s work for you through Jesus and get consumed with yourself. The crazy Galatians took their focus off of the crucifixion of Jesus and were trying to earn God’s favor by trying to please Him on their own (Galatians 3:1-4 MSG). Relevant and age-appropriate Bible content.

  • JACOB: Louie videos tell about the struggles of Jacob from the Old Testament.
  • GALATIANS 3:3 (MSG): Key memory verse #1.
  • PHILIPPIANS 1:6 (ESV): Key memory verse #2.
  • ANTI-BULLYING: Daily message to help kids combat bullying.

DESERTED ISLAND

Crazy Island a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. And you are stuck there. A big plane had mechanical failure and splashed down in the water off a remote island, Crazy Island. Calamity Calvin (a volunteer cast member) messed with the navigational system of the plane which caused the crash. Apparently he was trying to rewire the TV’s so he could find the Disney channel.  Calvin continues to create havoc all week as nothing he tries ever works out. No wonder he is down.

DAILY SCHEDULE

BIG BEACH GATHERING (GENERAL SESSION) appx. 45 min

  1. Welcome & Point Review
  2. Skit (Calamity Calvin, Hurricane Hannah, Jo Mac)
  3. Reggae Praise & Worship
  4. Note in the Bottle
  5. Full Motion Gorilla Invasion/Dance
  6. Memory Verse Game
  7. Louie Video About The Life of Jacob

TRIBAL MEETINGS (SMALL GROUPS) appx 30 min

  1. Welcome
  2. Sharing Game
  3. Life of Jacob Video Review and Discussion
  4. Snack Time
  5. Note in the Bottle Review
  6. Memory Verse Game
  7. Prayer

BIG BEACH GATHERING (GENERAL SESSION) appx 45 min

  1. Reggae Praise & Worship
  2. Tribal Reports
  3. Louie Video about Bullying
  4. Full Motion Gorilla Invasion/Dance
  5. Skit (Calamity Calvin, Hurricane Hannah, Jo Mac)
  6. Tropical Game
  7. Will It Float?
  8. Tribal Competition Standings
  9. Go Out With A Shout!

THE CAST

The cast of characters are volunteers who do quick, easy skits each day to move the storyline. These are the central characters.

The Pilot (VBS Director): The Pilot keeps the storyline and the tribes (small groups) on track. Leads game times.

Calamity Calvin (bungles everything): Calvin is trying to figure out how to get everyone rescued since it is his fault the plane went down. He struggles with his sense of failure. And understandably since everything he does falls apart. 

Hurricane Hannah (drama queen): Everything is a crisis for Hannah. She struggles with fear and a low opinion of herself. 

Jo Mac (He/she is cool, calm and wise): He helps Calvin and Hannah deal with their issues. He also explores the island and ends up discovering the mysterious castaway.

Mysterious Castaway: This character appears suddenly and in random places throughout the week. He is always hiding from people which creates a mystery about his identity. Kids will speculate about who he is and what he is doing on this secluded island. All will be revealed on the last day of VBS.

FULL MOTION GORILLA

MoGo, full-motion gorilla, storms into the room and he is NOT leaving until we give him banana pudding or follow his crazy dance motions. This 2-3 minute adrenaline rush is a break that allows the kids to burn off some energy by following MoGo’s crazy dance moves. MoGo is one of your high-energy workers in a gorilla costume.

LOUIE THE BIBLE STORY OF SNEAKY JAKE (DAILY VIDEO)

Louie makes teaching videos from his own island, Louie Island, nearby to Crazy Island.

Louie tells the story of Jacob from Genesis 25-33 in a 5-part series. In that time the name “Jacob” meant “sneaky.’  We call him “Sneaky Jake.” He spent his life wrestling with God instead of trusting God. But he finally learns to trust God without being sneaky. 5 videos.

BIG BEACH GATHERINGS

  • The Pilot leads the Big Beach Gatherings. They are your large group meetings. 
  • The storyline plays out with Jo Mac, Calvin and Hannah. 
  • Reggae-style praise and worship. (links provided in manual.)
  • Kids play fast-paced stage games.
  • Show the daily Story of Sneaky Jake video as told by Louie. 
  • One of the cast reveals the daily Note in the Bottle.
  • And more…

TRIBAL MEETINGS

  • Small groups are for connecting with kids on an individual level. 
  • Talk about what happened with Calvin and Hannah and how the kids identify with their trouble.
  • Discuss the latest story segment of Sneaky Jake. 
  • Pray for each other. 
  • Solve the Note in the Bottle.

THE RESCUE

Everyone is rescued in the last Big Beach Gathering on the last day. The Pilot, Jo Mac, Calvin and Hannah are up front when suddenly, a cell phone rings. Calvin pulls a plastic bag out of his pocket and removes a cell phone. The rest of the crew is stunned! It turns out Calvin had a cell phone the whole time. Jo Mac uses it to call the Coast Guard. A ship is now headed your way. Hannah is fuming at Calvin for forgetting he had a cell phone. Calvin feels like a failure. Jo Mac helps them both through their issues. The mysterious castaway joins them. Everyone is rescued. 

(The full script is included in Day 5 of the Daily Plan.)   

CRAFTS

None. Crazy Island is structured for elementary age kids.

PROMO MATERIAL

  • Videos to show in church.
  • Master file designs for posters.
  • Crazy Island logo for reprinting.

INCLUDED

  • Louie’s Daily Bible Story Teaching Videos (mp4 Format)
  • Louie’s Note in the Bottle (Anti-Bullying) Videos (mp4 Format)
  • Tribal Meeting Small Group Guides (pdf)
  • 10 Skits featuring Calamity Calvin, Hurricane Hannah, Jo Mac
  • Daily Large Group and Small Group Games
  • Reggae Worship Time
  • 5 High-Octane Game Tracks
  • 5 Gorilla Dance Tracks (mp3)
  • 3 Promotional Videos (mp4 Format)
  • Royalty Free Digital Logos in Various Formats
  • Printable Promotional Poster Layouts (pdf)