By Aaron Wilson

NASHVILLE (BP) — Next summer, kids will roll up their sleeves and grab excavation gear as they head to archaeological sites in present-day Israel with “Destination Dig,” the 2021 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

In “Destination Dig,” kids will take on the role of junior archaeologists as they embark on an adventure to study pieces of the past to learn the truth about who Jesus is and why He came. Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13 that God reveals Himself to people when they seek and search for Him with all their hearts.

“Time and time again, archaeologists’ discoveries affirm the veracity of Scripture,” said Melita Thomas, VBS and kids ministry specialist for LifeWay.

Famous artifacts and historical finds — including pottery jars holding the Qumran scrolls, the Pool of Siloam, Caiaphas’ steps and a first century rolling gravestone — will help children get a visualization of biblical events such as Jesus’ birth, miracles, betrayal, death, resurrection, and the spread of the early church.

Each day of the week is framed around a different truth including:

  • Jesus came as God promised.
  • Jesus demonstrated God’s power.
  • Jesus was betrayed and rejected.
  • Jesus died and rose again.
  • The Bible is true.

Throughout the VBS experience, kids will explore different rotation sites and activities including:

  • Worship Rally Dig Site
  • Bible Study Tent
  • Artifact Crafts
  • Mess Tent Snacks
  • Recreations Ruins
  • Missions Market
  • Desert Cave Music

The motto of “Destination Dig” is “Seek Truth! Find Jesus!”

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Aaron Wilson is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.