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Surf Shack VBS Encourages Kids to Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love: Cokesbury Reveals 2016 Theme

Contact: Brenda Smotherman, Assoc. Publicity Manager
Phone: 615.749.6290

Nashville, Tenn. —  As churches are in the midst of VBS activities this summer, the search for next year’s program begins. Cokesbury’s  Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love program fits the bill for a perfect beach-themed getaway for kids to bask in the love of the Son and come away with an understanding of God’s awesome power.

At Surf Shack, kids are equipped and invited to plunge into the incredible experience of knowing God. They will encounter God’s awesomeness through Bible stories of the amazing ways God has moved in the lives of others before embarking on the breathtaking adventure of participating in God’s love. With the Surf Shack as its hub, churches will become an ocean of excitement as kids and leaders (Surfers and Lifeguards) enjoy beach–themed music, crafts, Science projects, recreation, Bible stories and more, becoming fully equipped to live out God’s mission in their lives. The VBS program, filmed on location on the beaches of Tybee Island, GA, also features videos with professional surfers including Georgia Cook, Nikki Viesin, Colton Kane, Joey Cook, and Jared Kane. Throughout the five day adventure children will learn how:

  • God created the world to show God’s love for us in a truly epic way.
  • God helps and protects us in amazing, unexpected ways. With God’s help, we can also help others.
  • Jesus is God’s Son, loved by God. And the evidence of God’s amazing love for us is that we get to receive and be part of God’s love.
  • God can bring peace to any situation and calm our fears, even when things aren’t going well.
  • God wants to show love through us. Jesus invites us and sends us to participate in this amazing experience.

“We know that children are going to love Surf Shack as it is kid approved,” said Scott Spradley, Cokesbury’s Director of VBS Publishing. “We know how important VBS is to churches and we want them to be able to know that they are investing in a trustworthy program. Surf Shack is being tested by four churches and hundreds of kids from various regions in the United States to ensure that your Vacation Bible School makes a positive impact on young lives.”

Pre-ordering for Cokesbury’s Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love VBS program super starter kit (ISBN: 9781501816727 / $159.99) is available now with shipments starting in early winter. Churches who order by July 31st can receive a free Volunteer Recruiting and Training Pack valued at $130 as well as a special introductory price offer on the standing theme banner. An interactive Surf Shack website providing information and helpful resources is available by visiting

Cokesbury, founded in 1789 as an arm of The United Methodist Publishing House, is a publisher and distributor to the greater Christian community. Their mission is to provide quality and relevant resources and services, at the best possible price, that help people know God through Jesus Christ, love God, and choose to serve God and neighbor.