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Escape to Athens With Paul!

Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul…straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today!

Transform Your Church

Transform your church

Bring a famous ancient Bible-times city to life.

Meet Paul, Engage with and learn from a well-known Bible hero.

Meet Paul

Engage with and learn from a well-known Bible hero.

Friends at Vacation Bible School

Fun, flexible programming

Use as a kid-only or intergenerational VBS.


A Day in Athens

Catch a sneak peek of Athens! During our field test (at a real church) we followed a crew around to give you a firsthand look at what your kids will experience.

How Athens VBS Works

Learn more about each station

Opening Celebration

Start off with worship and celebration!

Athens VBS Opening Celebration

Oikos Time

Small groups gather together to map out the day's activities.

Athens VBS Oikos Time

Marketplace Shops

Craft cool projects and sample unique treats.

Athens VBS Marketplace Shops

Paul's Adventures

Meet Paul and hear how he and his friends were held captive.

Paul's Adventures

Arena Games

Play high-energy games.

Athens Arena VBS Games

Oikos Time

Connect experiences in Athens to modern-day lives at home!

Athens VBS Oikos Time

Closing Celebration

Wrap up the day with worship!

Athens VBS Closing Celebration


Experiencing God’s Word

At Athens VBS, you’ll reinforce Bible truth in a big way because the daily Bible Point is carefully integrated into each activity. God’s Word comes alive through engaging interaction with Bible history!


Day 1

Bible Point:

God loves us all.

Key Bible Verse:

"The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation." (Psalm 145:9)

Bible Story:

Paul begins his second missionary journey. (Acts 15:36-16:5)


Day 2

Bible Point:

God loves us and takes care of us.

Key Bible Verse:

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you" (1 Peter 5:7)

Bible Story:

Paul and Silas are put in prison. (Acts 16:16-40)


Day 3

Bible Point:

God loves us when others don't.

Key Bible Verse:

"The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?" (Psalm 118:6)

Bible Story:

An angry mob searches for Paul and Silas. (Acts 17:1-9)


Day 4

Bible Point:

God loves us and sent his Son, Jesus.

Key Bible Verse:

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Bible Story:

Paul preaches about Jesus. (Acts 17:16-34)


Day 5

Bible Point:

God loves us and wants us to share his love.

Key Bible Verse:

"Just as I have loved you, you should love each other." (John 13:34)

Bible Story:

Paul continues his journey. (Acts 18:1-5)