What A Mess! VBS - NEW for 2024

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NEW 2024 VBS!

Sometimes Life Can Get A Little...MESSY!

Messy VBS

The good news is, Jesus loves messy people!  Whether you're 5, 45, or 105, we all have our own messes. What a Mess! VBS is about how Jesus deals with our messes; our sins, mistakes, and weaknesses. Throughout the week we will look at the following questions:

  • Why is the world such a messy place?
  • How does Jesus respond to our messiest moments?
  • How should we respond to our messes?
  • What does Jesus do about our messes?
  • What about other people’s messes?

All the while, we are going to have lots of messy fun, with messy snacks, games, crafts, and more! 

New Format!

This completely new format is designed to make it super easy to adapt this VBS to any group size.  Whether you are doing a rotational format with dozens of kids and tons of volunteers or you just have a small group that you're leading with me, myself, and I What A Mess VBS can work for you! Order a FREE Sample Lesson today!
PLUS - choose one of the Media Pack options above to get 25 Game Videos, 5 worship videos and more for only $97!


What A Mess VBS Overview:


Who Made This Mess?!

Key Verse: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

Scripture: Adam & Eve, Genesis 3

Adam and Eve aren’t just two people who lived long ago and far away. They are a representation of us, every time that we choose to rebel against God by sinning. This place is a mess because of sin. And it is a mess that we can’t clean up on our own.

Main Idea: Why is the world so messy?

Jesus Loves A Good Mess!

Key Verse: "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Scripture: Rich Young Ruler, Mark 10:17-27 & Genesis 3:21

The rich, young, ruler was a special kind of mess. He is dramatic, arrogant, self-righteous, and hungry for attention. He even lies straight into the face of Jesus, about how perfect and sinless he is. And how does Jesus respond? With love!

Main Idea: Jesus loves messy people.

Confess Your Mess

Key Verse: "If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Scripture: The Sinner’s Prayer, Luke 18:9-14

“Have mercy on me God! A sinner!”
This prayer is juxtaposed to that of a self-promoting Pharisee, who claims to have it all together. God honors the prayer of the sinner, who desperately calls out his own inadequacy.

Main Idea: Let’s be honest about sin.

Address Your Mess

Key Verse: "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" 1 John 3:1a

Scripture: The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-22

Jesus died for the messiest version of you. He addresses your mess with love and grace; not harsh judgement. The father throws his royal robe over our sin-stained, tattered clothes, and covers us up in his grace.

Main Idea: His grace covers our sin.

Address Their Mess

Key Verse: "Bear with each other and forgive one another as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13

Scripture: Judging Others, Matthew 7:1-5

This messy world is full of messy people. How do we deal with the sins and hurtful behaviors of others; especially when they hurt us? We must forgive, just as Jesus forgave us. And forgiveness carries the weight of a sacrifice.

Main Idea: Forgive like Jesus.


About This VBS:

  • MESSY activities throughout (less messy alternatives included)
  • Ideal for kids ages 6-10
  • 5-days of lessons and activities
  • Includes large group activities and small group discussion
  • This VBS program is an instant download
  • Includes Editable Text Files

Each Lesson Includes:

  • Make It Sticky! Parent Sheets
  • Daily Key Verse (5 Total Verses)
  • Skit
  • Large Group Lesson
  • Snack
  • Craft
  • Game
  • Small-Group Discussion

Promotional Graphics Included (with all formats):

  • Invitation flyer
  • T-shirt graphic
  • Editable graphics to make your own designs
  • Posters
  • Title Slide and Blank Background Slide


 Join the What A Mess VBS Facebook group to ask questions and share ideas with others who are using What A Mess VBS!


Check out the What A Mess VBS Pinterest board to find decorating, game, craft, and snack ideas!


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