July 12-16 from 8:50AM-12:00PM

at New Life in Christ Church

Registration is OPEN as of Monday, June 14. Click HERE to sign up.

See below for Daily Schedule and FAQ’s.

“What is it about a tropical island that is so captivating – the beach, sunny skies, sparkling water, and awesome resorts? Or how about the beauty, sunsets, island animals, and glittering stars? It certainly is a special place on earth. On Mystery Island, prepare to be thrilled from the top of your sun-drenched head to the tip of your sandy toes as we explore an intriguing and mysterious topical paradise while tracking down the one true God.”

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable — Psalm 145:3

 The theme will be Mystery Island – Tracking Down the One True God.  

Day 1 – God is GREAT!

Bible Passages: Paul in a City of Idols – Acts 17

Lighthouse Lesson Focus: God is GREAT! He is the one and only God who is the awe-inspiring Creator.

Treasured Verses: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable — Psalm 145:3

Apologetics Focus: There’s only one God as revealed in the Bible. You can’t make up a god of your own choosing.

Day 2 – God is ALMIGHTY!

Bible Passages: Jonah, Book of Jonah – Psalm 139

Lighthouse Lesson Focus: God is ALMIGHTY! He is all knowing, all powerful, and all present.

Treasured Verses: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? — Jeremiah 32:2

Apologetics Focus: God can do all his holy will without effort. God’s miracles are real and effortless.

Day 3 – God is RULER!

Bible Passages: Isaiah’s Vision, Isaiah 6:1-3; Psalm 8

Lighthouse Lesson Focus: God is RULER! He is the majestic king who is holy and perfect.

Treasured Verses: And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” –Isaiah 6:3

Apologetics Focus: God is the same in the Old Testament as he is in the New Testament. He was and is and always will be in charge.

Day 4 – God is EMMANUEL!

Bible Passages: God Came to Earth, the Gospel

Lighthouse Lesson Focus: God is EMMANUEL! He is the loving, good Savior who came to earth.

Treasured Verses: But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

Apologetics Focus: God is three-in-one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even though there is mystery to this, God is also knowable.

Day 5 – God is TRUSTWORTHY!

Bible Passages: David trusts God — 1 Samuel 17

Lighthouse Lesson Focus: God is TRUSTWORTHY! He is our rock. We should praise, thank, worship, adore, and live for him.

Treasured Verses: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not  lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths. — Proverbs 3:5-6

Apologetics Focus: God is bigger and greater than our unanswered questions. We can trust him.


What is the mission for VBS this year? Is there only one God? … Who is God? … What is God? … Does God love me? … Can I know God? Our kids grapple with questions like these every day.  At Mystery Island, prepare to be thrilled from the top of your sun-drenched head to the tip of your sandy toes as we explore and intriguing tropical paradise while tracking down the one true God.  Kids will gain a better understanding of our awe-inspiring Creator God and the salvation He offers through Jesus Christ through our age-appropriate curriculum!  They’ll discover who God is and His attributes as they look to the only source of truth, God’s Word. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a taste of paradise as you track down the one true God with Mystery Island!

How do I register my child? Online registration opens June 14th, and our VBS season kicks off with an Open House on June 27th from 4:30-6 PM with an ice cream social, bouncy house, games, and prizes!  Please go to nlicc.org to register and direct any and all questions to vbs@nlicc.org.

Is there a cost for my child to attend VBS? New Life in Christ Church is blessed to offer our VBS free of charge!

What is the VBS schedule? Drop off time begins at 8:50 AM with children lining up with their classmates outside. At 9 AM, teachers will walk children into the sanctuary for our morning kickoff worship and drama time.  From the minute your Islanders arrive at Mystery Island, they’ll find clues ready to uncover!  The day begins at the Islander Assembly, a supercharged opening complete with entertaining welcomes, rockin’ songs, a mission moment, and prayer. Then Islanders will rotate through four fun rotation sites.  “Lighthouse Lessons” is teaching time, where islanders will track down truths about the one true God and discover he’s a priceless treasure.  “Ride the Tide Games” is our recreation location! At this spot, islanders attempt fun surf and sand challenges.  “Tropical Treats” is the ultimate snack spot, where Islanders will enjoy island eatables!  But don’t forget about “Deep Sea Science and Crafts,” the spot on the island of electrifying science experiments to explore, creative crafts to invent, high-energy songs to sing, and fun memory verse games to play.  After finishing the day’s rotations, everyone heads back to the Islander Assembly for the closing that includes more singing, a Creature Feature, contest results, and the hugely anticipated daily drama.  Our adventure ends at 12 PM and parents are asked to pick up their child from their classrooms at 12:05 PM.

What should my child wear? We encourage relaxed play clothes and comfortable shoes, but that shorts be modest and dresses are worn with shorts underneath.  Children will be enjoying classroom projects, outdoor activities, yummy snacks, and creative but sometimes messy crafts, so they may get dirty!  Each child will design and can wear their own VBS shirt.  Sunscreen application is also strongly recommended before beginning each day’s adventure!

What if my child has allergies? During the registration process, please inform coordinators of your child’s specific allergies and provide any and all information regarding triggers, treatment, and medications.  Coordinators will work with teacher and kitchen staff to ensure your child is properly cared and provided for!

Can parents stay during VBS? In order to limit numbers and avoid crowding, we do not have a parent’s area available at this time, nor are parents able to remain with their child in classes.  However, parents are invited to come and observe in the back of the sanctuary during the closing worship time!

Who will be teaching my child? Our staff is consisting of all volunteers ranging from all ages and backgrounds!  We are blessed with their willingness to serve, some for over 30 years!  All adult coordinators, teachers, and assistants will have completed a certified Child Protection Course and a satisfactory background check.

Will I need to provide a snack for my child? Our kitchen staff does a fantastic job of preparing yummy and nutritious themed snack for each day, all while attempting to remain peanut free.  If your child has a food allergy or sensitivity, please include that information in your registration.  Labeled water bottles are permitted; however, there will be ample water breaks.

What COVID precautions are being taken? Our team will meet or exceed CDC and Commonwealth of Virginia standards.