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Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 02:22 PM America/New_York

deep-sea-discovery-vbsChristian Standard Media announced Thursday the selection of “Deep Sea Discovery” as “About the Children's Department’s” Top Pick VBS 2016.

This is the second year in a row that the Vacation Bible School (VBS) program by Christian Standard Media (formerly Standard Publishing) has been awarded the top spot by children's ministry expert Lynda Freeman, creator of the popular children’s ministry resources blog “About the Children's Department.”

“‘Deep Sea Discovery’ is an excellent option for VBS with a strong focus on serving, evangelism, solid Bible content and application," Freeman said. “I'm very happy to see a strong focus on evangelism in each lesson—each lesson has a specific portion which points children to Jesus and explains the plan of salvation.”

For nearly 40 years, Freeman has been one of the leading consultants, trainers and evaluators of resources for children's ministry. Her knowledge and insights have made her one of the most prolific contributors to “best practices” among those who work with children.

Peter M. Esposito, CEO of Christian Standard Media, commented on receiving the award.

“‘About the Children's Department’ has for years been the one-stop website for reviews and comparisons of curriculum untainted by conflicts of interest and truly guided by a careful eye to what really works in children's ministry,” Esposito said. “It's an honor for our VBS 2016 program to once again have been chosen as the Top Pick.”

“I love the focus in each lesson and each station on pointing children to God and challenging them to take what they learned out the doors of the church to live it in their everyday lives,” Freeman said. “I am delighted to see a strong Bible content and an intentional effort to help children not just walk away from VBS with more ‘head knowledge,’ but rather a focus on helping children remember, understand and live God's Word in their everyday lives!”

In Christian Standard Media's “Deep Sea Discovery,” children dive into God's word to see how He has been with His people every step of the way. The program consists of a comprehensive kit and over 40 additional resources. The kit is packed with everything needed to plan and lead a VBS or family ministry event. Besides all of the print resources included in the kit, the discs also offer churches the freedom to use digital copies of all the director's guides, leader's guides and cards, publicity resources and an extensive supply of extra resources and activities to allow for more customization, including special needs adaptations.