Here comes summer! It is sneaking up on us and bringing with it sunshine, pool days, and long days of freedom. Isn’t it refreshing how some things never change? Generations over, kids still always look forward to these staples of summer, including one of the most fun traditions: Vacation Bible School! VBS has evolved over the years, transforming from glue and construction paper inside a church gymnasium, into activity tracts of sports, reading and art centered around common themes. There are plenty to choose from, so if you’re interested, find one that fits your flavor and availability!
If you are planning out your VBS schedule now, here are some options around town to check out. A word to the wise: many of the churches are requesting pre-registration and most all of them have cautionary information about their COVID precautions (which I am grateful for). Be sure to check the details when making your plans!
2021 Chattanooga Vacation Bible Schools
First Baptist Church (downtown): Treasured. June 7-11th from 10-noon. Four years old (potty trained) – 5th grade.
First Centenary United Methodist Church: Athens. July 19-23rd from 9-noon.
Stuart Heights Baptist Church: Destination Dig. June 13-17 from 6-8pm.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: June 21-25 from 8:30-12:30. Rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders.
Red Bank/Signal Mountain
Red Bank Baptist Church: Mystery Island. June 7-11th from 9-12:15pm. (4 years old-5th grade).
Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church: In backyards across Signal Mountain. June 7-10th from 9:00-11am. Rising K-rising 6th.
Calvary Baptist Church: Treasured. June 14-18 from 6:15-8:30pm.
Signal Crest United Methodist Church: Treasured. July 12-15. Rising 1st-5th grade.
White Oak Baptist Church: Focus. June 6-10 from 6:30-8:30.
The Point Church: Mystery Island. June 28-July 2 at 9-12:15.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: Creativity. Wonder. Fun. June 25-27th.
Hixson United Methodist Church: Treasured. June 28-July 1 (several time options available). Rising 1st grade through rising 6th grade.
Abba’s House: Focus. May 26-28 from 6-8pm. Rising kindergarteners-rising 6th graders. $20.
Ridgedale Baptist Church: Destination Dig. June 13-17th from 6-8pm.
Brainerd Baptist Church: Concrete and Cranes. 3 years old – rising 6th graders. June 7-11th from 6-8:30pm.
Morris Hill Baptist Church: Concrete and Cranes. June 6-10th from 6-9pm. Registration opens May 5th. Ages 5-finishing 6th grade.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: 9-11 from 5:30-8:30.
Silverdale Baptist Church: Quest Camp: Adventure Outfitters. June 28-July 1, 8:30-12:30pm. Open for kids who have completed K-5th grades. Cost is free or $10 to include a t-shirt.
Church United Methodist Church (East Brainerd): Rocky Railway. June 18-22 (evening) or June 19-23 (morning). Rising 1st graders-rising 6th graders.
Collegedale Community Church: Rocky Railway. June 14-18th from 9:30-noon. Ages 4-11.
Bayside Baptist Church: Destination Dig. June 7-11th from 8:45-12:00pm. Ages 4 – 5th grade.
Grace Baptist Church: Time Lab. July 25-29th.
Fairview Baptist Church: August 6-8th.
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church: The Race is On! June 14-17th from 9:30-noon. Rising 1st through 6th grade.
New Heights Baptist Church: Rocky Railway. June 7-10th from 8-3pm. $45.
Parkway Baptist Church: June 6-10th from 6-8:30pm. Ages 2-6th grade.
First Baptist Fort Oglethorpe: Focus. July 25-29th.
Ringgold First Baptist Church: Press Play. June 7-10 from 6-8:30 (free dinner provided).