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. I love how churches have really made learning about Jesus fun! They are teaching kids to incorporate religion into their everyday actions, rather than just for one week during the middle of summer.
If you are planning out your VBS schedule now, here are some options around town to check out:
Silverdale Baptist Church: Quest Camp: Adventure Outfitters. June 24-27th, 8:30-12:30pm. Open for kids who have completed K-5th grades. Cost is free or $10 to include a t-shirt. Details and registration can be found here.
Bayside Baptist Church: In The Wild! June 10-14th 8:45-12:00pm. Ages 4 – middle school. More information is available here.
Ridgedale Baptist Church: In the Wild! June 23-27th. More information to come here.
Woodland Park: In the Wild! June 24-27th, from 9:00-12:00. More information to come here.
St. John UMC: Who is my Neighbor? Learning to Live like Jesus. July 21-24th from 6:00-8:00pm. More information and registration here.
First Baptist Church (downtown): June 3rd- 7th. Three years old (potty trained) – 5th grade. Registration begins May 1. More information here.
Red Bank Baptist: The Incredible Race. June 3rd- 7th. 9:00-12:15pm. (3 years old-5th grade). Click here for more information.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Roar! Life in the Wild, God is Good! June 10-14th. $30 registration fee and other information here.
North Shore Fellowship: Proof Pirates! June 10-14th. Rising K-6th grade. 8:45-12 noon. Clink here for more information.
Signal Mountain Presbyterian: Praise! June 10th – 13th from 9:00-12:00pm. Rising 1st-rising 6th. Click here for more information.
Brainerd Baptist: In the Wild! 3 years old – rising 6th graders. June 2nd – 5th. Click here for more information.
Burks UMC: July 21st – 26th 6:00-9:00pm. More information to come here.
Morris Hill Baptist: June 2nd-6th. Registration opens May 5th. Click here for more information.
City Church: Kids Camp! June 17th-20th. More information to come here.
Grace Baptist Church: June 3rd– 7th. More information to come here.
Ooltewah Baptist Church: Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good: July 7-11 from 6pm-9pm. Click here for more information.
The Ministry Center, Hixson: Kids Fest: This is Me! Ages 4-12 (dinner included). May 29th – May 31st from 6:00-8:00 pm. Register online.
Redemption Point Ooltewah: Wishy Willy & The Candy Factory VBS. May 28-May 31 from 6:30-8:30pm. Finale Festival will be June 1st from 5:00-7:00. 3 years old (potty trained)-rising 6th graders. Click here for more information.
Hixson First Baptist: Music Camp; Donkey Tales! July 22nd-26th from 9:00 – 1:00pm. Click here for more information.
Church United Methodist Church (East Brainerd): June 2nd-7th Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good! Click here for more information.
Signal Mountain Bible Church: July 8th-July 12th. Click here for more information.
If we are being honest, VBS is a nice break for us mamas too! I know you are counting down the hours until some peace, but can I offer some advice? This year, while your kiddos are VBS-ing in style, take just one hour of your free time and grab a women’s Bible study. If you need some options, reach out; I’m happy to offer suggestions of ones that I have gone through. Then use the rest of your time to sit by the pool enjoying some peace and quiet!