Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the Southwest Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is an inexpensive (often free) way to keep the kids busy this summer and raise an interest in religion and faith. The churches plan numerous activities over the course of the week to get the kids involved in learning about God, all while keeping them entertained and having fun! You do not have to be a member of the churches to participate, so check out the offerings below and start planning a fun-filled summer.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the Southwest Suburbs

Week of June 4th

St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Lemont)
June 4–8, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free! Online registration is available.

Week of June 11th

Christ Community Church (Lemont)
June 11–15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost is $15 per child.

The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park (Orland Park)
June 11–15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free! Online registration is available.

Grace Pointe Church (Plainfield)
June 11–15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Costs are $10 for each of the first 2 children, $5 for the third child and $25 for more than three children.

Week of June 18th

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church & Preschool (Mokena)
June 18-22 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost TBA. Call (708) 479-5600

Calvary Church (Orland Park)
June 18–22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free!

Saint Stephen Deacon and Martyr (Tinley Park)
June 18–22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$15 per child. To register online, you must first pay for your child’s registration via Give Central online payment portal.

Christ Lutheran Church (Orland Park)
June 18–22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Registration is open for children who are 3 years old by June 1 (must be fully potty trained) through 6th grade.

Zion Lutheran Church (Tinley Park)
June 18–22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$15.00 per child, $25.00 for two or more children living in same household (includes one music cd per family).

Friendship Baptist Church (Plainfield)
June 18 – 22, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free! Register online. This year’s theme is GAME ON!

Week of June 25th

Faith United Methodist Church (Orland Park)
June 25–29, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free!

Our Lady of the Woods Parish (Orland Park)
June 25-29 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Free!

Trinity Lutheran Church (New Lenox)
June 25–29, 2018 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
$5 per child.

Trinity Lutheran Church and School  (Tinley Park)
June 25–29, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free!

Most Holy Redeemer Parish (Evergreen Park)
June 26–29, 2018 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Online registration is available.

Week of July 9th

Faith Christian Reformed Church (Tinley Park)
July 9-13 |Time TBA
Free!

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Palos Heights)
July 9-13 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10 per child.

Week of July 16th

Grace Fellowship Church (Oak Forest)
July 16-20 | 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
$10 per child.

Week of July 30th

Crystal Lawns Church of the Nazarene (Joliet)
July 30-August 3 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Free!

The following churches have had VBS in the past and/or are still in the planning process for their event. Please reach out to the individual churches to get more information.

Living Word Lutheran Church
16301 Wolf Road
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 403-9673

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ
9411 South 51st Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 422-4200

New Life Church
500 Gougar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-0202

Missio Dei Church
123 W. Wood Street
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 717-8006

Grace Episcopal Church
209 N. Pine Street
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 485-6596

Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church
9230 S Pulaski Road
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 422-5111

First United Reformed Church of Oak Lawn
9401 S 54th Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 636-0758

Oak Lawn Bible Church
9435 S. 54th Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 857-9800

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
4041 W. 120th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 597-5209

Parkview Christian Church
(Three locations)
14367 W. 159th Street
Homer Glen, Illinois 60491
(815) 838-9080
2121 S. Schoolhouse Road
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
(815) 717-6008
11100 Orland Parkway
Orland Park, Illinois 60467
(708) 478-7477

Living Word Lutheran Church
16301 Wolf Road
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 403-9673

Check out our VBS in the Western suburbs list for more churches offering Vacation Bible School this summer. Our resources for families page has even more great information to help families in the southwest suburbs, too!

About the Author

Claudia Coyne
Having grown up in Palos Park, Claudia has a great love for the southwest suburbs and the hidden gems of the area. Claudia currently lives in Tinley Park with her husband and four children (two girls, ages 6 and 4 and two boys, ages 3 and 1). Cabin fever with four children can get rough, so they’re always looking for new and exciting adventures outside of the house! During the warmer months, you’ll find her and the family at the pool, out on nature walks, grilling in the yard, or at the zoo. And pick a park, any park… Claudia’s kids possess a magical super power of being able to detect the nearest park within a 5 mile radius, so there’s always a stop off on the way home to discover new playgrounds! When the cold comes, they like to craft, hibernate at the library or indoor play places, and play in the snow. In her tiny sliver of free time, Claudia enjoys sewing, photography, and baking.

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