Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2018

Vacation Bible School is a fun week for kids to learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. There are VBS events happening all over the west suburbs! You do not have to attend church to send your kids to VBS. In general, VBS is for ages 3 through 12. Registration starts soon and often fills up, so check the individual websites for more information. This Vacation Bible School Guide is sponsored by Christian Church of Clarendon Hills.

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills
June 11-15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free
5750 Holmes Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-3456
website | registration link

Kids entering kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join them at Shipwrecked, where kids learn that we have been Rescued By Jesus!  Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, enjoy high-energy songs with a live band, play fun outdoor games (weather permitting), devour yummy (and good for us!) treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out fun hands-on experiments they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Each day concludes with the Sail Away Sendoff that gets everyone involved in celebrating and living what they’ve learned.  All volunteers undergo a thorough background check and training and there is a registered nurse on campus during the entire program.  This FREE event will be a highlight of your child’s summer!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2018 in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Below are the local Vacation Bible School options this summer, listed in chronological order. Please note that many churches either have a maximum cost per family or discounts for two or more children. You can click on the church link for more information and online registration if available.

VBS the Week of June 11

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills
June 11-15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Free! Register online.
Kids entering kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join them at Shipwrecked, where kids learn that we have been Rescued By Jesus!  Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, enjoy high-energy songs with a live band, play fun outdoor games (weather permitting), devour yummy (and good for us!) treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out fun hands-on experiments they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Each day concludes with the Sail Away Sendoff that gets everyone involved in celebrating and living what they’ve learned.  All volunteers undergo a thorough background check and training and there is a registered nurse on campus during the entire program.  This FREE event will be a highlight of your child’s summer!

The Village Church | Western Springs Baptist Church (Western Springs)
June 11 – 15, 2018 | 8:45 am – 12:15 pm
$20/child. Register online starting April 9th.
Children entering Kindergarten through Sixth Grade: It’s time to Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On at VBS! This summer, kids will grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the defensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook (the Bible) and victory in life with Jesus. God wants us to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Registration opens April 9. Please register online (wsbc.info/vbs) or in person at the Church Office.

Redeemer Lutheran Church (Hinsdale)
June 11 – 15, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Suggested cost of $35/student (financial assistance available). Register online. The theme this year is Shipwrecked.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Lombard)
June 11 – 15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Check the website’s VBS page for more information when it becomes available.

LaGrange Bible Church (La Grange)
June 11 – 15, 2018 | 9:30 – 11:45 am
Check online for more information closer to the date.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Wheaton)
June 11- 15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$20 per child (financial assistance available). This year’s theme is Shipwrecked.

Hinsdale Covenant Church (Hinsdale)
June 11 – 14, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$70 per child: sports camp with Bible lessons. $75 per child: preschool camp

St. Louise de Marillac (La Grange)
June 11 – 14, 2018 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
$50 per child or $10 per day. Register online.

Bethany Lutheran Church and School (Naperville)
June 11 – 14, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Free; free-will donations accepted. Register online. This year’s theme is Splash Canyon.

VBS the Week of June 18

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Oak Park)
June 18 – 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$40/child.

Four Corners Community Church (Darien)
June 18 – 22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$20/child; $50 family maximum. Register online; call Janet Pack at (312) 343-9953 with questions. The theme this year is Shipwrecked.

Union Church (Hinsdale)
June 18 – 22, 2018 | 12:45 – 3:30 pm
$50 per child, with a family maximum of $125. Register online. This year’s theme is “Embrace the Fruits of the Spirit” with a focus on the Caribbean and mission work.

Peace Lutheran (Lombard)
June 18 – 22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$25 per child. Download registration forms beginning May 1. This year’s theme is Shipwrecked.

Bethel Lutheran (Westmont)
June 18 – 22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Register online. This year’s theme is Splash Canyon.

Christ Church of Oak Brook (Oak Brook)
June 18 – 22 , 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$35 per child with a 10% family discount when you register two or more children. Register online. This year’s theme is Shipwrecked.

Gary United Methodist Church (Wheaton)
June 18 – 22 , 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pricing information not currently available.

VBS the Week of June 25

Hope Church LaGrange (La Grange)
June 25 – 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$10/child. Register online.
Join us at Hope Church LaGrange, June 25-29, for an evening Vacation Bible School that your kids will love! Rolling River Rampage invites kids on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Kids discover that a life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything! With exciting science, fun games, creative crafts, and tasty snacks kids learn memorable Bible stories that will stick with them forever! We kick-off Monday at 6:00 PM and your kids will not want to miss a single day! Visit us at hopechicago.church to learn more!

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange (La Grange)
June 25 – 29, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am VBS, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm VCT
Free! (Donations accepted.) The church offers VBS for grades 1–5 and VCT for grades 6–8. Register online. The theme this year is Kingdom of the Son (a Prayer Safari).

Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Hinsdale)
June 25 – 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First United Methodist Church of La Grange (La Grange)
June 25 – 29, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$40 per child. Find the registration form online. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage.

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Downers Gove)
June 25 – 29, 2018
Check online for more information closer to the date. This year’s theme is Splash Canyon.

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange (La Grange)
June 25 – 29, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am VBS, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm VCT
Free! (Donations accepted.) The church offers VBS for grades 1–5 and VCT for grades 6–8. Register online. The theme this year is Kingdom of the Son (a Prayer Safari).

Our Savior Lutheran Church (Carol Stream)
June 25 – 28, 2018
Check online for more information closer to the date. This year’s theme is Son Force Kids.

VBS the Week of July 9

Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church (Oak Park)
July 9 – 13, 2018
Check online for registration and more information closer to the date.

Western Springs Christian Reformed Church (Western Springs)
July 9 – 12, 2018 | 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Free! Register online. This year’s theme is Shipwrecked.

Hinsdale United Methodist Church (Hinsdale)
July 9 – 13, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$50 per child until May 31, $60 after that. Download and print forms from the website. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage.

Harvest New Beginnings Church (Oswego)
July 9 – 13, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free! Register online beginning Tuesday, May 1.

VBS the Week of July 16

Downers Grove Community Church (Downers Grove)
July 16 – 20, 208 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10/child, $20/family (financial assistance available). Online registration begins Monday, May 14.

Grace Fellowship Church (Oak Forest)
July 16 – 18, 2018
Check online for more information closer to the date. The theme this year is Time Lab.

St. John Lutheran Church (Darien)
July 16 – 20, 2018 | 9:00 – 11:45 am
Small fee. Online registration begins May 15.

VBS the Week of July 23

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Downers Grove (Downers Grove)
July 23 – 27, 2018 | 8:30 am – 11:30 am
$25/child with a family maximum of $50. Register online. The theme this year is Rolling River Rampage.

First Presbyterian Church of River Forest (River Forest)
July 23 – 27, 2018 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm VBS, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm RSG
The church offers VBS for kids aged 4 through fourth grade ($60/child) and RSG (Ready, Set, Go!) for grades 5–7 ($195/student). See VBS info and registration and RSG info and registration. The theme this year is Shipwrecked.

Southminster Presbyterian Church (Glen Ellyn)
July 23 – 27, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
$25 per child with a maximum of $50 per family. Register online or upon arrival. This year’s theme is Shipwrecked.

VBS the Week of August 6

Community United Methodist Church (Naperville)
August 6 – 10, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Check online for more information and registration. This year’s theme is Stuck On You.

Grace Lutheran Church (La Grange)
August 6 – 10, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Registration opens April 9. The theme this year is Shipwrecked.

Grace Episcopal Church
August 6 – 9, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$75 per child. Register online. The theme this year is Shipwrecked.

Our Lady of Mercy (Aurora)
August 6 – 10, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pricing information not available online.

The following churches have had VBS in the past, but information is not available online for 2018 and I have not heard from them yet. Check back for updates!

Belmont Bible Church
5430 Belmont Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(708) 203-7477

St. John of the Cross Catholic Church
5005 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4404

Good Shepard Lutheran Church
525 63rd Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 852-1519

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
1032 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 968-7120

Evangelical Covenant Church
412 S Garfield St
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 323-2318

Saint Giles Catholic Parish
1045 Columbian Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-3430

Peace Church (Lombard)

If your Vacation Bible School is not on this list, please email the information to annie@mykidlist.com and we would be happy to include it! You can also check out Vacation Bible School in the southwest suburbs for even more options.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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