Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2020

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Unfortunately many churches have had to cancel VBS, but some have adapted their program so families can still participate virtually, with take-home kits, and outdoors!

In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although some churches welcome children younger. Most churches encourage anyone to attend, even if you are not an official member. Check out the available options below. We will be adding more as more plans are solidified.

While most of the churches on this list have adapted a virtual Vacation Bible School approach, some churches are choosing to hold outdoor options. With phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, churches are able to make their own decisions about gathering while abiding by guidelines: remote, outdoor or drive-in services are encouraged and indoor services are allowed with 25% or 100-person capacity limit, whichever is lower.

Virtual Vacation Bible School 2020

Peace Church (Lombard)
Pickup: June 8, 10, and 12, 2020 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
21W500 Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148
Each VBS kit is $10 and contains 5-days worth of crafts per child, 1 VBS Iron-on per child (t-shirt not included), 1 VBS CD per family, 5 days of Bible Stories/Activity Sheets per child, VBS Snack Recipe Cards, VBS “Be Active” Game Idea, and a Video Link Card/Password that has videos for all 5 days of Bible Points/Stories, Music Videos, Bible Buddy Clips, and Kid Vid Stories, etc. for the family. Each kit is grade-level appropriate for each child (Preschool/Kindergarten or Elementary Aged).

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First Presbyterian Church of La Grange (La Grange)
June 10, 17, 24, 2020 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Children ages 4-8 are invited to their summer e-Camp using a computer or tablet from your own home. The cost for each session is $7 ($20 if you register for all three). The deadline to sign up for each camp is the Friday before, so they can get a T-shirt and camp supplies to you.

First Church of Lombard UCC (Lombard)
Pickup: July 13, 2020 | 9:00 – 11:00 am (they will be collecting canned vegetables at pickup as well if you would like to donate)
220 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148
Café Hope Carry Out Kits are free while supplies last. The takeout containers will be billed with activities that will connect with video lessons on a dedicated Café Hope website. Children will be provided stories, games, activities, crafts, and even snacks, all answering the question, “What does ‘hope’ mean?”

Bethel Lutheran (Westmont)
June 22-26, 2020 | 10:10 am – 11:00 am
Live-streamed straight into your home for about 40-45 minutes. No registration necessary.

Four Corners Community Church (Darien)
June 23-25, 2020
BOLT, a free at-home VBS, will lead you and your kids through fun games that illustrate what it means to listen to, focus on, and follow Jesus. Depending on your pace, you can expect that each day’s experience will last about an hour and a half. It’s best for kids 5 and up but can be enjoyed by the whole family, even middle and high school kids. Email Wendy Montalbano at wendy.montalbano@fccc.church to register.

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Our Savior Lutheran Church (Carol Stream)
Subscription box every week in July
Every week in July, a box filled with age-appropriate crafts, activities, and a  Bible lesson will be personally delivered to local children ages 3 through 6th grade for $20 (within a radius of Carol Stream). A t-shirt will be provided. Music and activity videos will be available as well.

Our Lady of Mercy (Aurora)
Pickup: Week of July 5, 2020
Student packs are $12 per child and includes hands–on resources and 1 CD per family. Registration ends on June 19, 2020.

Hinsdale United Methodist Church (Hinsdale)
July 6-10, 2020
Registration fee is $25 per child and includes a Rocky Railway t-shirt, 4 other daily crafts, color pages for the lessons, access to daily videos (greeting, music, opening clip, lesson, and closing clip), and a gift bag for each child. These can be picked up in the church parking lot on July 6 at assigned drive by times, or hand delivered to your doorstep. 

Grace Lutheran Church (La Grange)
July 13-17, 2020
The online Rocky Railway VBS program is $15, targeted for children ages 4 years old through 6th grade, and includes daily live and recorded fun: Imagination Station, Bible Buddies, music, and Conductor Pam.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Naperville)
July 13-17, 2020
Virtual Rocky Railroad VBS registration is $25/per participant and is for children 4 years old through 5th Graders (2020-2021 school year).

Grace United Methodist Church (Naperville)
July 13-17, 2020 | 9:00 – 10:15 am
Virtual Rainforest Adventure registrations must be received on or before June 28, 2020 to receive a complimentary VBS kit while supplies last.

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St Mark’s Episcopal Church (Glen Ellyn)
July 13–17, 2020 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Virtual Wilderness Escape program for children ages 4 years old through 5th grade.

St. John Lutheran Church (Darien)
July 20–24, 2020
Register for Virtual Rainforest Explorers by July 12 and pick up lessons and craft materials on July 19 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Then during the week of VBS access a daily email with a daily lesson outline.

Hope Church (La Grange)
July 21-23, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pick up your kit for Bolt VBS, the online, quarantine-friendly VBS, on July 19 or July 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills
July 27-31, 2020
Rocky Railroad Virtual VBS includes daily videos and at-home packages to engage children entering kindergarten through 6th grade and families. For more details, please email vbs@ccch.org

Harvest New Beginnings (Oswego)
July 27-31, 2020
Rocky Railroad VBS is free and will take place in church member’s backyards.

Alleluia Lutheran Church (Naperville)
postponed with a tentative date in August- check back for details.

Grace Fellowship Church (Oak Forest)
Postponed- check back for details.

If your Vacation Bible School is not on this list, please email the information to annie@mykidlist.com and we will include it!

For more help planning your kids’ best summer ever, check out our 2020 Summer Camp Guide. There are great in-person and virtual camps happening this summer!

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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