Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a summer staple for many families, and churches in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area are already geared up for this summer! We’ve done our best to update the list of local VBS options so you can find one (or ten) near you.
My own VBS memories are not from childhood, but last year, when I served as VBS director at my church. One blessing of leaving my full-time job to stay home is the increased capacity to volunteer in ministry. Being on the planning side of VBS gave me a new appreciation for the heart of this program that reaches so many children and families every summer.
While there are common themes and curricula, every church structures VBS in their own way to meet the unique needs of their community. Program dates, times, themes, costs, and ages vary, offering plenty of options to fit your family’s schedule. Kids can even attend multiple programs and have a fun and new experience each time. Yes, VBS-hopping is a thing!
Kids will sing, dance, do crafts, eat snacks, and generally get worn out having a great time. Most importantly, they will learn about the Bible from servant-hearted volunteers and ministry staff who will care for your kids throughout the week. If your church offers VBS, you should seriously consider volunteering your time in addition to enrolling your little ones. I promise it’s worth it!
Check out the list below to find a VBS near you, and please feel free to add additional sessions we may have missed in the comments section.
Enjoy & Happy Summer!
VBS listed in alphabetical order:
Camelback Bible Church, June 12-16, 9—12:15pm, Ages 4 through 6th grade, $30 per child
First Southern Baptist Church, July 17-21, Ages 4 through 6th grade, 9-noon, FREE
Gateway Church, June 6-8, Ages 6-6th grade, $10 per child
Highlands Church, June 12-16, 9—12:30pm, preschool through 6th grade
La Casa de Cristo, July 10-20, 9—noon, Ages 4 through 6th grade, Donation suggested
Living Streams Church, June 12-16, 9—noon, Ages 4 through 6th grade, starts at $35 per child
Mountain View Presbyterian Church, June 5-9, 8:45—noon, Ages 4-5th grade, $30 per child
North Bible Church, June 5-9, 9—noon, Age 4 through 6th grade, $15 per child
North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, June 19-23, 9-noon, $45 per child
Northridge Community Church, July 24-28, 9-noon, Ages 4 through 5th grade
Pinnacle Presbyterian, June 5-9, 9-noon, $60 per child
Scottsdale Bible Church—Cactus Campus, June 19-23, 9—noon, Ages 4 through 4th grade, $20 per child
Scottsdale Bible Church—Shea Campus, June 12-16, 9—noon, Ages 4 through 4th grade, $20 per child, $60 max
Shiloh Community Church, June 12-16, 9—noon, Ages 4 through 3rd grade