Do you know what VBS stands for?

VBS = Vacation Bible Schoolhip.hop.hope

For some of you, this may conjure up images of a 1980’s summer. Shorts, a t-shirt, permed hair, and running into church with a handful of coins for the offering plate. (Or this may just be me?)

Whether you attend church regularly or not, Vacation Bible School can be such a fun and meaningful part of your child’s summer. Local churches host week-long “schools” and extend an open invitation to community children. The programs are usually free and are jam-packed with skits, music, crafts, recreation games, bible stories, creative snacks, new friends and learning about God’s love.

My oldest is three this year and will be attending his first Vacation Bible School. Given this plus my background in education, I happily took on the charge of being Director of the VBS program at Rayne United Methodist. I’m having so much fun with the planning! I’m getting to work with a great group of men and women to put together a program our children will love, that will teach our children about love.

Rayne’s Vacation Bible School will be the week of July 22-26 from 9:00-12:00. It’s free and open to the public. Children can be registered online. (And adult volunteers can sign up as well!) The curriculum involves an octopus, underwater divers, Old and New Testament stories, songs, a mission project, and lots of fun!

There are VBS programs in every New Orleans neighborhood!

New Orleans Vacation Bible School

Uptown: Rayne United Methodist: July 22-26

Mid-City: First Baptist New Orleans: July 8-12

Westbank: Calvary Church New Orleans: June 3-7

Metairie: Memorial Baptist Church: June 17-21 and Munholland United Methodist Church: June 10-14 and Metairie Ridge Presbyterian (Call 833-6357)

Kenner: Vineyard Church of New Orleans: June 24-28 and First Baptist Kenner: June 3-7

Houma: Victory of Houma Church:  June 10-14

Covington: First Baptist Church Covington: June 3-7 and Tammany Hills Baptist Church: June 17-21

Mandeville: Church of the King: June 3-7 and First Baptist Church Mandeville: June 3-7

Slidell: First United Methodist Church: June 17-21 and June 24-27

When I think about my goals for Jack and Cora, I care most that they grow up to be loving, kind, giving human beings. Raising a child takes a village, and I am grateful for my church community that will help me in modeling and teaching these qualities to my children from a young age.

If the idea of VBS sounds like a good fit for your family, register for one of the above programs today!

Will your child attend a VBS this summer? Are there other programs you would add to this list?


  1. 4 of my 5 will be at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (Lakeview) for VBS this summer!! They have gone every summer for the past 5 years!! I think its the part of summer they look forward to the very most! (except visiting out of town family!!))

  2. I used to always go to my churche’s VBS when I was a kid, too! I’m not sure if the Catholic churches in town still do it or not, but I used to love it so much!!!

    Thanks for sharing this listing of the available programs!!

  3. my daughter is addicted to ’em- last year she went to 3! This year it will be 2, due to swim lessons schedule- ya gotta love it when your kid WANTS to go to VBS! LOL


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