VBS may be a fun way to keep kids busy

June 9th, 2013 | by Amelia Hadley | Comments

kids playingMost valley students have started summer break, the rest will start next week.

Parents across the valley are probably looking for things for kids to do.

Just driving around, I’ve noticed a lot of churches advertising vacation bible school– VBS– programs. Many of these are free, welcome the public and are non-denominational. It’s common for VBS programs to emphasize outreach projects– collecting cans for local food banks, encouraging kids to bring in loose change to send to an orphanage in Africa, collecting clothes for those in need, etc. Kids can have fun in a safe environment with friends and participate in a service project.

Below is a sampling of some valley churches hosting VBS programs this summer. There are a lot of churches in the valley so if your neighborhood church isn’t on the list, it’s definitely worth calling to see if a program is offered. If you decide to check out one of the VBS programs listed below, be sure to call first to confirm the details.


United Methodist Church of Palm Springs; (760)327-5931; 5:30 – 8 p.m., June 24-28

Desert Chapel Palm Springs; (760) 327-2772; July 22-26

The Bridge Calvary Chapel Palm Springs; (760)324-8281; June 29-July 3


Victory Christian Center; (760)328-3313; 6-8 p.m., June 24-28


Palm Desert Presbyterian; (760)346-8195; 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 17-21

St. John’s Lutheran Church; (760)345-2122; 6-8 p.m., July 8-12


Southwest Church; (760)200-2000; 9-noon, June 17-21


St. Andrew’s Community Presbyterian; (760)347-5344; 5:30-8 p.m., June 24-28

Trinity Baptist Church; (760)347-0604; 9:15-noon, June 16-21



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