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2018 Guide to Vacation Bible Schools {VBS} In & Around Columbia

2018 Guide to Vacation Bible Schools {VBS} In Around Columbia | Columbia SC Moms Blog

It’s getting close to that time of the year again. Vacation Bible School (VBS)! For many families, VBS is a summer staple. And because they are so much fun and loaded with tons of learning and activities, it’s not uncommon for kids to attend more than one session at different churches. It’s a great way to make new friends and get involved in the community. All the Vacation Bible Schools listed below are FREE or a small cost to attend. 

June 4 – 8 

Malvern Hill Baptist Church: Ages 2 years old – completion of 6th grade, 6 – 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Game On! Register online or in person at the church. 


June 10 – 13

Temple Baptist Church: K4 – high school,  6 – 8:30 p.m. The theme is Game On! Register online.

Living Springs Lutheran Church: Ages 3 – 18, 10:30 a.m. on June 10 (special worship followed by bbq potluck lunch and family faith activities & 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. remaining days. This 4 day camp style VBS includes games, drama, science, and arts/crafts. Cost $20. Register online


June 10 – 14

First Calvary Baptist Church: Ages 3 – 12th grade, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Supper at 6 p.m. for all kids and students. This year’s theme is Time Lab. Register online.

Lugoff First Baptist Church: K3 – 5th grade, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Game On! Register online. Dinner is provided for all participants. Adults are encouraged to attend the adult class.


June 11 – 14

Church of the Apostles Columbia: 9 – 11:30 a.m. Snacks provided. Come join us as we go on a journey to the Kingdom of King Jesus and learn what life is like in the Royal Family. Register online


June 11 – 15

Calvary Chapel Northeast: Ages 4 – 5th grade, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Theme is Camp Kilimanjaro. Register online.

Rehoboth United Methodist Church: Limited to 50 children. 6 – 8:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:25 p.m. Theme is Shipwrecked. Register online. For more information, please call (803) 788-2220 or email [email protected].

Shandon Baptist Church: Rising K – 5th grade completion, 9 a.m. – noon. The theme is Be Transformed. Registration available online. Family fun night is June 14 at 6:30 p.m.


June 12 – 16

First Presbyterian Church of Columbia: 4 year olds – rising sixth graders. Contact Hannah Lampman at [email protected] or 803-799-9062 Ext. 237 to register or register in person at the church. 


June 16 – 19

Willow Ridge Church: Ages 3K through 5th grade, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Family VBS is for the whole family; parents are asked to attend alongside their children. For more information, check out this page.


June 17 – 22

Mt. Horeb UMC: 4 years old – 6th grade, 3 sessions offered: June 17-21 (S-Th) 6 – 8:30 p.m., June 18-22 (M-F) 9 a.m. – noon, June 18-22 (M-F) 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Theme is Shipwrecked. Register online


June 18 – 22

North Trenholm Baptist Church: 4K completion through 5th grade completion, 6 – 8 p.m. The theme is Game On! Register online.

Riverland Hills Baptist Church: VBS is provided for all children born on or before September 1, 2013 through 5th Grade (just completed) from 9 a.m. – noon. The theme is Game On!. Registration available online.

Spring Valley Baptist Church: Rising 4K – 7th grade, 9 a.m. – noon. The theme is Game On!. Register online.  


June 25 – 28

Eastminister Presbyterian Church: Rising 4K – rising 6th grade, 9 a.m. – noon (with a closing lunch program on Thursday). The theme is Shipwrecked. Cost $20 per child. Register online

Columbia Church of Christ: Rising kindergartners – 5th grade, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bible lessons, arts and crafts, and sporting events and it is all FREE! Sign up is active online through June 11. 

Gateway Baptist Church: Ages 4 – 5th grade (must turn 4 by Sept. 1, 2018), 9 a.m. – noon. Mega Camp is a mesh between Vacation Bible School and a sports or activities camp. $30 per child. Register online

New Testament Baptist Church: Ages 5 – 12, 6 – 8 p.m. They will offer daily puppet shows and a light supper. Bible stories, heroes of faith stories, arts and crafts, music, songs, movement and games ! Call 803-606-6563 for registration. VBS taught by experienced certified public and private school teachers.


June 25 – 29

Northside Baptist Church – Lexington campus: Rising K – 6th grade completion, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The theme is Amped. Register online

Transfiguration Catholic Church: K – 5th grade, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m., The theme is Round Up for God. Register online. $30 per child/$50 family max. 

Northeast Presbyterian Church: Ages potty trained 3 – rising 6th graders, 9 a.m. – noon (ages 3 – rising 3rd grade) and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (rising 4th grade – 6th grade). Theme is The Best Week of the Year with incredible Bible learning, yummy snacks, creative hands-on crafts, fun, and really cool music. Not to mention some crazy skits! Cost ranges from $12 – $55. Register online

Laurel Baptist Church2 years old – 6th grade, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Theme is Over the Moat. Includes worship, lessons, crafts, games and more. Kids can dress up in their favorite princess or knight costumes! No evil characters. Please keep costumes light since we’ll be outdoors for the royal games. Registration completed upon arrival and no cost to attend. 


July 9 – 13

First Baptist Church Columbia: Rising 4K – 5th grade. The theme is Game On!. You can find out more information here

Dunn’s Chapel: Rising 4k – 6th grade, 9 a.m. – noon. Early drop off available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Backyard club activities from noon – 5 p.m. daily (children must be picked up by 5 p.m.). Theme is Game On. Register online.


July 17 – 20

Lexington Presbyterian Church: Rising K5 – 6th grade, 9 a.m. – noon. Theme is The Great Rescue. Register online.


July 23 – 25

VillageChurch: Open to rising 1st through rising 6th graders. Register online beginning May 27.


July 23 – 27

North Columbia Church of God: Rising kindergarten – 12th grade, 6:30 p.m. Calling all Castaways! Come join us for our Shipwrecked VBS and be Rescued by Jesus! We will also be having a Family Night the last night. That night will be different, we will have inflatables and pizza and fun for the whole family. Register online


Do you know of additional VBS options in the Midlands? If so, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to our list! 

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18 Responses to 2018 Guide to Vacation Bible Schools {VBS} In & Around Columbia

  1. Stacy May 21, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    Also Union United Methodist Church in Irmo has theirs June 24-28

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 21, 2018 at 11:20 am #

      Do you have a link with more information? Happy to add!

  2. Genia May 21, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    I believe that you are missing a few VBS sessions. For example, Zion Lutheran Church in Lexington has theirs July 8-12, starting with dinner at 5:45 and goes till 8. The theme is Rolling River Rampage. Thank you.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 21, 2018 at 11:20 am #

      Do you have a link with more information? Happy to add!

  3. Meredith Acevedo May 22, 2018 at 12:54 am #

    Mt. Horeb is June 18-22 https://www.mthorebumc.com/vbs/

    Gateway Baptist is June 25-28 https://gatewaybc.com/megacamp/

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 22, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

      Thanks! We will add these to the list!

  4. Brandi May 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Rockton Baptist Church in Winnsboro is having ours June 22-24th! (All day saturday!)

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

      Great! Do you have a link with more information so we can add it to the list?

  5. Misti Hargett May 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    First Baptist Church Lexington SC
    June 24-27

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 22, 2018 at 11:06 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! We’d love to include this information on our site. Do you have a link with more details?

  6. Debby May 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

    Lexington Presbyterian Church. http://www.lexpreschurch.com/VBS-2018

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm #

      Thanks! We have updated our list.

  7. LORENZO WHITE May 23, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    JUNE 18-22, 2018
    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    FATHER’S HOUSE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
    1150 SESSIONS ROAD
    ELGIN, SC 29045

    “GAME ON!”
    GEARING UP FOR LIFE’S BIG GAME.
    2 PETER 1:3

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 24, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! Do you have a link with more information we can include?

  8. Katie Prizer June 4, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    Living Springs Lutheran Church is having theirs 6/10 – 6/13 from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost is $20 per child.The theme is Wet-N-Wild Spark Your Faith Camp. http://livingspringscolumbia.org/spark-your-faith-bible-camp/

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles June 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks for letting us know! We’ll update our guide with this information.

  9. Debbie Melton June 8, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    Hello Ms. Tabitha… Could you please our our church’s VBS Event to your List ?
    New Testament Baptist Church
    300 Sims Ave.
    June 25th thru 28th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    http://www.ntbc-sc.com
    Ages: 5 -12
    We will offer daily puppet shows and a light supper. Bible stories, heroes of faith stories, arts and crafts, music, songs, movement and games ! Call 803-606-6563 for Registration.. Our VBS will be taught by experienced certified public and private school teachers.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles June 11, 2018 at 1:36 am #

      Thanks for sharing! We have added your information to our guide!

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