ALL CHILDREN (ages five through 12) are invited to join us the week (Monday – Friday) of August 2nd OR August 9th in one of our church family backyards for Vacation Bible School. (Three and four year olds are welcome to attend with a caregiver.)

We will have high energy games, snacks, Bible lessons & and enthusiastic group of teachers!
Check out our locations-there are lots to choose from!
 
Bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends, all are invited for the FREE FUN! 
Contact your host with questions beforehand, and plan to arrive a few minutes early your first day to register your kiddos

Host Homes:

The Stauffer Home (Karen):  10:00-11:30, August 2nd-6th
503 E Green St, Forreston, IL 61030
815-541-8473

The Langlois Home (Karissa): 1:30-3:00, August 2nd-6th
1447 S High Ave, Freeport IL 61032
608-574-2235

The McClanathan Home (Tiffany): 9:30 - 11:00, August 9th-13th
1070 Appaloosa Dr, Freeport IL, 61032
815-238-9273

The Wichman Home (Beth): 1:00-2:30, August 9th-13th
600 N Winchester, Freeport IL, 61032
815-541-1183

The Libby Home (Nicole): 4:00-5:30, August 9th-13th
3108 W Greenfield Dr, Freeport IL, 61032
815-291-6497

Backyard VBS 2021 | Frequently Asked Questions

What is Backyard VBS?
Backyard VBSs are a unique and effective way to reach the children and families in your community. It lasts for one week of the summer, 1.5 hours each day (Monday-Friday) At Backyard VBS, children ages 5-12 will gather to play high-energy games, hear exciting Bible stories and more! There’s action, fun and relationships with people who care and want them to know the One who loves them the most – Jesus! Each summer thousands of children around the world come to know Christ through Vacation Bible Schools!
 
I want my child to participate in a Backyard VBS this year!  What do I do?
ALL Children ages 5-12 (ages 3 and 4 are welcome to attend too-with a caregiver) are invited to one of the many Backyard VBS hosted by families throughout the area.  Locations and times will be provided soon – be watching for those and for how to sign up your kiddos!
 
Why Backyard VBS?

Backyard VBS provides fun, safe activities kids love! It takes Vacation Bible School to your home to reach children and families, while effectively telling the children in your neighborhood about Jesus. Help your church build relationships in your community and welcome new people into your church!
 
Who teaches Backyard VBS?
This is a dynamic team of our high school and college students who love children!
Teachers and helpers are screened and trained by pastors, staff, and volunteer mentors at Park Hills Church and learn how to lead VBSs and teach Bible lessons, songs, and memory verses. Best of all, they learn how to share with children so they can trust Christ as Savior. The teachers bring the materials that capture children’s attention, teach them biblical truths and help them understand and respond to the Gospel.
Host families provide a space and get to interact with the kids and their families!
 
What is the follow-up plan for Backyard VBS?
That is where you and your family come in! You will continue to grow the relationships and connections made during Backyard VBS week.  This may be as simple as inviting families to church with you, but is not limited to that!  Meals, conversations, social gatherings, in an effort to spiritually nourish and minister to families.
 
What can I do right now?
Start praying now for your Backyard VBSs, the children and families who will be reached and for your church to be able to build strong and lasting relationships with them! We ARE still looking for more host homes, so if you are interested in serving through offering up space in your home for the week of Backyard VBS, please contact Kira Williams for more information! Her email is: kira.williams@parkhillsefc.org
 
We cannot wait to spend time with you and your family this summer. Our staff, teachers and volunteers are already hard at work to create a memorable experience for everyone! Please be on the lookout for follow-up information about locations and timing coming soon!
Click the button below to access last year's BYVBS teaching videos on our YouTube channel!