Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Idlewild at Odessa

1234 Gunn Hwy
Odessa, FL 33556

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24

June 20-24

VBS: 2016 ‘Submerged’


We take your kids on an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside. So go ahead: find some ocean explorers, strap on your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface!”

All children must sign a liability release to participate in VBS.

Click here to register your child for VBS.

Click here to register as a volunteer.

Click Here to make a VBS donation.

Click Here to Pre-Order your family night Chick-fil-a.

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Preschool Age 0 - 4

Preschool Age 0 – 4

Birth through age 4 can participate when a parent volunteers to serve during VBS. All volunteers must be a member and have a background check. Simply register your preschoolers when you register yourself as a volunteer.

Special Needs

Special Needs

Children with special needs are welcome and encouraged to participate in VBS! Some kids with special needs thrive in the typical VBS setting. If your child would benefit from a quieter environment, we have limited space in our Special Needs group.

En español

En español

There is a spanish language program available for those who wish to participate. Children will follow the same program and participate in the same activities.


VBS Information

Registration Information

When is VBS?

June 20-24, 2016 (9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 a.m. each morning to be in their designated area.


Is there a cost for VBS?

No cost to attend VBS.

Optional: VBS Music CD $3 each and VBS t-shirt $7 each.


VBS is for:

General public: Children five years old through completed 5th grade. Due to space limitations, only five-year-olds and up will be allowed to participate in VBS.

Children of volunteers: Birth through age 4 can participate when a parent volunteers to serve during VBS.


Registration Procedures

All children as well as volunteers must be registered.

All children not pre-registered must go to a first-time registration station, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 20. Avoid long lines, register by May 24.

If you want your child in the same group as one of their friends, then both children must be registered on the same day, before May 6. Due to the number of children anticipated, only ONE friend request can be honored per child.


Items Not Permitted

Wheeled shoes, skateboards, and gum

Dress Code for Children

Children are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothes for the day. During our Family Night program, children are encouraged to wear their VBS t-shirt and jeans or shorts.

First Aid & Medications

EPIPEN, INHALERS  & MEDICATIONS: No medication of any kind will be allowed in any individual’s possession. Medications must be signed in by the parent at the Nurse’s station and remain there.  Parents will be directed to the Nurse’s station.

Information for Volunteers

Volunteers click here to go to the Volunteer page for more information you need to know.

General Information

Family Night

Thursday, June 23, 2016The Submerge Family Night Experience is a special night for all children. Kindergarten through 5th grade children will perform a fun musical presentation! The presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. All children and volunteers should arrive by 6:30 p.m. We encourage ALL children to attend for a great time of music, learning and connecting with other families. (There will be no childcare Thursday evening.)


Chick-fil-A meals for Family Night can be purchased online any time before 5pm on June 21.


Click here to pre-order your meal.





VBS Missions Project

Last Year: Idlewild’s KIDS 4 KIDS BACKPACK Ministry-the missions offering this year helped provide backpacks for children in the inner city of Tampa and surrounding areas.


This Year KIDS for KIDS Mission Project: Compassionate Hope moves into communities, establishes relationships, raises awareness, and provides a Christian education to combat forced labor. Two years ago  our kids help fund a Christian School. We’re excited to announce the completion of the school in June 2016. Our  VBS Missions Offering  this year will help with the basic needs of the school such as books, bible,chairs,desk, in order for the school to be ready by July.