Summertime Family Fun
Don’t you just love summer? Lemonade, hammocks, beaches, ice cream, pool days, fireflies – you name it!
For many families, summer also means vacation. Hitting the road and exploring new areas creates memories and deepens family bonds. Family outings closer to home can be just as fun and meaningful.
So whether you’re crossing the country or staying local, here are a few family ideas that also include spiritual teaching moments. Grow closer to each other—and to God—as you reach your vacation destination.
Visit a zoo: Explore God’s immense creativity at a city zoo. Talk about Noah and his faith to follow God. Ask your kids what it would have been like to have all those animals on the ark. Have each family member find a favorite animal and explain why it’s a favorite.
Hit the beach: Enjoy the beauty of a nearby lake or ocean. Use sand as your teaching object. Read Matthew 7:24-27 about the wise and foolish builders while building sandcastles. Explain why it’s important to build faith on the solid rock of God’s Word.
Find a farm: Visit the animals at a farm. The Bible refers numerous times to sheep, like the lost sheep in Luke 15, so find some sheep! In another powerful farm metaphor in Matthew 13, Jesus talks about the parable of the sower. If you have tweens or teens, this is a great passage to discuss as a family.
If a farm with animals isn’t nearby, perhaps there’s a place to go berry picking. Picking berries off a vine makes it easy to talk about John 15 and the importance of staying connected to the Vine (Jesus). Challenge your kids to bear fruit that will last (John 15:8).
Backyard fun: Plant a garden. Discuss the parable of the mustard seed in Mark 4:30-32. Find a caterpillar or a butterfly. Connect these bugs with 2 Corinthians 5:17. Talk about what it means to be a new creation in Christ.
At night, gaze at the stars. Ask your kids how they can shine for Jesus at school and in the neighborhood. Sing “This Little Light of Mine.”
Make memories: Enjoy each moment this summer with your family. Get outside and praise God for the beauty all around you. Soak it in and make this summer memorable!
What is your family doing this summer to strengthen your kids spiritually?
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