As the school year comes to a close today, many of us are now thinking about the vast expanse of the six weeks summer holidays. If you are a geeky organised mum like me, then you might have put together a list of trip and activities you want to do with your kids, or maybe even a calendar planning out your every move!! Or maybe you’re the opposite and like to just go with the flow. Whatever your style ,why not try to use this summer holidays to be intentional with your children and grow their faith. I’m not talking about family church services every morning, but there are lots of fun ways in which we can act out our faith and teach our kids a bit more during this period of extra time with them.
So here are just a few ideas that you might want to try:
- Order a Treasure Box to try out and explore a new bible story
- Buy a Godventure Sticker Book and work through it together
- Learn a new worship song each week and have a praise/dance party in your lounge
- Try out “chat and catch” from the Parenting for Faith Course
- Visit a Cathedral or Minister and chat about the different areas in it and what they are used for
- Find a Messy Church or Holiday Club that your kids can go along to (even if its not run by your normal church)
- Buy Bake Through The Bible and explore the bible through food
- Spend a day making or baking gifts for your neighbours and go and pass them out door to door.
- Have an open garden afternoon and invite children from your street
- Pick a charity and fundraise for them over the summer, seeing how much you can raise in total (perhaps pick out 3 or 4 mission related charities for your kids to choose from)
- Set up a new child sponsorship account with Compassion and write a letter to them
- Visit activities in your local community and make new friends (try your library, children’s centre and local parks for what is already going on and support them)
- Recreate your favourite bible story through dress up/puppets/lego/playdough
- Make your own flags to wave during worship at church
- Make a bible themed assault course in the garden – go through “the den of lions”, across the sea of Galilee, roll the rock away from the Jesus’ tomb, etc!
- Commit to pray for their new class teacher and class mates over the summer and make a “we’ve been praying for you” gift to give to the teacher on the first day back
- Make parent survival kits for the new reception class parents to hand out in September or welcome to school gifts for the new pupils themselves
- Offer to have their friends over for the afternoon to give another mum a break
- Make bible bunting and add a triangle everyday with a picture of a bible story you have read
- Try out the new Devotional Dippers from 10ofthose.com
Happy Summer Holidays!!
P.S. Do share how it goes, and if you have any more ideas on how to grow your child’s faith during the summer holidays then post them in the comments below…