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This post is part of the Children's Ministry Toolkit - a collection of resources for building strong and vibrant children's ministry, brought to you by Faith Formation Ministries.

Summer is a great time to change the pace of ministry. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to bring families and generations together. Here are some ideas.

  • Mornings at the Park: Pullman CRC in Chicago, Illinois, has offered “Pullman at the Park” on a weekday morning for anyone who wants to come for a couple of hours. They choose a different park each week in the areas where church members live and where there are picnic tables and things for kids to do such as a pool, splash pad, playground, basketball or tennis courts, etc. People from the congregation bring snacks and drinks to share. 
  • Summer Night Series: Maybe this summer you can plan a Summer Night Series: a once-a-week or once-a-month event that consists of a simple picnic supper, ice cream dessert, and a movie. If possible, plan this outside, projecting the film on a large exterior wall. Here is a great idea for BaMiP (Books and Movies in Pajamas) nights. 
  • Day Trip Adventures: Plan some day trip adventures for parents and kids around your local area. Provide lunch or ask them to bring picnic lunches and give a short devotional around a theme. 
  • Campouts: Plan some parent(s)-and-kid(s) campouts throughout the summer either on the church lawn, at a local park, or in a campground. Everyone brings their own camping gear and food, and you plan simple devotionals around the campfire each night.
  • Looking for an out-of-the-box idea that engages families in the summer? Check out this article from This Summer We Took VBS “On Location.”

Have questions? Our Children's Ministry Catalyzer would love to talk with you about faith formation in children at your church. Email [email protected]

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