Summer is around the corner! Hopefully, that means relaxed schedules and some vacation time. We all need time to slow down and rest from busy routines. Vacations can do just that! Enjoying a slower pace can help restore a rhythm of life God desires for us to have. While planning summer months can be fun, it can also offer some challenges. School-age children can suddenly have lots of extra time on their hands…and yours, too! How does a parent best manage it?
Maybe instead of seeing it as a challenge, see it as an opportunity. An opportunity to engage spiritually with your family in some new and creative ways. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Register your child for Vacation Bible School and Camp Central. A fun, Christ-centered week is being planned for June 11-15. If you’re able, serve as a volunteer and experience the week along with your child.
- Check out service opportunities at Central for summer months. It’s a great time to see what it’s like to be in the classroom short term and lead children. Try it out! You may just find this is your place to serve.
- Encourage your kids to invite a friend to church on Sunday. A great way to teach your child how to share their faith with someone who may not have a church home.
- Lead your family by example. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to miss worship. Sunday mornings, log onto centraltolife.com/live, grab a cup of coffee and worship with your family wherever you are! Keeping an eye on Central’s social media pages and watching out for theWIRE, Central’s weekly e-newsletter will help you stay in the know on events and other church news. No reason to feel out of the loop this summer while away on vacation.
- Encourage your child to continue giving a portion of their allowance to the church through the summer months. The financial needs of the church continue year round
- Create a family prayer list. Write down the biggest needs for your family and others you know. Commit to pray regularly together over the summer…and then see how God answers.
Psalm 121 has always been a favorite of mine. It is a chapter that describes beautifully God’s faithfulness and steadfast nature. He who watches over you will not slumber…He will neither slumber nor sleep. He will watch over your life…your coming and your going. Our God never takes His eye off us! He never vacations away from us, and we can be thankful He doesn’t.
Enjoy your summer months and plan some rest and relaxation for your family. God wants that for you. And when you’re making those plans, place God at the top. It will be the best summer you’ve ever experienced!
Director of Children's Ministries