Summer Time

Hey Springs Parents!

Summer is here!! For many families, summer brings new routines, rhythms, and a whole bunch more time together. We want to encourage your family to take advantage of these summer months to make a BIG impact on your kids and your community.

In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 God tells the Israelites:

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Discipling your kids doesn’t have to be fancy, perfectly crafted, or Instagram worthy. These verses outline four times that you can take advantage of during the day to connect with your kid and teach them about God.

when you sit in your house: Play Time
Each month your preschool and elementary kids have a memory verse to learn! Ask your kid’s leader what the verse is next time you pick them up and then take some time during the week to practice it. For preschoolers, try saying the verse in a variety of silly voices. With your Elementary kids, try writing each word of the verse on a different index card and challenge your kids to put them in order as fast as they can.

when you walk by the way: Drive Time
Most of us don’t walk place to place anymore but we have plenty of time driving around in the car! For young kids, have them look out the window and name everything they see that God made. Pray together and thank God for all of the things He created. For older kids, drive time can be a great time for conversation. Ask your kids to tell you about their friends and what they like about each of them. Pray and thank God for the friends he has given your child.

when you lie down: Bedtime
As you settle down for bed, ask your child to share the high and low point of their day. Then take it a step further and ask them where they saw God at work in their day.

when you rise: Morning Time
As you eat breakfast, share with your child what you have been learning from God’s Word lately.

If you haven’t gotten the chance to attend our evangelism class Say So, I highly recommend signing up the next time it’s offered. Oftentimes the biggest barrier to evangelism is starting conversations with new people. Many kids are naturals at connecting with new people. Consider how you can teach your kids about evangelism and engage in evangelism with them.  A few ideas:

  • Ask your child to think of a friend from school that they enjoy spending time with but whose parents you don’t know. Ask that family to join yours for an outing together. Think Schlitterbahn, the river, or even an hour at the park. Your kids will get to connect with a friend they may not see for the summer, and you will have the chance to get to know a new parent.
  • Invite your neighbors over for a front yard party! Knock on the doors of the houses directly around yours and invite them to come and spend time in the yard together. Break out the yard games, baby pool, or just a few balls and let the kids run around while the adults get to know each other.

I hope these give you just a few ideas to connect more deeply with your kids and others around you. Don’t miss the blessings of a slower pace and extended time together this summer!!

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  1. Jennifer Adams

    Great ideas! Thanks so much MK! : )

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