Teens make valuable contributions as VBS volunteers. But they need clear and direct training. Here’s what to tell them to keep everyone safe and having fun.
Posts Tagged ‘summer’
Take Out Church is for families to take with them over the summer. Inside a take out box are many ways to build God’s Kingdom at home or when traveling!
SUMMA is a summer camp that deepens campers’ understanding of faith through theological debate, while building community, and offering plenty of fun.
Does your summer include rest and a chance to recharge? Jerusalem’s tips and ideas will help you and your household keep summer sabbath.
“Whenever I walk the labyrinth, I will remember children making this beautiful sacred space – with hearts, question marks, joy, and a baseball field – and see the passion behind their creativity. Their bricks represent the fulfillment of God’s promises.” Walter Brueggemann’s Narrative of “Making Bricks” The Vacation Bible School (VBS) program at […]
Church mission trips can be transformational for youth and adults, but there are intentional choices that leaders must make. Read these seven tips before you head off.
As church members travel in the summer, “flat Jesus” is a fun an interactive way to stay connected with the church and build community through social media.
Churches have “safe church” protocols to keep children safe from abuse. But what about summer programs such as VBS? The author describes how to be vigilant.
This summer was full of helpful at inspiring articles at Building Faith. But we realize that with travel, time off, or just taking a break, you may have missed some of these terrific posts. Today we are posting the best of June:
Greetings in the name of the Lord! I write to you, having just completed another inspiring, exciting, boisterous, reverent, and one-of-a-kind day at Christian summer camp. I am serving as a chaplain for a session of 89 middle-schoolers here at Shrine Mont Camps, in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. We just came from an evening Communion service in the outdoor chapel, surrounded by candlelight, with guitars and voices rising to the darkened sky.
And the kids are LEARNING. The messages are sticking. The group is coming together. The answers (and questions) are getting more deep and honest. When I ask, “What did we talk about on the second day?” a dozen hands go up, and the correct response “Jesus is reliable,” comes without delay.
Children are on a mission: God is working in, through and with them. what might be our role as parents – or caregivers in any capacity? How do we celebrate their noticings, attend when they are joyous or sorrowful, and offer creative paths from boredom into engagement?
Listening comes first: fully listening to the child – not distracted by our busy schedules and mobile devices. It helps for us to be thinking in terms of of leading questions that engage, instead of just seeking the right answer. For example, “What do you think about that?”
The Good Book Club is summer Christian Formation for all ages at Grace & Holy Trinity Church. We’re an urban church in Richmond, VA, where many of our parishioners are gone on summer weekends. With reduced numbers, and wanting to encourage inter-age Bible study, we don’t offer traditional age-graded Sunday School. Instead we do the inter-generational Good Book Club. It meets at 9:00 a.m. between our two services, and lasts for 45 minutes. With continental breakfast, including Starbucks coffee (very important!), and we gather around the table to talk, study, eat and be together.
Planning a church youth trip this summer? Defining the purpose and character of the journey is key. Mission Trip or Pilgrimage? Each has unique benefits.
Summer is a time for the harvester of the kingdom to be preparing for the harvest rather than to be dozing under an old oak tree!
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver likes to dance to our own slightly different beat, even while we embrace the scripture and deeply rooted traditions of our faith. So, not surprisingly, we have a weeklong summer day camp every year. Also not surprisingly, it’s not Vacation Bible School.
I am thirsty, God. I am dry and parched and thirsty. My yearning for the water, for hot water and cold water, for still water and water that beats on me is a sign of my deep thirst. Bathe me, wash me, soak me in your refreshing love, I thought to myself.
Can you remember sitting in a classroom trying to comprehend a lecture on long division and finding you mind floating out the open window into the deep blue of the crisp autumn sky? Suddenly, a flock of migrating geese grabs your attention!
Be still. Stop. There is no rush to get to the end, because we are never finished. Take time to rest, and eat, and drink, and be refreshed.
People of all ages often enter the summer exhausted from the “year.” Finding ways to honor sabbath and create ‘blank space’ is the key to a healthy summer.