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.
Most churches see attendance decline in the summer, but here are ways to buck the trend, and build spiritual connection throughout the season.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
As violence spread through the Holy Land in 2001, educators in Jerusalem dreamed of a safe place where Jewish, Christian & Muslim children could meet face to face, play together as kids, cross social divides, and share stories of their lives.
Self-described as an “I don’t believe in God person,” helping this literal child and Star Wars aficionado select a book that piqued his interest was no easy task.
Tips and advice for all volunteers at VBS. From keeping a positive attitude, to understanding each lesson for the day. You can be an amazing VBS volunteer!
Pentecost was June 12th, and now we’re into the long green season of the church year. Green is the liturgical color for the season of Pentecost, and this season takes us from the Day of Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent. That’s a lot of time.