Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer While Strengthening Your Faith as a Family

Summer is the time of year when families spend the most time together. With the kids out of school, daily routines aren’t as stressful, creating more quality time and memorable moments. If you happen to be a family of Christian faith, then the summer is the perfect time to build your faith as a family and further educate your children on how to be good examples to others. Doing this doesn’t have to be boring either, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer while spreading the word and building your faith.

Community Service

What better way to educate your children and others on your faith than to give back to the community? During the summer, there are often a ton of programs that you and your family can get involved in to help give back. Whether you decide to help clean up local parks and community buildings, feed the homeless, or plant a community garden, it’s a great way to show others your faith and more importantly to show your children the importance of giving back.

Join a Church

If you don’t have a church home, you may not be aware of all the many programs and summer activities they plan in order to spread the word to the community. From fish fries and clothing drives to youth groups and conferences, there is plenty to do during the summer to strengthen your faith while having fun. Religious facilities like James River Church often have faith-based events on a regular basis during the summer. It gives you the opportunity to hear the word, spread the word, and connect with other like-minded individuals.

Christian Summer Camp

Instead of sending the kids to a traditional camp this summer, you can send them to a Christian summer camp. Not only will your kids get to do fun things like swimming, camping, going on field trips, and other adventures, they’ll also get to build their faith. Faith-based summer camps often include creative activities that educate children on their religion helping them to have fun as they learn more about their faith. Many camps are offered through local churches and can cost a lot less than traditional camps, but you’ll want to inquire early as spots usually fill up fast.

Create a Summer Reading List

Reading to build your faith is also a great summer pastime. Though it is important to be knowledgeable of the bible, there are other faith-based books that you can read alone or with your family to help build their faith. There are age-appropriate books that tell bible stories or just stories of practicing positive behavior. Get creative with your reading to make it interesting for the kids. Use character voices, and who knows, you can even act out the book in the form of a play for additional fun. The more interesting it is for your family the more of the lessons they’ll retain.

General Acts of Kindness

You don’t have to go out of your way to build your faith or the faith of your family this summer. Sometimes a simple act of kindness can speak louder than any lesson you might try to teach them. Going to a theme park? Why not pay for someone’s admission to show an act of kindness? Help a neighbor paint their fence or tend to their yard. Invite some kids over who don’t have a pool to swim in yours. There are so many fun and easy ways to show kindness this summer your kids won’t soon forget the importance of being kind to others.

Instilling values in your children is imperative to helping them be better adults. The summer is the perfect time of year to reiterate values that you’ve been trying to teach them throughout the year. As you spend time together as a family volunteering, completing community service, participating in church functions, reading, and simply being kind to others, you’ll notice that by the end of the summer you have a newfound appreciation for your faith. Not only will this bring you closer to your faith but it will also bring you closer to each other. Who can ask for a better end to the summer than that?

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