7 Ways to Include Faith-Building In Your Summer Routine

by Jess Wolstenholm on June 06, 2017

Faith-building doesn't have to go by the wayside during our carefree Summer months. In fact, Summer is the perfect time to grow our families in faith, it just takes a little creativity and a bit of intention. If you are looking to connect your kids to God this season, try these seven simple ways to include faith-building in your Summer routine.

1. Watch JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotionals - These quick, video family devotionals are perfect for Summer! You can watch them in the car on a roadtrip using the JellyTelly app or at the end of dinner each night. They fit easily into your busy schedule because they are super simple and quick! But they are full of amazing Bible stories and thought-provoking questions you can continue discussing for days.

2. Do a Seasonal Devotional - Find a Summer devotional like this one on the Fruit of the Spirit to complete together as a family. Commit to finding time each week (it doesn't have to be daily) to read and study together. (There's even a JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotional series to go along with this Fruit of the Spirit study!)

3. Go on a Virtual Adventure! - Choose a country or region of the world and study its history, culture and people. Commit to pray for the country and research ways you can support mission work there. This activity will not only teach kids about a new place, it will open their minds to a bigger worldview which is a big part of living out our faith.

4. Find a Simple Summer Bible Reading Plan - Use a plan like this one or create your own! Remember, it's not about how much you read (especially with kids) but more about the time you spend digging into the Word and gaining understanding of how to apply it to your life.

5. Make It Part of the Fun! - Look for fun Bible teaching games like this Pool Noodle Memory Verse activity to make faith-building a normal part of your Summer fun. These ideas work well on a rainy day when you are stuck indoors. There are a ton of fun games like this one online (do a Pinterest search or follow some of my boards and you'll discover so many options). Who says learning about God and the Bible can't be a blast?!

6. Go to the Movies - You may already have plans to see some of Summer's big blockbuster family movies. After you see a film, spend time talking about it as a family and look for faith-moments in the story. There is usually a way to filter a story through a God-lens. If it isn't obvious, find ways to point discussions about character and life-lessons back to God. You can find several movie reviews with family discussion questions right here on the JellyTelly blog.

7. Explore Creation - You're probably already spending lots of time outside this season. So why not tie your outdoor activities back to creation and the Creator?! You can do this very simply by initiating conversations with your kids (no matter how young or old), asking questions about God's indescribable power which is evident all around. Start with the ideas in this post about exploring God's creation.

We can turn even the most mundane moments into faith-building opportunities when we set our hearts on growing together through every season. We pray your family experiences beautiful fruit in your lives this Summer!

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