June 7 – August 1
June 7 – June 13
July 5 – July 11
June 14 – June 20
July 12 – July 18
June 21 – June 27
July 19 – July 25
June 28 – July 4
July 26 – August 1
Listen to our seasonal playlist for songs you can sing with your family.
FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP RHYTHM
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day, He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, in Your holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.”
PRACTICE – LISTENING
Listening Hike. Our lives tend to be filled with distractions that keep us from hearing the voice of God. Our area is filled with opportunities to disconnect from those distractions. Find a trail nearby where your family can go hiking. Explain to your family that a portion of the hike will be a listening hike. At some point, ask everyone to walk in silence. Encourage everyone to be still and listen to the sounds around them. After a few minutes of silent listening, talk about what everyone heard. Ask which sounds you would not have heard if it had been noisy. Read Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” As a family, discuss things in your lives that might keep you from hearing from God.
Instagram Stories. Pick a story from the book of Acts to act out together. Gather props and costumes so you can stage a scene from the story. As you are acting it out, have everyone freeze and take a picture. Let each member of your family pick a story to act out.
Family Catechism. A catechism is a summary of the principles of the Christian religion in the form of questions and answers. It is a great way to teach your family theology. To help you teach your children theology, you can pick up a copy of a family catechism from Fellowship’s Children’s Ministry or download the “New City Catechism” app and refer to the “children’s mode” setting. (There is also a “New City Catechism” book you can order.) Ask your kids the questions during dinner, in the car, or when they get up in the morning. Make a game out of the questions. The purpose of the question and answer is to help our kids memorize theology.
MOMENTS & MEMORIES
Local Events. The summer is a great time to find things to do in our community. Visit the Farmers’ Market, head to Gulley Park for the Thursday night summer concert series, or visit the local library website to see a list of events happening there all summer long. Use these events as a fun way to engage with your community.
Summer Bucket List. Before school ends, gather your family and come up with a bucket list for this summer. Determine how many items you would like on your list. Ask each member of the family to come up with a few things to add to the list. Write them on a large poster board and hang it where everyone can see it. You can place a sticker or a check mark next to an item when you complete it. Ideas could include: buying fruit from a roadside fruit stand, making a fort in the living room, watching a movie outside, making s’mores, or catching fireflies. The items don’t have to be grand. The goal is to create a list that allows you to make family memories!
$2 Christmas in July. We want to help our families learn to focus on bringing joy to others by celebrating Christmas in July. Give each person two strips of paper. Instruct them to write their name on each piece of paper. Put the pieces of paper in a bowl or hat and have each person draw two names that aren’t their own. Explain that you are going to have Christmas in July and you will be buying gifts for the people you chose. Each person will receive $2.25 with which to buy gifts. Go to a local dollar store and send each person in to buy gifts for the people on their papers. Encourage them to think about what would bring joy to the other person. Make sure they keep the gifts hidden in the bag so no one sees them. You may have to help younger kids in buying their gifts. Return home and give each person an opportunity to give their gifts and explain why they chose the gifts. This activity can also help us learn to be grateful when someone gives us a gift, even if it’s not exactly what we would have picked!
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