Summer time seems to be the hardest time to keep the youth active in church. I have noticed in the last couple of months that our church has been involving the youth a lot more. They are going to a church camp and a logos camp in Colorado for the summer. Since all these things cost money, the youth have been having a ton a fundraisers. A lot of it comes back to the parents and what they make a priority in their lives to set an example.
Even if the family is on vacation or taking a break from church during the summer, it doesn’t mean that having God in their lives has to stop. If out of town, have a scavenger hunt to find a church to try out and making sure to say a prayer at mealtime are just a couple of examples.
Also when summer is over and a new school year starts, that could be a time to have a new start at church and the involvement of the whole family. Maybe participate in a new Sunday School class, join a small group, or get involved in a mission project.
by Lori Watson
Pleasant Hill UMC, Pleasant Hill, MO
Loving God, Loving Neighbor