Summer Resources for Families & Churches

Summer Resources For Your Childrens Ministry

Every summer there is always a buzz of excitement as parents and children’s ministry volunteers and leaders get ready to host summer Bible schools, camps, and outreach family days. And, after the last couple of years, it’s been refreshing to see how churches are coming together to figure out plans to be able to welcome children in their church and community in this much-loved setting. The energy is contagious!

Father and daughter outside reading the bible together

However, we know that some churches and families still are not able to go back to a traditional vacation Bible school setting. One thing we learned from Covid-19 and 2020 is how lonely it can be when circumstances outside your control prevent you or your little ones from participating in these exciting summer activities with friends.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources – some you can do at home or in a smaller church setting – to help keep your children in God’s Word all summer long.

Reading Plans for Kids

If you have a little reader in your family or a circle of children you minister to, a reading plan may be the perfect summer activity for you.

Photos of two bible reading plans and a child and adult looking at a bible.

Here are some of our favorite reading plans (for adults and children):

Free Bible reading plans | Children’s Worship Bulletins Blog  

Bible Reading Challenge – Magnify Him Together 

Kids Bible Reading Plans | Crossway Articles 

And even though some of these specifically say “summer”, they can easily be adapted for any month of the year.

Staycation Bible School

For those families and children that are unable to join VBS, Church Camp, Summer Awana clubs, family days or even Sunday worship services, consider hosting a staycation Bible school kids can do from home.

Photo of an adult male in a white shirt and a young boy in a blue shirt laying down in the grass on their stomach reading a book.

If you’re a parent, you can sit down and spend time reading your children’s Bible. Make it fun, play dress up, or complete a Bible craft or game together.

If you are a children’s ministry leader, you can send videos and/or material to parents to help them enjoy their staycation.

Be sure to check out our Staycation Bible School Lessons from the Letters of the Apostles. This kit is only $9.99 for the download that comes with 5 full lessons, crafts, and activities! What’s also nice about this product is that the material is not seasonally based, so you can use it any time of year – it’s perfect when you need focused lessons for Bible study.

Children’s Bible Signs Kit (Creation-Joseph is another great resource for hosting a summer camp from your living room. Children’s Bible Signs is an innovative and fun way to help preschool- and elementary-age children connect with Bible stories in a real and powerful way by incorporating Baby Sign into each lesson. This kit option is a little more expensive ($54.80 plus shipping), but the kit includes flashcards, a separate coloring book, a teacher’s guide, and a Book of Memory verses.

Just remember, staycation Bible schools don’t need to be anything fancy! You can even start small (just 20 minutes a day) and build up as you need to.

Bible-based, Printable Activity Sheets

Bible activity sheets are perfect for VBS, Sunday morning bulletin inserts, children’s church supplements, mid-week Bible classes, or for just a rainy-day activity at home.

Photo of a boy in blue shirt coloring a bible activity sheet with a crayon

Here are some Scriptural-based activity sheets with fun-filled puzzles that are sure to capture the attention of any child:

Fun Bible Activities for Your Children To Do at Home 

Free Scripture Placemats for Kids and Adults 

Just For Kids Bible Puzzles – Volume 3 

Heroes of the Old Testament Children’s Bulletins and Activities  

Pinterest Boards

Screenshot of Children's Worship Bulletins Pinterest Page

Pinterest has become one of our go-to resources for craft ideas, object lessons, and games for kids.

Don’t forget to check out our Children’s Worship Bulletins Pinterest page for ideas and resources to keep your children’s ministry thriving and active during these late summer months and into the fall back-to-school bustle.

We pray continually for your children’s ministry and hope that our products and resources provide you the tools you need to help keep your children in God’s Word.

Author Bio:
Children's Bulletins Team

Over the years of publication Children’s Worship Bulletins has had many contributing authors and editors. This team has worked diligently to thoughtfully craft material to assist in creating meaningful children’s worship materials.

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