Fall is a good time to give Bibles to the children in your program. Many churches make this an annual event and give Bibles to a certain age group each year during a special worship service. You can make this tradition even more meaningful by hosting a Bible retreat for kids.
Stay overnight at a hotel, camp, or retreat facility within two hours of your church. Bring parents along as chaperones so they can participate in this memorable experience. For your Bible retreat, combine the fun and excitement of games, a bonfire, and Bible experiences. Bible experiences:
- Design a scavenger hunt based on Bible verses. For example, have kids find something that’s found in Genesis 2:9 (trees); Joshua 7:26 (rocks); Nehemiah 8:10 (food and drink); Hosea 10:7 (twig); Zechariah 9:3 (dirt); and 2 John 1:12 (paper).
- Present a brief drama of how the Bible came together. Pray a portion of Psalm 119 for kids.
- Have kids prepare and present dramatic interpretations of parables. Discuss how Jesus used parables.
- Use Psalm 98 to launch a Bible retreat worship service out in nature.
- Have an old-fashioned “sword drill.” Have children work in groups and race to look up books, chapters, and verses.
- Bring along a spinning wheel that has various numbers printed on the wheel. Make a list of Bible questions, especially focusing on content that you’ve chosen for the Bible retreat. Ask the questions, and spin for points.
Elaine Friedrich is a director of elementary ministries in Texas.
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