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7 Summer Faith Builders for Families to Try Together

Here are 7 faith builders tailor-made for families to use as summer family activities.

Fancy trips and high-tech gadgets aren’t required for first-rate family memories. In fact, some of the best experiences occur during “down time,” when you can have quiet conversations about family and faith. Encourage kids to share thoughts about how you spend time together. Use these questions as a springboard for insightful conversations: “What are family times that are most special to you, and why? What do you wish we did more of together? What do our favorite things to do as a family say about us? How can we demonstrate our faith in God during these times together? Why does Jesus like us to spend time with him?”

7 Summer Faith Builders for Families

Summer Faith Builder #1: Nature Hunt

For younger children, make picture-based checklists of things found in nature, and go outside to find each item listed. Kids can mark off the items with a pencil. Afterward, talk about what you noticed about God’s creation. Then take some time to praise God together for making all the things you found.

Summer Faith Builder #2. Express Yourself

Use sidewalk chalk to declare your love for one another and for God. Fill your driveway or sidewalk with special messages, family “portraits,” and short Bible passages.

Summer Faith Builder #3. Go for “Some More”

Set out ingredients for s’mores and make them together, assembly-line fashion. As you eat, ask: “When has God done ‘some more’ for you? Why do you think God wants us to do ‘some more’ for others?”

Summer Faith Builder #4. Let It Shine

Place floating candles in a kiddie pool, and then use squirt guns to try to extinguish the candles. Talk about how we can shine our light for God, no matter what tries to put it out.

Summer Faith Builder #5. Come to the Water

Experience Jesus’ forgiveness by having family members stretch out their hands and think about anything they need to confess to God. Pour some water from a bucket onto all the outstretched hands, and then gently dry them with a towel. Pray together, thanking Jesus for always forgiving us.

Summer Faith Builder #6. Bubblin’ Over

On a sidewalk (or tarp), place plastic bowls of bubble solution mixed with washable paint. Give each family member a straw to blow bubbles in the mixtures. Then place paper atop the colored bubbles to create designs. When dry, fold the papers in half to make cards, and write the message “God’s love is bubbling over for you” on the outside. Give the cards to people who need encouragement this summer.

Summer Faith Builder #7. Seed, Seed, Grow!

Play a game similar to Duck, Duck, Goose. The person who walks around the circle is the Gardener and carries a full watering can. He or she taps heads and says “seed”—until sprinkling someone’s head with water and saying “grow.” Afterward, talk about the parable of the growing seed (Mark 4:26-29).

Be sure to also check out Group’s Notes From Jesus for Families: What Jesus Wants Your Family to Know. This book reminds families that Jesus loves them, speaks to them, and wants to be a part of every single minute of their busy lives. It’s a perfect way for families to keep on building their faith all year long!

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5 thoughts on “7 Summer Faith Builders for Families to Try Together

  1. Rebecca Keesler

    Thank you for the awesome support you are sending to our churches to help our families and our Sunday School program during this unusual time of separation from one another. Every week I am awed by the resources you are making available to us.


      You’re welcome, Rebecca! In such a time of unknown, we know how important it is for children (and adults!) to still have access to church resources!

  2. carol griffin

    Looks like fun

  3. Kathy Noel

    I love the S’more idea.
    Would you allow us to share that idea on our church’s social media page?

    • Sierra Gomez

      Hi Kathy! You are welcome to share the s’more idea, God bless!

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