Resources to Make It Count

Resources to Make It Count

Summer is at your door, and it’s asking an important question: what are you going to do with the next three months?!

Here at Grace City Church, we value intentionality and purpose, especially when it comes to family life. Fortunately, summer provides an amazing context for doing just that - your kids suddenly have hours of freedom and there are no end of fun possibilities everywhere you look. So instead of signing them up for every activity in town and counting down the days until school restarts, what if you made a plan to use these days to prioritize your family relationship? What if you re-paced your life to allow you to purposefully create memories and traditions together? Now that would be a great summer.

Sometimes the key to success is just having a few good ideas in your back pocket, so to help you get started, we’ve put together a few action steps, and a whole list of possible activities to consider. Take it, customize it to your family situation, and most of all, HAVE FUN! We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

Action Steps:

  1. Have a family meeting to talk over your priorities for the summer. What does each member of your family want to do/accomplish? What are your “bucket list” items? What things are going well in our family? Where are some areas we want to grow? Write these down and post them somewhere visible in your house.
  2. Get a calendar - ideas are great, but if you never actually put a date on them, they’re probably not going to happen.
  3. When you are out on your adventures, snap a picture and post it to social media using the hashtag #gracecitysummers. We’ll be sharing these on the Grace City pages and on Sunday mornings throughout the summer.

Things to Consider:

  • Plan some one-on-one activities. Parents, make sure you schedule a few date nights for yourselves, and think about how you can spend individual time with each of your kids.
  • Invite someone else to join your family - a neighbor, school friends, your City Group, or someone you’ve been wanting to get to know better.
  • Make plans, but don’t overbook yourself. Everyone needs time to rest, and it can be easy to let the “going-out” opportunities crowd out the “sitting-around-at-home-and-eating-popsicles” type of days. But those days of just hanging out and being together are just as important! Consider your family rhythms, personalities, and margins, and do what feels healthy for you.

Ideas

  • Have breakfast outside on your porch/yard
  • Bike the Loop Trail
  • Hold a backyard movie night
  • (Teens) take a younger sibling out for a date
  • Attend an Applesox game
  • Hike somewhere you’ve never been
  • Pick fruit at a u-pick farm
  • Have a water balloon or water gun fight
  • Play slip-n-slide kickball
  • Roast s’mores
  • Stay up late and watch the stars
  • Have a family craft day: paint, draw, mold clay, etc
  • Plan a fun dinner: fondue, homemade pizza, shish kabobs...
  • Make homemade icecream or popsicles
  • Make an indoor fort and watch a movie or play a game in it
  • Have a lego building competition - who is most creative? complex?
  • Go bowling
  • Attend a community event (check www.wenatcheemomblog.com for ideas)
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Go to the farmer’s market
  • Float a river
  • Read a book aloud together
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk
  • Do a service activity together
  • Go camping (even if it’s just in your backyard)
  • Attend the Grace City Summer Blast (July 14th)
  • Have a talent show or karaoke night
  • Plant a garden, or just a pot of flowers
  • Do the Grace City Church Summer Bible Reading Plan together
  • Try out a new hobby (sport, craft, language, etc) together
  • Eat a food you’ve never eaten before
  • Have a picnic
  • Go 24 hours without tv, internet, radio, or any screens
  • Play mini-golf or frisbee golf
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Bake cookies
  • Hold a lemonade stand
  • Go to a museum
  • Make a family music video
  • At the end of the summer, replay your adventures by looking through your pictures (you could even make a highlights slideshow or video)

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