Between vacations, sports camps, and visiting relatives, many churches see a drop in attendance during the summer months.  This makes the time you may spend with your few even less than usual.  So what can you do to make this summer special?

Make vacations and camps a part of your summer décor!  You can make an “Our Summer Map” of places your few will be visiting.  Place a picture of each child on the map in your room at church.  Let them know, both before they go and when they return, that you missed them and were praying for them while they were gone.  Be sure to put your picture on there, as well, so your few can pray for you when you are away.

When you are away, you can Instagram or text a picture of yourself in your vacation spot to another leader or sub in your room.  Let them share that with your few while you are gone.  You could even send a video message or Facetime during service.  This will let you few know that you are thinking of them even though you aren’t with them for the day.

Be sensitive to children who may not be able to go away for camps or vacations.  Finances may keep many families close to home and a child can feel left out if he doesn’t have a “place” on the map.  You can include summertime church events, VBS, Family Fun Days, any event that the child can participate in, so that everyone has a place.  This can be an excellent opportunity for you to “show up randomly” and have ice cream with the family of one of your few.  Snap a picture on your phone and post the trip on your map!

Changes in routines, changes in schedules, changes in volunteers and changes leaders can all make summer stressful for kids as well as for leaders.  Counter that by putting extra emphasis on the FUN! No matter how you handle the logistics of your classroom, summer is the perfect opportunity to emphasize fun.  A great quote from Playing For Keeps is “Not everything in life is fun, but you have the opportunity every week to make something fun.”  Find that something each week and play it to the max!

Summer is short. With a little planning, it can be a quick blast of fun, rather than a bump in your ministry path!

What ways have you made summer special for your few?

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Barbara Graves

Barbara loves God, children's ministry, coffee, the Braves, and her granddaughter Eden-Grace. She's been in ministry for over 30 years and wishes she didn't have to sleep so she could write, teach, and read a little more.

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