With everyone’s kids being so involved and busy with school, sports and whatever else they may be passionate about, it can be challenging to make sure all of your kiddos are staying plugged in at the church that your family attends. Everyone has different schedules so practices, games and rehearsals can seem to conflict with setting aside time to get to church. We know how hard this can be and how discouraging for you and your family it can be. Here are five ways to make sure your children stay active in their church:
1. Sunday school
This seems like an obvious answer, but it is a struggle for more people than you would assume. After an entire week of non-stop activities with the kids, plus work and school, it is easy to use Sunday as a day to do absolutely… nothing. We think using Sunday as a day of rest is a great idea! After all, that is how God intended it. However, use Sunday as a day of rest AFTER you rangle all the kids up and get them to church.
2. Wednesday nights
We do understand that Wednesday nights can be a little bit harder. Wednesdays are definitely the popular day to schedule things like basketball practice, piano lessons and dance class. Nonetheless, if you can make it, most churches have awesome programs that happen every Wednesday night for girls and boys. For example, some popular ones are GA and RA’s, Cubbies, or Youth Group. These are obviously geared more towards the kids rather than Sunday service, so it may even be a little easier to gather them up and go!
Okay, we get it, this one is going to be challenging. This one is not for the faint of heart or those with kiddos that suffer from stage fright, but it could also be an amazing opportunity for some. Most churches nowadays still have a choir that performs on Sundays and holidays. If your child is someone who enjoys singing and entertaining, this is the perfect extra-curricular activity for them!
4. Church camp
This may be the most fun part of church that kids get to enjoy. They look forward to it all year and it is the best part of their summer: CHURCH CAMP! Camp usually does cost a small amount of money, but the return is so worth it. For a week, children are immersed in faith and the scripture and truly learn what it means to live like Christ did. On top of that, they meet kiddos from all over the state or country from other churches and make lifelong best friends. You cannot beat the memories and experiences your children will make and have from summer church camp.
5. Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School, or VBS, only caters to children up until they are about 12 years old, but is still a great opportunity for those with younger kids. VBS is a week long event held at the church, usually for half the day, that is themed and uses that theme to teach the campers all about what it means to be a Christian.
Trust us, we understand that making time for IT ALL is hard, but God made you a parent for a reason… because you got this! No matter if you can manage to achieve all five options, or just a few, you are doing your children right by them and the Lord and that is something to be thankful for.
As most of you know, we held Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp last week, and what a blessing it was! The campers and staff had an unforgettable week learning the game of basketball and the value of teamwork, as well as what it is like to balance fun and hard work.
When thinking of the week we just had, a specific bible verse comes to mind.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Scripture speaks to our lives so well and Colossians 3:17 is no exception. We believe we are serving Christ through word and deed at camp, teaching our campers not only the game of basketball, but how to live through faith as well, with our words and actions.
As we look at the second part of the scripture about giving thanks, that is exactly what we try to instill through camp. We want those around us to understand that nothing is possible without God and that we owe Him thanks in ALL things, for HE has made every single thing we love and enjoy about this life, possible.
And after we give thanks and gratitude to our God, we must give gratitude to you guys, as well.
To our campers, thank you for being AWESOME and making camp possible every year!
Thank you to all of our selfless food sponsors that kept our campers happy, healthy and with a full tummy all week!
To all the parents who trusted us to teach and serve their children, we love and appreciate you! We were overjoyed to share our love of fitness and faith with them and hope they learned as much as we did teaching them.
After another successful year of Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp, we are humbled and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.
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