A summer resource for busy families

June 12, 2018

Summertime is every student’s favorite time of the year. No getting up early, no homework and no tests.

As great as being out of school is for students, the summer months can prove to be challenging for many parents.

The school year provides families with a set schedule that helps their homes stay in a natural rhythm. However, when the summer rolls around, those rhythms and routines are often disrupted.

A new resource developed by the Faith at Home ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) aims to help moms and dads continue to make disciple-making in the home a priority when schedules are a little less predictable.

The Family Summer Guide is set of four cards that offer families some easy-to-use ideas and activities to spark meaningful family discussions based on God’s Word. The suggested ideas and activities are based upon Deuteronomy 6:7, which encourages parents to impart the truth of God’s Word during everyday moments that remain constant.

“There is no question that the Lord had busy parents in mind in Deuteronomy 6:7,” says Mark Smith, who serves as the BSCNC’s senior consultant for family evangelism and discipleship. “Moses strategically maps out a simple framework that fits into every family’s daily schedule and these resources are great ways to connect with your family through God’s Word.

“Within the rhythm of each day, we sit at home, drive down the road, go to bed, and get up the next morning. Scripture gently gives instruction to be intentional with our time, especially during the summer.”

Each card in the resource provides some suggested activities for connecting as a family, reading Scripture together, discussing God’s Word and praying together. Each of the suggestions are built around one the four daily rhythms. For example, as you ride down the road, make up a story together as a family and then connect that to the grand narrative of Scripture. Activities and discussions topics are also suggested for fun summer activities like stargazing and fishing.

The Family Summer Guide is available to download for free here, It is also available for purchase through the N.C. Baptist online store.

Editor’s Note:This article originally ran on May 9, 2018, by the Faith At Home ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.


by BSCNC Communications
  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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