Picture this: the sun shining, the waves crashing, the children playing happily in the sand, the spouse buying ice cream for everyone while you lie back and watch the world go by.

Idyllic, hey?

Working out how to disciple your kids by sharing Jesus with them can sometimes feel like a stretch too far.

In reality, I fear our summer holidays are a little more chaotic! Although they provide good quality time for families, they can also be a challenge. How do you fill six whole weeks off school? How do you juggle work versus time with the kids? How do you all keep sane?! And if that’s not enough, working out how to disciple your kids by sharing Jesus with them can sometimes feel like a stretch too far.

Well, what if I were to tell you that God already has it sorted? He’s already got a plan, already gone before you and your family and is desperate to join you on your summer holidays?

Jeremiah 29:11 is completely true for us today. God says:

“I know what I’m doing. I have [your summer] all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (The Message)

Sounds great, right? But what does this actually mean?! Personally, I think it comes down to remembering God in the day-to-day living. He’s eager to be part of your summer and all year round. The summer holidays don’t mean a break from Jesus, and He most certainly doesn’t need a break from us. After all, Jesus said, “let the children come to me.” (Matthew 19:14, CEV)

I’m not suggesting you must have a meditation each morning, with a Bible reading at lunch, a prayer time at dinner and a time of sung worship before bed each day (unless this works for you)! We can share Jesus with our families in the everyday living. In big and small ways.
Why not have a crack at my top ideas for this summer (in no particular order):

  1. Go on a Christian holiday: I’m a bit biased because I‘ve been going to New Wine for 29 years, but it really has built my faith as well as being loads of fun!
  2. Bring Jesus into conversations: Why not thank God for a yummy ice cream/swim/crazy golf etc?
  3. Set an extra place at the dinner table: It’s a nice little touch to remember Jesus. Why not make a ‘Big Questions’ box and create opportunities to chat about Jesus and our faith around the table?
  4. Choose Christian songs to play in the car: Have fun singing along, and chat about the words too, sharing stories of how worshipping God has helped your friendship with Jesus.
  5. Be creative when reading the Bible: Try acting or drawing out the stories. You could even read the Bible on the beach and build a story out of the sand (God parting the red sea or Joshua knocking down the walls of Jericho comes to mind)!
  6. Enjoy a walk, worshipping God through nature: Wildlife and picturesque surroundings provide “Wow!” moments that can help us be in total awe of God.
  7. Do something adventurous: Try kayaking, paddle boating, tasting the local cuisine, rock climbing, going to a funfair. Include God by thanking Him that we can have an adventure in life with Him – He loves adventures!
  8. Do random acts of kindness: Transform into secret agents for God, loving your community just as He does! This can teach children that giving can be just as fun as receiving!
  9. Visit a different church one Sunday: Sometimes this can show children a new aspect of God and will provide lots of discussion too.

Hopefully one or two ideas have inspired you to share Jesus with your children this summer.

Here’s one last idea – a challenge for you! Jesus’ last command was “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) Explain to your family why the Great Commission is so important. Make a mission plan together. Spend time with non-Christian friends. Show some love to a neighbour. Tell others about God’s friendship. Pray that God would use you for His Kingdom.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a family on a mission, taking up this challenge as we share Jesus with unchurched families.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a family on a mission, taking up this challenge as we share Jesus with unchurched families.

Picture this: Your family have had a brilliant summer! Fun has been had. Hundreds of ice creams have been eaten. You’ve had amazing adventures with God at the centre. And to top it all off, you’ve shared Jesus with your non-Christian friends, who are now interested in finding out more!

My prayer is that each of us are inspired to go for it this summer and share Jesus.

“With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Recommended Resources:

  • HomeTime book, Anna Martin and New Wine
  • Parenting for Faith books, Rachel Turner and BRF
  • GodVentures resources, Victoria Beech
  • Carry the Light album and resources, New Wine