Summer Faith Formation
Ok, I realize we had a pretty hard winter, but the temperatures are finally rising, and the sun is out a little each day, and sometimes all day. The crab apple trees are in bloom and flowers are showing up on decks and in yards. Summer is getting closer. I’ve even noticed a couple ofpeople with rather red noses and arms.
Granted, we take a break from a lot of organized activities in the summer, or maybe we just switch which activities we participate in. Summer is a wonderful time to continue our faith formation. Most children, teens, and even adults, like to spend time outside during the summer months. So let’s start with a prayer:
A Prayer for Outdoor Formation
God of All Creation,
open our eyes to your wonders around us.
Help us to embrace a bit of mess,
that we might lead children to the beauty,
peace, and joy that exist in your amazing world. Amen
Get out there and discover God’s creation. A magnifying glass is a very popular tool for examining God’s handiwork. What a different view of the world we get when we look closely at the cracks in the sidewalk, under leaves, and on a tree trunk. Consider providing paper and crayons to record discoveries.
Do photo scavenger hunts for different items in nature. Taking a picture does not disturb God’screation, but still allows for fun finding items.
While driving, list an item for every letter of the alphabet that you spot in God’s creation. Onerule we had when I was a kid, was that we could only look out our own side window.
I’m sure you can come up with more, but why not give it a try? Make faith formation a part of everything you do. Have a great summer!