As Summer 2020 promises to be challenging for all of us, here are some more ideas (see Helping Families Keep Church During the Summer) to connect families during our time in physical/social distancing.
Camps, Vacation Bible Schools, and all the plans that usually make up our Summer, are not going to happen this year except on line. Here are some activities that involve us getting off line, but still growing in faith.
Bible Story Treasure Hunt: Each family gets a Bible Story to read and a poster board. After a family reads their story, they design a picture to show their story. They place the poster board in a place that can be seen from the road. Each family participating gets a list of families addresses, stickers, and a list of the stories (one a page) with some questions on it.
The families drive around and find the poster. They guess which story it is, answer some questions, and then put a sticker on the page to show they completed it. Publish the names for your families of those who completed the hunt. Get families to take pictures of their posters.
Bible Story Scavenger Hunt: Each week, families receive a different Bible story. After reading it, there is a list of objects that go with the story (David-sheep, musical instrument, rocks, sling shot, very tall person, crown, etc.). Each child or family, checks off when they spot all of the objects that go with the story. Put the first names of the children who complete it in the church newsletter.
Church Member Tag: Place a picture or an object in the front door of a family. Send them an email or leave a letter that says they are it. They must complete four challenges before they can “tag” another family to be it. The challenges: using the object or picture (after it has been cleaned), come up with silly things from Bible Stories to do with it. Once the challenges are complete, they place the picture or object at a family of their choosing, sending an email or letter to tell them they are it.
Loving our Neighbor: Get a list of older people from your parish and let them know that they are on a list of love. Families can choose from the list and do a good deed: make a meal, do yard work, weed a garden, get groceries or do a small act.
LEGO Bible Build: Each week, send out a Bible Story and ask the families to build a LEGO representation of the story. Have them send in the pictures and create a photo page for each story.