Since January our families have been picking up Praying On The Go Bags each month to build their faith muscles in prayer with simple directions and a prayer prompter to take home. I wanted to do something different for July following Vacation Bible School and came across a great facebook post of a blog offering Take Out Church. Thankfully, everything they used with photos and pdfs are at the link. Gotta love it when colleagues share their goodies!
With a spin specific to us and our Children’s Ministry tagline, I prepared a pizza box (purchased at a local pizza shop @ $1 each) for each family, ordered the prayer cubes, and filled it with some goodies to clean out my own shelves along with the following instructions:
Summer Church On the Go Instructions
Summer Church On The Go is a way for your family to bring church with you as you vacation and enjoy wonderful family time this summer. Building memories around faith practices. In this box are ways you and your family can
GROW (App List, Coloring Scroll with memory verses),
TELL (Flat Jesus, Conversation questions),
SERVE (Serve Your Neighbor Game),
WORSHIP (VBS CD, Prayer Cube, Skittle Prayers), and
BELONG (give the Wesley Chapel Welcome Postcard to a friend and invite them to church, Write a note of encouragement on the funny postcards and mail them to whomever you want – grandparents LOVE this stuff!)
Through it all we want you to remember to take Jesus with you. He is the most important thing in this box, but especially in our family life. Color FLAT JESUS and then take it with you everywhere you go. Take a picture and post it on facebook or email it to the church office at email@example.com.
Have fun, be safe, and enjoy church on the go this Summer!
We introduced the boxes at the children’s moment the Sunday following VBS as a way to continue growing in our faith during the next month when most of us might hear, “Mom, I’m bored.” It was quite dramatic to see a stack of pizza boxes near the church office and the kids headed straight for them after services were over.
What is your follow up to VBS?
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2 NIV