The Summer Quarter can be hard for churches. People take vacations. Attendance fluctuates. Teachers need time off. Summer overwhelms us with events like family vacations, travel, conventions and more. Sometimes it is hard to keep the momentum going over the summer months. Here are some ways to keep every age group of Sunday School active during the summer months.
1. SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS
Combine classes for special events: musical programs, Bible game shows, plays. Have a Christian movie event that aligns with the Sunday School lessons. Use class time to disciple to different locations.
2. SERVICE PROJECTS
Field Trips—Service projects to sick/shut-ins, hospitals, nursing homes; tract distribution at parks, etc. Adults could be assigned to groups of kids. Travel time could be used to discuss things like being a Good Samaritan, etc. Some projects could be done on church grounds, such as preparing food boxes, making cards for missionaries, etc.
3. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Take advantage of the good outdoors. Hold classes outside when it isn’t too hot or raining. Youth or adult classes can sit under trees, a pavilion, or a tent for a good discussion of relevant topics. Children can sit in the grass for a Bible story and enjoy some added outdoor activity. Many traditional games can be used to teach Bible verses, Bible truths, etc. Children would especially enjoy water balloons on a hot summer day.
4. HOST OUTDOORS
Do special outdoor activities during the normal Sunday School time with community outreach in mind, like a carnival, canvasing, breakfast under a tent, car wash, etc., wherein tracts and/or information about your church can be distributed.
5. USE CURRICULUM MATERIAL FOR VBS
Use Bible study lessons for Vacation Bible School or topics for sermon series.
6. BIBLE STUDY MENTOR PROGRAMS
Develop a big brother/sister type of program, wherein you pair older students with younger ones to read a book or Bible story together, do a craft together, etc.