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Balancing Summer: Scheduling Camps and Nurturing Spiritual Growth


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In today's fast-paced society, where screens dominate and schedules overflow, the summer months often lose their allure of relaxation and sunshine. For many parents, those 12 weeks become a flurry of calendars, carpools, and endless activities. As Christian parents, how can we navigate the summer months in a way that fosters growth, balance, and spiritual nourishment for our children? Here are some insights and tips to consider:


1. Embrace Variety with Purpose: In the quest to fill our children's summers with enriching experiences, it's important to think beyond the familiar. Research suggests that exposing children to a variety of activities fosters resilience. Involve your children in the decision-making process, encouraging them to explore new interests and activities. Additionally, seek recommendations from fellow parents and consider coordinating with friends for shared experiences. 


2. Plan When You Can: Summer camp registrations often fill up quickly, leaving many parents scrambling for spots. Starting your planning process early can improve your chances of securing coveted spots in desired programs. Gather camp guides as soon as they become available, and mark registration dates on your calendar. 


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3. Resist Over-scheduling: Amidst the frenzy of summer planning, it's crucial to resist the urge to overschedule. Remember that downtime is essential for children's well-being and development. Allow time for relaxation, family bonding, and personal reflection. Strive for a balanced summer that nurtures both body and soul.


4. Prioritize Spiritual Growth: Vacation Bible School (VBS) offers a unique opportunity for children to deepen their faith while engaging in fun and educational activities. Beyond its benefits for children, VBS is a platform for building community and strengthening intergenerational bonds within the church. As adults, our involvement in VBS demonstrates our commitment to nurturing the next generation's spiritual development.



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5. Church Summer Programs: Participating in church summer programs like VBS benefits children and strengthens the fabric of our church community. Through collaborative planning and engagement, we create a vibrant environment where all members feel valued and supported. 


Let's approach our summer seeking growth, connection, and spiritual enrichment opportunities.


Check out some of our summer events:

Summer Camp VBS at St. Matthews > stmtts.org/VBS Middle & High School Epic Summer Event Schedule > stmtts.org/youth-events

Youth Mission Trip 2024 > stmtts.org/youthmission


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