School is out for the summer. Kids are doing a happy dance. Parents are dreaming up activities to keep the kids occupied. Vacation Bible school leaders are busy getting ready for next week’s VBS. We all look forward to time on the deck, the beach, or around the campfire. Summer is short in Minnesota so we want to savor every moment!
We know Jesus is with us wherever our adventures take us. That’s why we are having fun with Flat Jesus this summer. What is flat Jesus? It is simply a paper Jesus that you color and then take with you wherever you go. (See attachment.) Then take lots of photos and share them https://www.facebook.com/GSLCPLAINVIEW?fref=ts VBS children will make and laminate their own flat Jesus next week.
Flat Jesus is a reminder of Jesus’ real presence in every place you find yourself. Take Jesus to the beach or garden, on a hike or on vacation, and out to DQ or dinner with the grandkids. You can see from the photo that Flat Jesus has already been out boating. Where will Jesus go with you? Watch for ideas of things to do with flat Jesus every week.
Flat Jesus can remind us to talk about Jesus wherever we go too. A simple activity is to share “Jesus sightings” at the end of each day. Where did you see or sense Jesus’ presence in your activities?
Here are some places I saw Jesus this week:
- In the precious face of baby Aria who I met and held for the first time.
- In the lush green countryside
- In the parents getting food for their children at the food shelf.
- In a hug from my young adult son
- In the gift of plants from a friend
- In the faith community gathered at worship on Sunday
Creator God, thank you for summer and the rhythm of seasons and rest.
Ever present Jesus, thank you for coming with us home, to work, and on vacation. We especially give thanks that you show up in the sad, messy, worried and unjust places that we find ourselves.
Loving Spirit thank you for family, friends, and all relationships. Amen
Check these out:
- Interesting article about church and summer: http://refocusministry.org/2015/05/28/summers-dilemma-church-or-family/
- Service activities to do with children: http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/2015/05/22/summer-acts-of-kindness-for-kids/
- 101 fun things to do with children: https://www.care.com/a/101-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-summer-1305030150
- Flat Jesus