Summer Plans in Covid-19 Times

Parents! Are your kids looking for something fun to do this summer? Interfaith Stay Camp will be a great week (AUG. 3-7, 2020 9 AM – 1 PM CST) of crafts, games, songs and stories designed to offer kids basic interfaith literacy, and inspiration to grow into people who promote tolerance and practice inclusivity. All are welcome!

Growing in Grace & Gratitude helps children ages 3-10 explore Bible stories through the lens of grace. Learn more and download samples on the PCUSA website. Resources include: Grace Sightings:

  • a children’s Bible story
  • a toddler resource
  • simple activities
  • a coloring page central to the week’s story
  • story audio: the Grace Sightings read aloud by a multitude of different voices.
  • Leader Materials book
  • Stories, Colors, & More pack specific to age groups
  • Age-level resources for 3-5, 5-7, 8-10, and a multiage option for ages 5-10.

View the scope and sequence or see samples of the different age group session plans.

Encourage kids to dive into Bible stories this summer. The One-Year Bible Reading Plan (Beaming) includes a short list of readings every month, along with activities, a short prayer, and discussion questions. Use your favorite Bible or pick up one of Beaming’s favorite story Bibles to join in on the fun.

Looking to connect young people with science-based creation care and leadership? Create a multi-congregational cohort around Growing Green Heart’s Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership (vocational discernment, creation care around water and action) or Connect-the-Rocks: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership (similar with conversations and activities on decolonization, the indigenous story, waste reduction and land connections). Both are 6 sessions and can be done via Zoom with hands-on learning/building/praying/discussion piece followed by coaching for student projects.  $1000 per cohort of 3-5 churches.
*Augsburg’s Youth Theology Institute did Connect-the-Rocks last year and student response was great!

Online VBS/Day/Bible Camp

This resource list will be updated as resources become available:

MN UMC just shared this announcement of the closure – until August 29, 2020 – from their Dakotas-Minnesota Area United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries