Embracing Summer Sundays: Serving the Next Generation

June 13, 2024
Trisha Smith

As the warmth of summer rolls in, Sunday mornings in Browncroft Kids bring a new opportunity for our church community to have a deep and lasting impact. It’s called Summer Serve. As our faithful leaders take a couple of months off from volunteering down Kids Hall to refresh and renew, the rest of us can jump in to help out. Serving the next generation during these summer Sundays is a profound act of discipleship that shapes the lives of our kids and of those who serve.

Impact on the Kids: Planting Seeds of Faith

For children, their Sunday small groups are a space for exploration and growth. Engaging with kids during these formative months can plant seeds of faith that will last a lifetime. Here are a few ways your service can be impactful:

1. Building Strong Foundations: Small groups for children provide a consistent and nurturing environment where they can learn about God’s love and the teachings of Jesus. These foundational lessons, reinforced by caring members of our church community, help kids develop a personal faith that will guide them throughout their lives.

2. Creating Joyful Memories: Fun and engaging activities make learning about and discovering faith exciting. From interactive Bible stories to creative arts and crafts, these experiences create joyful memories associated with church, making it a place that kids love to return to.

3. Fostering Friendships: Small groups offer children the chance to form friendships with peers who share similar values. These relationships provide a support system that can help them navigate the challenges of growing up with a strong sense of community and belonging.

Serving the next generation during these summer Sundays is a profound act of discipleship that shapes the lives of our kids and of those who serve.

Impact on Those Who Serve: Growing Through Giving

Serving the next generation is a transformative experience for those who step up to the call. It deepens their faith and strengthens their character in profound ways:

1. Living Out Discipleship: Serving children on Sunday mornings embodies the essence of discipleship. Volunteers actively live out Jesus’ commands to make disciples and pursue spiritual growth through service.

2. Developing Leadership Skills: Working with children requires patience, creativity, and leadership. Volunteers often find that these experiences enhance their skills and confidence, preparing them for other service roles within the church and beyond.

3. Finding Joy in Service: There’s a unique joy in seeing a child’s face light up with understanding or excitement. This joy and fulfillment are powerful motivators, reinforcing the value of selfless service and the blessings that come with it.

Summer Serve is a golden opportunity for our church community to engage with the next generation in meaningful ways. By investing time and energy into serving kids, we plant seeds of faith and grow personally as disciples of Christ. It’s a season that, when embraced, can yield spiritual growth and blessings for everyone involved. We invite you to help us make this summer a time of impactful service and joyful discipleship, transforming lives and building a stronger, faith-filled community.

To sign up to serve, please click the button below, or see us at the Summer Serve table in the Browncroft lobby on Sunday mornings through June. We started with 568 available opportunities. Currently, 223 spots have already been filled! It truly takes a village.  I am confident God will use your service as a blessing to these children, to their families, and to you. And, of course, if you have any questions, I would love to chat. Just send me a note at tsmith@browncroft.org.

With a grateful heart,

Trisha Smith

About The Author

Trisha Smith

Trisha Smith is Browncroft’s Senior Director of Family Ministry. She has served in various family ministry roles over the past 17 years. Outside of church she keeps busy cheering on her daughters in their many sporting events.

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