If you want to share the Gospel but you don’t know how to get started, or if you’re already planning an evangelistic summer Bible club, then this is the perfect comprehensive resource for you! It’s written out of a passion for teaching the Bible to kids & 15+ years experience in children’s ministry. And it’s packed full of practical, useful tips & tricks—plus ideas & inspiration for games, crafts, activities, songs, Bible lessons, & more!
First, learn the 5 essentials to planning a summer Bible club. (They may not be what you think!!) Then we’ll dig into the nitty-gritty details of actually doing a summer Bible club.
You’ll walk away with plenty of practical know-how & handy resources (including FREE printables) AND the confidence that you, too, can put together a successful summer Bible club.
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A summer Bible club can be simple & easy
One of the easiest ways to share the good news of Jesus Christ is to plan a summer Bible club for kids.
It’s only for one week—or just for 3 or 4 days, if you prefer. Or, we’ve even just done one day. We call that a One Day Fun Day. 😉
And it’s only for a few hours each of those days. You can even limit it to just one hour. Our after-school Bible club only runs for an hour, and we are able to cover all the important bases during that hour.
So it doesn’t have to be hard. It can be simple.
Yet children are incredibly responsive to the truths of God’s Word
Actually, children are one of my favorite people groups to share the Gospel with! Why? Because they are not yet so hardened against God. They’re willing to listen.
What’s more, God loves children & specifically wants them to be a part of His kingdom:
So there is no good reason NOT to do a summer Bible club!
But maybe putting together a summer Bible club sounds overwhelming to you. Don’t worry! In this post, I’ll share the 5 essentials for a summer Bible club.
They’re essential, but they’re also simple. You can do this! 😉
The first step to ANY service for the Lord? Prayer! Always prayer. 😉
Before you do anything else, take time to truly seek the Lord in prayer about your summer Bible club. Don’t just do a summer Bible club because you think you should. Ask the Lord first to give you the certainty that this is what He has for you to do.
Pray for co-laborers who will invest in this outreach with you. Pray together about the details of the club. Pray before each session of the club. Pray afterward. Pray for individual children who come to the club.
Pray, pray, pray!! 😉
YOU, yourself, can never force a successful summer Bible club. There is only ONE Person who can bless your summer Bible club and make it something of worth.
But He is not only willing to do that, He is eager to do it. And He is able to do it.
So bathe every aspect of your summer Bible club in prayer, from beginning to end.
And be excited about seeing God work in response to your prayers & your confidence in Him! 😀
2) Partner up
Who will help you put this summer Bible club together? Pray for the Lord to bring someone alongside you in this work.
There have been many years that we’ve seriously wondered how we were ever going to run our after-school Bible clubs. We looked around at the workers we had, and it just didn’t seem like enough.
But God is always faithful. He has always brought enough workers for the club. Sometimes He brings them from right here in town. Sometimes He brings them from very far away! (We’ve had young people who stayed for a few months specifically to help with the club.) Sometimes, He allows people to trickle in and out. This last semester has been like that. Even though there are actually very few of us here to work the club, God has brought several different visitors to help & support the work.
So don’t be overwhelmed by thinking you have to do it all alone. Instead, pray for the Lord to bring you a helper (or 2… or 10!).
It may be other women in your church. It may be fellow moms in your homeschool group. Or it may be your own teenage daughters or sons! 😉 (By the way, serving the Lord together is one of the BEST things you can do with your family! I have always been so thankful that my family is one that works for the Lord together.)
3) Pursue unity
Unity is absolutely a requirement for effective service to the Lord.
Once you know who you will be working with, begin to actively promote unity between you. Pray together. Communicate. Know your goals & your purposes, and try to build the same vision for how to achieve those goals.
Even if a whole lot of stuff goes “wrong,” if you are unified with your co-laborers in the fields (Ephesians 4:3), then you will be able to come together and effectively overcome the obstacles.
4) Plan intentionally
It’s easy to throw together a series of Bible lessons & memory verses. It’s easy to order tons of cheap crafts online. It’s easy to come up with snacks & games & everything else.
Putting together the basics for a summer Bible club is NOT hard.
But you don’t just want to slap something together that will keep kids entertained during the club. You want to put together a program that will be effective in engaging the kids & helping them to understand the truths of Scripture. You want God’s Word to stick in their brains. You want them to see & hear & feel & experience, so they truly remember what they learn about the Lord.
All that to say, don’t throw together a “decent” summer Bible club program. Instead, intentionally plan a program designed to have maximum impact on the kids—for the glory of God.
Try to make every activity support the others. That is, make the program cohesive. For example, if you’re talking about Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41), then use Mark 4:41b as a memory verse. Find songs about that same topic. At craft time, paint little wooden boats or learn how to fold a paper boat. For activities, the kids can float their boats in a tub of water. Or play a game where the kids get to be wild/loud/crazy (making a “storm”) until you shout, “Peace! Be still!” Then they have to instantly drop to the floor, quiet.
Anyway. You get the idea. There’s a lot of room for creativity, which is super fun! 😉
Just be sure that you are intentional about the way you structure your summer Bible club.
5) Praise Him
Finally, remember that, while it’s our responsibility to evangelize & disciple, only God can save.
So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. ~1 Corinthians 3:7
So, throughout your summer Bible club, keep an attitude of dependence. Keep praying. Keep relying on the Lord for everything.
And for whatever good comes out of the summer Bible club, praise Him. 🙂
That’s great, but…
Those are the things that are absolutely essential for a summer Bible club. Prayer, coworkers, unity, intentional planning, and glory to God.
But maybe you’re reading these and thinking, “Well that’s great, but how do I actually PLAN a summer Bible club?!”
Don’t worry. If you want or need the nitty-gritty details, this next section is for you.
The specific, nitty-gritty details (with examples!) of planning a summer Bible club
And, good news! There’s something super special coming up on this here blog, just for you!
Here it is: Over the next few months & throughout the summer, I plan to work my way through a study on the Armor of God (from Ephesians 6).
The Armor of God is a fantastic theme for a summer Bible club. So much fodder for cool crafts & activities!!! 😉
So in addition to posting a lesson guide for each piece of armor, I’ll be sharing tips, ideas, & inspiration for related crafts, songs, memory verses, & activities. (Read: “intentional planning” for your summer Bible club! 😉 )
Super exciting! This series will give you the practical, nitty-gritty details & examples that you need to put together a summer Bible club with confidence.
I’m crazy excited to see what y’all will do for the Lord this summer with these resources!!! 😀
The “Armor of God” summer Bible club series
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Bonus: 5 elements of a summer Bible club
You’ll get plenty of tips & inspiration in the Armor of God series. There will be lots of practical, specific, nitty-gritty details in that series!
But I’ve also got a quick list for you, right now, about the details of planning a summer Bible club.
These aren’t essentials, in my opinion. A solid summer Bible club will probably include most of these elements—but you can pick and choose which you include.
That’s why I’ve called them “elements” and not “essentials.” 😉
1) Bible lessons
I guess this is a fairly essential element of a summer Bible club. You definitely want to present God’s Word in some way to the kids.
I recommend planning lessons that include visuals (posters, pictures, or even just words written on a chalkboard or whiteboard).
A lesson that engages the kids is even better. That might mean asking the kids to repeat something after you every now and then. Or another idea that we use frequently is the “mystery bag.” These just contain objects that have to do with your story (for example, if you’re teaching the story of the lost sheep, you could have a little stuffed sheep in the bag). The kids love to be picked to pull the object out of the “mystery bag.”
But I have included “Bible lessons” as a element, not as an essential, because you can get creative about how you present the Word of God.
A lesson may be the easiest to put together, but you may decide to use a skit instead. Or to play a Bible video, if you feel particularly inadequate to teach a Bible lesson.
At any rate, be sure that your summer Bible club includes some kind of presentation of God’s Word. After all, that’s the whole point of the club—to share the truths of Scripture with kids! 😉
2) Christian songs
Years later, the kids may not remember anything that was said or done at your summer Bible club. But if you sing with them, they will very likely remember those songs.
So choose songs that are simple & catchy (easy for the kids to learn). But also be sure to choose songs that are meaningful. Read the lyrics. Are they accurate? Do they actually say something worth remembering?
Songs can be simple, yet meaningful.
“Jesus Loves Me” is a simple song, but it teaches truth. It’s amazing that God loves us! It’s powerful to know that we can bank on that, because the Bible promises it to us. And so on!
So choose songs that talk about biblical truth—songs that will be worth remembering.
3) Memory verses
Kids have an incredible ability to memorize. I guess their brains are a little fresher than ours! 😉
Take advantage of kids’ capacity to memorize Scripture. Include memory verses in your summer Bible club.
You can do a new verse every day for older kids. Or just use one “theme verse” for the whole club, and go over it every day.
Give the kids the opportunity & the incentive to hide God’s Word in their hearts. It’s powerful, and God can use it in their lives for years to come!
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. ~Isaiah 55:11
4) Crafts, activities, and/or games
These are some of the most fun elements of any summer Bible club—both for the kids, and for you! 😉 The possibilities for tying these into the Bible lesson of the day are endless. So much fun!! 😀
Pinterest is a great source for all of these. Search for Bible crafts or Bible activities/games. Or you can check out my blog board or my hands-on learning board for ideas, too. If you’re doing the Armor of God series, I’ll definitely be adding pins from others that fit that theme. So be sure to follow my Pinterest boards! 😉
Snacks are probably one of the least essential elements. But everyone loves to eat. 😛 And if your club runs for a couple of hours, the kids might need it. Some of them don’t even eat breakfast before coming, so…
If you’re super creative, you can tie the snack into your theme, too! For example, if you’re talking about Noah and the flood, something like these super cute “under the sea” graham crackers would be pretty amazing! 😉
But there are also benefits to keeping it simple. We’ve used cheese crackers, bananas, watermelon, and muffins as snacks. I’ll try to post a few simple, kid-friendly recipes over the next few months, in case you need ideas. 😉 I can let you know via email when those posts go up, if you’re a subscriber! 😉
There are more…
So that’s a few of the elements you can include in your summer Bible club: Bible lessons, Christian songs, memory verses, crafts/activities/games, and snacks.
But there are many other things you can include. A few that spring to mind are costumes & skits, worksheets, memory verse recitation activities, etc.
The possibilities are wide open! But I hope that this is enough, at least, to get you started. 😉
And we’re only scratching the surface
Well. Can you tell I LOVE sharing the Gospel with kids?! This may be the longest post I’ve ever put up here at Happy + Healthy Taste Buds! 😛
But it’s true. Working with kids = my favorite way to serve the Lord. And it’s also the area I have the most experience in. So I guess I have a lot to share… 😛
At any rate, YOU get to benefit! I’m looking forward to sharing more of my ideas & knowledge with you over the next few months.
You’ll walk away armed with practical know-how, plenty of printable resources, and the confidence that you, too, can serve the Lord. You, too, can “do children’s ministry.”
You, too, can share the incredible good news of salvation through Jesus Christ with precious small souls!
And THAT is exceedingly exciting!! 😀