11 Suggestions for Your Summer
The publishers of the Christian Standard Bible recently sent out an email with a list of practical suggestions for using the summer to connect with neighbors for the advance of God’s kingdom. Here’s a modified version of that list:
- Move to your front yard. Think about where you're more likely to see your neighbors, and then spend your free time there. Read a book or enjoy your dessert on your front step. Move the game of catch from the backyard to the front.
- Take advantage of moving season to welcome newcomers. Lend a helping hand or bring over a meal.
- Participate in Community Events. From taking your children to the park to pursuing your local farmer’s market, there are dozens of opportunities to connect with people in your community.
- Plan a barbecue or picnic. Organize a cookout with your whole block to get conversations started. Or invite just one family over and spend an evening getting to know them.
- Participate in VBS. Whether you participate by serving in an official role or simply inviting your neighbors to VBS, this summer ministry provides a way to connect with parents and their children.
- Plant a garden or join a community garden. Ask the expert gardeners for their tips. Share your extra zucchini with the neighbors.
- Wash your cars and offer to wash your neighbors' cars too. This is a great way to get your kids involved in serving your neighbors.
- Start a book club. You don't even have to be reading a Christian book to start meaningful conversations about life and death or about values and beliefs.
- Invite your neighbor along on adventures. Taking your restless kids to a museum or park? Invite a neighbor to come along.
- Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail or check on your plants while you're on vacation. That simple display of trust can deepen a relationship. When you get home, invite them over for dinner.
- Go on a neighborhood walk. Take an evening stroll with your family and determine to stop to talk to anyone who is out.