5. Come to the Water
Experience Jesus’ forgiveness together. First, have family members stretch out their hands. Next, tell them to think about anything they need to confess to God. Finally, pour some water from a bucket onto all the outstretched hands. Afterward, gently dry them with a towel. Close by praying together, thanking Jesus for always forgiving us.
6. Bubblin’ Over
On a sidewalk (or tarp), place plastic bowls of bubble solution mixed with washable paint. Give each family member a straw to blow bubbles in the mixtures. Then place paper atop the colored bubbles to create designs. When dry, fold the papers in half to make cards. Write the message “God’s love is bubbling over for you” on the outside. Give the cards to people who need encouragement this summer.
7. Seed, Seed, Grow!
Play a game similar to Duck, Duck, Goose. The person who walks around the circle is the Gardener and carries a full watering can. He or she taps heads and says “seed”—until sprinkling someone’s head with water and saying “grow.” Afterward, talk about the parable of the growing seed (Mark 4:26-29).
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