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Summer Church Activities: 18 Fun Fellowship Ideas

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A great way to reach families is with summer church activities! After all, God doesn’t take a sabbatical during summer months. How can your church seize the unique evangelism and fellowship opportunities of the season?

To help you brainstorm, we’ve collected some of our favorite summer church activities. Check out all these fresh, fun ideas for community-building and outreach. (Bonus Tip: They’re also super ways to involve people of all ages in your church’s evangelism efforts!)

18 Summer Church Activities to Try

1. Summer Nights

Plan a Summer Nights series of outdoor worship services and fellowship time.

2. Main Event

Stage an outdoor Christian music concert. Or produce a Christian dinner theater dramatic production.

3. Scream for Ice Cream

Invite the church neighborhood for a homemade ice cream party.

4. Action!

Host a free outdoor family movie night, projecting on a large exterior wall. (Be sure you have the proper permissions first.)

5. Food & Friends

Challenge every church member to plan a “Cookout with Your Neighbors” at their home sometime during July. What a great way to develop friendships and invite neighbors to church.

6. Open Invite

Why not morph your churchwide picnic into a citywide event with special invitations to VBS and church daycare families?

7. Spread the Word

Invite the community to attend your kids’ camps, Vacation Bible School or Wednesday night salad suppers. You may be surprised how many participate when invited!

8. Independence Festivities

For the Sunday prior to July 4th, plan a “red, white and blue jean” Sunday. Invite local government leaders to attend your worship service. Then present them a gift and voice a prayer for them.

9. Jump to It!

Form a jump rope team for kids, jumping to Christian music or rhymes.

10. Wii Bowl

Organize a Wii bowling league with multiple projections on a large exterior wall.

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