S ummer is a great time to slow down and reset. It’s also a time when kids are home looking for new activities to occupy their time (or to keep them from falling into the boredom trap!). This combination makes summer an ideal time to create new habits in the family. One habit we can all work to grow is reading God’s Word. And following a summer Bible reading plan for kids is a great way to foster this lifelong habit at a young age.
To help get your family started, we’ve created a 30-day summer Bible reading challenge! This challenge is targeted to elementary-age students, but the whole family can participate in this kid-friendly Bible reading plan alongside younger children.
Tips for success with a Bible reading plan for kids and families
1. Make reading a habit
- Plan the days of the week you will read, whether it is every day, or selected days such as Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Plan what time of day you will read.
- Don’t let anything take the place of this time on your calendar.
2. Set an achievable goal
For example, could read a passage every day for 30 days. Or you could read a passage five days of each week.
3. Reflect on what you’re reading in Scripture
After you have each read the passage for the day (or read it together), consider a few of the following questions about the passage:
Something that surprises me in this passage of Scripture is:
- What question(s) do I have about this passage?
- What does this passage say about God?
- What does this passage say about humankind?
- Do these verses challenge you to change any attitude, actions, or words?
- What does this say about loving God?
- What does this say about loving others?
30-day summer Bible reading plan
Shelley Henning has been involved in children’s and family ministry for over two decades. She currently serves the Reformed Church in America as the facilitator for KidMin, the children’s ministry branch of Next Generation Engagement. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Grow Family and has written a book, numerous articles, and curriculum related to children and family ministry. You can connect with Shelley by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.