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How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out

What can you do to make your family worship more interesting? One answer is to plan ahead and incorporate nature into the mix. Planning a camp out with your family may be just what you need to feel closer to God as individuals and as a family unit. Today I’m sharing some of my best ideas for how to plan family worship for a camp out.

How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out @ PieIronsAndCampfires.com

Family time is essential for a healthy, happy family. One of the best ways to spend quality time together as a family is on a camping trip. It’s no secret that kids love going on adventures and exploring new things with their parents. Camping provides an extra level of excitement because it allows them to do just that!

You can use this as an opportunity not only for bonding, but for teaching biblical lessons that connect with everything in nature around them.

Our family loves to camp out two or three times a year – sometimes more. We have a rather large family {seventeen or more that go camping together} and camping with kids is such a fun time!

We always have family worship in the evenings and mornings when we are camping. In my opinion there are three things that make a perfect camp out worship experience.

  1. Music
  2. A Good Story
  3. A Fun Activity

How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out

#1 Music. Our Family knows a lot of fun songs by heart, but we often pack our favorite vintage songbooks, Happy Songs for Boys and Girls to bring along.

How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out @ PieIronsAndCampfires.com
How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out @ PieIronsAndCampfires.com
How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out @ PieIronsAndCampfires.com

Some of our favorites include:

How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out @ PieIronsAndCampfires.com
How to Plan Family Worship for a Camp Out @ PieIronsAndCampfires.com

#2 A Good Story. Usually before the camp out, everyone knows beforehand whose doing what, so the story teller can prepare. If you are in charge there are a number of good resources you can use to come up with meaningful stories for your worship time. And it never hurts to bring along a devotional book for those times when you just need a good story.

You can either read the story ahead of time and familiarize yourself with it so you can tell it or you can simply read the story. Whether you choose to tell or read the story, be sure to not speak in a monotone voice. Get excited. Use different levels of volume. Whisper the amazing and scary parts. Make the story come alive!

I especially love to tell nature stories when camping. Children are naturally curious and Nature is God’s second book. Everywhere we look in nature we can see the character of God.

Some of my favorite story resources include:

#3 A Fun Activity. Of course children {of all ages} love it when there is a fun activity to do, but adults can get in on the action, too.

One of my favorite activities is to have the children go out and find something in nature to use as an object lesson to describe a Bible story or a characteristic of God. For instance, a heart-shaped leaf could represent God’s love. Water from the creek could represent Jesus as the Living Water. The important thing is that the kids use their imaginations and give it some thought.

Here are some resources to help you with more ideas:

So, now you know how to plan family worship for a camp out. It’s simple! You have the tools and resources needed to lead your kids in Bible study or prayer time anywhere from the backyard all the way up to a week-long adventure at an outdoor campsite.

There are so many creative ways that this can be done, but no matter what, it is important to do something with them as parents and leaders of their faith journey. Worshipping together at home and while enjoying God’s nature, your kids will feel loved by being able to share these moments together as a family unit.

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