Some other tips to get your children excited about attending church in the summer include:Letting them light a candle afterward, helping them find the Station of Mary meeting Jesus, allowing them to walk up to Communion by your side, bringing the MagnifiKid to church so they can follow along the readings and do the puzzles, and of course promising them a treat afterwards. Sitting near the front when children are school age also helps them pay attention and see what is happening on the altar. Think about Zacchaeus and how badly he wanted to catch a glimpse of Jesus walking by but was too short to see Him from the side of the road, so he climbed a tree in bold, excited anticipation (Luke 19:3-4). Summers are a special time with children: ice cream stands, running through sprinklers and down slip-n-slides, watching fireworks together, attending county fairs, playing putt-putt, and many more sunny adventures both at home and on vacation. Plan events in advance so you all can talk about them in excited anticipation. And keep God in your trip by including Mass or a tour through a new church, making it seem exciting for everyone.
Copyright 2018 Colleen Mallette
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Colleen lives in Ohio and is the proud mother of three young adults. She loves being a full-time stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for her husband. She likes to read, write, scrapbook, and volunteer, and is excited to use her talents to share God’s love and the hope of His promises through CatholicMom.com. Colleen is co-author of “In Godʼs Hands, Miracles in the Lives of Moms” and blogs at Colleen's Contemplations.