June… almost halfway through the year and filled with amazing days with wonderful opportunities to connect with kids, families and the community. Now, the Sunday programs provide plenty of opportunity to focus on faith and family. But why not extend your reach during the week? Highlight special days throughout June that families will note with appreciation. There are all sorts of fun days mixed throughout this month, too. I missed, ‘Go Barefoot Day’ and ‘Say Something Nice Day’ on June 1s. That would have been a great focus for families for the start of June. And, ‘Rocky road Day on the June 2. (I’m not sure how to tell my husband, a real chocoholic, about that one. Oops!) Take a look at the rest of the month and see how many ways you can connect throughout the week, and not just on Sundays.
JUNE 1-5 WILD ONESIE WEEK
Temperatures are dropping daily here in Australia so wearing Onesies sounds a wonderful idea. If you’re holding kidmin programs this week, it would add a real interest value to encourage everyone to wear their onesie. Perhaps you could award a prize for the most ‘out-there’ onesie.
Yum! What a delicious day! Add a bit of fun to this day by popping a short yoghurt quiz on your kidmin social media. How about, ‘ What flavour yoghurt are you quiz’? This would be a wonderful opportunity to add some fun for others within your community. Why not package up a variety of frozen fruit yoghurts and drop them off at the local emergency services centre with a big ‘thank you’ card for their work in the community.
Highlight this day with some video clips and activities from Answers in Genesishere. Link to them on your kidmin social media and perhaps suggest some of the science and environment activities and crafts listed on the site.
World Oceans Day serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining the health and beauty of the oceans of the world. We need no reminder of the wonder of God’s creation, but you could highlight this by sharing some of the photos from last year’s World Oceans Day photography competition. You can find these wonderful photoshere.. You can also find some fun activities and resources to download and use courtesy of the kids’ program, Octonauts,here– activities plus social media resources.
Buddy Day is an initiative to encourage kids and teams to band together and reduce instances of bullying within schools. Activities and a resource toolbox can be obtained from the Buddy Day website.
This month has a strong focus on men and families. So.. what can you do to encourage and support men and their crucial role within families? How about presenting aWild Game Night with plenty of food, fun and friendly tournaments along with an inspirational speaker? Or for a more laid-back approach- show a relevant Christian movie for guys. There are plenty to choose from. See here…
It’s been reported that there are over 50 million refugees throughout the world and half of them are women and children. This is a huge issue. We’ve all watched in horror as overcrowded boats flounder in rough seas as they seek safe haven. As individuals, we may feel inadequate to help in this overwhelming situation. But we can pray. The Salvation Army has produceda prayer guide to assist with meaningful prayer for these people and you may wish to print it or highlight these prayer points particularly on this day as you and your kidmin and leaders pray for these displaced and suffering people.
JUNE 21 FATHER’S DAY
(celebrated on other days in other countries. (eg June 14- Austria & Belgium. September in Australia)
If you’re looking for ideas for father’s Day, check out the growing collection I’ve gathered on my Father’s Day Pinterest board. There are so many great ideas, printables and crafts to download and use immediately or to provide inspiration for your own ideas. Check it outhere.
JUNE 21 SUMMER (WINTER) SOLSTICE
Highlight Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by wearing a red nose. It has been estimated that this focus and the subsequent fund-raising has saved the lives of over 6,500 babies across Australia. Wear a red nose and support families and this special awareness day.