Folks, can you believe that summer is here?! I am pregnant, so that means I am NOT looking forward to 90+ degree weather. Oh wait, I NEVER looked forward to the 90+ degree weather! But, thankfulness prepares the way for the Lord, so I’ll be thankful for snow cones and air conditioning and sunscreen.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the junior highers being home for the summer. I think it’s safe to say that even if they have a job, it is a minor one at 12 and 13 years old. Maybe they babysit or mow lawns, but overall, what do they do with all that time? I hope they get the opportunity to play outside and go to camps and have fun being a “kinda kid” for awhile. But, the fearsome reality is that a lot of them may spend their summer staring at a screen.

And, another sad reality is that sometimes they learn those habits from us. Their parents, leaders, extended family, older siblings, etc.

“As parents become more attached to technology, they become detached from their kids, who in turn attach themselves to their devices.” – Mark Foreman

So, this summer, lets try something different.
  • Shut off the TV
  • Power down the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, iMac, iEverything
  • Look one another in the eyes and talk. Go outside and play some ball. Parents, leaders, older siblings, grandparents, let’s model how to let go of the screen and be present for these junior highers.

Another great opportunity for our junior highers to make the most of this summer is Jump Camp! This camp will be for incoming 7th and 8th graders on August 1st – 4th in Latham Springs. Registration will open June 1st and you can watch for more info here. Take advantage of this time for your kids to unplug, be outside, play and learn this summer!

By Kelly Woods, Junior High Pastor