I love summer. It is truly my happy place. Nothing makes me happier than not having to set an alarm clock! I love being barefoot outside with my three boys, planning impromptu picnics, and enjoying a frosty beverage in my hammock while they run through the sprinkler. Summer is where it’s at, yall!
While the freedom of our schedules is very enthralling, let’s get real…we still have to have some things planned so we don’t lose our minds. At the beginning of each summer (or at the end of the school year, when I have prematurely “checked out” of school-mode) we make a Summer Bucket List. Our Bucket List has all sorts of things on it. Some random like: have a lemonade stand; make tie dye t-shirts; have a picnic at Joshua Springs Park and Preserve; go bowling, etc.
Then some staples like: read a book together; go swimming; and go to Vacation Bible School.
Making the Bucket List helps us all to have some fun things to look forward to while balancing out the lazy pajama days and fun adventure days. Something else that is important to me is that we all serve together. We serve together in different ways throughout the year, but the flexible summer schedule allows us different opportunities. Below is some information I have collected on local Vacation Bible Schools, Family Service Activities, and a few of our favorite local summer activities!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
First United Methodist Church Boerne – CAVE QUEST, June 13-17
St. Helena’s – PILGRIMAGE: Seeking the Kingdom of God, June 13-17
St. John Lutheran Church – CAVE QUEST, June 13-17
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church – SURF SHACK, June 20-24
St. Peter’s Catholic Church Boerne – CAVE QUEST, June 20-24
Boerne Church of Christ – SEASIDE WITH SAVIOR, June 22-24
First Baptist Church Boerne – SUBMERGED, June 27-30 (Kinder-4th)
First Baptist Church Boerne – DTS (Discipleship Training School), June 27-30 (5th-6th)
St. Helena’s – CAMP WACKY, August 2-4
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Taking it to the Streets:
There are over 3,000 homeless men, women, and children in the San Antonio and Hill country area on any given day. Out of those, 1,200 go unsheltered at night and 31% are people in families. Join them as they serve dinner in a family-style setting in downtown San Antonio to over 250 homeless men, women, and children every Friday and Saturday night (724 Chestnut Street, which is the gated parking lot of Church Under the Bridge. In inclement weather, we serve inside the church in the fellowship hall). Visit takingittothestreets.com for more information on how your family can participate!
YoungLives Camp at Camp Buckner:
Volunteers needed (ages 14 and up) to serve in child care so these young mamas can have the best week of their life! For more information on camp please visit goyounglives.younglife.org.
For other ways to serve this ministry as they walk alongside and encourage teen moms, please email email@example.com.
Vault: Fostering Community:
Vault exists to provide support and resources to local foster families. This organization was developed to provide community during the sometimes overwhelming process of providing a home for a child. Ways to serve Vault with your family are: host a diaper drive; have a lemonade stand to raise monetary donations; donate new or gently used items like cribs, car seats, mattress covers and strollers; or contact them about volunteer days in the warehouse! More information can be found at vaultfosteringcommunity.org.
The first annual One Way 5K: One God, One Word, One Truth, is benefitting the children of Meadowland. This inaugural race is the culmination of a 12-week volunteer led Bible study that includes training for a 5K. The kids of Meadowland who have completed the study will run on June 11th to celebrate their achievement. Please join us to congratulate these young runners. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Boerne/OneWay5K.
Hill Country Daily Bread:
There are tons of opportunities to volunteer at Hill Country Daily Bread! Some of these opportunities include: becoming a family mentor, operational support, Friday night distribution, and special projects just to name a few. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Love Boerne Kids:
Did you know in our beautiful community of Boerne that more than 1,400 kids are on the schools’ Free and Reduced Lunch Program? These kids have insufficient food to eat. During the summer months, the supplemental meals provided by the school lunch program are not available, often times leaving these kids very hungry. Love Boerne Kids, through the Boerne Community Coalition and our partner, Taking It to the Streets, is attempting to help fill that gap.
Here’s what you can do: sign up for food preparation, distribution or fellowship, or make a monetary donation by contacting email@example.com.
Ride bikes to Soda Pops.
Spend a morning exploring Cibolo Nature Center.
Visit the Cibolo Farmers Market at Herff Farm.
Pack a picnic, and head to Boerne Lake.
Paint some masterpieces at Captured Sunshine or Shabby Palette.
Visit Guadalupe State Park.
Explore Cascade Caverns or Cave without a Name.
Walk the trails [through town], and then stop by Sugar Belle’s for a cupcake break.
Visit the ducks, and then stop by Sno Biz to cool off with a snow cone.
Make a family evening out of one of the monthly ‘Movie in the Park’ showings at Main Plaza.
Claim a spot for the Berges Fest Parade.
There are just endless ways to enjoy summer time in Boerne – so many wonderful local businesses to support, local organizations to serve with, and a fantastic community to celebrate life!