An at-home Fall Retreat for Kids+Families

This weekend is the Fall Retreat, only it’s unlike any that I’ve been to at Restoration the past 11 years. I’m missing our time to scamper and explore and laugh and sing together. In case your kids are missing it, too, your family might want to use these ideas to have your own at-home Fall Retreat.

Read Psalm 104 (or even just a portion of it) then head outside to your backyard or the park or the woods. Potomac Overlook Park and Lubber Run are some great local areas to explore. 

While outside, go on a scavenger hunt to find all the different things the psalmist writes about. Move slowly. It’s not a race, but rather a chance to dwell IN and EXPERIENCE God’s word. 

I wonder what captures your attention:

In the Psalm?

In nature?

Zoom in to take a closer look at one word or phrase of the Psalm. Here is something that may help.

Zoom in to take a closer look at something in nature. Here are some suggestions about how to do that.

Zoom in to listen to a particular sound that you hear. What is it? 

As you reflect on Psalm 104, how do you see God — the creator of the universe and everything in it — taking care of you? Are there words in this psalm that you can pray back to him as you give thanks or ask for help?

Create a simple journal and write or draw some of the things you experienced today. 

What are you thankful for today?

What emotions are you feeling about today? 

Did you feel different things at different times? 

What was going on as you were feeling those things?

Is there one moment of the day that stands out? What might you say to God about it as you write or draw?

Where can you ask God for help and hope as you look forward to the rest of the day or to tomorrow?

Remember that the God of the universe knows you, is crazy about you, and goes with you EVERYWHERE!


Miss Louise