How you can stay connected to worship when you’re on vacation
Written by Brad Jenkins

School is winding down, the days are staying longer and the temps are rising. It’s summer-vacation season, but when it comes to our walk with Jesus, there’s no such thing as time off.

So, we want to help you stay connected even as you head out of town for a summer trip. Here are some ideas.

Tune in to the First Pres livestream

While we initially began livestreaming because of COVID-19, the livestream continues and is a way for you to worship with us when you’re away. Watch live or on replay. Then use the discussion questions and spend time with your family or travel companions talking about the day’s message.

Find a church in your vacation community

There are almost 400 congregations in ECO, the network of churches that First Pres is part of. You can find an ECO church here and then join that congregation on the Sunday of your trip. We’ve had guests over the years who were visiting the Valley, and it’s always an encouragement to meet Jesus-followers from other parts of the country. When you visit a church, you can be that same kind of blessing.

Have family worship

You can use the order of worship from First Pres and have worship together. Assign various parts or readings to each member of your family or travel group. For the songs, find them on YouTube and sing along or sing them without music. For the sermon, use the discussion questions after reading the passage and discuss where you see Jesus and why it matters.

Worship in your surroundings

Going to the beach? Gather near the shore and read scripture, sing and pray. In the mountains? Go to an overlook and do the same.  The point is: Take time to worship God in the specific beauty of the location you are visiting.