After the flood, God promised, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Gen. 8:22). Summer will therefore continue to be a seasonal topic for Sunday School and church bulletin boards.
A summer bulletin board theme based on Genesis 8:22 could be about how God keeps His promises.
More Bible Verses Using the Word “Summer”
I found the word “summer” used in the Bible 18 times but not all would make sense for use on a bulletin board. In addition to Genesis 8:22, here are few that could be used:
Theme: God’s wisdom and power seen in creation
“It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” (Ps. 74:17)
For a bulletin board design you could put the words to this verse in a typical summer landscape (i.e., sun, flowers).
Theme: Signs of His coming
“Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” (Lk. 21:28-31)
While this parable told by Jesus references what happens in spring that leads to summer, it has the word “summer” in it. Perhaps it could be displayed right before the summer season begins. (parable also in Matt. 24:32-33; Mk. 13:28)
Theme: Learn wisdom from the ant.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Prov. 6:6-8)
“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;” (Prov. 30:25)
The bulletin board could be designed with an ant mound using a summer backdrop (i.e., sun shining). You could have ants heading into the mound in a path each having a word from Proverbs 30:25 or you could have a picnic table with ants and Proverbs 6:6-8.
Theme: It just isn’t right. It doesn’t make sense.
“Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.” (Prov. 26:1)
The board could have an obvious summer theme (maybe a picnic table & people in summer clothing with the sun brightly shining, etc.) and snowflakes falling.
Theme: wise versus lazy … being a good steward
“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” (Prov. 10:5)
This would be a good one to display toward the end of the summer.
Seasonal Activities & Phenomenon for Summer Bulletin Boards
Use your imagination thinking about summer activities to use as backgrounds:
vacations, the beach, shovels & buckets, sea shells, beach balls, footprints in the sand, butterflies, the sun, butterflies, flowers, watering can, birds & birdhouses, lighthouses, boating/sailing, swimming, gardens producing fruits & vegetables, ponds with ducks/frogs, bees and other insects, wash lines with clothes hanging on them, seasonal fruit like watermelons, flip flops, picnics, feeling hot/the heat, blue skies, sunglasses, playground, kites, ice-cream cones, frisbees, badminton
An example could be a bulletin board designed with a fishing theme. You could use the following Bible verse.
Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19, KJV)
Perhaps you could develop a theme around not forgetting God while on vacation.
Anything dealing with the wonder of God’s creation as observed in this season of the year could be appropriate.
In the U.S. you could have a freedom or patriotic display for Independence Day.
Some Tips for Designing Your Summer Bulletin Board
- Determine if your lesson theme could be represented using any of the above ideas.
- Think of verses, poems, sayings, or concepts related to summer that could fit your study.
i.e., “This is the day the Lord has made …” could fit a bright summer background.
- Consider how you can get students involved in making the board.
something they can write on fish, flowers, etc. (i.e., prayer requests); flowers made with students’ hand prints; their footprints in the sand; photos of them on displayed items; students color or paint items to be placed on the board
- Decide if it would be possible to make it three-dimensional or textured.
light-weight objects, real sand, etc.
- Watch for abstracts and symbolism if the board targets young children.
Younger ages are concrete thinkers so a play on words using the sun and Son might not be understood by them but would for older ages.
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