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Worship on the road

Family vacations may expand children's sense of the church

Planning a family vacation can be a collaborative job for parents and children. Learning about a new place and deciding which attractions to visit can help build teamwork and ignite a sense of adventure.

shutterstockScoping out the options at a theme park or charting a highway route that passes by landmarks are two of the ways families work together to prepare for a trip. But one thing that often gets left off the itinerary is where to worship while out on the road.

"Visiting a church during vacation is a great way to see God at work in different places," said Julie Frank, pastor of Salem Lutheran in Orlando, Fla. "It teaches kids that the church isn't confined to their own building back home, and that they're involved in something bigger as a part of the body of Christ."


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