Our church recently hosted a Family Glow Night for all families with children in 3K-6th grade. We have had a glow night in the past, but this one was a little bit different because we decided to hire a local art studio to come and teach a painting class to our families.

One of our goals in our children’s ministry is that we be a resource to parents in their roles as primary spiritual leaders in their homes. We wanted to provide this opportunity for families to spend time together and form a closer bond during the summer, which is filled with activities and events that are constantly pulling family members in different directions. Parents and children were able to work together on paintings, under the black lights, to take home and hang on their walls as tangible memories of that time spent together. It was a very cool moment and a really fun activity!

Below are some photos from the event.








What are some fun events your church has done this summer for families? I would love to hear about them! Leave your ideas in the comments below!


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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.


  1. I am thinking of trying this. Could I find out some more specifics about the event, such as the supplies you used? Thank you for sharing.

    • The lady who taught the class supplied all of the needed art materials. She used florescent paint and the families painted on canvas. The only thing we had to provide was the space, tables, and UV light. We did order a lot of glow sticks though to put around the room and for the kids to wear.