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We’re Having a Heat Wave

on July 25, 2012

There’s a movie that my family used to watch all the time growing up – Grumpy Old Men. The opening scene is of a snowy and freezing town while we hear, “We’re having a heat wave. A tropical heat wave…” And in our neck of the woods, we really are having a heat wave in recent weeks.

We’re in central Indiana, and we’ve had heat warnings and no rain for quite some time now. I work with kids, so when there’s a heat advisory, pollution warning, or some other type of advisory due to weather that could threaten the health of the kids in my ministry, we typically stay inside. Now, I don’t know about your church, but here we have midweek programming on Wednesday nights…and I’m trying to figure out what our plan B is going to be for tonight since the heat index is at 107 degrees.

I decided to do some investigating, and found an article with some great ideas not only for your church, but for your homes as well. Here are some ideas for when your town doesn’t have a water ban (like ours does right now from the drought):

1.    Fill a wading pool with water, and create “splashdance” routines with friends.

2.    Instead of putting ice cubes in your lemonade, use frozen grapes and berries for a sweet twist.

3.    Play sponge tag! Whoever is It uses a soft, wet sponge to tag other players. (It cannot throw the sponge).

4.    Make a “Floating Water Lilies” centerpiece (instructions at

5.    Play ice checkers! Use 12 regular ice cubes and 12 cubes made with a grape frozen inside each one. Use chalk to draw a checkerboard on the sidewalk. To “king” a checker, place a penny on top of it. Play until the checkers melt!

6.    Make ice cube glue! Download instructions for this and other ice activities at

 I think we are going to stay in the air conditioning tonight and just preteen we’re in the water…you know, games like sharks and minnows and captain’s coming.
Here’s some information on safety during heat waves from

❏ Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

❏ Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

❏ Eat small meals and eat more often.

❏ Avoid extreme temperature changes.

❏ Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light- colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

❏ Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

❏ Postpone outdoor games and activities.

❏ Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

❏ Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

❏ Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

❏ Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

*And, if your or someone else is feeling some effects from the heat (any strange hot or cool sensations, dizziness, etc) get to a cool place, and if symptoms are extreme call 9-1-1.


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