One of the best ways to help your students grow in faith and live their faith is to encourage service to others. As the weather gets warmer, work with your students to reach out and bring God’s love to those in need.
Reach Out with Funds
Nearly every cause needs of extra money. You can help by organizing a fundraiser and donating what you earn. Here are some suggestions:
- Talent Show
- Bake Sale
- Car Wash
- Penny Harvest – Have individual containers for each class’ pennies and turn this one into a competition!
Reach Out with Action
Into the world:
- Host a shoe-cutting party for Sole Hope.
- Make blankets for Project Linus.
- Make cards and send them to cancer patients through Phil’s Friends.
- Write letters and assemble care packages for missionaries.
Into your community:
- Make a garden and donate the produce to your local shelter or food pantry.
- Pick up litter in the park.
- Visit a nursing home or veteran’s hospital. Play games, do crafts, and read the Bible. Ask the residents to share stories of things they did as children.
- Collect toys, games, books, and stuffed animals to deliver to children in the hospital.
Into your church:
- Create busy bags for young children to use during church. Collect quiet activities like books, puzzles, stuffed animals, coloring books, and crayons.
- Plan a “carnival games” Sunday for younger students.
- Help the preschool teacher by having older students assist in tying shoes, zipping coats, and helping with snack time.
- Do spring yard work for shut-ins, elderly members, and single mothers.
Reach out with Prayer
Everyone has needs—big and small. Many of the needs we see around us feel impossible to fix. Raising money and serving the community is very important, but God is the one who brings about real change. Teach kids to rely on him by praying that his will be done. Make a list of needs in the world, in your community, and at your church. Pray for these things on a rotating basis.
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