Children In Charity
© Children's Ministry Today
Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons
have always been a great time for involving kids in helping the
poor. With the recent tragedies in the U.S., people's thoughts,
including your kids, are already in this direction. Give your kids
an outlet for their desires to help others by involving them in a
positive work of charity which can counteract the harmful deeds
they are hearing about each day in the news.
One of the things we have done in our
kids' musicals is to ask everyone attending to bring a can of food
with them to the event to donate to the poor through a local
charity, such as the Salvation Army or local food pantry. The
request is printed across the bottom of all promotional materials.
Be sure to prepare by having containers ready for the donations
the night of the musical. If your kids don't do a musical or
church Christmas program, you can still run such a charity event
through your Sunday School or Wednesday night kids club. Have the
teachers announce it to the kids, explain how this will help needy
people, and send home a flier with each child to their parents
explaining the need to bring a canned food item on the chosen day.
You could also contact a local homeless shelter, food pantry, etc.
and see if there is something your church kids could help them
with during their extra work of the holiday season. Depending on
the ages of your kids, they may be able to---with some assistance
from adults in your church--serve meals, handout food or clothes
(when the charities unload from backs of semi trailers), paint,
clean, etc. I'm sure the local pastors/leaders over those
ministries could tell you several different needs they have and
ideas of ways your kids can help their charities during the coming
You can also involve your children in ministering to people from
your own congregation who are now in rest homes by going as a
group from Sunday School, clubs, or children's church to visit
with and/or sing for them. Also consider going to visit shut-ins,
do cleaning or yard work, or even write letters to the various
elderly unable to attend service.
Hope this spurs some ideas! Lives will be blessed by whatever
option you choose!