Here's a tip for your ministry success!
Involving Your Children In Charity
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
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 season.
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!