Serving With Kids
June 15, 2010
Updated August 28, 2019
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Summer is the season of sunshine, snow cones, and—for many churches—service. Teens and adults take off for weeklong adventures: building houses, leading vacation Bible school, meeting new people, and discovering their gifts.
But what about the kids? Kids are social agents too! And they have a mission in God’s world today. Something special happens when people from different generations rub elbows as they serve together. They find common ground where they hadn’t known it existed before! A sixty-year-old and seven-year-old become something more than a grandparent and child, or a Sunday school teacher and student—they become ministry partners! Stories are shared as faith is experienced and modeled, practiced and affirmed.
At the most recent Children’s Spirituality Conference, featured presenter Marcia Bunge ranked “participating in service projects with parents or other caring adults” among the top ten best practices for nurturing the moral and spiritual lives of kids.
Here are a few ideas for encouraging cross generational service at your church this summer:
Expand the Team
If your church has calling elders or pastoral outreach teams, ask if they can include a child on the team to pray and read Scripture with people who are homebound or hospitalized.
Pass on Skills
Does someone in your congregation sew or knit? Create an intergenerational team to sew dolls or stuffed animals, or knits scarves and sweaters for children at local shelters or a Ronald McDonald House.
Choose Kid-Friendly Projects
Global giving projects can open the world to children, teens, and adults and help them see how important their contribution is. Check out these projects:
As kids hear stories of real children their world expands, and so does their awareness of how to live in it. Projects like these help kids and families take practical steps to stand up against injustice and stand in solidarity with those in need. With a little publicity and the passion of your kids, global giving projects can inspire action in the whole church community!
Take advantage of these warm summer months to serve side by side with the kids in your church!
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