Children can be involved in ministry to their neighborhoods. The
eight ideas below connect church children with their neighborhood
Host a neighborhood yard sale. Have church children don ate
toys, clothing and household articles. Spend all the proceeds on
community outreach projects, such as putting in a basketball
Offer after-school or evening child care to neighborhood
parents. This could be a weekly or monthly event. Use church
teenagers and older children as helpers. Many parents will take
advantage of such a service, especially around holidays.
Develop a "little brother, little sister" program. Team church
children and neighborhood children together. Or put church families
with neighborhood families. Encourage monthly activities
Hold a monthly birthday party. Invite the whole neighborhood and
celebrate that month's birthday children. Provide cake and ice
cream and a small gift for each birthday child. Play games and sing
Give away your Christmas tree. Buy a fresh tree for your church
and have children decorate it. About a week before Christmas, give
it away to a family without a tree. Give out cookies and sing a few
Christmas carols. Be sure to let your congregation know what
happened to the tree.
Set up a video lending library. Encourage church members to
donate or purchase movies portraying positive Christian values.
Make them available for loan to church or neighborhood families.
Require a small deposit, then refund it upon return of the
Provide free ice water or soft drinks at area functions (county
fairs, parades, yard sales). Have the children prepare and serve
Hold a Neighborhood Labor Day. Arrange in advance for small
groups of children (with one adult per group) to walk through the
neighborhood and pick up trash. You can also offer to help elderly
people rake lawns or plant gardens.
From Children's Ministry Guide for Smaller Churches (Group
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