Kids Make a Difference


Service at Church

Provide opportunities for kids and their families to serve at
church with these ideas.

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  • Sneak Surprise — Have preteens wash all the
    car windshields in your parking lot during worship services. Leave
    behind preprinted notes that say, “Jesus Loves You!”
  • Toy Wash — Children can help your nursery
    staff by washing toys. Preschoolers and preteens can work together
    to scrub plastic toys according to your nursery policies.
  • Birthday Party for
    — Have an “after Christmas” party where
    children can give their gently used toys to your children’s
    ministry or a shelter in honor of Jesus.
  • Family Workday — Announce a workday for
    families at your church. Make a list of chores such as vacuuming,
    painting, gardening, or spring cleaning. Provide coffee, juice, and
    doughnuts. Create “To Do” and “Done” columns on a wall, and write
    instructions for each job on a sticky note. Post the notes on the
    “To Do” side. Families can choose their projects and celebrate by
    moving the sticky note to the “Done” column when they finish.
  • “I’m Serving God” Buttons — Have kids design
    buttons that say, “I’m serving God!” Make the buttons by cutting
    out 3-inch diameter card stock circles and having kids decorate
    them using stickers, markers, and glitter. Use a hot glue gun
    (adults only) to fasten clasps (available at craft stores) on the
    backs. Discuss the various ways people serve in your church, then
    have children thank these people with a handmade button. Give every
    child a button, too, as you celebrate their service at church.

Service in the Community

Seventy-three percent of kids believe they can make a difference
in their communities. We only need to provide opportunities for
children to act on this belief. Try these opportunities.


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  1. I am just retired from Compassion International India field office as National Church Advocacy Supervisor. Our family involved in chldren ministry (after school programs and School for poorest of the poor in the fishermen colony and housing board colony). How can we partner with you.

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