Seek & Discover: 7 Ideas for Summer Faith Growth

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An Undercover Operation

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Kids will enjoy this service project with a top-secret
mission.

Best for: Elementary and preteen

Stuff: 11×17-inch brown envelopes and printed
instruction sheets.

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What to do: Many local shelters and mission
organizations have an ongoing need for children’s undergarments
such as undershirts and underwear — something kids are often
embarrassed to donate. Have kids in your ministry collect these
under-garments in a top-secret manner that avoids embarrassment for
kids and provides a welcome supply for kids in need.

Promote your mission project as a Top Secret: Undercover
Operation. Give kids large brown envelopes with instructions
attached indicating the mission of purchasing children’s underwear.
Have kids seal their donations in the envelopes and bring them to a
top-secret drop box location in your church. For added fun,
announce the project in a trench coat and dark sunglasses.

Wendy Anderson
Coquitlam, British Columbia

 

Crayon Rubbings

Send kids on a hunt to preserve symbols and images in and around
your church with crayon rubbings.

Best for: Elementary

Stuff: White paper, crayons, and church-approved
textured surfaces around your church. Before this activity, compile
a list of textured surfaces, such as crosses, liturgical symbols,
plaques, or cornerstones.

What to do: Give kids a stack of paper, crayons, and a list. Tell
them you’re sending them to capture the images on the list by
placing the paper over the textured surface and gently rubbing a
crayon across the paper to form an impression of the image.
Encourage kids to use care when making impressions so they don’t
color on items inadvertently.

When kids return from the hunt, look at and talk about the images
they captured on paper. Explain what each symbol means or how it
relates to the history of your church. This activity is a great way
to help kids understand the history and background of your
church.

 

Cling to Good

Use this science experiment to help kids understand that God wants
us to focus on good things.

Best for: Elementary and preteen

Stuff: Colored paper, a hole punch, plastic wrap,
white paper, and a Bible. Before this activity, punch out enough
colored paper circles so each child will have several and place the
circles on a table.

What to do: Give each child 2 feet of plastic
wrap to crumple into a ball. Have kids rub the plastic wrap balls
quickly back and forth across a piece of paper 15 times. Then have
kids immediately hold the balls over the paper circles — close but
not touching. The static reaction will cause the circles to leap to
the plastic-wrap ball.

Ask: Why do you think the paper stuck to the ball? How can
good things stick to us when we get close to them?

What activities have a positive or negative impact on you?
Explain. How can you get rid of the negative things? increase the
positive things?

Read aloud Romans 12:9. Say: Just as the paper
clings to the ball, God wants us to cling to positive
things.

 

One of a Kind Creations

Host a family tie-dye event to remind people of how unique and
special they are to God.

Stuff: Tie-dye kits (available at craft and hobby
stores; for kits to dye a large number of shirts [up to 100], go to
www.dharmatrading.com);
rubber bands; plastic tubs; plastic gloves; large, resealable
plastic bags; staplers; rainbow sherbert; plastic bowls; plastic
spoons; and copies of the Bag Tag at right for the shirts.

What to do: Invite families to your church for a
fun craft and snack night. Ask families ahead of time to bring a
plain, white T-shirt for each family member. Follow the kit
instructions for shirt designs and the dying process. Let families
work together as they dye their shirts.

Provide a central location for families to package their shirts in
plastic bags. Staple the Bag Tag to each bagged shirt. The shirts
should stay in the bags for 24 hours. Finish by enjoying rainbow
sherbert before families go home with their unique shirts.

Courtney Wilson
Rockford, Illinois

 

Bag Tag: Uniquely Created

This amazing, one-of-a-kind creation was handmade by someone who’s
an amazing, one-of-a-kind creation of God. God hand-picked the
colors and patterns that would make up who YOU are! As you wear
this shirt, remember how special YOU were created to be!

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me
together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so
wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I
know it.”

Psalm 139:13-14

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