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An Undercover Operation

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

Best for: Elementary and preteen

Stuff: 11x17-inch brown envelopes and printed instruction sheets.

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; 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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