Last summer our church held a three-day service camp where kids
learned to serve God by serving the church, their community, and
the world. Here's how we got kids serving in each of these
• Church -- On the first day of camp, kids
served our church by cleaning inside and outside the facility.
Campers planted flowers in pots to brighten the church's interior
entrance. Kids also wrote letters and made cards for church members
who were sick, in the hospital, or going through a difficult
• Community -- Kids created gifts and cards at
the church before departing for a nearby retirement community. Once
we arrived, the kids distributed their gifts and cards during the
hour we spent with our elderly friends.
• World -- On the third day, the kids served at
a local nonprofit, HELP
(His Everlasting Love Prevails) International. The organization
collects items such as medical supplies and toys, packs them in
large shipping containers, and sends the items around the world. We
helped prepare a container that was heading to Eastern Europe. We
sorted through several palettes of clothes and cleaned, fixed, and
sorted more than 100 toys.
The service camp was a huge success. Kids loved the experience
and learned they're never too young to serve their church,
community, and world.
Fort Collins, Colorado