Read in 2 mins Family Ministry Resources » Family Ministry Ideas » At-church Activities » At-home Activities Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 3 Holiday Service Projects Kids (and Families) Can Do Published: November 10, 2021 To help you equip families to go out and do some random acts of kindness, here are three service projects kids can do (and their families) to show others God’s love. Thanks to our great friends in ministry for providing these excellent ideas! 3 Holiday Service Projects Kids (and Families) Can Do 1. Countdown to Christmas Here’s an idea to help kids count down to Christmas while reaching out to others. Brainstorm 25 low- or no-cost ideas and activities to help children experience the true meaning of Christmas. Cut 25 strips of construction paper per child. Have kids write one idea on each strip of paper. Then help them loop and tape the strips into a chain. Let kids take home their chains and begin the countdown. Some families put the chain on the Christmas tree, while others hang them in the house. Each day kids cut off one link and do the idea or activity on that link. These chains give young kids a visual way to countdown to Christmas — while they learn real ways to share Jesus with others. Julie Dossantos Fort Pierce, Florida 2. Stock Up Help children feed the hungry in your community by stuffing Christmas stockings with basic ingredients for a warm meal. You’ll need large, plain stockings (available at craft stores), glitter glue or markers, cans of broth or soup stock, crackers, and bags of dried beans and spices for soup. Another alternative, if you have the funds, is to purchase bean soup mixes from a nonprofit group such as the Women’s Bean Project. Have children decorate the stockings with glitter glue or markers. When stockings are dry, have kids place a can of broth, crackers, and a bag of soup ingredients in each stocking. Then deliver the “stocked-up” stockings to a local food pantry or keep them in your church pantry for people who come seeking nourishment this winter. Stephanie Martin Lakewood, Colorado 3. Mid-Year Gear Kids need school supplies all year long, not just at the year’s start. In July and August there’s a big push to collect school supplies for kids who can’t afford them. But the need is ever-present as supplies run out, new kids arrive mid-year, and supplies are lost or damaged. Your kids can help. Contact local schools and talk to the schools’ administrative assistants, principals, and teachers to discover needs. Post a list in your church or make an announcement asking for needed items. Then have kids organize, prepare, and decorate supply packages for each school, teacher, or individual child in need. Encourage kids to include kind and encouraging messages about Jesus’ love, then go with them to personally deliver the packages during this season of love and giving. Jennifer Funderburke Bradenton, Florida If you want more service project ideas, check out these articles! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!