An umbrella heading for: Social Service activities (serving others) ▪ E.g. Feeding the hungry ▪ Sheltering the homeless ▪ Comforting the lonely Social Justice activities (fighting for others’ rights) ▪ E.g. Raising awareness of issues ▪ Political protest Missional activities (bringing Jesus to life for others; building God’s Kingdom on Earth) ▪ Mission Trips ▪ Service Projects (building schools, etc.)
The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
Research says it’s good for families: Most kids who said they did at least an hour of service per week reported that their parents also did lots of service activities. Makes ‘family time’ a priority Reduces screen time Builds and serves the community Allows family members to see each other in a new light Gives young people opportunity to lead Stimulus to talk about and teach their values
“This is lame!” Not if: Young people do actual work, not just observe Adults are accepting & don’t criticise Kids have important responsibilities Have a sense of making a contribution Have the freedom to develop their own ideas Have opportunity to reflect (debrief)
Think ‘Safety First!’ Legalities and policies... Due diligence... Risk Assessment... Age / gender appropriate... Blue Cards / Food handling / Cash handling / safe environment / etc...
Be clear about expectations and roles (rotate the leadership) Develop a cooperative atmosphere (no-one likes having their work criticised) Train families (provide the right gear; use expert trainers)
Create meaningful projects and activities (meet genuine needs; use ‘mentor families’) Offer options in terms of commitment (1-3 hour jobs? A week for those with more time?) Debrief the experience (have a discussion time; pluses and minuses of what happened)
Real v. Realistic – realistic is OK. Raising funds is a valid outcome But education about the world is also important Think about aligning with an agency (check its integrity etc) Then decide which cause feels most deserving to you [Yr 12 outrage] No need to reinvent the wheel: look around at what other people are doing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2p5svFJ 9cQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2p5svFJ 9cQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFuLSB73 ciU(Refugee issue) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFuLSB73 ciU ‘Go Back Where You Came From’ (SBS) Movies, TV, books... Talk about the issues (values). How should Christians respond?
1. Determine greatest need (or your passion). 2. Brainstorm lots of ways to help. 3. Short list to 5 or 6 and look harder. 4. Short list again to 2 or 3 and think about logistics. 5. Pick one and do it!
Take existing service activities or mission trips, and ensure all ages are involved: Food pantries and kitchens Habitat for Humanity home building Urban gardens to grow and distribute food Yard work or home repair for homebound seniors Leading worship or games at a retirement village “Parents’ Night Out” (child-minding) for church or neighbourhood
Baking bread and taking to shut-ins or new arrivals Making cards and visiting a kids’ hospital, asking families what you can pray for Graffiti / litter cleanup around your church neighbourhood Intergenerational 40-hour famine Sending care packs and letters to missionaries or deployed soldiers