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1 Jonathan Kemp Director, Anglican Youth, Children & Families Ministry Anglican Church, Southern Queensland

2  What?  Why?  How?  What Now?

3  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.)

4 The Lord’s Prayer:  “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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6  Matthew 5-7  Matthew 25:31-46 (The Sheep and the Goats)

7  We are God’s hands, feet, etc.  If we don’t, who will? (Ever seen an atheist soup kitchen?)  Traditions / denominations

8  Y-Chart time!  What could Social Action sound like?  What could Social Action look like?  What could Social Action feel like? Y

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10  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

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12  “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)

13  Think ‘Safety First!’  Legalities and policies...  Due diligence...  Risk Assessment...  Age / gender appropriate...  Blue Cards / Food handling / Cash handling / safe environment / etc...

14  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)

15  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)

16  (Let’s try this stuff out...)  1. Expectations and roles  2. Good atmosphere  3. Gear  4. Meaningful  5. Options  6. Debrief  [EGG MOD?]

17  1. Church  2. Local Neighbourhood  3. State / National / Global

18  Some local Church projects that families could be engaged in:

19  Service ideas:

20  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.

21  9cQ 9cQ  ciU(Refugee issue) ciU  ‘Go Back Where You Came From’ (SBS)  Movies, TV, books... Talk about the issues (values). How should Christians respond?

22  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!

23  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

24  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

25  Could a family be doing it?”

26  What could be some reasons for families not becoming involved in Service projects? ObjectionResponse

27  No.  Left-wing / Right-wing  Liberal-Catholic / Evangelical

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29 Jim Wallis (shredded Bible) Tony Campolo Shane Claiborne

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31 Tim Costello Jarrod McKenna

32  qQ qQ

33  Take a moment to reflect on:  What could you do to start taking Social Action,  or to  encourage  others to  start?

34  “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

35 Jonathan Kemp     (and see the Resource books available...)


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