Let’s Step Back Outside! April 2018

posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:15 AM by Lee Church   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 9:16 AM ]

During Lent we’ve read and talked about justice, which can seem like a pretty big concept, especially to our youngest members. In order to feel like we can actually do something to support and encourage justice within our communities and the wider world, our classes have spent time thinking of specific things we can do to make our world a better, more Godly place.

Below, I have included a list to help all ages of our congregation to bring more justice to our communities as Jesus taught. There are a variety of ways you and your family members can serve God’s people. Take a few minutes to read through the list and find some ideas that appeal to you and your loved ones. Then find a time and place that allows you to take action in Jesus’ footsteps.

Let justice roll down from you and your family!

1. Make cards for Senior Citizens.

2. Collect sleep-away camp items for Camp Dreamcatcher, a program for children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

3. Donate kids’ craft kits to a local children’s hospital.

4. Organize a board game night at your local nursing home. Gather your friends and favorite classic games, and plan a fun afternoon.

5. Decorate placemats for Meals on Wheels.

6. Wrap gifts during the holidays for Barnes and Noble to raise money for a specific cause.

7. Make a no-sew fleece blanket for a child in need through Project Linus.

8. Organize a food drive in your neighborhood, church, or school.

9. Have a garage sale or lemonade stand for your favorite cause.

10. Plan an afternoon of fun: crafts, a movie and popcorn afternoon, or a kickball tournament at a children’s home or refugee center. Plan a day of fun!

11. When school supplies are very cheap at the beginning of the year, pack up a backpack and supplies for a local child in need (the YMCA frequently collects these, in addition to other organizations).

12. Bring gently used board games and decks of cards to a local homeless shelter. 

13. Put on gloves and pick up litter at your local park or on your street. 

14. Write a letter to your elected official about a cause you believe in.

15. Collect DVD’s and videogames you no longer use/watch and donate them to a Children’s Hospital for patients, or to KidFlicks, an organization that set up movie libraries in the children’s wards of hospitals.

16. Volunteer at an animal shelter- play with the dogs and cats, help to brush them, and clean up after them.

17. Read stories to or share your talent with younger children. Be a positive role model that kids can look up to!

18. Work with your local high school or college to place empty boxes on campus at the end of school. Collect textbooks for students who need them in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and other African nations (and keep them out of landfills!).

19. Stuff warm socks with snacks and fruit to pass out to people who are homeless.

20. Secretly rake leaves or shovel snow for a neighbor in need.

21. Make sure your school is recycling- talk to your city hall to get recycling bins for all of the classrooms and make posters to explain what materials can be recycled.

22. Hold a “dog wash” to raise money for a local animal shelter.

23. Volunteer to read letters or the newspaper to residents in nursing homes.

24. Collect used sporting equipment and donate to communities that do not have access (such as Level the Playing Field to help kids in the US or IAYS that works with the Peace Corps to deliver worldwide).

25. Donate used baby and toddler toys to a nearby church, synagogue, mosque, or temple for their youngest members. Most places of worship have a place for little ones to be entertained during services.

26. Buy a kit from KidKnits– yarn made by widows in Rwanda or Chile, which comes with instructions to knit a hat plus cultural information. A simple craft to change the world!

27. Do you have a cool talent or hobby? Ask your local 4H, Girl Scout or Boy Scout group if they would like you to come in to be a guest speaker. You can share your collection, hobby, or talent with them, and allow them to ask questions and learn more about it.

28. Go through the books you’ve grown out of and donate them to the waiting room of a local dentist or doctor.

I hope you found some ideas to help you bring more justice to the world around us!

In His joy, 

Jill Pare'
Director of Christian Education