Creative Service Project for Kids and Teens

Creative Service Project for Kids and Teens - Parenting Like HannahYour kids have a special gift they can give other children. Children are often great story tellers. They have a unique perspective on life other children can understand. If your children love God and can see Him working in the world and in their lives, there is a fun, creative way for them to share their faith with other children.

Challenge your kids to create a picture book that tells other kids something about God. It can be a book explaining how to pray or why it’s important to read your Bible. Perhaps they want to write a book explaining how God can help you through tough times. Maybe they want to tell the story of Jesus in their own words.

Depending upon the age of your kids and your budget, the scale of this service project can vary greatly. It can be as simple as words typed on the computer and printed so your child can add drawings to each page. If your budget is slightly higher, check with local school supply stores. Many have book binding equipment and laminating services for which they charge by project. If you want to spend a decent amount of money, there are many companies who will take the words and drawings of your kids and create a real soft back or hardback book.

As your children write, encourage them to include scriptures and teach them how to find the verses they need in the Bible. Talk about what they write and how it could help other children’s faith. Gently correct any errors in theology. This isn’t the time for harsh criticism, but to gently point out the need for being accurate when sharing God’s message. Most of all, be encouraging and enthusiastic. This is a great way for your kids to begin sharing their faith with others.

Discuss with your kids the best recipients for their books. Do they want to give them to specific children or donate them to a church or faith based program that loans or gives books to children? Do they want to leave the book somewhere where a child can find it with a note telling whoever finds it the book is theirs to keep? Have fun with the creating and the giving and teach your kids how to share their faith in the process.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)