Want your kids to learn some godly money and stewardship skills? Looking for a family service project? Wish you could have fun teaching your kids about the Bible? There are several great service projects you can do with your kids or teens that will cover all of those goals.
Begin by teaching your children one of the Bible stories involving someone with “money” helping others. This could be Abraham entertaining angels unaware or the early Christians selling what they had and using the proceeds to help those in need. Ask your children to help you think of someone your family can help. (You can check our parent website Teach One Reach One for service project ideas.)
Try to find a service project involving things that need to be purchased, like collecting school supplies or Thanksgiving In a Box (food). Have your kids make a shopping list of everything you will need to complete the project.
Take the coupon and ad sections of your local paper. Teach them how to use ads and coupons to save money. Explain that when your family is careful with money, you then have more money available to help additional people. Discuss a budget amount for your project. Challenge them to see if they can use ads and coupons so you can help more people than you think you can with that amount of money.
With older children, you may also want to explain stewardship of our time and hidden costs in shopping (like gas money and wear and tear on a vehicle going between multiple stores all over town.) You can also teach them more information on budgeting. giving and other godly money management skills.
Taking the time for projects like this will help your children in several ways. When they go to college or start supporting themselves, knowing how to budget and manage their money will save them a lot of heartache. More importantly though, you are setting the example of how God wants us to use our money – not just for selfish reasons, but to serve God by helping others and sharing our faith with them.