It’s been a few weeks (anyone else losing all track of time?) since we shared with you some service project ideas you could do with your kids during COVID. We thought you might appreciate a few more ideas.
- Spring cleaning. Most of us have more things than we ever really use. Talk with your kids about needs versus wants and the importance of our generosity to God. Then help your kids go through their clothes and toys to find donations for families who are struggling financially right now. Contact your church or local urban ministry to see how they want you to donate the items you have gathered.
- Create a joyful yard/house/balcony/windows. Follow your local restrictions, but make your house or apartment joyful for those who walk or drive by and see it. Be creative, but respectful of neighbors as you design and execute your joyful exteriors.
- Create social media “shorts”. Encourage your kids to design, film and edit short encouragement films designed to bring joy to those who see them. They should be less than a minute and you can post them on your social media accounts if your kids are too young for their own.
- Sing a song. Or play an instrument. If your kids have mastered an instrument or sing and it’s not painful to listen….have them practice outside in considerate hours (avoiding nap times if there are little ones nearby). Or have them film a song that can be posted on social media. Encourage them to find songs that are uplifting or soothing to share.
- Make face masks and find a way to share with those who will now need them. Areas that are beginning to reopen may require face masks for everyone and many still have trouble finding or affording them. There are lots of patterns online now for sew and no sew versions you and your kids can make and give to others.
- Send notes, cards and drawings. Yes, this was in our last idea post, but it’s more important now than ever. Many people are beginning to struggle with depression as this continues. Challenge your kids to come up with something special and mail them to people others may forget.
As you help your kids with these service projects, don’t forget to talk about why it is so important to God that we serve others. Talk about ways to share your faith as you serve to encourage Christians or point those who aren’t Christians to God. Make this a time when your family serves others and shares your faith.