The scriptures challenge us to care for the widows and orphans, to reach out to the poor and downtrodden, but most kids in our churches don’t know what it is to be poor. In this study they are invited to consider poverty.
– copies of grocery advertisements
– copies of newspaper: apartment rentals section
– other store clothing adds.
Youth are broken into groups of three or four and told, they are now a family. They work 60hours a week at a fastfood chain making $5.50/hr. that is the only income for the house of three or four.
they must find an apartment in the paper they can afford, with the remaining money buy groceries for the rest of the week that will keep them healthy.
Now imagine a problem. Children want to wear clothes, shoes and buy some fun toys. How do you handle it?
As a service idea have the kids go trick or treating for the poor, collecting one food item from each home. Then deliver the food to a local food bank. Also ask if the kids can organize some food in bags for families that will be using the food bank that week.
Close thanking God for the blessing you have and asking how we can help “the least of these brothers of mine.” Matt. 25