Six weeks before Christmas, we started taking orders for our bake sale. We made fudge, Christmas cookies, truffles, peanut butter cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels. We took orders for about three weeks from both our church and neighborhoods. We had a bake-in (a lock-in where we baked all night) the weekend before Christmas. The kids made everything (with a little help from some adults). We then delivered everything the next two days. The cookies and candy turned out great. We made $1500 and are a church of under 200. We set the prices to low. We only charged $2 for a dozen cookies. I would suggest raising the prices and cutting the choices some. It was a great idea that made us a ton of money towards our summer mission trip.

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Banana Split Social

Schedule an evening for a Banana Split Social. Have each of the teens sign up to bring things. If everything isn’t signed out, pass sign up sheets around to the adults in the church. Everyone is usually willing to help out the teens. Set a price of “donation only” so nobody feels obligated to pay but maybe somebody else may pay more than you would have charged. Talk to a Dairy Queen or TCBY to donate banana split containers. Have a few kinds of ice cream (vanilla and chocolate). Include toppings like choc. syrup, caramel syrup, whipped cream, chopped pineapple, strawberries, candied sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc. Have the teens serve the adults and have fun making banana splits. See who makes the most unusual ones!

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Bank Building

As a great craft idea and a fun and interesting fundraiser, building a bank with your youth is an awesome idea!! You always see those coin banks in stores that go in an interesting track, or the gumball machines were the gumball goes down a spiral, so why not make one? Take paper towel and toilet paper tubes (empty, of course), and cut them up to make a track that coins of all sizes will fit down. Attach it to a jar of some sorts and put it somewhere that gets a lot of traffic. This activity is a great group project, a great time-consumer and a fun way for all ages to donate their spare change!

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Basket Party

Each child is to prepare a basket with some sort of theme for example: Back to School Basket filled with school supplies, or a pampering basket for men, basket for pet lovers and items are put into a decorated basket. Each person attending the basket party must pay an amount at the door. They are given a bag full of numbers that are all the same. The baskets are auctioned off at a set price. If you like the basket you pay the price to have your number put in a bag to be drawn. Whatever number is drawn gets the basket.

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Bible Read a Thon

Children ask adults to pledge money for each chapter of the Bible they read during the Bible Read-A-Thon. The amount can be as low as 1 penny to as high (or higher) as 1 dollar. Children who can not yet read are encouraged to have their parents or others read a chapter of the Bible to them. Parents will sign off on a special sheet to verify that reading is being done. Ribbons (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) will be awarded for each child in each age group for the most chapters of the Bible read. Three Certificates will be awarded: One awarded for the child who reads the most chapters in the entire church, another awarded for the child who signs up the most sponsors, and another for who raised the most money. The fundraiser should last 8 weeks to encourage competition and the development of a good habit (reading the Bible). Our youth (a total of 20 children) raised a bit over $5000 and used it to send Russian children to camp.

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Bigger or Better Fundraiser

I used an idea by Dustyn Caldwell called Bigger or Better. You can check out the details in the outdoor games section of this website. The idea is that teams are given a small item, we used paper clips, and are told to go from house to house swaping at each place for something bigger or better. We ended up with a two meter high potted plant, an old couch, two new watches…

Our problem was what to do with the items that we found. On Sunday we set them up on a table with an old ice-cream bucket infront of each item and a pile of paper and pens. We announced that we were going to hold a silent auction for the items after church. People placed their bids in the ice-cream containers and at the end of the given time the youth group worked out who had won the bidding. We raised over $100 from six paper clips.

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Each youth gets pledges for how many minutes they will ride a bike. The pledges can come in 5, 10 or 15 minute intervals. On a group overnighter, arrange for at least two exercise bikes or regular bike with a bike stand (raises the back off the floor) to be at the overnighter. Each youth rides a bike and keeps track of their time with a stop watch. They record their time, and take turns riding a bike, taking breaks while others ride.
Great opportunity for group discussions they stay in one room and support each other. Also provides exercise and GETS THEM TIRED!!

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Birthday Calendar

For several Sundays, have youth available the as congregation leaves. Youth write the members’ names or anniversary on the appropriate date on a calendar. Use the church directory so no one is left out. Then have youth help w/Print Shop or American Greetings Spiritual Greetings, etc., and make a 12 month calendar with all the names on the appropriate dates. Add personal testimonies, pictures of Sunday School classes, church info (service times, mission statement, how to be saved, so on) to each month. The more personal, the more they sell. We print them out and copy and assemble them with hole punch/string binding and a heavy bond front and back. Then sell the calendars for $10. Everybody will want one as a keepsake as well as a birthday reminder.

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Birthday Luncheon

Luncheons following Sunday morning worship are huge at our church. We pick a Sunday in the Spring/Summer months and plan a huge birthday party. We decorate our fellowship hall to look like a 5 year olds birthday party with streamers, balloons, banners, party hats and lots of party favors. I even have one parent that makes balloon sculptures as table decorations.

Then I recruit 12 great bakers in our church to make a different cake, one for each month of the year. We have one huge dessert table with all 12 cakes on it and we also serve ice cream! We also serve summer type foods – bake chicken, salad, a veggie and some sort of bread.

We announce the event in our monthly newsletter and then the week prior I send out personal invitations to everyone at church. This is a great time to celebrate everyone’s birthday in one huge party and I even have the youth go around and put “happy birthday” stickers on everyone and thank them for supporting our youth mission trip. We don’t charge for this meal but accept donations, we very rarely charge for our events because we bring in hundreds more in donations. Our suggestion for donation is $1 for every year you are born (i.e. $25 if you are 25 years old) or on the day you were born (i.e. July 19 would be $19). People get creative and have a great time. We have a small church and usually have around 80-100 each year at this dinner but we’ve raised over $2,000!

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Bottles and Cans

To help raise money for our annual dinner, we have a drive where church members and friends and family donate their empty cans and bottles. We then take them to the grocery store and cash them in. You will be suprised on how much money you can raise.

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