Good Things

Nursing Home Visitation

Have the youth in grades 5-12 meet at the church on a Wednesday night. Have the youth bring in soaps, lotions, and shampoos to give to the elderly. Then go to a local nursing home. All the elderly really appriciate this act of kindness. It really makes the youth feel good about themselves while helping others.

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Valentine Cookie Care

Our youth group got together and baked heart shaped sugar cookies and then we delivered a dozen cookies each to each person over 80 in our church with a nice Valentine card. This can be done anytime.

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Lunch Lotto

As students come into the youth facility everyone receives a numbered ticket. During our service we have everyone stand up and get their ticket out. We draw a ticket stub and announce the number slowly. When the students realize they don’t have the winning ticket, they sit down. The student left standing wins. I take a large Pizza Hut pizza to the winning student during lunch on Friday to be enjoyed with his or her friends. This is a great way to get to know some of the friends of my youth.

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Prayer Request Box

To do this you need to work with a Christian organization in a local public school such as FCA or First Priority Club, it also helps if the school has a family atmosphere… such as small size and Christian faculty…

The concept is to reach kids where they are, without fear of embarassment. What I was allowed to do at school as FCA President, was put up a “prayer request box”. This is a metal box that is on wall, where anyone can drop in prayer requests on small slips of paper, and drop them in a locked metal box.

At the end of each day, myself or one of our FCA Leaders takes out all slips. Then we have a weekly meeting to pray specifically for each person on the slips of paper. It has worked awesome so far!

People probably won’t disrespect it, cuz they have an automatic respect for what it is… prayer.

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Cashier Kindness

When in the grocery store, gas station, or other store, buy the cashier a pop or candy bar. You’ll shock em, especially during very busy hours.

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Gift Giving!

We were looking for something to do for our Christian group at school, when we had the idea to go and visit some of the kids at our local hospital. So, as a group we are busy collecting fun little gifts for the kids, including candies, glow-in-the-dark stars, funky cups, etc. Then, we’ll all go over to the hospital and deliver the gifts to the kids. We will also take along a bag of smiley-face balloons, and then the kids can pick their fav. colour, and we’ll blow them up for them and stick them in their rooms :o) Definitely an afternoon (or morning!) filled with tons of fun! And an AWESOME way to develop servant hearts!

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Letters to Pastor

All Pastors need encouragment. Have the teens write letters to their pastor with a word of encouragement, praise or appreciation. Have them present the letters during your church announcements and have the kids encourage members of the church to do something special for the pastor that week.

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Fundraising Friendliness

If you are asked to buy a candy bar, sucker, etc, for a fundraiser, either give the kid more $ than the product cost, and tell them to keep the change, or, if you’re on a diet, ask them how much they cost, then hand them that and tell them to keep the candy.

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Mother’s Day Treat

On Mother’s Day, let the every cell member’s mothers be visited after Church Service maybe or any time before or during Mothers day, and be given a personal cards and a small gift or baked cake or any gift that may be related to the person. The cell member can share in the group the things her or his Mom like the most. She/He can suggest.

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Bibles and Burritos!

Have your teens bring $5.00 and head to Taco Bell. Have each teen buy 5 burritos. Then stuff a brown lunch sack with one burrito, a napkin, and a small paperback bible. Then go to a park and distribute the bags! You’ll be amazed at how fast they go…and how astonished the recieving people are!

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