Good Things

Generous Group Giving

If your group is on a road trip and sees someone holding a sign that reads, “Will Work for Food” or something similar, collect all your spare change and give him/her a bundle. Don’t judge this person or assume that the money will go toward something other than food — just assume the best and give hilariously.

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Mug Of Love

Our church had a bunch of coffee mugs with the church’s name and address on them that weren’t getting put to any use. So my wife and I came up with the idea of handing out the mugs with a small gift on the inside to our neighbors. We put packs of hot chocolate and tea with information about our church and organization inside the mug. We also put tags on the mugs that read “May the love of Christ warm your heart during these cold winter months.” We had some excellent responses from our neighbors. Many of them were very thankful and it gave the youth an opportunity to do an act of kindness.

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Prayer Board

I am one of our FCA sponsors and in my classroom at school we began to put prayer requests on my board during our bible studies. The news spread throughout the school and kids that did not even come to FCA came in and added to our board and teachers would do the same. Eventually as prayers are answered the kids would begin to come to prayer meetings and we keep growing (Praise the Lord). It has encouraged our members and has been a great witnessing tool. We even now have a Praise Report list for the answered prayers. It has shown the kids the power of prayer. Who says prayer is not in schools! Because it is through our school organization we have not had any trouble with it (that and God’s blessing)!

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Teacher Thank-you’s

Have the youth write thank-you notes to some or all of their school teachers, expressing appreciation for the time they give to their education.

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S’no Charge

If you ever get snow in your area, here’s a “cool” idea for youth pastors and/or youth to do. Grab your snow scoop and go to some houses in your neighborhood. Ask them if they would like to have their sidewalks or driveways cleared. Most people will refuse, thinking that they have to pay. Then, say, “Oh, there’s no charge.” This will blow their minds away. Make sure to clear it as if you where getting paid a lot. When I did this some people insisted on paying me.

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Gifts for Homeless

Buy some $5 gift certificates (preferably with no expiration date) at your local fast food restaurant, attach it with a gospel tract or devotional, and hand them out when you come across a homeless individual. This reduces the chance of the money from being used for other purposes.

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Tidy Tipping

If your group eats out together, have everyone leave their area spotless. Then, overtip the waiter/waitress.

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Let’s Do Lunch Club

I am a children’s minister and wanted a way for presence to be known at the schools, so I do what I call a Let’s Do Lunch Club. Every Monday and Thursday, during the school year, I put out two notebooks. These two notebooks have the child’s name, the name of the school they attend, the time of their lunch, and the teacher’s name, and all of the dates, all ready printed on the paper, for Mondays and Thursdays of the school year. The kids fill out all the information and I eat lunch with the kids as the dates come up. After I eat lunch with them, I place their names on the ministry board where everyone can see it. The kids can go up to the board and see if their name is on it, who has eaten with me and who hasn’t. This is one of the best things that I have ever done in the program to get to know the kids and the teachers as well. When I come up to the school, the secretary sees me coming, has my pass ready and with a smile says, “So who are you eating with today?”

The only advice I would give is that you ask the principal permission to do this. It is basically an announcement of intentions and they want to make sure that you will not attempt to prosyletize or witness to kids in the school. Make sure you tell the principal that you understand his/her position on the matter and that you will comply completely. Also, let him/her know that you are there to eat lunch with the children only. Because of my involvement in that area, I have been asked to substitute and have been invited to read at schools, attend volunteer recognition meetings, etc, in just one year of doing this.

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Pray for Waiters

Next time you go out to eat, ask the waiter / waitress if there is anything that you can pray for them as you bless your food. This brings a variety of responses, but it is a true blessing for you. This will also work with a cashier at a fast food restaurant.

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Pay People’s Parking

The next time your church bus/van/caravan has to pay a toll or parking fee, pay for the vehicle behind you. The recipients will be surprised to see teens giving money.

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