Good Things

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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Windshield Washing

Spend a Saturday morning at your local Rest Area. Bring along glass cleaner and lots of paper towels and ask motorists if you could clean their windshields while they are stopped. Most will ask why you are doing it, so explain by saying, “It is a way for us to express God’s love for you,” and perhaps give them a tract or some kind of remembrance.

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Free Lunch

Take your youth group out to dinner, and make sure to keep an eye on the people around you. Look for someone who might be seated alone, or looks “down on their luck”. Have the leader tell the waitress that that persons tab is on your group, and pay for their meal. If desired, leave a little note behind, to let them know they are loved. Another fun one is to order a few extra meals in a “to go” bag, and take them with you. Find a park or safe place for the kids to distribute the food to homeless people. It’s a great feeling for everyone involved to share, and makes great reference to Jesus and His love for us.

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Travelling Thanksgiving

Our youth group of 20 did this a week before Thanksgiving. We all got together at our church kitchen and made all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. (One of our guys even got up early that day to make fresh bread roll.) By lunchtime we packed all the food in plates and added a Scripture to the top of the plate. We then all got into our church van and went to go look for homeless people that were out in the streets. Happy to say it worked to show our youth how to work as a group and it showes us how blessed we are to have a hot meal everyday. The homeless were also very happy.

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Road Crew Rest Stops

Next time you go on a youth trip or retreat, pack some extra cold drinks and stop and offer them to any working road crews you pass along the way.

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