Outreach & Witnessing

The Season Servants

Adapt this idea to fit your climate and the time of year. Gather a group of interested and dedicated youth and adults who want to reach out to others by caring for their yards. Offer your service to widows, single parents or needy families in your church or community. Set a day and time to come to their house. FALL: Bring rakes and leaf blowers to tidy yards. Bring brooms to sweep out gutters. WINTER: Bring shovels to clear off snowy sidewalks and rock salt to spread on icy steps and porches. SPRING: Plant flowers and wash windows. SUMMER: Mow and water lawns. Help each youth member and adult develop a green thumb he/she can be proud of. If families want to donate money to the team, give the money to an outreach or service organization.

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Trunk or Treat

On Hallowe’en night have people from your church decorate the trunks of their vehicles with decorations and candy. When the children come by, give them candy and a Gospel tract telling them how they can receive Jesus as their personal Savior. You may want to advertise Youth Events and the times of services.

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Musical Tour

Every year my high school youth group puts on a huge musical. We practice all year long. Every musical is complete with music, choreography, and a script with a great christian message. In the spring we perform at various local churches and for one week in the summer we tour out of state. We are reaching out to many different communities while learning a whole lot about ourselves and Christ in the process. I know that’s its changed my life

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Veteran’s Luncheon

Hold a luncheon to honor Veterans for their service to our country. Find out who in the church (or can be expanded to include your community) is a Veteran of the service. Several weeks before the event, send invitations inviting them and a guest to the luncheon. On the day of the luncheon, play military music or songs from the war era. For the menu, fix Hero sandwiches and have coleslaw or chips. Have the youth make the food and serve the food and drinks, and then clean up when done eating. Decorate the room you hold the luncheon in with patriotic decorations. Have people bring in pictures, old uniforms, etc. of their days in the service. Following the meal, have some of the youth perform a little program by singing a patriotic song, reciting a poem, etc. Have a time for the Veterans to tell a story of something they experienced while serving. Then close the luncheon by thanking our “heroes” for their service to our country and their part in helping make this nation free and great. This works well around Veteran’s Day. It is a great way to help bridge the gap between older adults and the youth. Keep in mind, that for many of the Veterans, this will be a very emotional time, but it will be something that they will always remember.

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Homeless Missions

Call the local rescue mission or homeless shelter and volunteer to help serve food. This is an incredible way to get your youth involved in serving and also allows them to see just how much they really do have. It was an awesome experience for our youth and all the youth loved it!

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Blessing with Blankets

Around October when the weather is getting colder tell the youth you will be doing a blanket drive. The week before you go out and collect hand out cards telling the people in your area that you will be coming around collecting blankets. You can also join with area businesses and put up flyers and drop off boxes. This is also a great PR thing so it is easy to advertise with local TV and Radio stations.

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Bicycle Trip

The youth and some adults get together and set up a youth bicycle trip. You look at different mission sites (places that need to hear a word from God, such as camping sites.) And the youth drive up to a specific location and then bike back home. On the way home they stop at the different places. And at these places they meet to worship with the campers. They provide a speaker such as a youth leader at our church They also sing and do skits.

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Labelled as a Christian

Ok, this isn’t really a game or anything, but it is a good way to reach the youth’s schools. The whole idea is to get stickers that kids will wear and print little phrases that will catch someone’s attention. Something like what the people at Publix, Winn-Dixie, etc. have printed on their vests: “Ask Me, I Can Help.” But you would need a question before you put that: perhaps “Do you know where you’ll spend eternity?” Hope this helps some people or just gives them some more ideas!

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Cookie Bake for Elders

Got this idea from,”Cookie Bake for Shut-ins”. Have the youth bake cookies and decorate the cards and sign them. Then after they are done with all the baking and card-making have them then go out to the elders of the church that aren’t able to make every service due to the age or medical problems and fellowship with them. Let the elders know that we miss them and are praying for them. Have the youth gather around and pray for the elder. Move on to the next home till you have visited everyone. You will be surprised how much the elders enjoy seeing young people visit them.

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Casting A Saving Vision

Have each youth write down the name of ten unsaved people that they have contact with on a regular basis. It can be friends, relatives, the lady at the grocery store, whoever… as long as they have contact with them. Collect the papers and make business card sized card stock with each student’s list on it. Take them to a printer and have them laminate them or jazz it up with desktop publishing. Give the cards back to the youth at Sunday School or Youth night and each week have the group pray for each person on the cards. If these people are kept in the forefront of their minds, they will be a lot more willing to witness.

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