Good Things

Beverage Blessing

Have a youth leader or youth group member(s) go and buy packages of pop in a can. Then fill up a big cooler with ice and put the cans in there. Take the cooler to a park, or fair or just stand on a street corner and hand them out to people on a hot day. If they ask you why you can tell them it is just a practical way to share God’s love. You get tons of different reactions.

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!

Caned!

A friendly gesture for some you care about!

You go and buy lots of candy canes. Buy all different sizes and colors or go traditional red-white stripes. Put some on toothpicks that you taped on them. These will be canes that you stick in that special person’s yard. You can do as many of these as you like.(If ground is hard , use bobby pins or other harder material) Make a sign for the yard that you are trying to cane. It’s a great uplift for the pastor or youth minister. Since the canes are shaped like a shepherd’s hook ,your sign could say something like… Thanks for being the Best Shepherd …signed Your Sheep.(or any other witty thing you can come up with.) After placing all the things that get stuck in the ground ,next toss out alot of small candy canes all over the lawn. When you are done the yard should look like a red-white striped sea! Have fun planning and doing this one with your youth group. Oh and one more thing since you will be doing this at night. Let the local law enforcement know what you are going to do so that if someone calls the police, the police have already been let in on the harmless fun. Now go cane someone!

Car Wash Labor of Love

Materials:
buckets, soap, rags, hose

Activity:
As a treat for Labor Day, our children’s church washed all of the cars in our church parking lot while they were attending service. We left a note on each car saying thank you for their service. Everyone was surprised and extremely happy.

[Ed. Note: Some people are protective of their cars and their paint jobs. If you do decide to use this idea, be especially careful and make sure the kids are well supervised.]

Car Window Wash

Go to a local friendly Bank get permission from the bank staff to wash automobile windows of customers as they come through the drive thru, wear name tags with the church or youth group you represent. Everyone likes somet’s reactions.

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.

Change for Good

Have the kids start collecting their or their family’s spare change in a can or something. During youth outings, etc gather up the spare change & give to the many ideas listed here — like “Pay People’s Parking”, “Free Lunch”, etc.

Doggie Dish

At your next bazaar, carnival or booth at a fair have a big bowl of fresh water for any dogs who may be walking their owners that day. (The owners will appreciate the thought too!)

Encouragement Cards

We do this at our youth retreats: Our youth pastor prints off little papers called Encouragement Cards with a space to write a little note and they have a Bible verse on the bottom about building each other up. Everyone writes words of encouragment to each other throughout the weekend. But if you are going to do this make sure you print a lot off, we always run out!

Everyday Thanksgiving

At the end of each day, think about all that your family did for you.
Take the time to thank them for each thing you can remember. If this is done daily, how much thanksgiving will your family offer to God by the end of the week? It would then be a joy to offer that sacrifice of praise in His sanctuary on Sunday morning!

Flower Delivery!

Check with a Senior’s Home beforehand to see if they would mind your group coming to deliver flowers, and then find a flower shop who would be willing to donate a number of flowers (we used carnations). Organize to have the flowers delivered to the Home, either you pick them up or the flower shop might deliver them for you. Have everyone in your group help you to make little tags that have a Christian message on them, and perhaps your group’s name, (for instance our school’s Christian group did this, we stamped a little card with a bear, coloured him in, and wrote “God Bless, from Students With A Testimony”) It works well and you can bring a wonderful smile to their faces!

Forgotten Journal

This is more of a long term project but one that the kids will remember forever. Periodically I have them write journal entiries, prayers, or any other written entry. I have a file of each kid where I store these entries. They really don’t know why they are writing them or what the purpose is.
After they graduate I mail all their entries to them. They have usually, of course, forgotten all about them and find it very interesting to read through them and see how they have grown in the past years. I have found they absolutely love it and it is definitely something they want to hold on to forever. Of course this is only good if you are planning to be at one church for a long while.

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.

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.

Gas It On!

We have a gas station just down from the church and we go there and offer to pump the gas for everyone who drives up. It also gives us a chance to tell them who we are and give them a card that says we aren’t doing this for money or recognition, but just to demostrate Christ’s love in a practial way. It blows people away.

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.

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!

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.

Kindness Day

Every Friday this summer the Youth and some adults meet for Act of Kindness Day at Church. The kids come up with the ideas! We’ve visited Nursing Homes, had a Free car wash, go to a grocery store and take peoples groceries to their car for them, bake cookies and delivered them to low income neighborhoods, lots of other things for the elderly. During each event we pass out tracts or pass along witness cards. The kids have a great time! And so do the recipients!

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.