Want a great service project to do with your kids at church?

One idea we had was to make Emergency Kits for the Homeless.  We used this idea on a night when our Bible lesson was on the Israelites in the wilderness.  We connected this service project with this Bible story by showing the kids that the Israelites were without a home for 40 years.  They had to “camp out” for those years and trust God to provide food and shelter for them.

And God did.

God asks us to provide for others who are in need.  Even kids can help and they were eager to get started.

How did we make emergency kits for the homeless?  First we got gallon-size Ziploc bags.  Inside each bag we put items a homeless person might need.

Some things we included were:

  • A washcloth
  • Bar of soap
  • 1 pair of socks
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers

The kids then made small notes to stick inside their bags to remind the person they give to that they are loved by Jesus.

You can fill these bags with anything you want though, depending on your budget, or you can ask local stores for donations of items you need as well.

After they finished, we told them that they were to keep these bags in their cars and have their parents to help them give them to people they see who is in need.  This could be someone on the side of the road asking for help, someone they see in a parking lot asking for help, or someone they see who they feel is in need.  The kids were excited to take home these emergency kits because they were ready and willing to help be the hands and feet of Jesus and provide for others.

Have you participated in a service project your kids loved? Leave your idea in the comments!

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Vanessa Myers is the Children’s Director at Dahlonega United Methodist Church in Dahlonega, GA. She holds a Masters in Church Ministries from Duke Divinity School and is professionally certified in Christian Education through the United Methodist Church. Vanessa loves to write and share her experiences in children's ministry on her blog, KidMin Days. She is married to Andrew and they have two daughters.

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