In trying to figure out a way to get the students in our ministry to think beyond themselves, we came up with the hare-brained idea to “throw out” the Sunday night youth program for an entire month, and instead provide the group with various opportunities to serve in the community once a week for a month. We asked adults to come on board (people are more willing to help if it’s something that has a starting point and ending point). We offered 5 different activities on 3 different days so the students would have variety and choices (based on their gifts, interest, and very busy schedules). The only mandate was that if they signed up for an activity- they had to be there each week. We knew there were risks involved to our regular youth program, but the ultimate goal of creating servant hearts outweighed them. Two weeks before the Blitz was to begin, we had representatives from each Community Center involved come to explain a little about their activity and answer questions that the students (or their parents) might have. To our surprise more kids signed up for these activities than were actively attending the Sunday night program!
The activities chosen were:
1) Girls’ Club- helping young girls with bible lesson, snack and crafts at an inner city food bank.
2) Afterschool tutoring at a local church for kids who would normally be alone after school.
3) Nursing Home visitation to wards of the state who get no visitors.
4) Feeding Homeless brothers and sisters at the Rescue Mission
5) Sorting food and cleaning the local food bank