By Betsy Dishman, Olivet Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Va
Our LOGOS ministry, called Kids' Connection (KC), includes a mission component as part of our annual master plan. A mission activity is often part of Recreation, when we devote time to creating a mission project that frequently takes more than one week to complete.
Rather than choosing new mission opportunities, the KC leaders look to existing church ministries. This approach allows us to partner with other church leaders. When our youth group went to New York City to serve the homeless in January, the children made scarves for them to take and give away.
Another church tradition is delivering Easter baskets to homebound members. The children enjoyed preparing the baskets and sampling the leftover goodies! Church members are then invited to visit the members to deliver the baskets.
When we learned that some KC parents are involved with local charities, we used a little creative thought to make more connections. Our community has a large children's hospital, so the KC Kids made coloring books by choosing online images, making booklets, and adding crayon packs for patients and their siblings.
Another new ministry that a community member started in support of the hospital invited groups to collect items to help provide packaged meals for families who couldn't afford to eat out while their child was hospitalized. The KC families shopped to provide the requested items, and the children packaged them assembly-line style.
If you're considering adding mission projects to your LOGOS ministry, try one or two to get started. Then enjoy building and growing new connections in your church and in your community!
Find lots of ideas for projects with children and youth on the GenOn Mission & Service Pinterest board.
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