12 Community Service Projects Kids Can Do in Small Groups

Do you ever wish your church was more active in community?

Do you wish you could go to your community rather than just trying to bring your community to you?

This can seem like an issue for your Senior Pastor and other adults in your church, but it’s actually much easier to begin service projects with the kids at your church.

Here’s 12 service projects you can do for your community through kids to start inspiring the adults in your church to care more about the community.

1. Water Bottle Sleeves

When a kid in our church is part of a sports team, we always ask their parents if we can provide them with water bottles to handout at a game.

We get our kids involved by having them make custom water bottle sleeves during the Small Group time and taping them on the bottles.

For the sleeves we simply cut construction paper to fit around the bottles and used tape to attach them.

For example, we made water bottle sleeves for a swim team with phrases like “Just keep swimming” and “Oxygen is overrated.”

The family then handed them out at a swim meet and made a card for the coach explaining what it was all about.

Through this service project, over 60 kids and parents ended up with a really positive image of a church.

2. Melted Crayons

Our local children’s hospital asked us if we could have our kids melt used crayons in silicone molds for the children at their hospital who suffered with motor issues.

We  bought circle and flower molds from Amazon on the cheap: http://a.co/8rg0G1Phttp://a.co/hyXegKX

We asked families to bring used crayons and also took a bunch that we already had lying around.

The kids took the wrappers off and broke the crayons into small pieces and put them in the molds.

Then we baked them at 350 degrees until the crayons were melted and let them cool.

If you don’t have an oven at church, you can just take the crayons home and do the melting there.

When we delivered this service project, the hospital was really thankful.

3. Art Kits

We partner with a local organization that works with low income families, so we asked if there was anything our kids could do for them.

They shared that they’d love for us to make art kits for the kids they serve.

So we went to the Dollar Store bought a bunch of small craft items and combined them with stuff we already had at our church.

When we delivered the packs, they were super appreciative.

4. Handmade Cards

We had our kids make cards for the kids of missionary families in our church.

We wrote encouraging notes to them and then scanned and emailed all the cards, since they couldn’t receive mail.

We also did this with a local retirement home our church ministers to.

For the retirement home residents the kids wrote encouraging verses and notes on the cards.

The retirement homes residents were so moved by this service project that some of them cried.

5. Origami

This was another thing our kids did for the retirement home ministry.

We had them make simple origami birds.

Then on the wings they wrote Matthew 10:31 “So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”

6. Decorating Rooms

One week we had all the kids create the wall decor for their Small Group rooms.

We provided them with some arts supplies, canvasses, and general instruction.

Then they made art for their own rooms.

By doing this, they served guests who come to our church with a nicer environment.

An added bonus is that they took more ownership of their space after that since they were invested.

7. Teacher Appreciation

We bought little mason jars,  fruit flavored tootsie rolls, and mailing labels.

The kids filled the mason jars with tootsie rolls.

Then they wrote on the mailing labels “Thanks for the ROLL you play in my life” and decorated them before taping the labels to the jars.

There’s many other teacher appreciation ideas if you do a simple google search.

8. Classmate Encouragement

For this we got snack sized Kit Kat bars, ribbon, and little paper cards.

The kids punched a hole in the paper cards and in the corner of the Kit Kat bar wrapper.

On the cards they wrote “You are one cool Kat” and strung the Kit Kats and paper cards together.

Then we told them to give the Kit Kat and note to a classmate who wasn’t popular, seemed sad, or was discouraged.

9. Welcome Gifts

We give welcome gifts to first-time guests.

Normally an office administrator will spend a couple hours putting them together.

Instead we had our kids put the gifts together during Small Groups.

10. Cookies

If you have ovens, you can make regular cookies.

If you don’t, you can do no bake cookies.

We have ovens, so our kids mixed the batter, put the cookies on trays, and into the oven.

We then sold them to raise funds for missions as people were leaving.

You could also use this as a gift to give First Responders to thank them for what they do.

11. Homemade Video

Chances are your church supports at least one missionary who teaches English as part of their ministry.

We have a family who runs a tutoring center for immigrants and refugees in Spain.

So we made a video for them to practice their English.

Our kids loved that they got to be on camera and the missionaries were super thankful to have a personalized video to use with the kids at their center.

12. Personal Coupons

This one isn’t quite for the community, but it is still a service project.

We talked about honoring our parents and being grateful for them in our Large Group.

So during our Small Group time, all the kids made coupons for their parents that ranged from doing chores with a good attitude, to performing back rubs, to giving hugs.

It’s always good to do something that parents will love you for.

 

I hope these 12 ideas were helpful.

At our church, we simply decided that we didn’t just want to talk about serving others; we also wanted give opportunities to serve others.

It’s been awesome seeing our kids participate in this week after week, knowing that they’re learning church isn’t just about receiving but rather serving.

Have you done any service projects on a Sunday morning with your kids? Leave a comment about what you did!

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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