4 Ways to Get Your Kids Thinking About Outreach

Outreach is important! It’s the first step to evangelism. Kids can be involved in outreach. Kids should be involved in outreach.

Children's Ministry Outreach

Tell your kids that they can reach out to the people in their spheres of influence and share the love of Jesus with them! Get them thinking about their spheres of influence. Where do they spend their time?

There are 3 big areas for kids – home, school, and community. Get your kids thinking about how they can reach out to people in their families, to friends at school, and to people in the community, and then give them a tangible reminder that they can reach out to people and share the love of Jesus with them.

 Home

Outreach happens in your home with your family. Be on the lookout for ways to share the love of Jesus with your immediate family and your extended family. Start with people you know. Maybe your Grandma needs some help with yard work or your aunt needs your help with babysitting.

 School

Outreach happens at school with your friends and even with kids at school who are not your friends but could use your support and encouragement. Look for ways to share the love of Jesus with kids at school. This may mean sitting with the kid at lunch who is all alone or telling your best friend about Jesus and how a relationship with Him could change their life.

 Community

Outreach happens in your community with your neighbors. Take some time to check out your neighborhood. Look for ways to share the love of Jesus in your community. Maybe you have an elderly neighbor who could use help shoveling snow from their driveway or raking the leaves on the lawn.

 

Spend some time brainstorming with your kids about ways they can reach out at home, school, and in their community. Encourage them to be specific.

 Tangible Reminder

After you have gotten your kids thinking about outreach, give them something tangible to help them remember that they can reach out with the love of Jesus. Some ideas could be a Wordless bracelet. Make the bracelets together. Use beads that are the color of the wordless book – gold/yellow, black, red, white, green. Teach the kids what each color means and encourage them to wear the bracelet as a reminder to share the good news of the gospel in their spheres of influence. Another idea for a tangible reminder would be a zipper pull with John 3:16 written on it. Again, this is a tangible reminder for kids that they can be involved in reaching out to those who need to hear about the love of Jesus!

 

My Week at Camp – Friday

childrens-ministry-big questionIt’s the last day of camp! Wow, the week went by so fast! This morning in chapel we are asking the BIG question, “Does God make a difference in our life?”

And the answer is a resounding “yes!”

The first big difference God makes in our life is what happens when we become Christians.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thank you, God, for making us new!

God makes us new – with new desires to love and obey Him. And God helps us to become more and more like Jesus. That is the second big difference God makes in our lives. As we change on the inside, it shows on the outside in how we act and in how we treat others.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen…Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29,31-32

I have a Winnie the Pooh pez dispenser. I love pez dispensers because they dispense sweet, delicious candy out of their mouth. With God’s help, we can be like pez dispensers and dispense sweet things out of our mouths. Instead of anger and unwholesome talk, we can dispense kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

As God changes us to become more and more like Jesus we will dispense more and more sweet things from our mouths and the way we act and the way we treat other people will become sweeter too!

My Week at Camp – Thursday

childrens-ministry-big questionI love hide and seek! Is your favorite part the hiding or the seeking? The theme this week has been “Seek Him!” Today’s BIG question is “What does it mean to seek God?”

That is a very good question. Because of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross, we can be friends with God. Our relationship with God is restored. But we want that relationship to grow. We want to get to know God better.

Seeking God is all about building our relationship with Him. We seek God in order to love Him more and get to know Him more.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Lost and Found vs. Buried Treasure

If something is lost, we will look for it. It could be something valuable or something we could live without. We won’t look forever, though. We may eventually find it or we may not.

A buried treasure isn’t lost. Someone knows where it is, we just need directions to find it. A treasure is something valuable. If it’s really important to us, we’ll keep seeking until we find it.

God is like a buried treasure. He’s not lost. He’s given us the directions to find Him in His word.

We find out who God is and what He wants us to do by reading the Bible. Even though we can’t see God, we can seek Him and find Him in the Bible!

We can also seek God in prayer – we can talk to Him even though we can’t see Him!

My Week at Camp – Wednesday

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Camp is half over. Today in chapel we are answering the BIG question, “Why did Jesus have to die?”

childrens-ministry-big questionThat’s a big BIG question!! To start we are going to play a game of The Price is Right! Two cabins will compete to guess the price on some very important consumer products – M&M’s, ketchup chips, double bubble, and a hot wheels car. Once they have finished I will tell them I have one more item and will show a sign that says ‘forgiveness of sin.’ How much money would it cost to buy this? The answer is that no amount of money can buy forgiveness of sin. The sign is turned over and it is revealed that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sins.

Why did Jesus have to die? Because sin has to be paid for and that payment required the death of a perfect person. Jesus is that perfect person. Jesus sacrificed His life to save us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

Tuesday Campfire – My Week at Camp

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It’s campfire tonight and I’m excited to be sharing with the kids about who Jesus is!

 BIG Question

The BIG question tonight is, “Who was Jesus anyway?” The kids and their cabin leaders are going to discover the answer as they delve into their Bibles to look up verses that tell us about Jesus.

As they share their discoveries I’m going to write them on one of two poster papers. By the end we will discover that Jesus is both God and human. Jesus is totally God and totally human at the same time! There is no one like Jesus!!

“But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin.” 1 John 3:5

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