An important first lesson is that “Charity starts at home.” Sibling rivalry and sibling squabbles can be toned down if kids are reminded of the old adage, “Kill “˜em with kindness.” It is likely that kids who participate in home-based service will be more likely to graduate on to all-day service projects and even projects of their own design when they get older.
This area of community service requires parental cooperation more than any other as it requires parents to have scrutinized neighbors or to participate. One easy way to approach neighborhood outreach is with an attitude of “since we’re doing ours, let’s do theirs.”
Communities vary greatly, and hence, so do the services needed. Rural vs. urban, coasts vs. mountains, affluence vs. great need”¦these are just a few of the issues that make community service differ from place to place.
Children should learn as early as possible that life is give and take. We can put in requests to God for things we want, but we should also ask Him how we can help
others. As part of a children’s ministry program, one of your key jobs will be to turn children’s hearts toward giving.