The world is more environmentally conscious than ever before. Trees, flowers and bodies of water may not seem as interesting to kids as pets and people. However, an environmental service project can generate opportunities to talk about the future of the planet and how God asks us to take care of it. (Some like to teach using Genesis 1:28, God gave us a stewardship with “replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living hing that moveth upon the earth.”)

Environmental Service Project Ideas for Sunday School

An enviromental service project is often the easiest to participate in, as they require very few permissions to serve. Here are some service project ideas:

1. Plant a tree in your students’ names.
You can also order a plaque online at a very reasonable cost online.  Include the names of all the children involved in the planting. As they mature, they will get to watch the tree grow and realize that cultivation of all good things takes time. It’s a great lesson!

2. Plant seeds in egg cartons in winter; sell them in May. Use the money to make an improvement in your community.
The service project requires someone who has a place to cultivate the seeds in the sun and will handle the responsiblity of keeping them watered. But seeds are very reasonable, and the right green thumbs can bring a pretty penny for the results when it’s time to sell them for planting. Again, this is a great lesson in patience.

3. Adopt a Park and Keep it Clean.
This service project requires returning to the adopted area weekly or monthly for a season and tidying it up. Picking up trash and recycling is at the top of the list. This type of program  is most helpful in parks where there is a lot of foot traffic – so much that it can get cluttered before recycling or trash day. Beaches and community-owned lake resorts are usually in need of the extra help too.

 

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