“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people” (Galatians 6:10 NIV).
Want to make a difference while having fun? Do you wonder how to serve God with a schedule already over the top? What about missions close to home? Let’s look at 14 ways to bring down walls between church and community when we have moments rather than days to spare.
Many of these ideas work anytime. A few may need to wait until the current health crisis passes.
- Collect loose change from family members in a baby bottle. When it’s full, take the money to a local crisis pregnancy center. This makes a fun project for a Sunday school class. The center’s director might provide a brief tour and explanation of services, if requested.
- Host a pool-less swim party for unchurched neighborhood children. Break out the water hose or sprinkler and go wild! Afterwards, tell a couple of water-filled Bible stories.
- Bake cookies with non-church-going children. Then see how many sweet actions they can list to help family or friends. Accept all ideas — even the goofy, giggly ones. End by teaching them a Bible verse about loving or helping others.
- Invite international students, workers, or businesspeople for a traditional American meal. Then have them teach you how to make one of their favorite meals. Invite them to church with you. Be prepared to answer questions, if they’re unfamiliar with Christianity.
- Pull weeds, wash windows, or rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. (This one may not be as much fun, but it’s guaranteed to give you a good feeling afterward.)
- Send a thank you note to a former teacher or anyone who has been especially helpful to you. Include a Bible verse such as Philippians 1:3: “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
- Look for simple tasks: Hold a door open for someone whose hands are full. Pick up a package someone drops. Compliment others for a job well done. Share a smile with someone.
- Start a family donation box for items not used or needed. When full, give it to a neighborhood charity. Donate only items that are clean and in good shape. Check out all that extra space in your closet!
- When eating out, ask if your server has a prayer request before thanking God for your meal.
- Add a personal note of thanks along with your tip at restaurants, motels, or other places of service.
- When your grocery has a great sale, buy extra with the money saved and donate it to the local food pantry.
- Buy something you really like. Then give it to someone in need. Trust me on this one — you’ll be glad you did.
- Offer to study with a struggling student. Both of you will benefit.
- Invite a new family or someone who lives alone to join you for dinner or a picnic. Don’t make it anything fancy. Just add a little extra to the mix.
Brainstorm other ways to let people lean on you. You’ll be amazed at the possibilities when you put your mind to it. Have fun making a difference and sharing God’s love as you bring down walls.