By Zachariah Seanor on February 22, 2017
Reports are coming in from all across the country. Children and their leaders have taken part in an amazing effort to “Love Your Neighbor.” For our tenth annual Children’s Ministry Day, we encouraged you to get out there and seek out inventive ways to serve those closest to you. But now that CMD 2017 is over, where do you go from here?
Here are 5 ways you can keep “Love Your Neighbor” going all year long:
- Connect with local service organizations. There are plenty of folks in your neighborhood who are already up to something great! They run soup kitchens, shelters, clinics, and even second-hand stores all geared toward serving those in need. Do a little research on your own. Who’s around you? How can your children volunteer to help?
- Stay in touch with your neighbors. You did a great job—now stick with it! Seldom do ongoing concerns find their solutions after one day of service. Keep in touch with the neighbors you reached out to this year. Deliver meals, provide lawn care, or just simply keep up the conversation. Who knows how you and your children could be a blessing down the road!
- Participate in Christmas in August. Every year, children from all over gather materials for North American Mission Board missionaries and their ministries. Find a missionary serving near you and have your group adopt them! Gather supplies to fulfill the missionary’s “Christmas list,” but don’t let it end there! Encourage your children to offer continued support through supplies and prayer. Help them see their role as active participants in missionary work being done in their own backyard.
- Embrace the simple things. Every once in a while, find time to be a blessing to someone who least expects it. Encourage children to write cards to soldiers in service from your community, make snack packs for friends at school, or even offer a listening ear to someone who needs a friend. Each activity might not be a major endeavor, but many small activities can make a collective big difference!
- Remember your commitment. As a leader committed to teaching children about the Great Commission, you have also committed to showing them how to live a missional lifestyle. Remind your children that Christ’s commandment to us is not meant to be fulfilled over the course of a single day, but over the course of a lifetime.
Zachariah Seanor is the national consultant for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and Youth on Mission; husband to an amazing wife; and lover of the great outdoors. When he’s not in the office writing blogs, he enjoys warm fires, cool summer nights, and long walks with his border collie, Nellie.