Weekend Teaching Series: Do Something (series premiere, week 1 of 2)
Sermon in a Sentence: We stop talking about serving and Do Something – this week we pack Christmas shoe boxes for needy children in our county.
Service Length: 59 minutes
Understandable Message: This first weekend of this short series before the holidays was designed around Operation Christmas Child boxes. We purchased and collected donations to help fill a to of boxes during the service. Rather than teach about serving and making a difference in the world we sang a few songs, shared the heart behind it then did something right there! From time to time we have big serve projects, but this was incredibly fun and made for a very different type of service than normal. At the last minute our church decided to print up our own shoeboxes and give them out as part of our food pantry and holiday ministries, too. Fun to play a part in helping those in need in our area.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We kicked off the service with a fun rendition of the new Justin Bieber single Drummer Boy. The whole youth room was decorated like Christmas (even though it is early November as I type this). We also had a fun video about how NOT to pack a Christmas shoe box. Lots of student leaders serving as greeters, and in audio/visual areas, as well as inspecting boxes that students had filled.
Music Playlist: Drummer Boy, Joy to the World, Go
Favorite Moment: Without a doubt the best part of the weekend is seeing the letters that students wrote inside the shoe boxes. Some were hilarious, all were heartfelt. This was also a big weekend for the newest member of our team, a Life Group leader named Hannah who ran point on overseeing the whole thing. She did a GREAT job!
Up next: Do Something (week 2 of 2)