Shane wrote in and asked this:

I wanted to see if you guys would be putting the “Do Something” or “Love in Action” Series online somewhere?  I like the idea you guys had tying in the Operation Christmas Child boxes and wanted to use the same series progression if possible.

For the past couple of years we’ve done a couple of really fun and active series with our students in HSM. One series was called Do Something, another similar one we called Love in Action. Both were great series where instead of a traditional message we had students get out of their seats and really do something instead.

If you want to read about the weekend services in more detail you can right here:

I love it when youth workers ask about this series and how they can get involved with some of the same organizations we used. We had students write letters to the families of fallen soldiers (Children of Fallen Soldiers), pack food for families who will visit a local food pantry (OC Food Bank) and many more but my favorite of all was packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child (visit their website here).

It would be so awesome if you wanted to give it a try – maybe a 3-4 week series or 1-off project like this could work in your youth ministry, too! Start by choosing which one to take on (like Operation Christmas Child in this example) and have your students join in on helping your students add to the over 100 million children around the world have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a simple shoe box.  We even set up a little “store” where students could shop for products to put in their shoebox and took up a collection at the end of youth group to pay for shipping. Everyone had such a blast with this particular weekend – and it is poignant to see how simple items like soap, a toothbrush/toothpaste and school supplies, we can meet a very physical need while sharing the powerful message of eternity.

I’d love to read about what you choose do to demonstrate Christ’s love in action. Tweet it or talk about it on your blog when it is over. Be creative and come up with new one – we’ll steal it next time we do the series, too! Just make sure you have your students DO SOMETHING soon!


Here’s a video recap of the first week from our Do Something series. Packing Christmas shoe boxes for needy kids in our area.


Do Something Series Arc

Josh Griffin —  November 17, 2011 — 4 Comments

This past weekend we started a series called Do Something – we did something similar a couple of years ago with great success and thought it was time to bring it back again. Here’s the 2-week series arc where we’re hoping to take students:

WEEK 1: Christmas Shoe Boxes
This weekend we teach about the needs right here in Orange County. Santa Ana is one of the poorest cities in America, and they are our neighbor. We’ll pack shoe boxes for our Food Bank to give away during the holidays as people come in to get free groceries. At the end of each service we planned to take a group photo that would end up on Facebook and get tagged by everyone as well.

WEEK 2: Fallen Soldiers, Persecuted Church, HIV/AIDS
The second week of the series the plan is to have students write letters to the children of soldiers who have been killed in the war. We are bringing in a chaplain to speak to the students as well. After that we’ll highlight the persecuted church and have a guest speaker share about HIV/AIDS and what students can do to help in our community.


Drummer Boy Opener

Josh Griffin —  November 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

Drummer Boy from HSM on Vimeo.

Amazing cover of Justin Bieber’s new Christmas single Drummer Boy to open up our services for the Do Something series. Is it a little early for Christmas? Yup, but students packed Operation Christmas child boxes this weekend so we thought it would be fun to help get them in the Christmas spirit during the packing. Fun!


Shoe Boxes with Parker from HSM on Vimeo.

Another in this fun series about a really terrible leader named Parker. His previous video helping promote Life Groups is one of my favorites! This weekend Parker helped us learn how to pack shoeboxes for Christmas during our Do Something series. Love it!