September 01, 2014 Family Activity

Theme: Tweens, Service and Faith Formation

Tweens can learn a lot from doing  service projects. Service can be provided to any population in need (direct service) or on behalf of a population or issue (indirect service). Helping the elderly learn how to use email to communicate with family is an example of direct service. Recycling in an effort to protect the environment is an example of indirect service. 

Opportunities may be connected to multiple faith formation themes, so tweens need to select intentionally one of the following themes that shapes their service: Servant Working, Beauty Creating, Earth Keeping, God Worshiping, Order Discovering, Idolatry Discerning, Justice Seeking, Creation Enjoying, Image Reflecting, and Community Building.

All these suggestions need interested tweens and parents who will contact the organization, politely introduce the offer to serve, develop with the organization the opportunity, and then commit to a schedule of service.            


  • Community Centers and Multicultural Services work with new immigrants. These new immigrants need babysitters.
  • After school and weekend programs need helpers for craft time, snacks and meals.
  • Art galleries need help with their children's classes. Tweens can give creative ideas and help with set up and clean up.
  • Small group ministries need help with children's activities and devotions.
  • Special needs groups are looking for helpers and friends.
  • Nature centers and conservation areas look for volunteers to help with studies and with community events.
  • Habitat for Humanity's Restore like volunteers to help with the donations given.
  • Food Banks like family and tween volunteers.
  • Shelters and Teen Drop-In Centers might like art gallery displays and stories to read.

    Ephesians 2:10

    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
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