Children and Service Opportunities
We are called to serve. What children and families do outside of their homes, their churches and their schools bless their communities in so many ways. As Christians, we are called to give that “cup of cold water” (Matthew 10:42). Service learning shows the community that young people can make a difference in their community. Taking our children out to the community makes our children do valuable service for the community. Sharing with community members changes what’s important and can help form faith directly.
Children can learn a lot from doing service. Being involved inside an activity makes all involved learn from work instead of learning about work. As educator W. E. B. DuBois said, "Only responsibility teaches responsibility.”
When we are able to provide projects that tap into a young person's passion, big things happen. As one youth returning from a week long volunteer service project of helping physically handicapped adults exclaimed, "I finally found the reason I was born!"
Some learners’ comments about genuine service were:
“It was hard trying new things that you aren’t used to.”
“It is hard when you see something sad happening in the community.”
“It is hard being done especially if you really enjoyed yourself.”
“It is fun meeting new people and working in different places.”
“I really liked getting the opportunity to go and serve in the community.”
“It was fun getting a chance to bless others.”
“We got to experience new things.” “We got to learn new skills.”
“It was fun when you were helping because you get to see someone smile.”