— by Jim Purtle, Harmony Hill Youth Council member, youth pastor at El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness), from his article in the December Banner.
A few ideas for things your church can do to reach out to your community:
Check with the local school nurse or counselor to see if there is a family (or families) who are particularly needing some things provided for Christmas. Make a list with the nurse’s or counselor’s help and team up with your church to provide those needs.
Plan ahead to get together on a day when schools are dismissed for a snow day, and team up to shovel walks and driveways.
Team up with folks from your church or Sunday school class or small-group Bible study. Print address labels with your church’s address and phone number (you can also make them by hand, but a word-processor-savvy teen in your church can probably help you with printing them quickly if you do not know how). Stick them on some disposable coffee cups and use a rubber stamp (there are lots available with things like the Star of Bethlehem, a sprig of holly, snowflakes, crosses, etc.) to add some color. Make a huge pot of hot chocolate. Go to Wal-Mart (or Pamida, if you are from a small town like ours) and give away hot chocolate on a Saturday morning until it is gone! (Get permission from the store management first.)