As students join your group time today, reminisce about the wonderful holiday season that students recently celebrated and invite students to write on the whiteboard a way they helped others, served, or volunteered in the last month or so. If you have your own examples or situations where your church helped others, share them on the board also.
Serving others can take on so many forms! Sometimes just befriending people and inviting them over for a meal with our family can be just as much an act of service as pitching in with local charities or churches to help those in need in our community. These acts of caring and service don’t only need to happen in the month of December, service can happen all year around and it should!
The following video is about a volunteer group in the Washington state area who use their hands, tools, and time to help low-income residents better their homes.
Share the following video [3:10]:
Putting Electronics Aside, Teens Focus on Helping Others
These Washington area teenagers are volunteering their time to help a family of a disabled boy have a wheelchair ramp so his family can come and go from their house with ease.
- What is something these teens are learning as they do this project? (Construction skills, carpentry, teamwork, etc.)
- What do these able-bodied students learn about being disabled as they work on this project? (Students take time out to be in the disabled person’s shoes [called empathy training] by using crutches or wheelchairs, etc. to get around. Students also get to see the project from beginning to end and meet the family they are helping and witness how much their construction project helped someone else.)
- Why would these teens or anyone else ever give up their time and skills to be involved in a project that is hard work? (Answers will vary. Students might express that it is evident how much this project helped this family and so there would be satisfaction at helping someone who couldn’t help themselves. Some might mention having been helped in the past by someone, and that paying it forward is the right thing to do, etc.)
There are many reasons to participate in service projects. Today we’re going to talk about a reason that we might not always think of—Jesus’ definition of greatness. Let’s check it out.