Friday, July 21, 2006

Service Suggestions DAY FIVE

Here's the last day of our Service Suggestions and I hope they have helped you think beyond the obvious. We can all be better at finding creative ways to serve others.

Todays Topic: Your Local Church

For Those with Limited Time: First of all, start encouraging. Think the music on Sunday was good? Tell the worship director? How about the coffee? Tell the coffee servers how great a job they are doing. A great number of thankless jobs are necessary each week to help the church function. Ask God to help you notice those who are at work at the Church, especially when your schedule makes it difficult for you to do the work they are carrying out. Another great way it the "killing two birds with one stone" option. You're already at church, what can you do while you are there? Did you notice the Sunday School teacher setting up chairs before church? Pop in and help her finish up the last row. Is someone in the kitchen, cutting vegetables for the snack tray after first service? Offer to help. Do what you can in small ways and ask God to show you where you can help.

For Those with Children at Home: Incorporating your children in service at church might seem more difficult, but there's many opportunities for those who want to serve. Ask another mom and her kids to meet with you and your children for a picnic lunch. Spend a few minutes before you eat asking God to bless the church. Pray for the pastor and your children's Sunday School teachers. Joining together in prayer lets children see it's value and they'll remember the lesson. How about getting involved in the "work days" held periodically at the Chapel. While the whole family makes the church look bright and clean, everybody is learning the joy of serving. Teaching your child's Sunday School or Junior Church class is also a great way for your children to see you serve. Or how about just volunteering once a month to bring in the snacks or craft activity. The teacher would probably love a break. The goal here is for your children to see you invested in the Church. Many women tell me how their children don't think church is important, now that they are adults. Most of them would tell you today that they never served in church when their children were at home. They won't know it's important to be involved unless they see it in your own life.

If You Have More Time: This is an easy one. Do something! Sing a song, teach a class, start a club, learn a lesson, run an event or hostess a party. Take over a ministry, or join something that looks interesting. Follow the steps in the purpose workbook and get your feet wet. Ask people if they enjoy what they are doing. Ask them if there's room for one more!

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