"...the path toward building selfless, confident children is to help and encourage them toward a growing and thriving faith in God. And that includes obedience to what God teaches - not because it makes kids feel good, although it often does - but because they're following God's instructions to love Him and serve others. That builds a faith they can count on and carry with them into adulthood ~ which is the greatest gift any parent can bestow on their child." ~ from Why Serve (link at the bottom of post)
With Summer just around the corner this is the ideal time to encourage your kids to Serve others on their own or as a family. To help you do this, Adventures in Odyssey is providing the tools for families to make it easier to teach this very important Character Skill.
There are many ways that parents can teach their kids to serve others.
1) They can set up a lemonade stand and give the proceeds to a needy family.
2) They can collect cans and recycle them to help clean their neighborhood up ~ and again give the proceeds to the local city mission or even save up the money and use it go get mittens & hats to donate to the needy.
3) They can volunteer to babysit for a single mom who is financially strapped and would benefit from saving childcare costs - or just a night out for a little R&R.
What ideas does your family have?
Adventures In Odyssey presents A.C.T.S.! – A Call To Serve. Join thousands of kids across the country making a commitment to serve your family, your community and even your world!
This summer they are joining in with christian bookstores across the country, inviting kids to participate in a Summer of Service. They're promoting this biblical message:
"When you serve, everybody wins." encouraging kids to serve their families, their communities and their world. Whether it's baking cookies for an elderly neighbor or putting together a care package for missionaries overseas, kids will discover that serving can be a blast!
The A.C.T.S. (A Call To Service) challenge and contest:
Kids who join A.C.T.S. can pick up a service log and collect fun character stickers for hours served at participating bookstores throughout the summer, or download a serving log online @ whitsend.org. At the end of summer, kids can record and upload a short video telling how they serve and why they'd like to become an Adventures in Odyssey Ambassador.
100 winners will receive the brand new AIO Album and after online voting, 2 grand prize winners (a boy and a girl) will get to travel on an exciting Good-Goers Mission Based Adventure trip to another country with a parent! The out-of-country destination will be announced on a live podcast May 22 - hosted by AIO actors Katie Leigh (Connie) and Chris Anthony (Chris) ~ which you can watch at whitsend.org/acts. You don't want to miss it!
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Stay tuned this week for announcements and more right here on Classic Children's Books - there is MORE TO COME!
Weekly Service Ideas - Download the PDF.
Article: Why Serve