Shane wrote in and asked this:
I wanted to see if you guys would be putting the “Do Something” or “Love in Action” Series online somewhere? I like the idea you guys had tying in the Operation Christmas Child boxes and wanted to use the same series progression if possible.
For the past couple of years we’ve done a couple of really fun and active series with our students in HSM. One series was called Do Something, another similar one we called Love in Action. Both were great series where instead of a traditional message we had students get out of their seats and really do something instead.
If you want to read about the weekend services in more detail you can right here:
- Do Something: Series Arc
- Love in Action: Operation Christmas Child Weekend
- Love in Action: Global Soles Project
- Do Something: Hunger Day/Food Drive
- Love in Action: Love Is Weekend
I love it when youth workers ask about this series and how they can get involved with some of the same organizations we used. We had students write letters to the families of fallen soldiers (Children of Fallen Soldiers), pack food for families who will visit a local food pantry (OC Food Bank) and many more but my favorite of all was packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child (visit their website here).
It would be so awesome if you wanted to give it a try – maybe a 3-4 week series or 1-off project like this could work in your youth ministry, too! Start by choosing which one to take on (like Operation Christmas Child in this example) and have your students join in on helping your students add to the over 100 million children around the world have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a simple shoe box. We even set up a little “store” where students could shop for products to put in their shoebox and took up a collection at the end of youth group to pay for shipping. Everyone had such a blast with this particular weekend – and it is poignant to see how simple items like soap, a toothbrush/toothpaste and school supplies, we can meet a very physical need while sharing the powerful message of eternity.
I’d love to read about what you choose do to demonstrate Christ’s love in action. Tweet it or talk about it on your blog when it is over. Be creative and come up with new one – we’ll steal it next time we do the series, too! Just make sure you have your students DO SOMETHING soon!