- Friendship’s Project Strategy – We are using a combination of life group projects and church projects.
- Sunday, April 16, LifeGroup leaders will sign up their group if they will be participating in Serve Day. Individuals will sign up if they are willing to lead a church project. Also individuals who are not in a LifeGroup but want to serve on June 24 will sign up.
- A list of organizations that your LifeGroup can partner with will be available April 23. This list will be sent to the groups participating.
- LifeGroups will register their projects by completing the Project Form and turning it into the church office or Kirsten Kelley no later than May 14.
- SERVE BOOTH will be manned on Sundays at the Lucas Ferry campus for SERVE Day sign ups, questions, and help April 16-30.
- The week of April 23, life groups will begin the SERVE curriculum. The curriculum has eight weeks of lessons. Programs for children will only be available on Wednesdays. Children will meet April 26-June 21.
- On Monday, May 15, we will begin to assign individuals to church led projects and to LifeGroup projects that need more help to complete there serve project.
- SERVE t-shirts will be distributed at each campus on June 24. LifeGroup leaders can pick up their group t–shirts June 18-24. Email Kirsten to coordinate pick up.
- Outreach interest cards will be in the worship guide on July 2 & July 9 for individuals interested in getting involved in Outreach after Serve Day.
Using this guide will help you to develop a project that is a perfect fit for your group –
Ask your group:
Who in your neighborhood has a need?
What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing?
What project types best suit your group’s ages and abilities? (prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, etc.)
- Host a free garage sale
- Bring free lunches to construction workers and servicemen in your area
- Hand out free gum at a local park
- Clean up a widow’s or single mom’s yard
- Give out free sunscreen at a city park
- Give out free bottled water
- Plan a “Back to School Bash” for foster care children. Have free food, games, and a backpack/school supply giveaway
- Give out free donuts and coffee at bus stop or shopping center
- Host a free car wash for the faculty
- Minor car repairs for elderly, widows and/or single moms
- Kids host a free kids’ toys and games garage sale
- Kids host a free lemonade stand
- Deliver fresh flowers to the residents
- Host a worship service at a nursing home (offer worship, devotions, prayer, and fellowship)
- Throw a “Senior Prom” complete with live music, food, and decorations
- Landscape a flower garden and sitting area for residents
- Have kids make crafts (necklaces, wooden crosses) that can be given to residents
- Distribute chips and sodas to residents & employees (check with staff on food restrictions)
- Tea Party
- Help the residents complete care packages for foster kids
- Band: Serve free drinks or snacks at their practices
- Sports teams: Serve free bottled water at their practices
- Give away free mechanical pencils or energy drinks to college students
- Host a free picnic in the quad
- Give out free donuts and coffee on the quad
Special Needs/Youth Home
- Identify a family with a special needs child and give the family a Mom & Dad’s day out
- Adopt a group home for the day and throw a party for the residents
- Build a wheelchair ramp for handicapped
- Organize a field day for a group youth home
- Serve hot breakfast for the homeless in your community
- Do a community trash clean up
- Host a “Block Party” with free food, games, music, etc. for families
- Renovate a run-down playground or park in the area
- Do a door-to-door grocery giveaway
- Have a “Free Grass Cutting” day
- Serve free coffee, energy drinks, and snacks to staff and those waiting in the emergency room
- Give out healthy snacks to patients of chemotherapy
- Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward (toys, care packages, etc.)
- Prayer visits with patients and those in emergency room
- Take care-packages with snacks, sweets, and small gift items (lotions, magazines, puzzles, etc.) to families of hospitalized children
Business/Service Organizations/Public Servicemen
- Wash windows
- Trash pick-up in parking lot
- Coral shopping carts to designated spaces
- Cook lunch for your local police or fire station
I want to participate in SERVE Day but I am not in a LifeGroup. How do I find a LifeGroup?
Most groups are open to new members throughout the semester. Our LifeGroups Directory can help you find a group that fits your interest, location and time preference. Learn more about LifeGroups here.
Will there be SERVE projects available for those NOT in a LifeGroup?
Yes, we will have one or more large SERVE projects for you to participate in on SERVE day as well as some of the LifeGroups are open for you to join them on their project. All you need to do is register to serve. Sign ups will be April 23-April 30.
How do I plan a SERVE project?
Get creative! Assess people and their needs in your neighborhood and around your community. Perhaps there is a widow, single mother, or elderly person that could be assisted by painting their house, cutting grass, or cleaning up the yard. Firefighters, police officers, school resource officers, nursing home residents, assisted living homes, and local business owners are all great people to reach out to and find a way to SERVE!
Should I communicate to the Church which SERVE day project our group is planning?
Yes, we definitely would like to know about what project your group is participating in. Beginning April 23, you can register your group’s project using the provided form. We will send a reminder to all small group leaders to register their projects throughout the semester.
Who pays the costs associated with our small group’s SERVE project (supplies, travel expenses, etc.)?
Each small group is responsible for all of the supplies and costs associated with their SERVE project. Spend time determining the scope of your project and plan work based on your group size and commitment level. Be creative and see if businesses or indiduals might give donations.
What should I bring on SERVE day?
Plan on bringing any personal items you may need, sunscreen, drinking water, tennis shoes, a hat, etc., along with any items pertaining to your service project such as rakes, gloves, lawnmowers, tarps, work tools, etc. For projects requiring physical labor, work clothes are a good idea. We recommend not wearing jewelry.
What if it rains?
If you have an outside project, make plans to have an inclement weather option in mind. Some suggestions are to visit a nursing home, serve at a local service organization, or clean classrooms at a local school.
To sign up, or for more information, contact our Serve Team Lead Kirsten Kelley.