Service to one’s neighbor is the calling we are all given through the life and message of Jesus Christ. For a Christian, service is motivated out of the love we
have first received from God. Service communicates that love to others and is a concrete expression of one’s own faith and values. Family service projects have
been shown to be a vital way to pass on faith from generation to generation. Children and youth are greatly influenced by what they see in the lives of others, especially parents and other family members.
Missions and Offering
Our Sunday school offering is collected at the beginning of class. Age-appropriate offering envelopes are available for children in preschool-6th grade from your child’s teacher or Shepherd. The children’s offering will be donated throughout the year to agencies and projects chosen by the Sunday School children. In addition to mission and outreach projects done during the Goodwill Missions workshops, two larger service projects are promoted that involve the entire congregation – one in the fall and one in the spring. Ideas will be researched and presented to the children for them to choose. These projects will include both the children’s offering and hands-on activities.
Giving to God is a core value of our faith. Tithing is often taught to children simply by grownups giving children a quarter to put in the offering plate. This is fine for young children (ages 2-4), because it gives them an opportunity to participate, but this may not send the right message to elementary school children. Here are some of the reasons why simply giving offering money to children falls short:
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