“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” -Hebrews 10:24
Every congregation, no matter its size, at any given time will have a multitude of needs among its members. Some needs are more easily spotted than others, some more easily relieved than others. It is our calling as Christians to be discerning and proactive in coming alongside our brothers and sisters to help bear their burdens in these moments. Here are some bulleted ideas for your consideration on how to serve within your local church and community:
CALL, EMAIL, OR WRITE CARDS:
- shut-ins, the sick or disabled
- a friend who’s struggling
- families experiencing illness, surgery, birth, death, etc.
- prepare a dinner for single moms or wives with deployed husbands
- new neighbors, and those needing extra help
- replenish emergency freezer meals at church (individual or as a group)
- always keep a freezer meal on hand for emergencies
- babysit (or trade childcare) for a mom/parents who could use a break
- be a surrogate aunt or grandma to a family w/o close relatives
- take a friend’s children out to the library, park movie, etc.
- offer free babysitting (or gift certificates) for someone who’s financially stressed
- a single mom or widow to have dinner with your family
- a neighbor to participate in a community service project with you
- a friend to coffee
- a family for dinner or dessert (not just on Sundays)
- singles from church
- elderly, disabled, etc.
- those needing rides to/from airport, doctor’s appts.
- ride to and from church services, activities, meetings
HELP THOSE IN CRISIS
- be the “point person” for complex circumstances/situations
- head up (or co-lead) a support group
- volunteer at a local crisis pregnancy center
- clean! Be part of a team, or just run in to clean one bathroom
- rake, weed, garden
- do someone’s laundry
- grocery shopping/running errands
- respite care
- minor home repair
I’m sure there are plenty of other opportunities to serve that have been left out…please feel free to share those below in the comment section. (The majority of the this post, BTW, is borrow directly from a church bulletin which a friend shared with me–I take no credit)