One of the thing I appreciate about our church family is that they encourage our kids along with their families to find ways to serve others. Not only do they encourage, they plan dates to gather and work together on projects. Next week my older two children will be spending a week with over 100 youth doing service projects for our community. This Thursday my younger children and other families from our church will be participating in a Weed-a-Thon, where they will be weeding, trimming, pruning and doing other gardening tasks. The first recipient will be my mother-in-law! There are several other residences lined up for the summer. (I was tempted to add my house to the list but my children tell me I don’t qualify–lol.)
In order to prepare, all the kids designed flower pots and made bird feeders as gifts for the homes they will be serving this summer. They are so excited to work and help others! (Why yes, my daughter always paints while wearing a dress! )
This summer Adventures in Odyssey is encouraging kids to use their imagination to think up ways to impact their world. When I was younger I loved to listen to Adventures in Odyssey stories on the radio. AIO has recently expanded to books and devotionals—including The Imagination Station series, a fast-growing line of early chapter readers. You can check them out by downloading a FREE e-book of Imagination Station #1: Voyage with the Vikings!
Adventures in Odyssey encourages kids to write their OWN stories, as they join in ACTS: A Call to Serve! AIO is helping children use their imaginations to serve their family, community, and world this summer—maybe by sending a care package to a missionary or baking cookies for the local fire department. Check out www.whitsend.org/acts for details and a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a mission trip with a parent to Costa Rica! More important than prizes are the stories your child will tell about the creative ways they served others, and how they grew as a result. And what they come up with really might change the world! An ACTS “Summer of Service” kit, available for download here: A.C.T.S. Summer of Service Kit.
As a way of giving back to you, AIO is letting me give away The Imagination Station books 1-3 to one of you! My daughter has read almost all of these books and loves them! See the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
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