This spring and Easter season, try these 25 idea starters to reach your community in creative ways.
14. Follow up Easter Sunday with a spring family festival.
On Easter Sunday, give kids carnival tickets to use for rides and games. Provide free food and hand out information about the children’s ministry.
15. Hold a middle and high school dance during spring break.
One church hosted a dance for students, complete with a portable stage, sound system, lights and a local high school student serving as the disc jockey.
16. Provide an activity for kids during spring break.
For kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, one church held two-hour flag football and dance camps throughout spring break week at a local recreation center.
17. Serve meals to low-income kids during spring break.
Make sure children who normally get fed in the cafeteria don’t go hungry when school is out. Prepare free, hot lunches for elementary and secondary school students.
18. April is Autism Awareness Month.
Consider starting a support group for parents of children with autism. Designate certain nights for volunteers to provide childcare for autistic children so their parents can have a “night out.”
19. Provide a Mother’s Day store for low-income families.
Adopt a low-income neighborhood and set up a free store in the area where kids can shop for Mother’s Day gifts. Host a luncheon where children give the gifts to their moms.
20. Celebrate all women on Mother’s Day.
Instead of focusing just on moms, shift the focus to all women and offer flowers to each one with a thank-you for all that women do for the people in their lives. Encourage everyone to remember the contributions the women—mothers or not—have made in their lives.
21. Use your small groups to help mothers for Mother’s Day.
Encourage your women to invite their friends and neighbors to join a small group. For curriculum, consider The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope. For more information: HopeThroughHealingHands.org.
22. Celebrate Mother’s Day by supporting a crisis pregnancy center.
Pass out baby bottles, and encourage individuals and families to fill the bottles with change and then bring them back on a designated Sunday. Give the proceeds to a local crisis pregnancy center.
23. Encourage students during final exams.
Offer a late-night pizza party on your campus for those up studying into the wee hours. Depending on your proximity to the college, consider offering a shuttle service.
24. During final exams, give students an energy boost.
Set up a small table in front of the library in the evenings leading up to finals, and pass out coffee and cookies. Make sure you get permission from the university.
25. Host a movie night during Memorial Day weekend.
Weather permitting, set up a “theater” outdoors with a big screen and a free-concessions table with popcorn and soda. Encourage families to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and invite neighbors and family.