Opening Up To Outreach

Scripture: Esther

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God often puts His people where He wants them in order to do certain things for Him.
  • Students will learn sometimes we must be very brave to do what God wants us to do.
  • Students will learn God expects us to do what He wants us to do even if it scares us.
  • Students will participate in a service project in which they create a share goodie bags with neighborhoods around their church as outreach.

Guiding Objective: How does serving others become an outreach opportunity for others to know more about God?

Materials: Goodie bags, twist ties or ribbon, candy, snacks, invite to church

Procedure: Review the story of Esther with the students – particularly the Celebration of Purim. Explain that Purim is a holiday for remembering the story of Esther. Tell the students that during this holiday, people give little gifts (usually of food) to their neighbors. Explain that God wants us to reach out to others and be brave in sharing our faith. One way to do that is by reaching out to our neighbors and people in our community. Ask the students who are people in their community they could share their faith with.

Introduce the service project. Tell the students that they are going to make goodie bags for the people in neighborhoods close to their church congregation. The students will fill the goodie bags with candy, snacks, and a handmade note inviting the neighbors to their church. The students can go with you and other adult volunteers to surrounding neighborhoods to place the goodie bags in mailboxes.

Additional Questions: How can students involve their community in church fellowship?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students (with adult help) create and implement a fellowship night at your congregation. Have the students invite the congregation and make invitations to invite people in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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