Over the past few years, one of the most requested topics on my speaking circuit has been a lesson in which I list a hundred ideas for training our kids to be servants. Service oriented kids grow up to be productive adult servants in the kingdom and it’s those people to whom the Lord will say, “Come ye blessed of my Father,” according to Matthew 25. So it matters if I’m making a real effort, as a mom, to put the heart of a servant in my child. For this reason, I’ve decided to devote a post, every now and then, to a service suggestion—a simple idea for moms to make their homes busy service centers for young hearts and hands. I’d love to hear from those of you who try them. So here goes:
Bulletin Board Helper
This idea is especially good for those of you who are seeing an artistic “bent” in your young children, from toddlers to teens. Simply ask permission of your elders or leaders to update a bulletin board in your building and take your children–either as a family or take a whole group of kids– and refurbish the bulletin board. Be creative. Use lots of fabric or brightly colored papers and borders. Include a good message or advertise an upcoming event. Don’t be afraid to display the simplest creation of a young child and don’t stress if the final product is less than professional. Remember your goal is not to create something of museum quality. Your aim is to make something fit for heaven: namely a child’s heart! Be sure and take your kids’ photos with their bulletin board(s) when you finish and stick this on your frig at home.
We can share bulletin board ideas on the “Church of Christ Bible Class Teachers” facebook group. I have also seen some good ones on the blog “Calling Her Blessed” by Amber Gilreath. Feel free to send me other good bulletin board sites that you’ve found and I’ll try to post them in an upcoming segment. But most importantly, consult your kids for their ideas. They will be most blessed when you validate their creative value as well as their contributions to the work of the church.