When any holiday rolls around, it’s a good time to start thinking of others. If you belong to a church, you might be gathering ideas on how to best serve your community and ways your family can get involved. Fortunately, there are several do-it-yourself projects you can tackle with your loved ones and your congregation to include members of your community and help the less fortunate.
Here are some of the best ideas on how to get started.
Fundraisers are a great way to help local shelters and charities, and there are a ton of fun ways you can get the community involved. Get creative and use beads, painted plastic Easter eggs, and silk flowers to make floral cross wreaths to sell, or you can hold a bake sale and have each participant from your church bring a yummy dessert or bread to auction off. Use the traditional Easter bunny theme to make cute treats for little ones, and all the money raised can go to the cause of your choice.
Recruit volunteers to help you create a wonderful Easter dinner for the elderly or less fortunate members of your community, to be held at the church. Leave invitations or small bags of Easter candy at local shelters and let them know that everyone is welcome; if you’re expecting a large group, have plenty of volunteers on hand so you can stagger the meal times.
You probably have several creative, talented folks in your church and aren’t even aware of what they’re capable of. Recruit some of the most artistic members to help you stage a recreation of the Last Supper with hand-painted backdrops, or put on a dramatic play telling the story of the Resurrection. You could even get the youngest church members involved and write an appropriate script for them to put on their own telling of the Easter story.
Throw an egg hunt
Organize an Easter egg hunt using colorful plastic eggs and invite families in the neighborhood to come and enjoy the festivities. If the weather is nice you can have a cookout in the afternoon, or have a potluck picnic.
Get everyone involved
If you’re expecting a large group for the Easter service, ask them to bring in canned goods or non-perishables for a food drive. Anything collected can be donated to a local food bank or to shelters in your community.
Help the kiddos
Offer to help the youngest members of your congregation make sweet Easter crafts for their families. You can provide paper, scissors, glitter, glue, crayons, and paint and let them unleash their creativity to make a gift for their moms and dads or grandparents on this special day.
Now you have some ideas for for a family-oriented, DIY Easter. Just be sure to stay safe!
Author: Paul Denikin