Best Church Outreach Ideas for a Better New Year

For church volunteers, the beginning of the year is a great time to plan the next outreach and community projects. It is also a time when others are looking for ways to renew their new year's resolutions or achieve a happier lifestyle.

How can you use this time to ensure a fulfilling year, while being a blessing to others in your community? Here is a list to get you started:

Fundraising Garage Sale

Do you know of people in your neighborhood who are going through financial difficulties? Perhaps they have items in their home which could be collected for a fundraising garage sale, but they don't know how to do it. You could volunteer to help them organize and arrange the garage sale. Do their PR and spread the word! Others will be encouraged that you are stepping out of your usual circle and lending a hand, and this is inspiring.

Free Lunch Packs or Hot Meals

Firefighters, school teachers, bus drivers, letter carriers — there are many workers who could use a little appreciation as they begin their tasks again in the new year. Even though their work in the community is essential, it often goes unappreciated. Get some friends together, prepare a delicious meal, and offer a free lunch buffet for these people, as a way to show the community appreciates them.

Party for Foster Home Kids

Why not give love to those who get so little of it? Put together a team with other church volunteers so you can come up with more creative ways to make the kids happy. Could you pitch in funds to hire a clown? Could you volunteer yourself to be a clown, do magic tricks or blow up balloons? It doesn't have to be a fancy party, but just heartfelt.

Carpool to Church

If there are older people in your community whose health problems make it difficult for them to get to church, you could offer to pick them up, helping them to get to the church, and then drop them off after the service. They may be too shy or independent-minded to ask for help when they need it, but you can help encourage them to interact with the community by giving your services this way.

Fresh Flowers on Birthdays

It's very difficult to spend birthdays alone. If you know of anyone in the community who lives alone, do something simple, like sending flowers and a handwritten card on their birthday. See what a big difference your actions and care will make for them.

Free Technology Advice

Church service should extend to ways that help people feel more self-sufficient. Are there older people in your community who always wanted to learn to send an email or use a computer? Could you introduce them to websites that teach various skills for free so they can enhance their own life and learn a new craft that benefits others? Find ways to share your expertise with others, and notice that the effects of giving are always multiplied.

Whatever kind of church service you choose to do this year, do it with the best intentions and with enthusiasm. Actions always speak louder than words, and can make a real difference in your community.

A successful community project not only helps people in need, but can also inspire other volunteers to come up with ideas to benefit the community.

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