Children Sharing Their Gifts
Children are able to participate in so many aspects of worship as full participants – and the offering is one of them. At offering time, kids are invited to bring forward a coin or a bill to place in the Giving Jar at the front of the sanctuary.
How does this help your child?
- Kids learn that they are active participants in worship – that this isn’t a place just for, or even primarily for, adults. Worshiping God is for them, too.
- It gives kids an opportunity to get up and stretch their muscles. Sitting for a long time is very difficult for some children. A few stretch breaks can help them be less fidgety and more engaged.
- Sharing is a skill many parents wish to teach their children. If you talk with them about how this money benefits other children and families and, as they get older, help them earn some of the money they share, this will be a meaningful stewardship lesson.
- Worship is not a spectator sport. When they actively participate in it, they realize that the promises proclaimed are for them, too.
Some of the organizations and individuals who have benefited from the proceeds of the Giving Jar include:
Ronald McDonald House – Grill, bedding and household supplies
McCrossan Boys Ranch – Recreational supplies
Heartland House – Snacks and supplies
Helping Hands for Haiti – School supplies for children in Jumelle, Haiti
Peace Lutheran Youth Gathering Participants
The Banquet – Towel sets and movie tickets
Teddy Bear Den – Diapers and Bible story books
Outlaw Ranch – Camera
YMCA Leif Ericson – Teepee skin
Lutheran World Relief – Mosquito nets
Child Protection – Scrapbooks for foster children
Children’s Inn – Cereal and grocery cards
Children’s Home Society – Outdoor toys
Lutherans Outdoors – Camperships
Kids Against Hunger – Meals for Kids in Haiti and other places
Want to learn more? Have a suggestion for an organization that serves children, youth and families you would like to see benefit from our offerings? Contact Pam Tetzlaff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 361-3683.