Called to Serve

“Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.”
1 Samuel 12:24

Below are some ideas to serve others for possible Christian Service Hours or simply share the love of Christ.

Home:
Give an hour or two of your time with your grandparents to help them with decorating for Advent and Christmas
Write a note or make an appreciation card for your sibling or parent, saying why they are so important to you
Make a Jesse tree ornaments for someone in the family
For another family member make their bed
Make and decorate a birthday cake for Jesus.
Write a letter to Jesus, thanking him for the gifts you received throughout the year
Wash or fold a load of laundry
Hold your tongue when you get angry at your sibling or parent
Lend a hand with a project or task around the house without being ask

Be creative in the Kitchen:

  • Make Christmas cookies.
  • Serve a red and green themed meal.
  • Make homemade caramel corn.
  • Make chocolate-dipped pretzels with red and green sprinkles.
  • Eat “reindeer droppings” for breakfast (donut holes!).
  • Make gingerbread cookies.
  • Make edible Christmas trees out of upside-down ice cream cones, green frosting, and sprinkles.
  • Make snickerdoodles.
  • Decorate a gingerbread (or graham cracker) house.
  • Invite a few friends over for a cookie decorating party.
  • Melt chocolate into Christmas molds.

Church:
Make a pinecone bird feeder and attach a little note that says, “Merry Christmas birdies!” for someone in the parish
Attend Youth Cookie Bake to make and deliver cookies with carols
Invite another family to come over in their jammies to watch a favorite Christmas movie and share a favorite Christmas treat.
Pray a rosary for someone that you saw in church on Sunday
Be creative in the kitchen and give a plate of goodies to another family in the parish
Participate in the Nativity Scene Program
Give an extra $5 in the collection basket

Community:
Visit a few friends’ houses to sing Christmas carols and hand out candy canes.
Decorate a Christmas card for your teacher, Sunday School teacher, or favorite babysitter.
Send a small Christmas care package to a missionary or foreign exchange student
Write a letter to a family friend or some military service members stationed overseas wishing them a Merry Christmas
Place money in the Salvation Army bell ringers bucket
Shop for a gift to put under the Tree of Joy or Toys for Tots bin (or another charity)
Fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child
Visit a “live” Nativity Scene
Serve a meal together as a family at a local homeless shelter.
Clean out your toy boxes and donate good quality items to a thrift store
Raid the pantry for canned goods to donate to a charity
Make and mail a Christmas card to a family member or friend who lives in another state or country, even someone that you have not seen a while.
Wear Santa hats and take some doggie treats to your local shelter.
Make a video of each family member singing their favorite Christmas song.
Donate a few toys or articles of clothing to a thrift store that you don’t use
Color a Christmas picture or make a Christmas craft with seniors at a assistant living
Say a complement once a day to someone that looks down or just because
Pay for the person’s meal behind you in the drive through

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