Fort Mill First Baptist Teaches Children to Serve

January 28, 2014
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child bagging canned goodsFort Mill First Baptist Teaches Children to Serve

Involving children in ministry to others is an important part of their spiritual development. Joy Canupp, children’s minister at First Baptist Church in Fort Mill, SC, says her church wants to provide “opportunities that allow folks to give, serve, go and do … allowing them to BE the church, not just attend.” She describes their church’s Families in Action ministry:

 Families in Action fits nicely during the 90-minute time block on Wednesday nights in which other discipleship classes are offered for adults.  The goal has been to engage children (K-5th graders) and their parents in weekly hands-on ministry experiences.

 Prior to launching Families in Action, we spent quite some time brainstorming and researching practical options.  We searched for ways that we could do meaningful hands-on projects at church (on-campus) as well as ways to serve in the community (off-campus).

Some of the things we’ve done:


·         Made 800 sandwiches for delivery to the Urban Ministry Center

·         Made baby blankets for the Crisis Pregnancy Center

·         “Free Car Wash Wednesday” in our parking lot

·         Plant seasonal flowers in various beds around the church

·         Prepare baskets/gift bags/baked goods for sick or homebound people and deliver them

·         Mini-projects around the church, such as sharpening the pencils in the worship center and restocking the envelopes


·         Clean homes or rake leaves of nearby elderly residents

·         Go to park or other public area and pick up litter

·          Ft. Mill Care Center (food pantry)- restock shelves

·         Ronald McDonald House- make crafts with families staying there

·         Police Dept.- wash squad cars

·         Fire station - Take goodie baskets and home-made thank-you cards

·         School partnership –

put out pine straw in beds around the building

clean mirrors in restrooms; clean windows in doors & entryways

prayerwalk and leave notes on the teachers’ doors

·         Nursing Homes – play table games with residents; sing

·         Children’s Hospital- made a banner to hang; took gifts to hand out

 Is your church helping families teach their children to serve God by serving others? Many thanks to Joy Canupp for sharing these ideas!


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