We serve others because we love Jesus and want to serve Him. We require service projects for Confirmation because Confirmation is about far more than just head knowledge; it is also about a change of heart. Jesus said, “You will show that you are my disciples by bearing fruit” which includes doing acts of service as a lifestyle.
We encourage families to try and be part of at least one service project with their student. It is a great learning lesson, and kids also need to see their parents serving too.
What Service Is:
- Service is ANY time we do something nice or helpful for a person, a group, or the community.
- It is service to pick up garbage on the ground.
- It is service to volunteer to usher at church.
- It is service to rake an elderly neighbor’s yard.
- It is service to do dishes at home.
What A Service Project Is:While there are infinite kinds of service acts, for the purpose of documentation, an “official Confirmation service project” must meet several criterion, as follows:
- Planned (deliberate) and organized
- Helpful to a group or person
- A minimum of 2 hours for one project. Sometimes, you will have to do things twice to add up to 2 hours (still one service project). Example: helping in the church nursery for one hour time slots. Sometimes, you will work MANY hours but it will still only count as one service project. Example: helping at VBC for 15 hours in a week.
What A Service Project Is Not:
- Anything you would normally do as part of a community. (e.g. taking out the trash at home, babysitting your brother, or attending a Boy Scout meeting are NOT service projects)
- Fun, silly things that don’t help people (e.g. Standing on a street corner with a “Honk if you love Jesus” sign, while fun, and possibly thought provoking, doesn’t really meet anyone’s need and is NOT a service project)
- Anything you get paid for. There is NOTHING wrong with getting paid for working, but “service” implies it is a gift.
What Are Acceptable Service Projects?Here is a TINY list of onsite service opportunities at Trinity:
- SSS: Every Sunday of the year
- Market Day: (monthly - school year)
- CHILDREN’S MINISTRY EVENTS like the Easter party or Trunk or Treat
- VBC: one week each summer
- MCREST: one week each summer
- Church Christmas decorating
- Motown Soup/pancake mix: seasonally
- Journey Worship helpers
- NSO Food Prep/distribution (Sat)
- Nursery Assistance: weekly
- Kids Connection helpers: weekly (school year)
- Here is a TINY list of offsite service opportunities locally:
- Gleaners Food Bank
- Any local nursing home: make cards and posters, distribute them to residents
- Volunteer at Pontiac Rescue Mission
- Volunteer at Pontiac Salt and Light Company kids program
- Participate in Nerve to Serve day
- Grant Park clean up day
- Salvation Army Bell Ringing (Christmas season)