For years now, our youth have participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring. It’s gotten to the point where the congregation is excited to participate and knows what is going on so we can focus our efforts on involvement and planning rather than on educating the congregation.
The event is simple, and you can get as into it as you want, or keep it as simple as you want. You can collect food or money, and donate it to any organization serving those who are hungry.
Our youth love this because they get to pick the organization. It gives them an outlet to respond to a local need they recognize with resources that are entrusted to them. It’s the ultimate teachable moment.
We make it fun by asking them to dress up. We bring pom poms, footballs, jerseys, cheer and foot ball uniforms. We get pumped and excited and have our own pep rally. Those members of the congregation out of High School love the chance to be caught up in the game.
If you are interested, I strongly urge you to check out the link above. It’s a simple way to engage young people in the plight of the hungry with the added bonus of a chance to respond. There is curriculum, program ideas, teaching helps, bulletin inserts, and lots of other resources ready to go! It’s easy! Do it!