SERVE PROJECT IDEAS

Begin by asking your Small Group members the following questions. Hopefully, the answers will help you develop a Serve Day project that is a perfect fit for your group.

  • Who in your neighborhood has a need?
  • What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing?
  • What serve opportunities best suit your group’s ages and abilities? (prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, etc.)

Nursing Homes

  • Deliver fresh flowers to the residents
  • Host a worship service at a nursing home (offer worship, devotions, prayer, and fellowship)
  • Throw a “Senior Prom” complete with live music, food, and decorations
  • Landscape a flower garden and sitting area for resident
  • Have kids make crafts (necklaces, wooden crosses) that can be given to residents
  • Distribute chips and sodas to residents & employees (check with staff on food restrictions)
  • Tea Party
  • Help the residents complete care packages for foster kids

College

  • Band: Serve free drinks or snacks at their practices
  • Sports teams: Serve free bottled water at their practices
  • Give away free mechanical pencils or energy drinks to college students
  • Host a free picnic in the quad. 
  • Give out free donuts and coffee on the quad

Special Needs/Youth Home

  • Identify a family with a special needs child and give the family a Mom & Dad’s day out
  • Adopt a group home for the day and throw a party for the residents
  • Build a wheelchair ramp for handicapped
  • Organize a field day for a group youth home

Street Outreach

  • Serve hot breakfast for the homeless in your community
  • Do a community trash clean up
  • Host a “Block Party” with free food, games, music, etc. for families
  • Renovate a run-down playground or park in the area
  • Do a door-to-door grocery giveaway
  • Have a “Free Grass Cutting” day

Hospitals

  • Serve free coffee, energy drinks, and snacks to staff and those waiting in the emergency room
  • Give out healthy snacks to patients of chemotherapy
  • Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward (toys, care packages, etc)
  • Prayer visits with patients and those in emergency room
  • Take care-packages with snacks, sweets and small gift items (lotions, magazines, puzzles etc.) to families of hospitalized children.

Business/Service Organizations/Public Servicemen

  • Wash windows
  • Trash pick-up in parking lot
  • Coral shopping carts to designated spaces
  • Cook Lunch for your local police or fire station

Recommended Readings

For further inspiration, you and your congregation can get more ideas from these great books:
• Servolution by Dino Rizzo
• Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
• The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett
• When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert