|Advocacy is a gift|
Children's Sunday School project - Each September and January the children vote on a project to support with the donations they give during Sunday School. A special offering time gives them an opportunity to provide financial support to a project that means something to them. For instance, this year the children voted to support MIRA, a project which provides service dogs. Values to share: deciding which groups to support.
Christmas project - Christmas can be a challenge for parents who want to help their children think beyond their own wishes for presents. One way to balance that is to take your child shopping for the Sunday School Christmas project. These are inexpensive items which the children can select with you, then bring to Sunday School. Last year the children encouraged the congregation to provide items for Salvation Army Christmas stockings. Values to share: giving at Christmas, leading your church in a project you care about.
|Plant a Row for the Hungry|
Urban Ministries Food Bag - Each month we collect food bags with about $20 worth of food. When you take your children grocery shopping, you might let them be "in charge" of the grocery list and then double-bagging the groceries at home. Values to share: healthy eating, sharing so everyone has enough, and ethical farming.
Making a pledge - The Stewardship Campaign (October/November) invites us to make a pledge to donate to the church's work in the coming year. Your child or teen is invited to pledge, too. Values to share: what CUCC does that you want to support, how you decide how much to give, giving habits from income
|Youth-led Walk for Hope team|
Walk for Hope - The Youth Group sponsors this project, so it is the next step after CROP Walk as your child matures. Values: build on your CROP Walk discussions
Youth service projects - Every other year the youth group raises funds to participate in a week-long service project (for instance, Appalachia Service Project). Throughout the year, they select smaller, local projects of service (for instance, cooking and serving a meal at the Wright Center). Values: making and keeping commitments to serve, raising funds so others can afford to go, presence as service, delayed gratification, serving when it isn't fun (and when it is)