7 Family-friendly Ways to Add Meaning to Your Summer
Wouldn’t it be fun to incorporate some service projects into your family’s summer plans?
Here are 7 opportunities at Grove that are suitable for parents and children to do together. All of these are short term commitments – see what appeals to your family’s interests.
1- Be a greeter as people come in to worship, or be the friendly faces behind the Welcome Center. Children are a great encouragement to everyone, and especially to older members of the congregation. Young families at the entrance make an impression on visiting young families who come to Grove, that this a family-friendly place.
2 – Help in the kitchen with coffee hour. Children understand the importance of good snacks, and they can help put out the treats – perhaps your family would like to bring something special some Sunday.
3 – Keep the church flower gardens beautiful. Sign up for a week to be responsible for pulling weeds and keeping the flower gardens at Grove looking good. Watering and weeding the beds around the church and the church office can be done in about an hour, once or twice during the week.
4 – Help with Grove’s Community Garden. Sign up for a day or two to water Grove’s Community Garden behind the church office. It’s always fun to work with water on a hot summer day, and to see the great produce we are growing for the Chester County Food Bank.
5 – Be a substitute on a Salvation Army dinner team. This involves making a dessert, salad or vegetable for about 30 people and serving it with a few other team members at 5PM at the Salvation Army building in West Chester. These dinners are open to anyone in West Chester who needs a meal. It’s very rewarding and easy to do – usually we are done by 6PM.
6 – Visit the Prayer Shawl group, and learn to knit or crochet. See how they make prayer squares and prayer shawls, and also take this opportunity to get to know these wonderful ladies. They meet the second Wednesday of the month at 1PM at Grove.
7 – Visit one of Grove’s seniors. We have a list of home bound members who would love a friendly visit. Some of these people live in their own homes and some are in facilities such as Simpson Meadows. Or, you could make and send cards to people who cannot attend church or who are ill.
All of these items have complete instructions and information about what to do. If you are interested in any of them, contact the church office at 610-696-2663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.