In his book, The Great Commandment Principle, David Ferguson opens with this story:
Friend, this beautiful story happened in Titusville, Florida. Now can I share a story that happened right here in the Houston area?
The Bridge Fellowship began a partnership with Lamar Consolidated ISD’s Pink Elementary in 2015. Last month, one of the pastors at The Bridge received this email from a teacher at Pink:
“The Bridge has done so much for our family, and we thank you for that!”
What if your church did something a little different this Easter? What if, instead of inviting the community to your church’s events, you offered to help with their events and with their needs? Consider this from The Great Commandment Principle:
We know your church likely has Easter plans already.* But in the next several months, would you consider showing this Great Commandment love in your local school? You’ll have a chance to see and address some very real needs – and children, parents, teachers, and staff will view God (and your church) very differently as a result!
– John 13:34-35
A: Yes! See below for ideas. (You don’t have to do everything – ask your local school which one(s) they’d like help with!):
- Provide breakfast for teachers and students during STAAR testing this week.
- Teachers are likely running low on supplies by now and have to buy extras using their own money. Ask if you can help restock.
- Volunteer at end-of-year parties, spring carnivals, and field trips, or provide snacks or supplies.
- Many schools give out student awards. Offer to make these awards more special with gift cards or other tokens of appreciation.
- Prom can be expensive! Hold a clothing drive to collect gently used dresses, suits, shoes, etc. (Many districts are holding drives – check with yours to see how you can help!) Offer to help with flowers or photography.
- Help teachers pack up their classrooms at the end of the year.
- Students might be accepted into college but may not be able to afford to go. Offer scholarships!
- Offer scholarships to summer camps, or host summer programs at your church.