Yesterday my kids got the privilege along with 5 other families to minister to residents at a nursing home. One of the residents attends our church and asked us to come and share a few songs. It was an awesome opportunity for us to serve the older and wiser generation. Our performance was simple but touched so many hearts.
Our kids ranged from 1 years old to teenagers, and all got to play a little part. Our worship Pastor headed this event up. She picked four songs for the kids to sing and then gave any kid the opportunity to share a poem, Bible verse, book, song or joke.
The songs we sang were I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, I’m in the Lord’s Army, This Little Light of Mine and Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone). It was the perfect combination. Some fun, some with actions, some with deep meaning and some oldies but goodies. Each family practiced the songs on their own so that the kids could learn them without setting up practice times. Ruth played the piano, and I sat in front of the kids helping to lead them as they sang. After the songs, several of the kids did share something individually.
It was a great opportunity for the kids to do some public speaking in a safe and loving environment. It also gave them an opportunity to be a light and serve others. After the performance we passed out little cards that the kids had made for the residents to take home. To make the cards we cut a piece of cardstock into fourths. The kids then used a white crayon to write a message on the card. The kids came up with the messages. A couple of the messages were ‘Jesus Loves You’ and ‘Have a Blessed Day.’ Then they used watercolors to paint them and make them unique. Hopefully this brought a little sunshine into their lives.
It was amazing to watch our children interact with the residents as they handed out the cards. The kids were able to ask them questions and answer theirs. It did this mama’s heart good to see my children blessing others – it blessed me as well!
Do you know someone in a nursing home that you can go and bless? Get a couple of your friends together and go and brighten their day. Pick some songs that you know well and teach them to the kids. You don’t have to have a piano; acappella or with a CD works just fine. Have the kids do a simple craft that they can hand out to bless the residents. You will be amazed at how God can use this opportunity to minister to everyone involved.
James 1:27 (NASB)
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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