Service HoursCommunity service is the giving of ourselves to help others rather than a “project completed” or “hours counted.” As Jesus said, “For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45)All Confirmation Candidates will participate in a total of 14 Service Hours, with 7 hours in service to St. Mel Parish (e.g. as a greeter, usher, altar server, special events) and 7 hours to the community of their choice (e.g. the One Walk L.A., the Union Rescue Mission, Special Olympics, Heal the Bay).
- Candidates are responsible for scheduling and completing his/her service hours
- Candidates will submit the Service Project Completion Form to Ms. Torrefranca immediately following the completed hours for credit
Participating in service can be life changing! It enables us to experience what it means to help people not because we want to be “nice,” or because we expect to “get something back in return,” but because of a genuine concern. Service is one of the most powerful ways to show youth their faith in action.
Here are a few ideas of what serving others can look like!
- Community Cleanup: Choose an area in town to keep clean for the next 6 months. Contact city officials to ask if they would provide trash bags or paint to cover graffiti-covered walls, etc. One Saturday a month take a team of teens (it doesn’t have to be all of them every time) to clean up the area. After, go back to the church for some pizza or cookies!
- Bottle & Can Drive: Collect bottle and cans, go to a recycling station get your deposits and give to a local charity.
- Start a Tutoring Program out of Your Parish: Life Teen/Edge youth can sign up to help younger children with reading, writing, math, or science. Offer tutoring services each month in the evening, providing a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that is good for studying, followed by some fun. Contact local elementary schools about offering your services.
- Make a Meal at the Local Soup Kitchen: Contact a local soup kitchen and offer to prepare a meal. Find out what to cook, ask for food donations from people in the Church, and gather at the Church or Soup Kitchen to prepare the meal.
- Closet Cleaning: Have everyone in your Life Teen/Edge group go through their closets to collect items in good condition that they would be willing to give to people in need. Give it to a local service organization that distributes clothing to people.