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Service Project Ideas

Since all believers are given the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts of Christ to use for service and blessing, all have now been liberated in Christ to do good  works. As a matter of fact, we were created in Christ Jesus as the very workmanship of God, in order that we might do good works, the very ones which we were reborn in Christ to accomplish (Eph. 2.8-10).  

A key part of our SIAFU Chapter is organizing service projects in our communities that meet needs and transform our neighborhoods for the Kingdom. SIAFU gatherings can become ministry incubators, allowing local urban Christians to do good works on behalf of others in the neighborhoods where they meet.

Below is a list of ideas for service projects for your SIAFU Chapter. This is not an exhaustive list (there are many more ideas to be had and shared), but hopefully it will spur your chapter on to ideas as to how they can serve your church and community. Part of discovering ways to serve is to look for ideas in your every day. Take a walk around your neighborhood, notice needs at your church. There are a host of things from small to large that can be done. If your Chapter comes up with a service project not listed here, please tell us know so we can let others in the Network know too.


  • Longer Term Open or Close

    ♦ Host tutoring classes
    ♦ Voluteer at local school (in classroom or lunch aids)
    ♦ Host a computer training class
    ♦ Set up food and clothing ministry at your church
    ♦ ESL Program
    ♦ Outreach to Prostitutes
    ♦ Gang Ministry
    ♦ Youth Ministry
    ♦ Legal Advocacy Support
    ♦ Wife/spousal abuse
    ♦ Substance Abuse Program
    ♦ Aids support network
    ♦ Neighborhood Watch
    ♦ Big Brothers, Big Sisters
    ♦ Pray for, correspond with, and/or support a missionary
    ♦ Sponsor a TUMI Satellite
    ♦ Mentor at a TUMI Prison Satellite
    ♦ Support a parachurch ministry in your area
    ♦ Establish regular Let God Arise! prayer meeting for cities of America and world
    ♦ Plant a sister church
    ♦ Establish a GED program
    ♦ Host a regular church service at a nursing home (offer worship, devotions, prayer, and fellowship)
    ♦ Start a pen-pal program matching volunteers to a person with special needs (write letters and send small treats on a regular basis)
    ♦ Literacy program

  • More Involved Open or Close

    ♦ Sewing: Hem or repair clothes
    ♦ Sew curtains
    ♦ Babysit for single parent families
    ♦ Put on neighborhood BBQ (free)
    ♦ Host auto clinic for oil changes and minor repairs
    ♦ Coordinate holiday meal donations and disperse in your church and community
    ♦ Coordinate a progressive dinner among your church chapters and chapters in your area
    ♦ Host a resume/job training seminar
    ♦ Establish a prayer chain
    ♦ Start a hospital visitation
    ♦ Host a cooking class
    ♦ Provide personal care for the needy
    ♦ Handiman repair work
    ♦ Light electrical or plumbing work
    ♦ Short term missions trip
    ♦ Vacation Bible School
    ♦ Puppet outreach
    ♦ Outdoor concert
    ♦ Host a block party
    ♦ Emergency housing and food
    ♦ Host a lay health day clinic
    ♦ Host game tournament in your neighborhood
    ♦ Host a fun day for children with special needs and their families
    ♦ Host art show
    ♦ Put on Halloween alternative party
    ♦ Community VBS
    ♦ Community Thanksgiving Service
    ♦ Church yard sale
    ♦ County or state fair booth

  • Simple Open or Close

    ♦ Rake Yard and get rid of leaves
    ♦ Clean out gutters on house (and repair?)
    ♦ Scrape and paint outside of house
    ♦ Mow yard, trim brush, pull weeds
    ♦ Work day at your church
    ♦ Cleaning day at your church
    ♦ Serve meal at a soup kitchen
    ♦ Clean windows and screens (inside and out)
    ♦ Put plastic on windows in preparation for winter
    ♦ Indoor painting project
    ♦ Clean carpet
    ♦ Set up Christmas tree and decorations
    ♦ Shop for groceries
    ♦ Run errands for those unable to do so
    ♦ Cook a meal for a family
    ♦ Visit the elderly and sick
    ♦ Prepare meals for family in need (coordinate food schedule during time of difficulty)
    ♦ Visit and read to shut-ins
    ♦ Help a family move
    ♦ Clean apartment/house after moving out or before moving in
    ♦ Check with local ministry to see what day project they would like for you to do
    ♦ Provide transportation help
    ♦ Write letters to inmates
    ♦ Prayer walk in your community
    ♦ Visit those in prison
    ♦ Stand in for a full-time caregiver for a break
    ♦ Host free car wash
    ♦ Pick up trash in the park, your neighborhood
    ♦ Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward (toys, care packages, etc.)
    ♦ Serve free hot breakfast for people in your community
    ♦ Mother's morning out ♦ Rake Yard and get rid of leaves
    ♦ Clean out gutters on house (and repair?)
    ♦ Scrape and paint outside of house
    ♦ Mow yard, trim brush, pull weeds
    ♦ Work day at your church
    ♦ Cleaning day at your church
    ♦ Serve meal at a soup kitchen
    ♦ Clean windows and screens (inside and out)
    ♦ Put plastic on windows in preparation for winter
    ♦ Indoor painting project
    ♦ Clean carpet
    ♦ Set up Christmas tree and decorations
    ♦ Shop for groceries
    ♦ Run errands for those unable to do so
    ♦ Cook a meal for a family
    ♦ Visit the elderly and sick
    ♦ Prepare meals for family in need (coordinate food schedule during time of difficulty)
    ♦ Visit and read to shut-ins
    ♦ Help a family move
    ♦ Clean apartment/house after moving out or before moving in
    ♦ Check with local ministry to see what day project they would like for you to do
    ♦ Provide transportation help
    ♦ Write letters to inmates
    ♦ Prayer walk in your community
    ♦ Visit those in prison
    ♦ Stand in for a full-time caregiver for a break
    ♦ Host free car wash
    ♦ Pick up trash in the park, your neighborhood
    ♦ Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward (toys, care packages, etc.)
    ♦ Serve free hot breakfast for people in your community
    ♦ Mother's morning out