I am really excited to announce to my readers that I will be participating in the Summer of Service ACTS blog tour this summer! Each month this summer I will have something exciting to share with you directly from Adventures in Odyssey and I will be hosting two giveaways that you will not want to miss!
What is the ACTS challenge?
ACTS stands for A Call To Service and it is a challenge to encourage kids to act selflessly and start serving others. Participants can stop by a participating Christian bookstore and pick up a service log, or if you’re like me and live too far away from a participating location, you can download a free printable service log at the ACTS site! At the end of summer, kids can record and upload a short video telling how they serve and why they’d like to become an Adventures in Odyssey Ambassador.
Why should my family participate?
First, there are some awesome prizes: 100 winners will get the brand new AIO Album, and after online voting, 2 grand prize winners will get to travel on an exciting Good-Goers Mission Based Adventure trip to another country with a parent. The destination will be announced on a live podcast May 22!
Secondly and most importantly, serving is one of the most important things we can do as Christians and it is something we need to instill in our children at an early age. We should take to heart the words of Pope Francis in his homily on April 21, 2013: “Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and to seek out and save what was lost”. This ACTS challenge will be a great way to begin to reinforce the idea in our children this summer!
What can we do to get started?
First, check and see if there is a participating Christian bookstore near you and get a service log or print one from home. Next, check out these awesome summer service ideas for kids to see if there's anything that motivates you to get started and listen to this free mp3 download, "The Business of Busyness". Finally, get out and get started! Don't forget to listen on May 22 to the live podcast for more information about the mystery destination and check back here often for some great giveaways and more service ideas!
Have a wonderful day!