The Top 20 Acts of SERVICE with LUNCH ideas
1. Meals on Wheels – Longest Lutheran Lunch style!
Share the gift of service by cooking up a storm in your hall kitchen for the elderly and also for those families with young children. It is a real blessing to receive the gift of a meal at your doorstep.
2. Food Bank Longest Lutheran Lunch
Work with your local food centre and give out freshly prepared packages made in your hall kitchen. Add a personalised message made by the Sunday School children, to each package.
3. Hot Dog Lunch Festival style!
Book a stall at a local street festival and giveaway (or sell) hot dogs. They’re relatively cheap and easy to make! A good alternative is a sausage sizzle and generally meets council’s food regulations.
4. Progressive Lunch – An All Day Affair!
Take it in turns to serve each other! If you have 2 or more congregations in your parish, start the day with a parish service at one point and share the first course. Drive to the second point and have the second course prepared by that congregation. Enjoy afternoon tea at the 3rd point!
5. Mystery Bus Trip!
Pick a quaint little pub and book for lunch but don’t tell a soul! Work out an affordable cost for bus hire and lunch. Pack a goody bag for everyone to take home (items could include some chocolates, a packet of chips and a bottle of water). Give the staff at the pub a nice gift complete with a personalised card of thanks!
6. Around the World in a Day!
Set up the ‘aeroplane’ with appropriate seating at one end of your venue. The area must be blocked off so travellers don’t know what country they are going to land in! Engage the ‘local’ air hostesses to go through the safety procedures (some good actors required!) Have passengers embark and disembark at each country. Upon each landing, the food at that stopover should represent the culture of the country with members allocated to cater, according to their country of origin, complete with full costume!
7. Dine with Wine & Dips!
Somewhere in the world, it’s 5 o’clock, known for many as wine o’clock! Ask your members to make a dip and provide dry biscuits and invite your community over with their favourite bottle of wine, or get a licence and build the Longest Lutheran Bar!
8. Going Mexican Tacos!
Invite your youth leaders to become Mexicans for one day AND dress accordingly! The fellowship in the kitchen will spill out into your hall or great outdoors to be served this very easy-to-make dish for young and old!
9. The Great Jaffle Exchange!
If you’re lucky enough to live in a rural area, start stacking your bonfire branches now! Have your treasurer buy enough ham, cheese & bread and people can bring their own additions to see who can make the best jaffle in the fire.
10. Clean Communities!
Spring clean your church and surrounds while playing Gospel songs loud enough for the neighbours to hear! Finish with a BBQ lunch and use it as an opportunity to invite anyone who’s walking past to stay for a bite to eat!
11. Backyard Blitz with Picnic!
Break up into working parties of 6 or more people to help the elderly or a young family in your congregation or district. Select families/individuals who accept your help. Allocate 2 people on ‘sandwich making’ duty at your church hall/space (you could end up with 20 people making sandwiches and filling cordial bottles or thermos, if you have 10 groups!). The remaining 4 people head off and work on blitzing someone’s backyard! When lunch arrives, sit with the family or elderly person and enjoy a picnic at lunchtime to give everyone enough energy to finish the job that was started!
12. Operation Disaster Relief!
People in our communities have been suffering the effects of drought and floods recently. Identify an area where your help would be welcome. Find a contact through the local Lutheran church. Set up a production line to fill shoeboxes with non-perishables for families which have been donated by your members. Enjoy a shared lunch to precede this act of service. A great service activity for kids as well!
13. Teachers Pet Morning Tea!
Request permission to provide morning tea for teachers at your local state school as an act of reaching out into the wider community. Home baked treats and freshly made sandwiches plated up in your church hall and then delivered to the school. An additional activity could be to involve the Sunday school children making up postcards to say ‘Enjoy your morning tea! God loves you! from Chloe at St Mary’s Lutheran Church
14. Potted Plant Lunch!
Is there a community event coming up to raise money for a local charity in your area? Consider having a potted plant day where people bring cuttings (geraniums, succulents, herbs), pots, potting mix and ice cream sticks. Wash the pots. Lay out all the cuttings. Fill the pots with soil and teach the children how to plant a cutting. Write the plant name on the ice cream stick and on the reverse write your church’s name and poke into the soil. Celebrate with lunch around the potted plants. Finish by setting the potted plants up in a cool place where they won’t dry out in the sun and have the children water them each Sunday until they begin to take root. Several volunteers may be needed to water the plants during the week. Once the plants are established, set up a garden stall at the charity fundraiser and sell them, giving the profits to Lutheran World Service.
15. Community Garden Picnic!
Does your community have a community garden? Spend half a day weeding and watering either beginning or ending with a picnic lunch in the garden. Invite the media along for lunch – and a few photos!
16. Student Free Day Brunch!
Request permission to provide brunch for teachers when it’s a student free day. Their time is freer without students in their midst. Cook a BBQ of egg & bacon muffins, some slices, fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. Watch the teachers interact with you and each other. It’s a real staff morale booster!
17. Community Fun Run/Walk for all abilities!
There are lots of people who enjoy a brisk walk or run and participating in Fun Runs. Organise one for your church and add a free breakfast or lunch into the event. Make it as long or as short as you like! Be sure to make it for people of all abilities where strong ones can push a wheelchair around the block!
18. Car Rally Scavenger Hunt with Pitstop Lunches!
Organise a Car Rally and mix up the passengers so people are encouraged to connect. A map with directions and clues for the Scavenger Hunt be given to each car load. Throughout the rally, several food stations (check points) could be set up. The last car through each checkpoint takes the caterers in their car (so don’t overload your cars!). Once the destination is reached, enjoy afternoon tea or dessert, served by the last group of caterers. The carload with the highest number of points at the end wins.
19. After Party Clean Up!
Is there someone in your neighbourhood who’s having a party for an anniversary or a special birthday? Offer your services to clean up the following day and provide lunch for the family. No doubt the hosts would be eternally grateful for a mass clean up and a delicious lunch for any guests staying over.
20. A Bucket List Wall!
“What do you want to do before you die?” The question is powerful and inspires reflection.
The idea is simple: Construct a wall coated in chalkboard paint with the phrase “Before I die I would like to…” prominently painted in white. Attach buckets for chalk. Invite the community to share responses with one another and launch the project with a community lunch. Another great project to invite the media to. Be amazed at the attention it will gain from people walking past and participating!