Autism Awareness Month. April is Autism Awareness Month. What can your church, class, or group do to come alongside families in your community who deal with autism?
• Start a support group for families with autism.
• Some churches offer Sunday school classes designed especially for children with autism.
• One church offers a regular “Parents’ Night Out” event, providing volunteer child care for parents with autistic children. While moms and dads enjoy some quiet alone time, children have fun with crafts, snacks, and movies.
• Be creative. Come up with your own ideas to reach out to and love on people affected by autism.
Earth Day is April 22. Leverage this day to care for creation and point to the One who created it. Consider ministry opportunities that help you partner with God in caring for his creation, for this is a responsibility God has given to us.
The tax filing deadline is April 15. Here are three ideas to bless people in the community:
Arrange for retired accountants to do taxes for free for single parents, those who are out of work, or others who are struggling financially.
Provide a free class on finances and/or taxes.
Ask people to give a percentage of their tax refunds to a local charitable ministry or collect it to bless struggling families in your community.