About Outreach

Ways to help your youth group to be outward looking, whether it’s reaching out to your local community or overseas.

Paying It Forward Letters

Contributed by: Jeremy Harris, Diocese of Auckland

Paying It Forward Letters - paying it forward by writing anonymous letters to strangers with Bible verses, poems, quotes, and words of encouragement.
Our youth really got into this! The awesome thing was that, through doing this, they grasped that the good news - that they have been hearing... See more

Random Acts

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Inform your youth beforehand that you’ll be taking time to pray and then act on what God leads you to do for others in pairs. It could be helping someone with their groceries, paying for someone’s coffee in advance, praying for someone who needs healing, encouraging someone or simply sitting... See more

The $500 Challenge

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Raise some funds for a organization that really helps people.
You could produce a play, a concert, do a long walk, run or bike together for sponsorship, run a fair or creative market.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth Group", developed by the Social... See more

Playing Around

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Auckland

Along with your youth leaders, run a fun games, crafts & face painting afternoon for young local kids.
It’s a great way to meet and reach out to your community.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth Group", developed by the Social Justice Unit of the... See more

Live Below The Line

Do the "Live Below the Line" challenge together!
Live Below the Line is bringing about change and giving people hope. It is a campaign to create awareness and raise fund for some of the 1.2 billion people around the globe who live below the global poverty line - that's the New Zealand... See more

Second Chance

You can make a difference in your local school! Here are a couple of ideas:
Does your school have recycling? How could they not have recycling?! Campaign in your school to get recycling. If necessary, set up a system for them.
Run a campaign in your school to promote 'restorative justice',... See more

Chalk it up

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Draw chalk messages, poetry or art around your community or school that gently or quirkily helps people to think about a social justice issue or inspires them to live differently.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth Group", developed by the Social Justice Unit... See more

Is NZ fair? How wealth is shared

Contributed by: Kate Day, Diocese of Christchurch

Use this exercise to demonstrate how wealth is shared in New Zealand


  • The richest 10 percent own over half the country’s total wealth.

  • The richest 1 percent own 16 percent of total wealth.

  • The poorest 50 percent own just 5 percent of all... See more

Is NZ fair?

Contributed by: Kate Day, Diocese of Christchurch

Fairness used to be a strong part of New Zealand’s identity. Is New Zealand still fair? Is inequality a problem?
This conversation is heating up in New Zealand and the Anglican Social Justice Unit in Christchurch has developed resources to help youth groups and schools explore the question... See more

Film the Past

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Past ways are powerful!
Make it your group project to visit rest homes with a list of questions and ask the residents about how they coped before the age of the refrigerator, cheap clothes, and plastic bags.
Share the results to inspire your school, community or church to live more... See more

Buy Nothing Week

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Live simply...
...so others can simply live.
Organize a ‘buy nothing’ week (or day) at your school, church or youth group to encourage people to consume less and think about how much we spend on ourselves.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth... See more

Join the Movement

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

What big issues do you care about most?
Ring up an organization that inspires you, explain who you are and ask how you can help. You might like to try Amnesty International, Forrest and Bird, the Global Poverty Project, Green Peace, or the Social Justice wing of the Anglican... See more

Cookin’ Up Some Love

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Does your youth group love food? (What group doesn't?!) Here are a few ideas to use their love of food to bless their local community.
Does your church have a freezer of pre-prepared meals ready to go for families that have a crisis and need some time off cooking? If so, spend an evening with... See more

Haerenga Mission Internship

Haerenga Mission Internship is a 10 month internship run by NZCMS - the New Zealand Church Missionary Society. They're an evangelical, voluntary mission organisation seeking to mobilise the Anglican Church in New Zealand for God’s mission.
The Haerenga Internship is designed to develop... See more

Mission Encounters

Contributed by: Kirstin Cant, NZCMS

NZCMS Encounter trips are two to three week overseas experiences designed to help people understand and engage with what God is doing around the world. Encounter trips are strategic and intentional experiences created to have a long-term impact for God’s kingdom. The name says it all: Encounter... See more

Love your neighbour

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Looking for ideas to help your youth group be a blessing to their local community?
Why not give one of these a try:
Bake together as a youth group. Take your neighbours a plate of baking and start a conversation.
Get into a team, grab some gardening tools and offer to do outdoor work... See more

Famine

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Do the 40 hour famine together!
Held every year in term 2, the World Vision 40 Hour Famine is a great way for your youth group to experience what it is like to be hungry, or to go without something basic.
Give them a challenge to see how much money they can raise as a group.
Find out... See more