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Kindness a key focus of Others Week

Kindness a key focus of Others Week

11 June 2016

By Simone Worthing

“Heart to God, Hand to Man” is the vision behind The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s annual “Others Week”, held from 12-19 June. Kindness is one of the focus areas of this week. “We’re looking to God, wanting to be people of God who are kind people through and through,” says Fay Foster, Salvos Caring Coordinator who is overseeing Others Week. “We want to be following God’s lead in this wherever we are. It’s about the way we live, not just the acts of kindness we do.”

Some expressions of The Salvation Army, such as Aged Care Plus and Salvos Stores, arrange specific activities for this week, while others focus on developing initiatives and approaches that are integrated into their corps or centre, simply as part of who they are and what they do. If needed, corps and centres can choose alternative dates for Others Week to best fit their calendars.

The Others Week team has developed a range of resources where almost every ministry area can find tools to help them with their activities, from encouragement cards, Others-related badges for SAGALA sections, the Kind Kids Club, Make Poverty History and a colouring competition,to devotionals, a Facebook photo challenge, and Others T-shirt.

For more information, go to the Salvos Caring and Others Week toolkit pages, the Salvos Caring Facebook page, or contact salvos.caring@aue.salvationarmy.org

Kind kids club

The Kind Kids Club is a new initiative in the territory. The champion of the club is Captain Kindness, who inspires children everywhere to be kind and helpful to others. He gives children Kindness Missions to complete which could include helping at home, being kind to others in the community, being kind to children and teachers at school, and even helping less fortunate people in other countries.

To join the Kind Kids Club, children must complete one of these missions, and recite the pledge to be kind in all aspects of life and love God and others. Captain Kindness has taught many kids how important it is to be kind to others in Jesus’ name, and now he has a special helper, his first sidekick, Kind Kid. “

During Others Week we will learn more about Captain Kindness’ mission to change the world through one act of kindness after another, as well as how you can have Captain Kindness or Kind Kid visit your corps, centre or children’s ministry,” says Fay. “Captain Kindness is designed to be a local superhero and we can’t wait to see people across our territory donning a cape, a mask and the Kind Kids Club logo to bring the message to their own kids!”

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