We decided to revisit the Rest Home badge this year for a few reasons. First, I think it was a really great experience for the residents AND the children last year and I'd like to continue visiting there. Also, we have some families who either didn't complete the badge or weren't in the Club last year and I want them to have the opportunity to earn it. Even some of the parents were moved out of their comfort zone, I think, when we went and spoke to the residents and also sang Christmas carols and other songs for them. I think that's a good thing.
At last evening's meeting, we did a Bible study/character lesson on "Compassion" that naturally led into talking about how we can show compassion and love to others, namely the residents at the nursing home. The children then worked on coloring simple Christmas cards I had made up, printed with John 3:16. We will hand these out to the folks when we go caroling there in December. In the Keepers book, they mention that when you visit these people, it may be their first or last opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Wow. So I wanted to be sure to include a simple Gospel message on the cards rather than the usual Merry Christmas or other "holiday" greeting.