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State Missions Offering

September is State Missions month, and “Reaching Indiana” is the theme for the 2017 offering. Materials will place a strong emphasis on church planting in Indiana, and resources are available online. A printed brochure with mission stories, facts, and prayer requests will be available through the state convention office. This year’s goal is $75,000, and gifts to the offering will be used in 3 key areas: church revitalization, church planting, and associational initiatives.  Associations  request funds to assist them with evangelism projects, church plants, leadership development, and training events. Your gifts to this important offering will be used to proclaim the good news of Jesus throughout our state.

This year’s promotional materials will include the mentioned brochure, offering envelopes, posters, and a series of age level ideas for informing everyone in your church about how Indiana Southern Baptists are working to reach Hoosiers with God’s love. These suggestions will be available as online downloads along with “Indiana Fast Facts” which contains fun facts about our state as well as more information about our mission efforts. “Reaching the Lost in Indiana” gives information by association about the spiritual needs in Indiana. A special article on how to promote the mission offering will also be online. Go to www.scbi.org/smo  to order promotional items and download information helps.

In a Nutshell:

  1. Set a church goal.
  2. Order offering envelopes, brochures, posters. (free!)
  3. Plan to inform all age groups in your church about mission work in Indiana.
  4. Put up posters announcing your goal and/or a display featuring missions in our state.
  5. Determine an “in-gathering” day and schedule worship service time to emphasize giving and the importance of the offering.
  6. Stand back and watch God bless our mission efforts in Indiana!

Christmas in August

Christmas in August is a ready-made missions involvement opportunity! Go to www.wmu.org and in Search box type “Christmas in August.” You’ll find lists of supplies missionaries have requested to help their work. Complete with mailing addresses, the project is an easy way to emphasize missions and involve everyone in your church.

Wrap an open-top box with Christmas wrapping paper and place it in a central location. Make copies of the list of the missionary you’ve chosen and distribute them via the church bulletin or a display featuring the project.  Set a collection date and mail the unwrapped items. Be sure to budget for the package postage (ask for donations to cover that cost if there is no budget).

Help your church learn about the history of Christmas in August by using the information WMU provides online. Verbal announcements during worship services can create excitement in participating in something that will enable missionaries to teach children and students about God’s love and His Son Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

Missions Lifeline will be held August 5, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church, Greenfield.

Pastors and mission-minded members will gather to attend missions-specific conferencing and to hear from IMB and NAMB missionaries. Leaders will be equipped for the upcoming church year to lead men, women, boys, and girls to be missional disciples. Children (Pre-K – 6th grade) will experience a fun Kids on Mission Mini Camp. WMU members will celebrate missions together through their Annual Meeting.

“I left Missions Lifeline challenged by the testimonies, informed by the breakouts, and better equipped to help my church. I was super impressed and hope more people take time to join in this year!” Chris Conrades, Crosspoint Church, Richmond.

Please register by July 23. $5 for BBQ lunch; Kids are free! Information on specific workshops and registration is online: www.scbi.org/events/missionslifeline

Refresher on Preschoolers in Missions

Why begin missions education in the preschool years? Because the significance of a strong foundation based on biblical truths cannot be overestimated. It is important that preschoolers understand that God loves them and the world and that they can serve Him by caring and sharing. WMU provides great resources to teach preschoolers about missions through Mission Friends, an ongoing missions discipleship organization. To download a free Mission Friends starter pack and watch a helpful video, visit wmu.com/getstarted. There is a Leader Kit for persons interested in teaching preschoolers about missions and a take-home piece with songs, games, activities, and a note to parents. An additional enrichment piece, “First Step in Missions,” contains activities for interest areas, reproductions, bulletin board ideas, and more!

Summer Mission Activities

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to schedule some fun activities for families in your church. Here are some ideas that might work for you:

  1. Work with older elementary kids and teach them how to make girls’ dresses from pillowcases. Easy patterns are available on Pinterest.
  2. Package health care kits for the homeless and go on a field trip to deliver them to a facility that ministers to the homeless.
  3. Children can lead your church to donate canned food for a local food ministry. Collect the food for several weeks and then take it to the ministry center.
  4. Make and distribute sandwiches for inner city homeless.
  5. Provide a birthday-in-a-box for children living temporarily in a shelter for abused women and children. Since many leave home with nothing, provide a cake mix, canned frosting, candles, paper goods, and a banner to help a child in transition still celebrate his/her birthday.
  6. Help children make bookmarks for a mission team from your church to use. Other items may be needed; see if children can collect these and set a time when they can be presented to the team (perhaps in a worship service?)
  7. Hand out water bottles and collect change  for water purification units for missionaries (Go online: www.wmu.com/PureWaterPureLove for more information).
  8. Involve children and families in promoting Christmas in August (collecting supplies missionaries need for their work). For a list of supplies and mailing addresses go online to www.wmu.com/chirtmasinaugust. Lists can also be found in missions magazines published by WMU.

Summer is a great time for relaxing and doing things you normally don’t have time to do. And…mission activities can make the warm days seem even brighter when your church participates in sharing the good news of Jesus with others in your community and around the world.

Get ready! Get set! Go!

If you are interested in beginning or strengthening missions education in your church, call Linda Clark for a consultation. Or…text. Or… email. Linda is prepared to help you assess the missions education needs of your congregation and determine how you can introduce men, women, students, children, and preschoolers to the excitement of mission involvement. Call this week! 502.595.8473 or email at lclark1213@hotmail.com  

Summer Mission Activities

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to schedule some fun activities for families in your church. Here are some ideas that might work for you:

  1. Work with older elementary kids and teach them how to make girls’ dresses from pillowcases. Easy patterns are available on Pinterest.
  2. Package health care kits for the homeless and go on a field trip to deliver them to a facility that ministers to the homeless.
  3. Children can lead your church to donate canned food for a local food ministry. Collect the food for several weeks and then take it to the ministry center.
  4. Make and distribute sandwiches for inner city homeless.
  5. Provide a birthday-in-a-box for children living temporarily in a shelter for abused women and children. Since many leave home with nothing, provide a cake mix, canned frosting, candles, paper goods, and a banner to help a child in transition still celebrate his/her birthday.
  6. Help children make bookmarks for a mission team from your church to use. Other items may be needed; see if children can collect these and set a time when they can be presented to the team (perhaps in a worship service?)
  7. Hand out water bottles and collect change  for water purification units for missionaries (Go online: www.wmu.com/PureWaterPureLove for more information).
  8. Involve children and families in promoting Christmas in August (collecting supplies missionaries need for their work). For a list of supplies and mailing addresses go online to www.wmu.com/chirtmasinaugust. Lists can also be found in missions magazines published by WMU.

Summer is a great time for relaxing and doing things you normally don’t have time to do. And…mission activities can make the warm days seem even brighter when your church participates in sharing the good news of Jesus with others in your community and around the world.

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2nd annual Missions Lifeline event will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenfield on Saturday, August 5. The conference will include specialized workshops for pastors, missions leaders, and anyone interested in mission ministries in their communities.

In addition to a variety of workshops topics such as preparing for a mission trip, learning about giving to mission causes, beginning local ministries, and engaging others in missions-related activities, information to help churches begin new ministries and create awareness will be presented through displays and interactive times with missions leaders. International and North American missionaries will lead workshops about the country and area where they serve. 

An exciting element of the event will be the mini Kids on Mission camp for children ages Pre-K through 6th grade. Children will have a full day of games, crafts, and learning about how Southern Baptists mission work in Russia. It’ll be complete with live missionaries who will answer their questions about Russia and being a missionary!

A celebration including the commissioning of Indiana Woman’s Missionary Union leaders will be held during the missions gathering led by guest musicians and speakers.

Various ministries will have displays showing how Indiana Baptists serve using shower units, block parties, and providing hot meals. Lunch will be provided by Disaster Relief volunteers.

Nathan Shaver, pastor of Christ Community Church in Speedway, comments, “Missions Lifeline helps the local church close the gap between thinking about the Mission of God and being equipped to engage the Mission. It’s a really helpful, practical, and encouraging conference.”

Don’t miss this event that’s been designed with you and your church in mind! Make plans now to bring children for the camp experience and to learn about answering Jesus’ command to “Go into all the nations…” Information on specific workshops and registration is online: www.scbi.org/events/missionslifeline

Refresher on Children in Missions

Children in Action is an exciting and fun-filled coed missions education organization for boys and girls in grades 1 – 6. Children will gain an understanding of God’s work in the world and how they can participate. They “travel” to various places around the world learning about what missionaries do, praying for others, and understanding what they can do where they live. The organization’s motto is: “Send me!” Children in Action Leader is the quarterly planning guide and kit for the weekly meetings. The kit contains posters, reproducible activity pages, Bible-learning activities, and missions project ideas. The annual subscription fee for the 4 quarters is $69.99. Included in the kit is the Children’s Missions DVD containing monthly videos of international and North American missions work. To spark enthusiasm WMU also has CA badges and free downloads for leaders to use as they inspire children to learn about missions.

Planning Ahead

As your thoughts turn to what your church will put on the church calendar next fall, have you considered introducing missions education? Creating awareness of missions and how everyone can become involved is a worthy task for all churches. Many great resources are available through Woman’s Missionary Union, experts in creating age-appropriate materials. Linda Clark, SEIBA’s Missions Education Consultant, is also available for consultations, discounted curriculum, and ideas for establishing exciting mission activities in your church. Email her to set up an appointment:  lclark1213@hotmail.com