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Children’s Missions Day 2019

One of the best kept secrets is Children’s Missions Day observed in February of each year. Over its 12-year history, thousands of children have showed God’s love in their communities. This year’s theme is “We’re Telling!” Children in grades 1-6 participate in the outreach event designed specifically for them. Develop a project that will not only meet a need in your community but will also inspire children to serve others. To learn more about participating in Children’s Missions Day visit www.wmu.com/cmd   

Inspire Children to Have an Unshakable Faith

Bring the Unshakable Pursuit theme to life with activities, posters, and a circus event. By using a circus theme, help your children unpack what it means to have unshakable faith. As they study Bible stories about unwavering faith, they will develop a stronger spiritual understanding of what they believe and why they believe it. Resources for Children in Action are available through Woman’s Missionary Union at www.wmustore.com  

Hot Off the Press!

“Tell the Story: Bible Storying for Kids” is now available at www.wmustore.com  Sharing God’s stories with children has never been more easy and effective. A digital download, this new resource includes these tools:

  • 40 individual Bible story sessions
  • 60 different activities and games
  • 8 strategies for sharing Christ with kids
  • 5-day Bible storying plan for a mission trip, outreach project of VBS
  • Ideas for sharing with children who are unchurched or from different cultures
  • Tips for adapting stories for adults
  • A Bible storying cloth which is shipped separately

The response to this new resource has been great. And, it can be yours to use in ministry for $44.99!    

ANOTHER SUMMER MISSIONS IDEA

While children are out of school, it’s a great time to take them to visit local nursing home or care facilities. Spend time listening and talking to residents. Pray with them; write letters for them; and share Jesus with them. You could include some of these activities:

  • have monthly birthday parties (check with facility about diet restrictions)
  • provide music (piano, instrumental, vocal)
  • plan a weekly or monthly worship service
  • host holiday parties (July 4th, Christmas)

Want more ideas? Order Across the Street and Around the World by Diana Davis. Visit wmustore.com to order.

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!

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.

Summer Is Just Around the Corner

Now is the time to begin planning for summer mission activities for youth in your church. Woman’s Missionary Union has a great resource that will help you provide missions involvement opportunities during the summer months. “e-4” units are missions education units designed for small churches, church plants, home-school families, and small groups. They are developed around Engage, Expand, Explore, and Experience. There are currently 4 units ready for you to use with your students: Poverty, PTSD, Disaster Relief, and Live Like Jesus.

The units can be downloaded for $3.99 each. Involve your students in missions this summer! Go to www.wmustore.com to order.

Oh! Guess What? !

There are “e-4” units for children too! These drop-in missions activities cover such subjects as: Chaplaincy, Church Planters, Hunger, Homelessness, and Disaster Relief. Download for $3.99 each from: www.wmustore.com.

Love Your Neighbor: Children’s Ministry Day 2017

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to participate in this community outreach event during the month of February. Children’s Ministry Day is an opportunity to teach children that they can help make a difference in their neighborhoods and community.

The projects your children do should be dictated by the needs in your community. One idea would be to help the children make simple winter-themed wreaths and take them to neighbors near your church. Give them Scripture verses to share as they present the wreaths. You may choose to use the church kitchen to bake cookies and deliver them to neighbors close by. Include information about your church and its activities as well as a copy of the Gospel of John.

Children’s Ministry Day reminds children (and their parents) that they, too, can be missionaries!

To get started, go to www.wmustore.com/cmd or call WMU Customer Service at 1.800.968.7301. A resource/promotion packet is available for $17.99, badges/patches for each child for $2.99 and shirts for $8.95 each. Free Resources of clip art, flyers, press releases, and certificates can be downloaded online.