About Children in Action

Children in Action is an exciting and fun-filled coed missions education organization for boys and girls in grades 1–6. Children in Action is just one of the missions education organizations offered by Woman's Missionary Union (WMU). WMU provides a full line of resources for Children in Action and other age-level organizations. Through Children in Action, boys and girls gain a greater understanding of God's work in the world and how they can join Him in His work.

Children in Action learn about the world, pray for the world, and learn how they can be used to tell others about God's Son, Jesus.


CA History

Countless boys and girls have been a part of Children in Action since it began in 1995. These children grow into adults who impact their world for Christ. Many lives have been changed as children and their leaders have prayed for, given to, and participated in missions education and hands-on missions involvement.

As Children in Action meet and learn together, they "travel" to various places around the world learning about the work of missionaries, praying for others, learning what the Bible says about missions and serving others, and learning what they can do in their own communities to serve and share Jesus with others. Children in Action helps boys and girls gain a biblical worldview that challenges them to live a missions lifestyle everywhere they go and in whatever they may do.

CA Basics

Children in Action is a dynamic WMU missions organization for boys and girls in grades 1–6. Children in Action allows children to explore missions and participate in planned mission action projects.

In Children in Action, children learn

  • a biblical worldview
  • ways to demonstrate Christ's love to others
  • how God is working around the world
  • their part of God's plan

Children in Action is designed with both girls and boys in mind. Children in Action helps children grow spiritually, recognizing the varying developmental stages of children in each grade. Children in Action materials are designed to help both younger and older children have missions experiences that lay a foundation for coming to faith in Christ as Savior and make missions an important part of their daily lives.

Children in Action works well for new churches and small groups. However, if you…

  • are a Children in Action leader
  • are averaging 10 or more children
  • have enough leaders to divide into two groups

then consider starting Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors.

Send your comments and questions to children@wmu.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

CA Motto, Pledge and Verse

Children in Action Pledge: As a member of Children in Action, I will pray for missions, give to missions, learn about missions, and do missions through the power of Christ.

Children in Action Motto: Send me!

Children in Action Scripture Verse: "I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13 NIrV).

CA Badge Placement Guide

Badges can be earned through special projects and activities found in Children in Action Leader, Missions Expedition, or leader-created projects. 

Where do all of these badges go? Download and share this placement guide to help leaders and parents get all of a Children in Action member's badges in the right place on his or her vest. View the placement guide.

CAs display earned badges on green vests. Vests can be purchased at lifeway.com/specialtyimprints.


CA Song

Words to the official Children in Action song, "Children in Action," are printed below.

Children in Action

CiA is here to stay.
We're on a mission every day,
To live for Jesus in every way.
When He's the attraction,
We're Children in Action! (Repeat)

Verse 1
We're getting on our feet.
We're not gonna sit around,
'Cause we wanna teach the world
About the new friend we've found.


Verse 2
We're showing God's love.
We're telling everyone
That God so loved the world,
He sent His only Son.

Chorus (Repeat.)

Written by Kelly Jones-Parks and Derek Shacklett.

(Copyright © 2004 Woman's Missionary Union, Birmingham, Alabama)

CA Resources

WMU provides three curriculum lines for children in grades 1 through 6. Below you will find curriculum specifically designed for Children in Action:

Children in Action Leader

Children in Action Leader is the planning guide/kit essential for your weekly Children in Action  meetings. It includes a full-color poster, reproducible activity pages, Bible-learning activities, and missions project ideas. Designed exclusively for boys and girls in grades 1 through 6. One per classroom or per leader.

Annual Subscription (4 quarterly issues) $69.99

Missions Expedition - An Individual Achievement Plan for Children in Action

Get ready for an adventure! This leader book for the Children in Action Individual Achievement Plan is full of engaging hands- on learning activities. This optional plan for Children in Action helps children apply daily biblical principles and gives a deeper understanding of missions.



In addition to curriculum, WMU provides several other resources for Children in Action. Get your CA gear today!

CA Badges
Free Downloads

Mission Projects

GAs, RAs, and Children in Action love to do hands-on ministry through mission projects!

Each month, GA Leader, RA Leader, and Children in Action Leader suggest a mission project for groups to do. Many groups also plan their own projects, based on the needs of their communities.

These projects might include

  • Working in a ministry center
  • Collecting items for a food pantry
  • Visiting a nursing home
  • Hosting a fun day for unchurched children

What mission projects does your group enjoy? Share your ideas on the Children in Action Facebook page!

Events for Children in Action

Many churches, associations, and states plan special Children in Action events throughout the year. Here are just a few ideas:

Contact your state WMU office to learn about upcoming Children in Action events in your area.

Children in Action is part of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU). WMU is an auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Want to learn more about Children in Action? Let us help you get started.

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