This Month in Children's Missions

This month in children's missions.

WMU coordinates the missions curriculum for Children in Action, Girls in Action, and Royal Ambassadors (WMU's gender specific missions organizations for children). Each month, children focus on the same missionaries and missions emphases. While learning activities and teaching materials are specifically tailored to meet each organization's needs, coordinated curriculum enhances joint experiences when appropriate. 

Read below for May and June ideas.

 


 

May 2017 Ideas


May: Arizona Sunset

Arizona is well-known for its beautiful desert sunsets. Make your own desert sunset to hang on your wall.

What you need:
• several pieces of colored paper
• black construction paper
• scissors
• glue

What you do:

1. Choose a piece of paper for the base.

2. Tear the colored paper into strips.

3. Glue the torn strips of paper onto the base piece paper to make a sunset.

4. Draw a saguaro cactus on the black piece of construction paper. You can see a picture of a saguaro cactus and read all about them here

5. Glue the black saguaro cactus on top of your torn-paper sunset.

6. Enjoy your beautiful Arizona desert sunset!


May: Sonoran Desert Wildlife

Read all about the interesting wildlife found in the Sonoran Desert!

Diurnal Animals Seek and Find:
desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Diurnal-drawing.php

Nocturnal Animals Seek and Find:
desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Nocturnal%20Scene.php


May: One Pastor, Two Churches Review Questions

Refer to p. 52 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of RA Leader

Use these questions to help your RAs review what they've learned about Hernando Cárdenas.


May: Car Pool Race to Work Signs

Refer to p. 54 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of RA Leader

Print these signs to play "Car Pool Race to Work" in Week Three. 


May: Car Pool Friends

Refer to p. 54 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader.

It is important to be friendly to people. Hernando says that God gave him the gift of friendliness. This helps him get to know many people. After they become friends, he can share God’s love with them.

Hernando worked with a man for four years. They rode to work together every day, and they became friends. The man was not a Christian.

Hernando talked to the man about Jesus. He told the man that God had changed his life. Hernando told his friend that God loved him very much. The man did not believe Hernando. Some people who called themselves Christians had not treated him nicely. Because of that, he did not trust Christians. Hernando continued to be a friend to the man. Every time they were together, Hernando told his friend about God’s love.

Hernando left the job, so he did not get to see his friend every day. But he kept in touch with him. He called the man often. He continued to be his friend and tell him about Jesus.

One day, the man walked into Hernando’s church. Hernando was surprised! A few weeks later, Hernando’s friend decided that he wanted to be a Christian. He told Hernando that he saw how God changed Hernando’s life. He said that he could see that Hernando did not just talk about being a Christian—he lived like a Christian.

Hernando’s friend and his daughter were baptized. They go to Hernando’s church. The man has changed. He is a better father. He goes to church every Sunday. He wants to teach a Bible study. He says that Hernando’s friendship made him realize that God loves him.


May: A Lesson for Mom

Refer to p. 54 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader;  p. 55 in RA Leader, and p. 38 in Children in Action Leader.

Download this story about Hernando Cárdenas's mother.


May: ABCs of Salvation

Refer to p. 54 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and p. 39 in Children in Action Leader. 

Download and use the ABCs of Salvation in your missions meeting.


May: Kooky Cowboy and Cowgirl Challenges

Refer to p. 55 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader, and p. 39 in Children in Action Leader

Print these challenges to help your children review what they've learned. 


May: The Potter Bible Lesson

Refer to  p. 55 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader;  p. 56 in RA Leader, and p. 39 in Children in Action Leader.

What you need:
• Bible

1. Read Jeremiah 18:1–4 to the children.

2. Say: God warned the Israelites that they needed to stop sinning. But they disobeyed. They kept doing the things God said not to do. God told Jeremiah to go to a potter’s shop. Jeremiah obeyed. Then he went to the Israelites and told them what he had seen. A potter was making a pot. But the pot didn’t look the way he wanted it to. Something was wrong with it. So the potter started over with the clay and made a new pot. He formed it the way he wanted it to look.

God wants us to be like clay. If we are obedient, He can mold us and make us into the kind of people He wants us to be. But just like the potter with the clay, sometimes something goes wrong, and we don’t obey God. There are imperfections, or sin, in our lives. Then we have to be re-formed like the pot. God helps us get rid of the sin that is not supposed to be there.


May: Bike Safely

Refer to p. 57 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader and p. 40 in Children in Action Leader.

Print these water bottle labels and personalize water bottles for your bike rodeo. 


May: Helmet Safety

Refer to p. 57 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader and p. 40 in Children in Action Leader.

Download this handout to distribute at your bike rodeo. 


May: Love Is Sweet

Refer to p. 58 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader, and p. 41 in Children in Action Leader.

Download and print these labels to decorate cookie plates with your missions group. 


May: Queso Cheese Dip

Refer to p. 58 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader

What you need:
• 1 pound American cheese
• 1/2 cup milk, more if needed
• 1 tablespoon salted butter
• 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilis
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• medium-size saucepan
• tortilla chips

What you do:

1. Wash your hands.

2. Place the cheese, milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until cheese has completely melted.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

4. Put the dip in a slow cooker on the “warm” setting and cover until you are ready to serve it.

5. When you are ready to serve the dip, stir well. Add more milk if needed.

6. Serve with tortilla chips and raw vegetables like carrots and broccoli.


May: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in May!


May: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus now includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email to them monthly as a way to encourage their support.


May: Missions Photos

Hernando Cá​rdenas shares Jesus in Phoenix, Arizona. He pastors a Spanish-speaking church and a church for Spanish-speaking cowboys. 

June 2017 Ideas


June: Finding Joy in the Marathon

Holly Procita says, “Ministry in Calgary is a marathon. It takes time to build relationships and earn the right to share Jesus with people. We are ecstatic over each prayer of salvation and each baptism, because it often takes years for people to reach the point of decision.”

Set up a marathon-style course in or around your church. Set up stations for drink refreshments and prayer requests. Allow your RAs to move along the course and stop at each station. At each station, have something for them to read or watch. Here are a few suggestions:

Scripture: Display this month’s “Memory Verse Poster” (Poster 2 from the RA Leader Kit) for boys to read or recite.

Media: Play a video from Southwinds Church in Calgary or a worship song.

Email: Set up a station to send an encouraging email to the featured missionaries. They can email Holly Procita at hollyprocita@southwindschurch.ca and the Myers family at brettmyers@southwindsmahogany.ca.

Prayer: Make a prayer banner where RAs can write or draw their prayers for missions in Calgary.

Drinks and Refreshments: Serve water to refresh your RAs.


June: Courage Challenges

Courage is the power God gives us to do the right thing, even when we feel afraid. Have you ever noticed that courage is the root word of encourage? Sometimes, the encouragement that someone gives you can help you to summon up the courage that God empowers you with.

Challenge your RAs to connect with an encouraging mentor in your church. Allow younger men and older men to meet with your RAs in small groups to encourage them in their faith journey. Plan a bonding experience where they will work in mentoring teams to face challenges. You may want to provide them with an opportunity to work on Campcraft activities (building fires, assembling tents, going on a canoeing trip, etc.) Here are some indoor game suggestions:

Bucket Balance—Have everyone remove their shoes and lie flat on their backs in a circle with their feet in the middle. The challenge is for everyone to lift and hold up a bucket of water together using only their feet.

Flip Flop—Have everyone stand on a small blanket. The challenge is for everyone to work together to flip over the blanket while standing on it.

Pyramid Pusher—Have everyone form a line with about 8 feet between them. The challenge is for the first person to build a pyramid of cups, move it to the next person, then the next person, and so on without deconstructing the pyramid.


June: Southwinds Church at Cranston and Mahogany

Sometimes, when a company buys a large piece of land, it decides to build many homes and businesses on it. This is called developing the land. Often, the developments, or buildings that are built, are planned very carefully. The company, also called developers, wants to make sure people who buy homes there have all of the businesses and services they need.

The developers look for grocery stores, dentists, doctors, restaurants, and clothing stores that would like to be part of the community. Churches are important to the new communities, too.

Cranston and Mahogany are developments in the southeast area of Calgary.

Southwinds Church at Cranston is a church that helps make Cranston a good place to live. Holly Procita leads the church to plan activities that help the community understand that Jesus loves them. The manager of the nearby Mahogany community asked pastor Bo Neal to begin a church in their neighborhood. Bo prayed for a church planter to begin a church.

Brett Myers went on a missions trip to Calgary and worked with Southwinds Church at Cranston. God gave him a love for the people in Calgary and a desire to start a church. He told Bo Neal about God leading him to be a church planter.

After praying, the Myers family decided to move to Calgary. They work with Southwinds Church at Mahogany and with Holly Procita. The Myerses have learned from Holly to be friends with people in their community. These friendships give them opportunities to share Jesus.


June: Holly's Jobs

Holly Procita is a Mission Service Corps missionary. She does not get a salary from the North American Mission Board to work with Southwinds Church at Cranston. Instead, people who believe that her ministry in Calgary is important give money to help her. This is called raising your own support.

Holly has another important job. She works with the Canadian National Baptist Convention. She is the Sports Outreach Director. Her training as a teacher and coach helps her in this job. She helps churches all over Canada learn how to do sports camps in their communities. The sports camps help the churches get to know families. They tell children and parents about Jesus.


June: Worst-Case Scenario

Refer to p. 25 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of RA Leader and p. 14 in Children in Action Leader.

Browse these videos about worst-case scenarios, and choose the video most appropriate for your group.


June: Calgary Fun

Refer to p. 25 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of GA Leader

Watch this video to learn about places you can visit in Calgary. 


June: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in June!


June: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus now includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support. 


June: Missions Photos

 
Holly Procita shares Jesus in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Holly gets to know people in her community through sports camps, Bible camps, and block parties.    Brett and Kristin Myers are church planters in Calgary. The Myers family builds relationships in their community in order to share the gospel in Canada. 

 

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