Making Missions Memorable

Azaleas, dogwood blossoms, tulips, blue skies, warm weather, baseball games, rain, robins, pollen, allergies . . . the list goes on and on. But they all can only mean one thing—spring has sprung!

I love spring. But, I have to be honest: it is a crazy, busy time of year! There is always something to do or some place to go. Just this week, I drove nearly 200 miles in the span of 24 hours—all within the metro-Birmingham area—chauffeuring my children from one activity to the next.

Amid all the busyness, don’t forget that spring is also the time to recognize children for their accomplishments this past year in missions. Did your GAs, RAs, or CAs participate in Children’s Ministry Day or the International Mission Study? Did they raise awareness within your church for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering? Did children participate in GA Journey, RA Trek, or Missions Expedition? If so, here are a few ideas to get you ready for a perfect missions recognition event:

  • Plan a Special Worship Service—Award children the badges/patches they have earned during a special time of worship. Allow opportunities for children to participate in the service. Plan a special reception for afterward.
  • Host a Banquet—Plan a special time of fellowship to recognize children and their families for their participation in GA, RA, or CA. Invite children to dress up for the occasion. Consider hosting this event in your church’s fellowship hall, a local restaurant, or a church member’s home.
  • Plan a Picnic—Reserve a picnic pavilion at a local park or nature preserve. Have a cookout or potluck meal. Invite children to lead families in some fun games they have learned this year in missions. This could be similar to a banquet but in a much more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Document Your Year in Missions—Make a scrapbook or digital slide show of all the activities children have participated in this year during missions. Share with families and other church members before, during, or after your recognition event.
  • Display Work—Decorate a bulletin board at your church with all the badges/patches children earned this year. Set up a table to display artwork, crafts, and projects made by children in GA, RA, or CA.
  • Produce a Video—Encourage children to make a video production of all the things they learned and did this year in missions. Show the video to your church during the missions recognition service or as part of a regular worship service.

Your possibilities are endless. Whatever you choose, it’s not too late to celebrate your children and give them the recognition they deserve for a memorable year of missions learning!

By Melissa Whetstone
Design Editor, Girls in Action

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