Girls in Action

Five Ways to Keep "Love Your Neighbor" Going All Year Long

teach children to help neighbors by working in the yard

Reports are coming in from all across the country. Children and their leaders have taken part in an amazing effort to “Love Your Neighbor.” For our tenth annual Children’s Ministry Day, we encouraged you to get out there and seek out inventive ways to serve those closest to you. But now that CMD 2017 is over, where do you go from here?

Here are 5 ways you can keep “Love Your Neighbor” going all year long:

Girls in Action Training and Ideas

"Jesus, You've shown your love, The greatest love we know. You said to tell the world, and that is where we'll go."-from GA Song
 

Throughout its history, the effectiveness of Girls in Action has depended on leadership. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of girls. The starting point for a GA leader is a desire for girls to be involved in missions.

Whether you are a new leader just beginning GA or a leader with an expanded program, take a moment to answer these questions:

Time to Celebrate

The big 1-0! Double digits!

That’s right! This Saturday, February 18, marks the tenth annual Children’s Ministry Day. It’s a special day set aside for children all over the country to “Love Your Neighbor.”

It’s a major achievement, and we want you to help us make it an extra-special day!

Looking for a last-minute activity you can quickly pull together?

Celebrate the day by creating special birthday bags for children whose families may not be able to otherwise provide a party. Follow these simple steps:

At-home Missions Discipleship? Yes!

smiling child with his Missions in a Box - Thailand

Our team recently released an at-home missions discipleship product that my 7-year-old son and I have already enjoyed together. For the Children’s Resource Team, the process started over a year ago when we began to investigate a concept of an at-home product for families to use together to learn about missions work happening somewhere in the world. Missions in a Box was born from this research and many conversations.

When Missions in a Box: Thailand released, I took one of the first kits home to my 7-year-old. He and I spent time reading through and learning facts about Thailand. We even made a craft together.

Below is my Facebook post from that evening:

Children’s Ministry Day: Growing, Maturing, and Making Mistakes

Last week, my son, Evan, turned 9 years old.

During his lifetime, I’ve watched him grow, change, and mature.

I’ve also watched him make more than a few mistakes along the way.

That’s the nature of growth and getting older.

Evan’s mother and I regularly pray that he will learn from his mistakes and continue to mature into the man God intends for him to be.

Children’s Ministry Day is 1 year older than Evan. This February, we celebrate the 10th annual Children’s Ministry Day (CMD)!

Over the years, we’ve had thousands of children across North America participate in hands-on ministry opportunities in their communities. Children have fed the hungry, visited shut-ins, collected clothes, and helped with yard work, all in the name of following Christ and putting their love into action.

GA Journey

GA Journey, the individual achievement plan for Girls in Action, helps girls in grades 1 - 6 reinforce and live out the missions concepts they learn during regular GA sessions. This optional plan provides opportunities for individual GAs to deepen their missions discipleship and strengthen their faith.


What's New in GA Journey?

  • Options for group activities with individual components. 
  • All activities provided in one leader guide. 
  • Easier to plan and use. More engaging design and activities.

How Does GA Journey Work?

GA Journey is divided into eight areas of spiritual growth: 

Celebrate CMD: Get Everyone Involved!

This year marks the 10th annual Children’s Ministry Day, so shouldn’t your experience be bigger than ever this year? Bring attention to your project, children’s organizations, and missions by incorporating other groups this year.

Consider these ideas:

Children’s “Faith into Action” Day 2017

By now, we’re sure you’ve heard all about Children’s Ministry Day 2017. It’s been the subject of a multitude of blogs, popped up on social media, and may have even found its way into your inbox. But now that you know, what are you planning to do?

The belief that our faith should inform our actions is one that runs deep in our hearts here at national WMU. Just about everything we do here is done in an effort to inspire and empower Christians to take an active role in God’s mission. Our purpose is to challenge “Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God.” We want every Christian to be aware of God’s work in the world and to feel equipped to be a part of that work.

There is a passage of Scripture from the book of James that speaks to this marriage of faith and action in a profound way:

Learn, Pray, Give — Now Do

Each week in Girls in Action, girls learn about missions. They pray for missions. They give to missions. But sometimes as leaders, we struggle to find time to actually do missions.

Well, look no further—we have the perfect opportunity for your GAs, and it’s time to start planning now!

Join other GAs all over the country on Saturday, February 18, 2017, for our tenth annual Children’s Ministry Day.

The theme this year is Love Your Neighbor. As girls participate in hands-on missions projects, they can share the love of Jesus with those who are hurting in their neighborhoods.

Before the event, lead girls in a discussion about what Jesus meant when He told us to love our neighbors, and help girls identify their “neighbors”—specifically those who are hurting in your own community, association, and state. Guide GAs as they brainstorm ways to reach out in a missions effort to connect their hurting neighbors to the church.

What Role Should Children Have in Ministry?

When you think of church, do you think of it as a place where boys and girls walk in each week, sit down, color a few Bible-character pages copied off the Internet, and wait to be entertained?

Is church something for children to check off the weekly “to-do” list just because their parents said they should be there?

Are children too young to understand missions and ministry and the idea of serving others in Jesus’ name?

Before answering these questions, take a good, long, hard look at your church and your children’s ministry. Are the children in your church being encouraged to participate in ministry? Are they regularly being trained to serve others through ministry? Is your church’s focus simply on keeping the children entertained, busy, and out of the way of the adults each week?

For a few minutes, think about what it would mean if your church’s children were fully involved in your church’s ministry. Think about what it would mean if they were actually “being” the church instead of church “being done” to or for them.

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