Mission Friends

Ideas for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

Mission Friends Leader

Sometimes you just need more to do with Mission Friends. It might be that you meet 5 times a month and there are only 4 sessions in Mission Friends Leader, what do you do?

 

Teaching in the Interest Areas

Classroom

Do you remember the show where a design team did makeovers of entire houses? Wouldn’t it be dreamy if there was a show for Extreme Mission Friends Classroom Makeovers? You would have to send a video showing your current Mission Friends classroom, and an early childhood design team would come to re-make it into an awesome space. They would set up all the interest areas in a way that preschoolers thrive in learning about missions. Imagine your tears of joy at the big reveal at the end of the show. All you could repeat saying is, “Wow!”

Keeping Healthy

Wash hands

What measures can you take to help keep preschoolers and teachers healthy?

 

 

Project HELP: Refugees

Refugee Women

Be kind and show love to others (see Lev. 19:33–34).

As we focus on refugees for our critical issue of Project HELP, how do we guide our preschoolers to understand about refugees? How do we explain about refugees without frightening preschoolers or causing misconceptions about refugees?

Focus on WMU

Focus on WMU

February 11–17, 2019

With Unshakable Pursuit as the theme for Focus on WMU, churches are encouraged to emphasize the value of WMU to your church. Include Mission Friends as a part of Focus on WMU in your church in the following ways.

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos: Separation Anxiety

Crying baby

You see his lips quiver and his eyes well up with tears. This 9-month-old has never cried before when his parents brought him to the baby room at church. All of a sudden, he bursts into tears when his mom hands him into your arms. You recognize that he is going through separation anxiety. This is a tough stage for the preschooler to go through, but it marks another milestone in his mental development which also has an impact on spiritual development.

Giving to Missions

giving to missions

As the time for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering  is on my mind, I have been thinking about how we teach preschoolers about giving to missions. In this world of online banking, direct deposit, debit and credit cards, how do we begin teaching preschoolers about financial giving?

Unshakable Pursuit

Living Nativity

Mary’s robe was a little lopsided, and she giggled as the sheep next to her nudged her leg. Joseph sat on a hay bale, or rather squirmed on a hay bale. Three dads stood behind Mary and Joseph, and I supposed they were the wise men. A goat stood at the side, eating the grass of our church lawn. Each year my church puts on a live Nativity on the evening of our choir’s Christmas program. Grown-ups and children portray the parts of the characters. The scene is complete with real, live animals. It makes a picture for people to stop and view for a few minutes before they step inside the church building for the choir program. Last year one of my Mission Friends was Mary, and she smiled and waved to me from the scene. Each year, there is always something that makes me think about the events of the real Christmas story. Last year, I wondered if Mary was an outgoing young woman who waved to people she knew as they passed by the stable.

Tips for the Christmas Season in Mission Friends

Cambodian Nativity WorldCrafts https://www.wmustore.com/cambodian-nativity

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it: decorating the tree, setting out my Nativities, sending and receiving cards, baking goodies, singing Christmas songs, and wrapping Christmas presents. There are family traditions that we all like to keep.

Thankful for You

Thankful

For Thanksgiving week, the WMU preschool team gives thanks for you! Week after week you serve the Lord by teaching preschoolers in Mission Friends. You rarely receive thanks because you are usually encouraging your preschoolers to give thanks for other helpers. What you do in teaching Mission Friends makes a difference in each life you touch. You also make a difference in the ministries of the missionaries as you teach about them and lead your preschoolers to pray for them. Several of the missionaries recently have expressed their thanks for you, so this week we wanted to share their words of thanks.

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