Mission Friends

Let’s Talk About Budgets

budget planning

I know you, because I’ve been there too. You’re the Mission Friends teacher who needs stickers for an activity suggested in Mission Friends Leader, and your session is today. You run in the discount store to buy the stickers on the way to church, but never turn in the receipt for the church to reimburse you. Or it may be that your church is struggling financially, and you take the responsibility on yourself to purchase items you need to teach Mission Friends. Many Mission Friends teachers purchase the supplies and curriculum materials themselves. There are many teachers who may not know what is included in their church’s budget for Mission Friends.

A Fun Fall Event

autumn leaves

Start off the new church year in Mission Friends with a fun fall-themed enrollment event. Plan the event for preschoolers and their parents. Invite all preschoolers in your church. Encourage parents to invite neighbors and friends who have preschoolers.

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

Baby

Ten-month-old Trey reaches his hands over the side of his high chair and drops a toy onto the floor. He leans over to look for the toy as you pick it up and put it back in his hands. He giggles as he once again drops the toy and leans over to watch you pick it up again. This game is repeated several times as you play together. Trey is having fun, but does this show you anything about his faith development?

Teaching in the Interest Areas

Interest areas play

Abby creates a bookmark in the Art area to remind her to pray for the people of Romania. Charlie and Jesse build fences with chenille stems in Blocks as they learn about farms in Romania. Rachel matches colors of paper fish and hears a teacher say that people in Romania like to fish. Abby moves over to the Books area to sip pretend tea as she browses. These preschoolers are involved in learning as they take part in activities in the interest areas around the classroom. In these areas, teachers offer various activities that relate to the missions area or missionaries. Preschoolers learn about missions because it relates to the activities they are doing.

Project HELP: Refugees

Project HELP: Refugees

A young mother. A new father. A baby boy. They must have been frightened as they fled during the night. Their biggest fear may have been that they could be found out if the baby cried while they escaped. We don’t know all the steps they took in getting to the border, but there must have been relief to realize they were safe from the cruel leader of the country from which they fled.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Bill Barker

Bill Barker picking up backpacks

In May 2017, while seeking direction for ministry, Bill Barker sensed God’s voice: “I am pruning you so that you can bear more fruit.” Effective January 1, 2018, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board called Barker to serve as state missionary/director of

So You Teach Mission Friends

building site

My church is in the construction process for a new building. I have to admit, it doesn’t look like much yet. The church made the decision many months ago to build this new building, but you can’t tell yet that there will be anything that even looks like a building structure. For many months, there was not any visible activity at all. Even though we could not see a building going up, work was being done to prepare for the building. Plans were drawn and finalized, contracts were signed, property lines were determined, and permits were secured. A couple weeks ago, we were able to see some action as they started clearing the land. Dirt is being moved around, and some large pipes are placed on the ground. It looks like a mess right now, but I know there is going to be a brick building one day that will be a place where our church family can meet and bring glory to His name.

Unshakable Pursuit

Bible study

These little people literally run into our Mission Friends room each week. They have expectant looks on their faces as they ask, “What are we doing today?” In Mission Friends at my church, our preschoolers come to us from preschool choir each week, which is held in a classroom down the hall. They run into our room with excitement at the possibilities of what they might get to do in that session of Mission Friends. My co-teacher and I are ready for them with activities to help them learn how missionaries tell others about God’s love. We have to be ready, or it will be chaos when they arrive.

Talking about Missionaries

What is a missionary?

Finn exclaimed to his dad, “I’m going to missionary!” He said it as if missionary was the name of a place. His dad just looked at him, not knowing what to say. Since this was Finn’s first session in Mission Friends, I was very impressed that he remembered the word missionary. This happened last week at the end of our Mission Friends session as parents came to pick up their preschoolers. This was our first session in the new church year, and we had a whole new set of preschoolers who moved into our class. We have 3s and 4s, but it so happened that our entire group for this first session were 3s who had never been in Mission Friends before. Most of them were not familiar with the term missionary.

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