Mission Friends

An Action Rhyme

Finger Play

Everybody touch your nose,

Everybody touch your toes,

Everybody touch your hair,

Wave your fingers in the air.

Everybody touch your lips,

Everybody touch your hips,

Everybody touch your knees,

Fold them in your lap now, please.

I came up with this rhyme a few weeks ago in Mission Friends as we gathered for Group Time. A couple of our preschoolers finished up activities, and the rest of us sat on the floor in our Group Time area. We talked as we waited for the others to come, but I could tell things could quickly get out of control. Most of the preschoolers were sitting nicely right now, but a few were starting to roll around on the floor. I had to come up with something quickly. That’s when this verse came about. By the time I got to hair, each preschooler was doing the actions and listening for what came next. I was surprised at the end when our preschoolers actually folded their hands in their laps! The others had joined us by that time, and I was able to go straight into our Group Time plans.

Following Christ's Example

Servanthood

Servanthood. Living humbly. Denying self. None of these are attitudes or attributes that people clamor to develop today. And, yet, these are exactly the attributes that Jesus displayed for us as He walked this earth. Does it amaze you to consider how Jesus continually turned human perspective upside-down?

On the night that He would be betrayed, before the Passover Feast, Jesus rose and began to wash the disciples’ feet. Following this outrageous act of humility, Jesus said to them, “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you” (John 13:13–15 NIV1).

Jesus was their Lord and their Teacher, yet he knelt before them in humble servitude. As he began to wash their feet, I wonder if the disciples reflected on other words He had spoken, “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matt. 23:11).

Teaching Preschoolers about Hunger

Teaching Preschoolers about Hunger

During October, Southern Baptists will turn our attention toward Global Hunger Relief. Unfortunately, hunger is an issue that touches every community throughout the world. While we would never share graphic details about hunger with our preschoolers, we can certainly raise their awareness that people in their own communities and around the world do not have enough to eat, and that we want to reach out to help those who suffer from hunger.

One resource that will help you develop age-appropriate learning about hunger is Teaching Preschoolers about Hunger (E118102, $9.99). This downloadable, interactive, 4-session study provides teachers, preschoolers, and their families new insights into the issue of global hunger.

The following suggestions will give you some ideas for adding lessons on hunger relief into your church’s schedule:

Keeping Babies Safe

baby on back

For Baby Safety Month in September, we offer these tips to make sure babies are safe while at church.

We Work Together

Steve and Jen Hagen

Steve Hagen mobilizes tribal churches in the Philippines to send out missionaries to unreached tribal people groups. He helps organize the churches and teaches them how to send out and support missionaries. He also works with missionaries who have been sent out to ensure they are working strategically and effectively.

To free up Mr. Hagen’s time for the writing and traveling that he does for trainings and meetings, Mrs. Hagen takes care of most of the administrative and organizational responsibilities in their ministry. She regularly keeps their prayer supporters updated and informed about their work. She communicates with and coordinates the work of volunteer teams. And, if a problem arises, she helps Mr. Hagen develop solutions. Additionally, she disciples and counsels women.

Mr. and Mrs. Hagen’s teamwork in their ministry is a beautiful illustration of the way that God gives each of us different gifts and equips us to work with others to fulfill our calling. As I read of the Hagens’ coordinated and shared responsibilities, I thought of the Bible thought that we often express to our preschoolers: We work together (see 1 Cor. 3:9).

Project HELP: PTSD—How to Use with Preschoolers

Project HELP logo

As WMU focuses on Project HELP: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), all ages in the church are encouraged to be involved in this critical issue. You may be wondering, How can I focus on this critical issue with preschoolers?

Following are recommendations about using Project HELP: PTSD with preschoolers.

Hints for Preschool Teachers

How to Grab Preschooler’s Attention—Introductory Activities

Introductory Activity

Getting preschoolers’ attention is no easy task! Keeping it is even harder. Preschoolers don’t always understand that you have to pause and listen when someone’s talking, or that it’s considered bad manners to talk and play while someone is speaking. They haven’t yet learned how to delay self-gratification! So, when you’re beginning your introduction to Group Time, it’s important to do something that will grab and keep your little ones’ attention! Here are some examples:

A New Year in Mission Friends

to-do list

Here is a To Do list for the beginning of the new church year in Mission Friends.

Caring for Families

Caring for families

As you teach preschoolers, you are in a unique position of showing care to families who have a child with special needs. You may have preschoolers with special needs in your class, and that gives you the opportunity to come to know the parents and the needs within the family. What are some ways that you can minister to a family with a special needs child?

By All Means

By All Means

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9:22–23 NIV1).

“Camp is for the camper.” I heard that statement many times from our GA/Acteens camp director, Ruth Bagwell, as I served as a camp counselor while a college student. When she said this, the camp counselors knew she meant that camp was not about us, but was about those girls who were coming to experience camp. As a camp counselor, that might mean getting up early when the girls in your cabin voted on a breakfast cookout, being in a silly skit to make the girls laugh, or sharing your testimony in front of a group of campers. It meant that we sometimes had to get out of our comfort zone to do things that would most benefit the campers.

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