This Month in Children's Missions


WMU coordinates the missions curriculum for Children in Action, Girls in Action, and Royal Ambassadors (WMU's gender specific missions organizations for children). Each month, children focus on the same missionaries and missions emphases. While learning activities and teaching materials are specifically tailored to meet each organization's needs, coordinated curriculum enhances joint experiences when appropriate. 

Read below for November and December ideas.


November 2017 Ideas


November: GA Chef Correction

Refer to p. 52 of the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 • issue of GA World. 

GA leaders, please use this updated "Brownie in a Mug" recipe. 


November: Understanding the Needs of College Students

Leaders, think back to your college-aged years. Who were you? What role did church have in your life? In what ways were you involved in sharing the gospel with others when you were a college student? Or what ways do you wish that you had known about opportunities to hear the gospel in your college-aged years?

Share a story about what you were like in college. Bring photographs or other mementos to share with your GAs, RAs, or CAs. Teach children a cheer for your university sports team. Or, let them know in advance and ask them to wear your university’s spirit colors to your meeting.

Talk with children about how college campuses are important missions fields, yet they are still overlooked. Recognize any college campuses in your community. Pray for the students who attend those campuses. Pray for the ministry teams and missionaries who have a presence on those campuses. Pray that the gospel will spread among the college campuses.


November: Special Guest

Invite a college student to speak to your missions group. Suggestions are listed below:

  • Invite someone who was a former GA, RA, or CA in your church who would be willing to come back and speak to your group about his or her missions involvement at her campus as well, as well as involvement on missions trips.
  • Contact your local Baptist student ministry about having someone on the leadership team come and share about the opportunities that he or she has to share the gospel with others.
  • Invite a college student who is actively serving in your own church to come and share about how he or she is inspired to stay involved in church during this phase of his or her life.
  • Contact a college student who meets one of the criterion listed above with a video call.

Allow your guest to share a story about the importance of college missions and ministries to his or her growth as a follower of Christ and in his or her passion to share the gospel with others on the college campus as well as all around the world.

Allow time for your GAs, RAs, or CAs to ask questions about college life. It would probably be best to have them write down their questions beforehand so you can decide which ones are most important and to avoid repetition.

Conclude your visit with a special prayer for the college student, his or her faith, and his or her academic endeavors.


November: Visiting Collegiate Church Plants

Brian and Heidi Frye are busy helping collegiate church plants in Ohio and in other places around the United States. Preview these videos and plan to show them to your group, as time permits:

Resonate Church—vimeo.com/67592137. This tells the story of a couple that answered the call to serve as church planters in the Northwest.

Lifepoint Delaware—vimeo.com/166593971. This video tells about the partnerships between the North American Mission Board and a new church plant launched in Delaware, Ohio.

Use these questions to discuss these videos with your group:

  1. Where is this church being planted?
  2. What is the name of the church?
  3. What are some of the things they are doing to share Jesus with college students?
  4. In what ways do these church planters need to have courage to do what they are doing?
  5. How can you pray for this church plant?

November: Adopt a College Student

Choose a college student from your church congregation to “adopt” as a “big brother” or “big sister” to your chapter. Or, contact a ministry or church plant for a local college or university and get the name and contact information for a student you can “adopt.”

Send the student a questionnaire. Ask the student to list his or her favorites: color, sports team, candy, ice cream flavor, pizza topping, and so on!

Create an introductory video to send the student (with parental approval). Provide an opportunity for each child in your chapter to introduce himself (first name only) and tell a little bit about himself. Be sure to include at least one child praying for the student.Each month, send the college student a card and a small care package. Include in the care package some of their favorites and handwritten/hand-drawn notes from your group. Include pictures of what your chapter is doing. On special occasions (such as birthday and Christmas) send another video message, too! Remember to pray for the student every week.

If possible, invite the student to join your group for a party, complete with his or her favorite pizza and ice cream. Give the student a Bible in which each member of the chapter has marked his favorite Bible verse.


November: Web Links

“College Dorm Food” (Week 2, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader): afternoontea4two.com/2016/05/23/5-minute-mug-cakes/

“Engage 24 Project” (Week 2, GA Leader, RA Leader, and Children in Action Leader): vimeo.com/121510255

“Storytime” (Week 3, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader):

  • Resonate Church vimeo.com/67592137. This tells the story of a couple that answered the call to serve as church planters in the Northwest.
  • Lifepoint Delaware vimeo.com/166593971. This emphasizes the partnerships between sending churches and NAMB and a new church plant launch in Delaware.
  • Salt Network vimeo.com/163997090. This emphasizes how churches multiply and multiply on collegiate campuses and through student ministries

“Growing Salt Crystals” (Week 3, RA Leader and Children in Action Leader): youtube.com/watch?v=QroTXBMb2Dg&feature=youtu.be

“Salt Crystal Observation” (Week 3, RA Leader and Children in Action Leader): youtube.com/watch?v=74-pq7eGWAo&feature=youtu.be

“Plan a College Worship Service” (Week 4, RA Leader): vimeo.com/137741069

“Collegiate Church Service” (Week 4, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader):

  • vimeo.com/137741069. This short video depicts a worship gathering on a college campus. The students gathering, the message presented to them, college students sharing the gospel with others, and worship.
  • vimeo.com/145413680. This short video depicts some college students sharing their profession of faith and getting baptized. Some of these stories mention drug use, criminal activity, and emotional distress.
  • vimeo.com/67850443. This short video depicts a worship gathering and college students celebrating being baptized.
  • vimeo.com/143674878. This is a short video where college students talk about get a variety of different jobs (in Southern California) but spend their summers serving and living missionally and church planting. The students talk about how their faith grows in the midst of everyday living.
  • vimeo.com/channels/h2obaptisms/159647571. This is a short video that depicts college students getting baptized and participating in the Lord’s Supper.
  • vimeo.com/channels/h2obaptisms/89316709. This is a short video that shows the set-up for a baptismal service and worship gathering.
  • vimeo.com/channels/h2obaptisms. There is a series of college students' 1–2 minute testimonies on this channel. Preview and choose one of those testimonies to view.

November: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in November! 


November: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support. 


November: Missions Photo

Brian and Heidi Frye, along with their sons Ian, Scott, and Connor, serve in Columbus, Ohio. The Fryes share the gospel with college students. 


December 2017 Ideas 


December: Good Shepherd

It is no mistake that shepherds were the invited guests to Jesus’ birthday party. Create a simple chart with the shepherds as the focus. Then, look for the following shepherd connections in these passages.

1 Samuel 16:10–13. The Lord chooses a king over Israel. He is the youngest son of Jesse in Bethlehem. He works as a shepherd over his father’s flock. His name is David.

Psalm 23. This is a song of David. He identifies the Lord as his shepherd who gives him everything he needs.

Ezekiel 37:23–28. This is the promise of a forever ruler—one shepherd to live among God’s people and bring peace to many.

John 10:14–16. Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd over one flock.

1 Peter 5:4. This is a promise that Jesus will return to bring all His sheep into His forever kingdom.

Revelation 7:17. This is a glimpse of heaven, when Jesus is seated on a throne to signal He is the shepherd of eternity.


December: Animal Stories

The Grogans* had a family pet—a Great Pyrenees named Ava. She was a great guard dog when their daughters were younger. In the cold weather, Ava would run up to greet them, grab their gloves out of their pockets, and run off. She wanted to play “catch me if you can.”

One day, Kimberly Grogan* fell on the ice. Ava came over and laid beside her to keep her company before she got up.

Another time, wind blew open the Grogans’ gate. But Ava did not run away. Instead, she stood at the gate and barked until the Grogans returned home from church.

But one time, Ava did run away. She was missing, and the Grogan family prayed for her safe return. Four days later, Ava was sitting on the porch as if nothing had happened.

During their move to Russia, the Grogans found a good home for Ava with some friends who owned a sheep farm. Ava enjoyed it very much; she started herding and protecting the flock immediately.

The Grogans say, “Ava was a great blessing to our family.”

Do you have a family pet? Write a story about a family pet that has been a blessing to you.

*Names have been changed.


December: Advent Calendar Template 

Refer to p. 17 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of GA Leader.

Download this Advent calendar template to use with "Advent Calendar Countdown" in Week 1. 


December: Advent Spiral Walk 

Refer to p. 21 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of GA Leader.

Supplies
GA World
• oranges, knife, cookie cutters, cloves
• apples, drill, 1 ½-inch paddle bit
• tea lights
• yarn or tape
• Posters 2 and 5 from the GA Leader Kit
• 5 half posters (optional)
• marker (optional)

Before the session, cut apart the pieces on “Nativity Set” (Poster 2) and “Bible Verse” (Poster 5). Create a large spiral pattern on the floor in your meeting space using yarn or tape.

1. Lead GAs to follow the directions for “Orange and Apple Lanterns” (p. 13 in GA World).

2. Arrange the “Nativity Set” pieces and the “Bible Verse” cards (Posters 2 and 5) along the spiral path. Dim the lights. Optional: Create signs on half posters that say Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, and Christ. Arrange these along the spiral path along with the posters.

3. Guide GAs to walk the spiral path inward while holding their lanterns. Then, as they turn around to walk outward along the spiral path, encourage GAs to place their lanterns on the phrase, word, or picture that relates to a part of Jesus’ birth story that is most meaningful to them.


December: Musical Prayers

Refer to p. 19 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of RA Leader as well as p. 11 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download these prayer statements for “Musical Prayers” in Week 2. 


December: Jesus Loves Me

Refer to p. 21 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of RA Leader.

Download "Jesus Loves Me" for the "Singing the Good News" activity in Week 2. 


December: Lopsha Recipe

Refer to p. 15 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download this delicious Lopsha recipe to use with your CAs! 


December: Advent in a Jar

Interested in other options for the "Advent in a Jar" activity on p. 17 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of RA Leader? Read below for additional Lad and Crusader activities! 

Just for Lads

For a Lad option to supplement the "Advent in a Jar" activity on p. 17 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of RA Leader, try this activity.

Supplies
• colored pencils
• white sheets of paper (two per boy)
• envelopes (one per boy)
• scissors
RA World
• Bibles

Before the session, use a ruler to draw 5-by-5 grids on white sheets of paper (one per boy).

1. Direct Lads to refer to Luke 2:1–20 to draw a picture of the story of Jesus’ birth. They can refer to “Things to Draw” (p. 10 in RA World) for ideas. Lads will draw over the grid lines you drew on their papers.

2. Have them number each square from 1–25.

3. Have Lads cut the drawing into 25 pieces. Give each boy an envelope. Have them place their 25 pieces inside the envelopes.

4. Explain to Lads that throughout Advent, they can glue the pieces from their drawings in numerical order each day onto a second sheet of blank white paper. On Christmas Day, they will have completed nativity scenes.

 

Just for Crusaders

For a Crusader option to supplement the "Advent in a Jar" activity on  p. 17 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of RA Leader, try this activity.

Supplies
RA World

1. Encourage Crusaders to add a Scripture reading plan to their slips of paper for “Advent in a Jar.” Have them write out and divide up the passages from “Scriptures to Read” (p. 10 in RA World) into shorter readings (only 1–2 verses) on each slip.

2. Challenge Crusaders to read through these Scriptures throughout Advent leading up to Christmas. Direct them to share these readings with their their families as part of a family devotional they can work on throughout the season.


December: Advent Candleholders

Just for Crusaders

For a Crusader option to supplement the "Advent Candles" activity on p. 17 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 • issue of RA Leader, try this.

Supplies
• tree logs or scrap wood
• 1 ½-inch drill bit
• drill
• safety goggles
• assorted art supplies
• LED tea lights

1. For this activity, enlist additional leaders.

2. Have Crusaders create a candleholder using a tree log or scrap wood as the base. Supervise closely as boys drill holes for the tea light votives. Require boys to wear safety goggles while completing the activity.

3. Have them use an assortment of art supplies to decorate their candleholders.


December: Web Links 

"Singing the Good News" (Week 2, RA Leader): youtube.com/watch?v=omulGEWad3Y


December: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in December!


December: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support. 


December: Missions Photo 

Nolan and Kimberly Grogan* share the good news in Russia.

*Names have been changed. 

 

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