Preschool

Ideas for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

Mission Friends Leader SON

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?

Christmas Backpacks Video Link Update

Mission Friends Leader

OOPS! We made a mistake!

In Mission Friends Leader, September Session 3 (pp. 17 and 18), we printed an incorrect link for a video about Christmas Backpacks.

Preschool Missions Focus

Bill Barker

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Free Downloads for Mission Friends

WMU provides a number of free Mission Friends downloads for your church and families. Scroll down the page to see all our downloads.


Digital Template: Square Graphic for Social Media or Websites

Download this square graphic that can be used in several different ways.

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

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