He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37, The Message
Serve: new parents and babies
Connect: it’s a dirty job to change diapers but it is one way parents care for babies who aren’t able to use the toilet; help children see that even the dirtiest job (no one likes poop!) can be an act of love
size 1 diapers
sharpie markers (NO washable markers)
give each child several diapers and sharpie markers
encourage children to think about happy or funny images to draw on the diapers
allow children to write include “clean” with the punchline on the back
Go Further: have children host a diaper and wipes drive to supply a local food pantry or shelter with these needed supplies
If you open your heart to the hungry, and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted, your light will shine in the darkness… Isaiah 58:10
Serve: neighbors who seek assistance at a local food pantry
Connect: help children understand that not everyone has a fridge full of food and some people go without food because they do not have enough money to buy food; a small way children can help is by extending loving encouragement to those in need
Take the Next Step: challenge kids to bring in nonperishable food items to send with the decorated bags to further support the work of a local food pantry
Keep loving each other like family.Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2
Serve: first time guests to church
Connect: children are often shy or uneasy when visiting a new place and meeting new people; through this mission project they are reaching out to warmly welcome church guests who may also feel anxious or uneasy about coming to a new place
markers, crayons, etc.
pictures of kids
give each child a piece of construction paper to make a paper card
on the front have children write “Welcome” or “Join Us”
on the inside right panel, ask kids to write one thing they enjoy about church
have kids sign the card with their first name only and age
on the opposite side, glue a picture of the child
distribute cards to first time guests as part of an overall welcome to the church
I was overjoyed to find some of your children living in the truth, just as we had been commanded by the Father. – 2 John 1:4
Every child has the power to change the world through serving others. By offering fun, exciting, service opportunities, churches can help kids understand they are on a mission too. And involving children in missions has a direct impact on their future. By training children up in doing the work of the church, we instill in them the importance of serving and prepare them to accept even greater opportunities to serve as adults.
Missions: Kids Style is new series dedicated to offering church leaders in ministry with children a mission plan to engage children in hands-on service projects. Each project takes about 15 minutes to complete and can be easily incorporated into an existing discipleship programs, like Sunday school or children’s church. The first project will post on January 21.
Many of the materials are readily available craft supplies, or may be purchased at a local dollar or grocery store. If a project calls for items in bulk or more specialty supplies, links are provided as a suggestion.
Each mission project is selected for it’s ability to serve a specific group in the church, community, or around the world. Some mission projects will offer opportunities to partner with other organizations to get the completed materials to the people in need. And others take on a holiday theme as way of celebrating the festivities while still emphasizing the Biblical model of serving others. Many of the ideas started with something on Pinterest and have been adapted for the local church to serve as a service project.
Have fun serving in ministry with children and help them to fully live into their place as participants in the work and mission of the church!