Sweet Dreams

Pillows

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24

Serve: children at local shelters

Connect: many children (and adults!) take for granted sleeping on a bed with linens and pillows, but sadly many people go without these things right at home in our local communities; help children connect by sharing about their favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal and how they may feel if they didn’t have any of those things to rest with

Materials:

  • fleece
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • scissors
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • clothespins
  • pillow kits are an easy and quick alternative

Advance Preparation:

  • layer two pieces of fleece
  • cut a 17×17-inch square (makes a 14×14-inch pillow)
  • with both pieces together, cut a 3×3-inch square out of each corner
  • cut fringe around all sides of both pieces by cutting 3-inches into fleece at 1-inch intervals
  • keep both sides of pillows by securing with a clothespin
  • for younger children, place 2 clothespins on each side to help keep the ties lined up

Directions:

  • give each child or pair of children a pillow form
  • show them how to double knot the ties all around the pillow, leaving a small space open for stuffing
  • stuff the pillow, be sure to get fiberfill in the corners
    TIP: gently pull the fiberfill apart to make the pillow less lumpy
  • add enough stuffing to make the pillow comfortable to rest on
  • finish the ties

 

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Visitor Greetings

Visitor Greetings
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

Materials

  • construction paper
  • markers, crayons, etc.
  • stickers, etc.
  • pictures of kids

Directions

  • 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