Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Matthew 6:26
Serve: birds (and squirrels!)
Connect: most children don’t need too much help to notice the changes spring brings with it’s longer and warmer days, and in many areas of the world, the reappearance of birds after the winter; help children consider ways we can care for birds just as God has cared for all animals by creating a simple bird feeder; challenge children to especially think about ways it may be difficult for birds to find food in more areas where nature has been overrun by urban development
- toasted oat cereal
- pipe cleaners
- thread toasted oat cereal onto pipe cleaners, leaving a little space at each end
- carefully bend the pipe cleaner into the shape of a circle and twist the ends to create the first loop
- repeat the threading process with a second pipe cleaner
- connect the shapes by looping them inside one another and twist the ends of the second loop closed
- repeat until you have a nice chain to hang outside
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Let her share in the results of her work; let her deeds praise her in the city gates. Proverbs 31:30-31
Serve: women’s shelter
Connect: whether a mother, grandmother, teacher or family friend, most children can think of at least one woman who has had a positive effect on their lives and the desire to show appreciation for that woman’s work; take the tradition of honoring mothers to a new level by challenging children to honor all women for their work through a simple gift of pampering
- dawn hand renewal
- 4oz plastic cups with lids
- instructions printed onto cardstock and cut out
- plastic knives
- measuring cup
- plastic spoons
- stickers (hearts, stars, smiley faces)
- ribbon (optional)
- give each child a bowl and plastic knife
- add a 1/4 cup of sugar to the bowl
- add a tablespoon of dawn hand renewal
- have kids stir well
- add a little dawn hand renewal a time until it’s a paste like consistency
- scoop mixture into 4oz containers and secure lids
- add stickers to decorate
- secure the containers with ribbon (optional)
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!