There Are 5 Seasons?

In elementary school, I learned there are 4 seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.

Working on the national WMU staff, I learned there are actually 5 seasons. You read correctly . . . 5!

What’s the fifth season I’m referring to? RECOGNITION SEASON!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love it because it reminds me of when I was a GA and received my Mission Adventures badges in front of my church congregation. I remember feeling like the adults thought what I had learned and had to say about the projects we did during the year was important. And I remember adults asking questions and wanting to see things I had done during the year. Empowering!

I’ve grown up a bit since those days, but the fact that someone else saw value in what I was learning about God’s word has never left me. I guess that’s why I get so excited when we start planning for and talking about “recognition season” around our office. I know girls across the country are going to be presented with badges and share what they’ve learned this year, and adults will honestly and genuinely be interested in seeing how elementary-age girls can impact their community and their world for Christ. (I’ve got goosebumps just writing this!)

For our staff, “recognition season” means our team gets questions from leaders about badges, vests, music and Scripture verses. It also means we are asked for recognition service plans. Last year, our team released GA Recognition: Tips and Ideas to help leaders plan recognition services and provide tips we’ve gathered from other leaders' experiences (and our own) through the years. The book has 12 scripted services as well as ideas to make the theme you choose a formal or informal service. The book also includes clip art, charts to keep up with badges, reproducible invitations and flyers, volunteer recognition ideas and reproducible certificates.

In other words, we put as much in there to help leaders as possible!

I’m looking forward to seeing what you do to recognize your GAs this year. Whether you are planning a formal event, a Sunday afternoon tea party or a Wednesday night pizza celebration, my prayer is that your GAs will realize how much value there is in what they are learning. Let’s flood social media with pictures of your GAs and their badges and cause people to wonder what GA is all about.


Heather Keller is the Girls in Action and Children in Action consultant at national WMU. She is the mom of 2 boys and leads GAs in her own church. Her GA sash and badges are on display in her office at national WMU.

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