CMD 2018: Go Serve

Children's Missions Day (CMD) 2018 is coming soon! In fact, this annual February event will celebrate its 11th year this Saturday, February 17. It's not too late to join other children's missions groups nationwide in a great day of service to share God's love with people right in your own community. So, lace up your sneakers and get ready to hit the road and go serve!

Appropriately, the theme for this year's event is Go Serve. As you prepare your group for this special day, help children identify people in your area who are hurting — whether it's physically, spiritually or emotionally. Remember that a successful CMD project gives children the opportunity to tell someone what they know to be true about God while also meeting a physical need or offering words of encouragement. Ask children, What would you do for these people to share the love of Jesus with them?

Ideally, it's best to let children take the lead in suggesting or planning ideas for your CMD project. But because this year's event is right upon us, perhaps you are looking for a last-minute idea you can quickly pull together. Would one of these hands-on missions projects work for your group?

  • Assemble hygiene kits for disaster relief victims in your area.
  • Host an arts and crafts day at a local women and children's shelter.
  • Make no-sew fleece blankets for a veterans' hospital or nursing facility.
  • Prepare activity bags for a local children's hospital.
  • Pack individual snack packs for a weekend backpack ministry at a local school.
  • Pre-measure laundry detergent into ziplock bags to share at a local coin laundromat.
  • Create birthday bags complete with all the essential party ingredients and supplies to deliver to a local food pantry, women and children's shelter or children's home.
  • Bake cookies to share with shut-in or elderly neighbors.

Whichever project your group chooses, make personal special deliveries of the finished products and let your recipients know of God's love for them!

Of course, CMD is all about letting children be the primary workers, but it's also a great opportunity to involve families, older youth and other church members as well. As everyone works together, children will come to understand that serving God is a team effort!

Children's Missions Day gives children a unique opportunity to serve their communities in real-life ways and to see the impacts of real-life service. As children go and do missions through CMD, they come to realize their potential to claim the love of Jesus in all areas of their lives and in everything they do. It is a great opportunity to prepare the next generation to reach others for God's kingdom and to embrace a missions-minded attitude toward living.

After your CMD event, don't forget to report your participation and share pictures with us at We would love to hear how your missions group served in your community!


Melissa Whetstone is the design editor for Girls in Action. She leads 1st – 3rd grade GAs at her church and is excited about joining together with other children's missions groups across the country for CMD 2018!


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