Don't Sit Still. It's Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to break from routine and help kids tap into new missions opportunities. As a children's missions leader, you can equip them to do missions, serve with them in their communities, and send them on new adventures.
 

Equip your children to understand missions:

  • Encourage your church to send children to your state convention's summer missions camp for children. Weeklong or weekend missions camps are a fun way to help kids grow deeper in their relationships with God while learning all about missionaries and what God is doing around the world.
  • Host a mission sleepover at your church or in the home of a church member. Take time to learn about a particular missionary, culture, or people group. Spend time working on a missions project during the event.
  • Host a one-day missions celebration. Find a local ministry or church plant and create an event to teach about this ministry, its missionaries, and its needs. Include a service project during the event to benefit the ministry.
     

Serve with your children:

  • Host backyard Bible clubs in neighborhoods surrounding your church, in a local park, or with a local church plant.
  • Assist local food pantries, clothes closets, or women and children's shelters with reorganizing their facilities, cleaning, or restocking.
  • Gather school supplies, child-sized clothing and shoes, or toiletries and donate them to your local schools.
  • Choose a day each month to host an event at a local park for children and include a gospel message.
     

Send your children out:

  • Encourage kids to go on a missions trip with their families.
  • Schedule prayerwalks in your community and promote these days to your entire church.
  • Find local ministries that might need volunteers for the summer and provide a list of these ministries to your kids. Encourage families to spend time volunteering over the summer.

by Chris Conrades

 

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