Preschool Leaders

Reaching Parents: Linking with the Unchurched

Reaching Parents

“It’s a soaking not a sprinkling,” remarked a preschool and children’s ministry friend. We were sharing some ministry ideas and began speaking about reaching out to the unchurched families of preschoolers in our ministry. This comment stuck in my head for days.

Let’s All Work Together!

Child at Blackboard - How to Work Together

In the early childhood years, foundations are laid for salvation, making it essential that churches provide a well-balanced ministry for preschoolers and children.

Project HELP: Refugees -- Stories of Those Who Help

Fondra Magee works with refugees in Washington.

In Mission Friends we have shared the stories of missionaries who work with refugees, both in North America and internationally. We also want to share the stories of people who help refugees in their own communities, whether through their church, job position, or a community organization. Their stories will inspire you, and also give ideas about ways we can help within our own communities.

September Fifth Session Ideas

Mission Friends Leader Cover

What do you do for the fifth session of September if you teach Mission Friends on Sunday?

Here are few fun ideas:

 

Ready, Set, Teach!

Mission Friends Leader

You’re off to a great start in teaching Mission Friends this year! Your teaching materials have arrived, so now what?

Here are some ideas to help you prepare for a session in Mission Friends:

6 Ways to Navigate Your Preschoolers’ “No” and “Mine” Stage

Two-year-old Emma puts down a stacking toy and turns around to pick up a foam ball. When Nathan picks up the stacking toy a minute later, Emma grabs it back and says defiantly, “Mine!”

Make Jesus the Focus in Teaching Preschoolers

During VBS one year, one of the teachers taught in our church’s VBS in the morning and then taught children in VBS at a Spanish church in the evenings. She took her 10-year-old son to VBS at both churches. The evenings were a repeat of the activities he had done in the mornings.

Teaching the Talkative, Praying for Patience

In my Mission Friends, we have a 4-year-old little boy who never stops talking. I mean nev-er. He bursts in the room telling us excitedly about the airplane he’s made with his paper from preschool choir. Even while he’s doing everyday things like washing his hands, his head is turned to tell you something. I’m telling the mission story, and he’s talking away.

5 Steps to Create Dynamic Interest Areas

Are the interest areas in your Mission Friends classroom actually interesting? How do you make the interest areas to be the places where preschoolers are engaged in learning about missions? We offer five things you can do to boost the interest in your interest areas.

Project HELP: Refugees

Refugees

Vivian’s Mission Friends made a giant card and filled snack bags to give the teachers and aids who teach in the English as a Learned Language department at the high school across the street from their church. Vivian wrote Thank you on the front of the card. Beforehand, she printed from her computer the words Thank you in different languages in large font size, and the preschoolers glued these collage style inside the card. They decorated the card with stickers and drawings. Vivian delivered the card and snack bags to the teachers the next day. What a treat and encouragement this must have been to these teachers!

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