Preschoolers and Annie Time
In the month of March, churches place an emphasis on missions work across North America. Your Mission Friends may or may not be meeting, so what are ways to take part in the North American missions emphasis? Whether in person, virtual, or a combination of both, encourage your preschoolers to learn about missions work in North America, pray for missionaries who serve, and give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Use the ideas below and share your creative ideas on the Mission Friends Facebook page at facebook.com/WMUPreschool.
- Put together a send-home pack. Give packs to preschoolers in a Mission Friends session during March or deliver to preschoolers’ homes. Include in a small, inexpensive gift bag: March “Mission Friends at Home” copied from Mission Friends Leader, All About Annie Armstrong, an Annie Armstrong Easter Offering envelope or Missions Bank, and 1 or 2 plastic Easter eggs.
- Place a copy of the leaflet, All About Annie Armstrong, in an envelope to mail to each preschooler. Have the preschoolers hold their leaflets on a video conference call as you read the leaflet. Ask preschoolers the questions about Annie Armstrong that are included in the leaflet. The Spanish version of the leaflet is Todo sobre Annie Armstrong.
- Have a drive-through Anne Armstrong Easter Offering Parade in your church parking lot. Choose a time for the parade. Encourage preschoolers and parents to make colorful Easter Parade hats to wear for the parade. Set up a stand in the church’s parking lot and decorate with pastel streamers. As each family drives up, wear a mask as you give the family a packet with a Missions Bank in which to collect the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Provide an individually packaged Easter treat for each family member. Take a photo of each family in their car as they wear their Easter hats.
- Place the Annie Armstrong doll in the Blocks area of your Mission Friends classroom. Read All About Annie Armstrong to preschoolers. Encourage them to use the doll and blocks to build scenes from the leaflet.
Written by: Joye Smith, preschool consultant