all started with an idea shared in March and now, 6 months later, Janet
Brown and Ruth MacBean have produced mission & me? ready to
be used in churches to excite, inspire and challenge children & young
people and their families, to be involved in God's Mission. Although primarily
designed as a six week course for 7-13 year olds, it can easily be adapted
for use by other groups within church or school settings.
We believe that God's intention is that His church should be engaged in
His mission, going into all the world to preach the Gospel, and even the
youngest disciples in the church can be a part of that.
The mission & me? pack
includes all the resources needed to bring it to life! There are craft ideas,
PowerPoint presentations, songs and a large world map. There are also weekly
take home activity sheets, to remind the children and give opportunity for
the whole family know what's been taught. Weekly challenges “should
you wish to accept them” for individuals, families... and teachers
keep the lesson alive through the week.
writing the lessons and preparing the craft ideas, the next step was
to trial mission & me? which we did at Mickfield
Evangelical Church in June and July. The group of young people (in this
case age 8 -13) were very enthusiastic and joined in readily with everything.
We started by answering the question, “what is mission?”, looking at
a number of Bible verses and then learning
about Carrie, who has worked for 30 years in Bible translation on a remote island.
Each week we looked at different aspects of mission, including mission
in the UK - both from a biblical perspective and using a modern day
example. As we looked at doing mission in dangerous places, we were
able to make use of a church member who, as a young child, was involved
in bible smuggling in his home country of Romania; when we considered
how mission involves the whole church working together as a team, we
found out about the two families Mickfield supports in Peru and India.
a few changes following our trial, and numerous spelling and grammatical
changes, we are excited to see how mission & me? will
impact churches around the UK.
the final challenge for Ruth and Janet was to arrange a fundraising
event, involving the children. So, “Bake Off” it was!
excellent baking followed by entrepreneurial selling in the
village raised £82.50 to buy footballs
and skipping ropes for Children for Christ Ministry (CFCM) Bible
clubs in Malawi. There was even enough to buy copies of Ananu
Ziimbani music books and CDs for those being trained as trainers
by CFCM in Northern Malawi.
get your copy of mission & me?
get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
on 01904 674748. Copies cost £5 plus £1.50
postage and packing. Together let's get our young people,
their families and their churches excited and engaged
in God's mission!