Incorporating Mission Into Your Children and Youth Ministries

Posted by Liz Perraud at

This blog post is compiled from a Facebook discussion held at the end of December on our LOGOS Ministry Ideas Facebook Group. We host Facebook discussions monthly on the last Thursday of the month. Please check it out and join us. There are different topics each month. You can also see lots of mission ideas online on our Pinterest page

Share with us the things you are currently doing in your children and youth ministries that are connecting young people in mission that are working well or that you love.

“We connected LOGOS children with Christmas Clean-up buckets for disaster relief project.”

“We have a Mission Coordinator on our LOGOS Leadership Team and she works all year to incorporate mission and service into LOGOS. We started the program year by having tables at Family Time bundle pencils (lots of pencils) to be donated for school supplies for children in need.”

“We have a mission component to our Wednesday Night program. Mission is a part of our recreation piece. The kids have made scarves, put together baskets for shut ins, baked for Salvation Army dinners, planted flowers around the church.”

“In January, LOGOS is sponsoring a church-wide food drive for a local food pantry. The children and youth will learn about it and discuss why we give during Bible Time.”

“We have been working really hard to have intergenerational mission opportunities. We do Rise Against Hunger, this year we had 40 people Christmas carol, and we have a farm that will find a job for anyone. They figure even a 3 year old can pick a veggie!!!”

“I love the intergenerational aspect too. We have started with our KidsJam (3rd-5th graders) and we simply sign up with our adult projects like breakfast and dinner meal service, Out of the Garden food packaging or decorating paper bags for lunch distribution. We didn't ask the adults - we just signed up and everyone loves it!”

“We really try to work with the Mission committee of the church so that LOGOS children are fully incorporated into the life of the congregation. We always have intergenerational mission service trips and every person is invited and encouraged to participate in some way in every mission opportunity. Sometimes leadership must be creative in presenting ways for all the participate. for instance, we have a knitting group who does fine work. I cannot knit but I can certainly be involved by keeping an eye out for extra yarn to keep the baskets full.”

“A few years ago I had the kids make blessing bags. Basically zip lock bags with water bottle, granola bar, a poncho. Bags are meant to be in your car and when you see folks at intersections you have something to give them. I thought the lesson went over their heads, I just learned recently that the bags were used and several kids were together when they used them. And that the lesson really sunk into them and several made extras to put in their car for later.”

“Our LOGOS kids get a kick out of our Undie Sunday offerings. We collect NEW underwear and socks to take to the nearby winter shelter and ongoing community meal program. these are brought up in baskets as part of the Sunday morning offering.”

“Once each semester we make pb&j lunches for the local homeless shelter.”

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