Updated Thursday, July 05, 2007
WMU plans Children's Ministry Day
By Julie Walters
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The first National Children's Ministry Day next February is expected to involve children across the country in missions projects.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, all children's groups in churches are encouraged to join with members of Girls in Action (GA) and Children in Action to actively serve in their communities for a one-day, concerted effort to minister and witness together.
Mitzi Eaker, children's ministry consultant for national Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), said children involved in GA and Children in Action actively learn about and do missions throughout the year. The focus on children doing missions across the country on a designated, special day will "be exciting to see," she said.
Hope for the Hungry is the theme for the 2008 day of ministry as children are encouraged to serve those who are in need of food and nourishment. Eaker said a focus on hunger was chosen because it is tangible need and is part of WMU's focus on poverty through its Project HELP ministry. The focus Scripture verse is Isaiah 58:10a (NIrV): Work hard to feed hungry people.
"Participation will help children understand the needs of others and grow in their ability to minister to others as Christ did," Eaker said. "As they serve, children will realize that God can use them in a mighty way, even now while they are young, to share His love and minister to others."
To help plan and implement the event, a complete Children's Ministry Day promotional pack will be available from WMU in November. It includes numerous resources, including project ideas, learning activities for before and after the project, a children's sermon, ideas for involving families, a variety of promotional materials, and more. To order, visit wmu or call WMU customer service toll-free at (800) 968-7301.
Scheduled to coincide with Focus on WMU week each year, Children's Ministry Day will be held annually on the third Saturday of February. For more information on Children's Ministry Day, visit childrensmissions. To help children learn about and experience missions year-round, join the more than 100,000 children involved in missions through Girls in Action (GA) and Children in Action. For more information about GA, visit the GA Web site at gapassport. For more information on Children in Action, visit wmucia.