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Resources for children

MAP exists to serve you as you inspire children about God's heart for mission.

MAP have designed and organised a number mission programmes and events for children, and for their families, focusing on different aspects of mission and we can do the same for you. These programmes can also be tailored to be part of your existing youth or church programme with representatives from MAP available to come and facilitate. 

Around the World in 60 minutes

This programme starts on board an aeroplane and we land in places like Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We spend some time in each country tasting the food, meeting the people and exploring what it is like to be a Christian in different countries and environments. This programme includes teaching, drama, games and activities.

Sunday School Lesson Plans

Download a series of lesson plans teaching children about mission called 'Mission Zone' which was created by Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Children's Worker Blog 

If you want up to date creative ideas, games, resources and lesson plans for your Sunday School or Children's programme then check out this blog: https://childrensministryworker.wordpress.com/

 

Sunday School activities

Description: An activity sheet which involves writing in an unfamiliar script
Aim: To experience using an unfamiliar script and to teach that different scripts are used for Bible translation
Time: 20 mins
Equipment: Activity sheets (photocopy masters provided), pencils, coloured pens, scissors, gluesticks, card
Scripture: Psalm 119:130, Hebrews 4:12
Description: Nursery rhyme games with mission-oriented words
Aim: Teach that kids can do missions too
Time: 5 mins each
Equipment: Inflatable globe
Scripture: Luke 18:28-30
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Palm paddle game
Aim: Learn that God wants us to take/send the gospel to people who still wait, and look for ways to do it
Time: 10-20 mins
Equipment: Balloons, paper plates, elastic, various other items for optional obstacle course
Scripture: Matthew 28:19
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Children draw their full body silhouettes and personalise with a job they could do
Aim: Learn ways of serving on God's team
Time: 15 mins
Equipment: Large rolls of paper, tape, crayons, scissors, photocopies
Scripture: Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 4:16
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Participants write and draw on a world map
Aim: To focus on the world and options for missions involvement
Time: 20-30 mins
Equipment: Large outline of the world (example provided), photocopied cards, pens, crayons or chalk, pictures of your missionaries, atlas
Scripture: Psalm 67:1-2
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A pack with a series of six studies, each including a talk outline, suggested activities, and teacher’s briefing notes
Aim: Helping your leaders understand the lesson too helping you guide children through what the Bible says mission is, and the part they play
Equipment: For your copy of the God’s Mission Our Mission CD email cmt@crosslinks.org or phone 020 8691 6111. Crosslinks will make no charge, but suggest a donation of £6 to cover costs
Scripture: Passages in Genesis, Luke, John and Acts
Source: Crosslinks
Description: A team game to play before snack or meal
Aim: Illustrate need for bible translation
Time: 10-15 mins
Equipment: 2 pencils, 2 scissors, 2 pieces of paper plus a banquet table of very kid-desirable foods
Scripture: Romans 10:8-15, Revelation 5:9 and 7:9-10
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Missionary playhouses from around the world
Aim: Teach that missionaries live in many different types of homes and teach kids to pray
Time: 10-15 mins, extensive setup time
Equipment: Large cardboard appliance boxes, paint, blankets, tents, crayons
Scripture: Matthew 19:29, 1 Timothy 6:8
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A matching game and handwork page with sets of transportation
Aim: Teach about missionary travel and learn to pray
Time: 10-15 mins, extensive setup time
Equipment: Photocopies, 18" x 24" paper, music, glue sticks, and scissors for work page option
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:26
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A game contrasting participants who pass a whispered and written message
Aim: To illustrate the importance of having God's Word in your own written language
Time: 10 mins
Equipment: Pen and paper
Scripture: Romans 5:8, 2 Chronicles 34:14-33
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: One of three seemingly impossible stunts with simple solutions
Aim: To focus on the world and options for missions involvement
Time: 10-15 mins
Equipment: 2 paper clips, £5 note
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 28:19 (the Great Commission, not the Great Optional Activity!)
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Guess missionary occupations from clues, plus colouring pages
Aim: Teach children that missionaries do different jobs and to pray for missionaries
Time: Shoebox: 2-5 minutes, colouring pages: 2-3 minutes
Equipment: Shoebox filled with items listed
Scripture: Colossians 3:17
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A game that teaches children about different facets of words
Aim: To show one part of producing an accurate translation
Time: 15-20 mins
Equipment: Sets of snap cards, for each group of three players you need 6 sets of cards, or use one set of huge cards for a combined game
Scripture: Isaiah 1:18
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A discussion-based ice breaker
Aim: To get groups of people to explore and share thoughts and feelings about mission
Time: 10-20 mins depending on group size
Equipment: Printout or projection of PDF so that everyone can see
Source: OMF International UK
Description: A word order language puzzle for an audience to solve, involving six volunteers
Aim: To give insight into the complexities of Bible translation
Time: 10 mins
Equipment: Seven pieces of A4 card with English and Inga words on them (provided)
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A game in which a package is passed around and unwrapped
Aim: To illustrate our responsibility to pass the Good News of Jesus on to others
Time: 15 mins
Equipment: Wrapping paper, sweets, card, Bible, music
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:18, Romans 6:23, John 8:36, 10:10, 12:46
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A food-tasting game
Aim: To illustrate the impact of the good news when you hear it for the first time in your own language
Time: 10 mins
Equipment: Apple, cheese, chocolate, food container, blindfold
Scripture: Psalm 119:103-104, 1 Peter 2:1-3
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Tight-rope walking on the floor, plus two crafts
Aim: Teach that missionaries go to others
Time: 10-15 mins each
Equipment: Rope, Bibles, picture of Jesus, various items for stepping over; paper and crayons or paint, projector
Scripture: Romans 10:15, Mark 16:15
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A seven session course that very practically relates faith to contemporary life
Aim: To examine practical ways to follow in the mission of Jesus (engaging with consumer culture, hospitality, justice, the environment etc)
Time: Seven sessions of approximately one hour each
Equipment: Study Guide and DVD included in the resource
Source: Church Mission Society
Description: A market place simulation where people from two different cultures trade with each other
Aim: To experience cultural differences and to think about how these affect Christians working overseas
Time: 30 mins
Equipment: Scissors, card, marker pen, photocopied sheets (master included)
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Pack a bag with items a missionary needs
Aim: General missions education and learning to pray
Time: 10-15 mins
Equipment: Overnight bag or small suitcase, items listed on pages 2-4
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:13, Philippians 4:19
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Follow clues that lead to treasure letters hidden around the room, plus a craft to do
Aim: Learn that God treasures people around the world
Time: 10-15 mins
Equipment: Large cut out letters from A-Z, the book From Arapesh to Zuni, available from Wycliffe, copies and listed supplies for craft
Scripture: Revelation 5:9, Matthew 28:19, 20
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: A team contest with audience participation
Aim: To demonstrate difficulties of Bible translation, the need for a team, and God's power
Time: 10-15 mins
Equipment: A rope and costumes (signs can replace costumes)
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 32:7-8, Jeremiah 17:5-8, 1 Samuel 17:45-47, Ephesians 6:12
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Two-finger plays and ethnic dress-up
Aim: Teach children that they can give God's Word to people who wait
Time: 3 minutes with A-Z story, 2 minutes alone
Equipment: From Arapesh to Zuni, optional clothing
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:15
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators

Prayer activities

Description: A craft that teaches children how to pray for missionaries
Aim: To stimulate prayer for missions
Time: 20-30 mins
Equipment: Scissors, glue sticks, colouring pens, copies of prayer cube pattern from master
Scripture: Ephesians 6:18-19
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Description: Fun ways to pray in an ice-breaker way, plus a work page
Aim: To pray for Bibleless people in a child-friendly manner
Time: Various
Equipment: The book From Arapesh to Zuni, available from Wycliffe, plus various items listed
Scripture: Colossians 4:2-4, Ephesians 2:10
Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators