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Kids: On Mission

Kids: On Mission

Hello, Southwood Families!

The mission of Southwood Kids is to advance the kingdom of God as we partner with families to encourage growing relationships with God, each other and our neighbors - and this year we have an exciting opportunity we’d like to share with you!  Beginning in October, the Children’s Ministry is introducing a new initiative called “Kids: On Mission” with the heart of helping our kids discover what it means to love our neighbors - next door or on the other side of the world!

Each month, working closely with our Community Development Team, we will carefully and prayerfully select a mission partner to learn about and support for that entire month.  We plan to support these partners in a variety of ways - all of which are designed to nurture a mission-minded heart and encourage kids to become active participants in living “on mission.”  Sometimes, we’ll gather items for donation or perform service projects together, and other times, we’ll write encouraging letters or commit to prayer for a month. No matter the method, this is a great way to help your child develop a biblical worldview of Jesus’ heart for mission work.

We’ll also devote an entire month to getting to know the selected mission partner in KidsConnect on Sunday mornings - who they are, what they do, where they serve, and why we support them.  And, from time to time, we’ll send home helpful resources to equip and encourage your family toward deeper conversation about loving our neighbors well.

We are eager to begin, but, parents, we will need your help to make this a success!  On the following page, we’ve listed the first three “Kids: On Mission” endeavors. We’ve also include some examples of how you can encourage your child to participate.  As you review these first three months, remember - the heart of “Kids: On Missions” is not to merely geared towards the collection of donated items - this is just a fun, engaging, and tangible way to kick-start our “Kids: On Mission” program and get our kids excited about serving!


Here are the upcoming partners we’ll support:

October: “SOCKTOBER” supporting Manna House. Any Sunday in October, drop off newly packaged socks (in any size) at the Mission Desk across from the Guest Center.

November: “Santa’s Secret Shop” supporting Second Mile.  Any Sunday in November, bring a new unwrapped toy for children age 1-17 and drop it off in the Sanctuary. 

December: “Diaper Drive” supporting Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center. Any Sunday in December, drop off newly packaged diapers (in any size) and needed baby items at the Mission Desk across from the Guest Center.

Nurturing mission-minded hearts at home: 

    -Affirm and nurture qualities in your children which could serve them on the mission field.
    -Let your kids pray out loud for missionaries.  Let them hear you pray for missionaries.  Tell them what they can specifically pray.
    -While your family is on the go, use downtime to talk about what it means to serve & love others.
    -Pick a missionary’s prayer card up from the Mission Desk (or create your own). Attach it to a map and watch as the map fills up over the year.
    -Email or follow blogs of missionaries we support. (Not only will you receive prayer requests, needs, and updates - you’ll also receive praise reports of answered prayers!)
    -Write to a missionary kid pen pal. We have a few who would love a pen pal!
    -Help your child save money to purchase a needed item.
    -Make a special trip to the store and allow kids to pick out a needed item on their own.
    -Encourage your child to serve. Serve together.
    -Choose a family devotional that is mission-focused.