Each month we gather the third through fifth graders for Mission Kids. It is a time for them to be engaged in a service project together.
This month we read the story of Naaman’s healing in 2 Kings 5. Naaman had to do something quite strange and odd to be healed – deep himself in the Jordan River seven times. One of the children said if he was told to do that, he would be pretty angry. Just like Naaman, he would be upset if he had come such a long way to be healed and Elisha didn’t even come see him! We also talked about the young servant girl to Naaman’s wife was the one who suggested that Naaman go to Israel and see the prophet.
Like the servant girl, this group of children today were helping others in their healing process. They assembled activity bags for children who are patients at the local hospital. Some of the elements that went in to the bags were made by children at this summer’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), where instead of crafts, we did mission projects.
The idea for this project came from TeachingHelp.org. During VBS, the older children used felt to create the body and clothing for Mr. Potato Heads. All the various pieces were then put into a ziplock bag. The younger children at VBS taped popsicle sticks at the top and bottom and then drew pictures on them. After the tape was removed, the popsicle sticks became popsicle stick puzzles.
In addition to these two craft projects, the Mission Kids also added some fun sunglasses, pencils, and noise makers. The project was great because it incorporated what the children at VBS did, while adding to it and giving the third through fifth graders their own opportunity to be in mission too.