Ideas for special giving projects for Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp Programs, and Other Fun Activities for Children and Youth
We invite you to include Global Ministries in your plans for Vacation Bible School and Summer Youth events and camps. These events are exciting times in the life of the church and can be a wonderful opportunity to introduce children, youth, and people of all ages to the global mission of the church. There are a number of curricula that churches are choosing from for these programs, and Global Ministries will gladly assist congregations to supplement these different curricula with materials that provide a global perspective and are linked to vital ministries carried out by Global Ministries and its partners.
Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome - Exploring the Holy Land
A 10-session children’s curriculum designed to help children connect the stories in the Bible to real children who live in those places today. This is a new resource building on the successful Advent curriculum.
Are you R.E.A.D.Y!? Ready for a new discovery of yourself, the church, your community and the world? You and your youth can begin the journey of experiencing mission in new ways with this curriculum created by Global Ministries.
The vision for this curriculum is to enable youth of all ages to reimagine and redefine their understanding of God’s mission. Life is full of crossroads where we must make decisions on how we will engage the world and, most especially, those who are different from us. During this quest, our hope is to challenge participants to broaden their view of their role in the church, community, and world.
Included in this curriculum is a wellspring of information and resources selected to aid you as you journey with your youth. In the four sessions, youth are asked to unpack their prejudices, both conscious and unconscious. They will also be equipped with tools to help them constantly evaluate their world and God’s mission.
Kids-to-Kids VBS Curriculum
The best VBS (Vacation Bible School) are ones that use a learning center model and that are flexible. The following list of VBS materials are free downloads. All of them are directly related to Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). All of the "Journey" VBS programs relate to Kids to Kids because they are opportunities for children to learn about and contribute to global mission projects that serve children.
- Journey to Colombia
- Journey to Congo
- Journey to India
- Journey to India CD or order online
- Kids to Kids website
Kids to Kids Project Guides:
- Kids to Kids Current Affairs Project: Syrian Refugees
- Kids to Kids Current Affairs Project: Modern Day Slavery (or Human Trafficking)
- Kids to Kids Urgent Project: Children at the Southern Borders
Photographs from Journey to India
Projects Involving Children and Youth that You Can Support
Global Ministries works in collaboration with global partners to provide food, healthcare, clothing, and in some cases housing, school fees, uniform, books and training, and livelihood opportunities to many children in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. Below are five global partners who are providing life-giving ministries for Children and Youth that you can support as a way to engage and participate in God's global mission.
All financial gifts for projects are sent in their entirety for the designated purpose to our global partners. No administrative fees are taken from gifts to Global Ministries because of the faithful giving from our churches to Our Church's Wider Mission and the Disciples Mission Fund.
- Daisy Dube Children's Home: Offers education and a safe place for kids.
Philippines (East Asia and the Pacific)
- Dumaguete Kalauman Center for Development: Provides education and support for children.
Haiti (Latin America and the Caribbean)
- House of Hope in Haiti: Informal education, conflict-resolution, and a safe place for kids in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Jerusalem (Middle East and Europe)
- Rawdat el Zuhur in East Jerusalem: A primary school for Christian and Muslim children and a Global Ministries Child Sponsorship site.
India (Southern Asia)
- Tibetan Children's Village: Offers education and nutritional assistance, and a chance for kids to just be kids.
Child & Elder Sponsorship
- The Global Ministries Child & Elder Sponsorship Program is the place to get connected! You can participate in sponsoring a child - a project that will last all year long.
Gifts from Vacation Bible School and/or Summer Camps should indicate which project the funds are in support of can be made online or directed to:
Office for Resource Development
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206