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Youth and Children

 Youth 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.

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  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

 Photographs from Journey to India 

 Other VBS Resources

God's Love is Everywhere VBS
Special Giving Opportunities for VBS and Summer Camp Programs


Middle East Geography Quiz
This interactive map will help bring you perspective on the Middle East.  Drag the country's name onto the map. There is no score or time limit. This is a learning tool. Don't be afraid to make an error, try again (and again, if need be!) and once you have finished the puzzle you will be far more educated about this very intense part of our world. 

World Resources Simulation Game
This game explores the disparity of resources distribution around the world

Children in International Mission
Ever wonder what it's like to be a kid of international missionaries?  Hear first hand from kids who grew up living abroad and consider themselves "global citizens."

Fold Paper Cranes for Peace 
Read the special meaning of origami cranes and how your group can send them to the Children's Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan.

Chinese Moon Festival
Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival on September 21 with sweet moon cakes and paper lanterns. From Douglas and Elizabeth Searles serving in China.

The Chopsticks Game
Using chopsticks isn't easy!  This fun game comes from the Searles, a missionary family living in China. 

Plan a Youth Mission Day
Gather for an exciting day of Mission! This site shares a sample game plan for a youth mission day.  Use any part of it as you plan your own youth mission day.

Ideas for Bible School Teachers and Camp Counselors

 Connect with the World through a Child

Child Sponsorship
The Global Ministries Child Sponsorship Program is the place to get connected! You, your Sunday School Class, Youth Group, and congregation can participate in sponsoring a child from one of the Global Ministries partner centers. This global children's ministry works closely with private centers that have long-established links with a UCC or Disciples global partner. Through partners, we work in collaboration with our agencies to provide food, basic health care, clothing and in some cases housing, school fees, uniform, books and training and livelihood opportunities to many poor and destitute children in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe.

 Global Ministries Videos

Connecting Threads Video Series

 Families of the World Videos

Videos present glimpses of family life around the world. The video highlighting Chinese children comes recommended by Global Ministries staff serving in China. Available from Master Communications at 800-765-5885.

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