GBA Children's Mission Day 2023

GBA Children’s Missions Day Initiative


Give children/families an opportunity to serve outside of their local church to promote missions. 

Promote the missions (the act of service) through activities designed for learning about areas of service as well as performing acts of service hands on.


Students ages 6-12 years old (up to age 14 allowed) and adult sponsors (must be 18+)


Children’s Mission Day is a day of hands-on learning and serving for the students, and an opportunity to let our local communities know that Jesus loves them.

Time Frame: 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration, handing out mission assignments and directions to work                                   sites (coffee and donuts served for adult sponsors and workers)

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.     Opening Celebration Kick Off

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.   Travel to mission work sites

10:00 – 12:00p.m.  Serving/working on location (11:30 a.m. Host church provides meal                                         transportation to work sites)

12:00 p.m.              Lunch served on location (at individual work sites)

3:00 p.m.                Projects completed/end of workday/go home

Registration Information:

To register email or call (618) 254-3953

Registration Deadline: * about two weeks before mission date (Monday, March 13, 2023)

Types of Possible Serving Opportunities/Projects:  

-Cleaning with local parks and recreation departments, farms, smaller churches  

-Washing police cars or fire department vehicles  

-Assisting with mass mailings, cleaning, organizing for local community ministries  

-Play games with residents of local nursing homes or assisted living facilities

-Puppet ministry at local nursing homes  

-Assisting in organizing at local library

Extra Possible Projects at Host Church:  

-Cleaning inside, clearing landscaping outside, organizing  

-Salvation rocks (painting) or bracelets  

-Make Easter cards for local nursing homes

Host Church Expectations:  

-Locate service opportunity locations (6-8) and send information to GBA office (preferably 2-3 months out)  

-Locate a nurse (if possible) to be at the host church the full day of the event  

-Have a team of lunch runners available between 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. the day of the   event (at least one for each work site) to take lunch to the working teams

-Have 1-2 Volunteers for the registration table (need two tables for this)  

-Have 1-2 Volunteers to work the t-shirt table (shirts will already be organized by church   attending)  

-Have 1 money collector for registration table 

-Have 1-2 Volunteers to work the Coffee/Donut area for Adult Sponsors/Workers  

-Have Volunteers to oversee any projects that will be done on site at the host church     (number needed will depend on projects to be completed) *Note, some groups may return to the host church to work on extra projects if they complete their main tasks before the end of the day  

-Plan the opening celebration service music (can be a worship team from another church if    needed)  

-Host church can plan lunch arrangements, or the GBA office can coordinate


GBA Children's Missions Day 2023

On March 25, 2023 Christway Church hosted the Gateway Baptist Association's Children's Missions Day. This is where children throughout the association gather at a host church and spend the day going to various locations and performing various acts of service for the community. Spreading God's love and word through service. We had around 125 kids and volunteers that joined us this year. We started the day with a Worship service to get everyone pumped and ready to go then broke up into different groups and went out into the community. Thank you to God Faith in Jerseyville, The Nature Institute, Beverly Farms, Cedar Hurst, and so many more that we were able to come alongside and work together. The kids had a great time and lasting relationship were formed. It was an amazing and inspiring day!