"It really frustrates me when people say, 'Kids can't help,'" says a boy at Silver Spring (Maryland) United Methodist Church.
This church has developed a "mission mania" program explicitly to nurture in children a discipleship that entails caring for neighbors, especially neighbors in need. Children have taken the lead in this.
One boy learned that people in the city needed shoes. When he suggested that he lead the church in collecting shoes, the pastor recommended that they wait. He responded, "People can't wait"--convincing the pastor to let him start the drive right away.
Discipleship is both love of God and love of neighbor. Watch this inspiring video about how children are leading mission at Silver Spring UMC.
And share it with the faith-formation leaders in your church . . . it might give them ideas!