Church joins Mission Possible Kids

Members of First UMC Hope’s Mission Possible Kids group build “Busy Bags” for children in hospital waiting rooms. COURTESY PHOTO

Members of First UMC Hope’s Mission Possible Kids group build “Busy Bags” for children in hospital waiting rooms.
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The children of First United Methodist Church Hope are on a mission: to do God’s work locally, statewide and globally. The church’s children’s ministry (known as M&M’s – Missions and Music) joined a group called Mission Possible Kids (MPK) at the start of the school year in August and have been on a roll ever since.

The goal of church-based MPK chapters is to bring kids closer to God through missions, Scripture and fun. As a registered member of MPK, First UMC Hope has joined a larger group across the country helping others. Sometimes all the chapters share in the same missions; other times, they come up with their own.

As they help to complete a mission, the children earn stars. For every six missions they complete, they rise in the ranks. All children start out as Special Agents and recently, most of First UMC Hope’s children earned a promotion to Special Agent First Class.

The children of First UMC Hope have done much through MPK, ranging from baking cookies and delivering them to all the first responders in Hope to writing Christmas and thank-you cards to send to troops stationed overseas. They have boxed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, gone door to door collecting food for the local food pantry and made “busy bags” for area hospitals to give to children as they wait in the waiting rooms. Parents and children alike have been excited about giving back and are always ready for the next mission.

Missions planned for 2016 include making and sending heart pillows for Syrian refugee children, collecting items and baking dog biscuits for the local animal shelter, and painting wooden pocket crosses to give away during Lent to help children learn how to share God’s Word with others.

For information about the MPK program at First UMC Hope, contact Rose Gagnon, children and youth minister, at rgagnon50@outlook.com or the church office, 870-777-8816. To learn more about MPK itself, contact the organization directly at 1-877-MPKIDS-1 or through its website, www.mpkids.org.

—submitted by Rose Gagnon