One of our favorite things to do in 2020 was to send letters to our friends and family. It was a great way to stay connected in a special way. This got me thinking about all the powerful ways we can minister to our neighbors and get our kids involved using a simple system like snail mail. As we raise our children as Disciples of Christ, I am constantly reminded of how missional our children naturally are. Here are some easy ideas for how you can start a Mail Ministry with your kids.
Kids are so good at sharing God’s love with others. My toddler will go around saying “Jesus died on the cross, then rised from the dead!” When she says this at home, my attitude changes and my heart softens. Somehow she knows the right time to say it.
Writing letters is a special way for your children to connect with others.
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The supplies that you will need are pretty basic:
- Letters and envelopes (I recommend these!)
- Something to write with
- Lots of stamps
- Stickers (optional, but splendid)
You can also follow your child’s creativity. Origami, painting, tissue paper and glue, etc. (maybe you can tell that I’m not the creative type, but thank goodness that my child is!). I like to provide the materials and give a little guidance, then see what they do with it.
Make sure you are adding phrases like, “Jesus Loves You!” and “God Bless.” Get some Bible passages ready. If your child is old enough, let them write it out. For younger ones, you can do it yourself or print it on some paper for them to glue it on their letter.
Bible verse suggestions:
|Deuteronomy 31:6||Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.|
|Psalm 23:1||The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.|
|Psalm 31:24||Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.|
|Psalm 107:1||Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.|
|Isaiah 40:31||But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.|
|John 3:16||For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.|
|John 14:27||Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.|
|Romans 15:13||May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.|
|Philippians 1:3-4||I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.|
|Philippians 4:4||Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!|
|1 Peter 5:7||Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.|
Who should the letters be sent to?
Think about the people you pray for like you family, neighbors, friends, church members, etc.
You could take your church directory and go down the line of families and send them a letter.
If someone you know if sick, have your child draw a picture for them. You could even look into writing letters to kids who are sick or in the hospital. It’s also super special to send letters to soldiers!
Or, just ask your kids! During our bedtime devotions, I will ask my toddler who she wants to pray for. Sometimes she chooses somebody I wasn’t thinking of in the moment! To further encourage them in their empathy and prayer life, writing letters to the people they are thinking of is perfect!
Here at my house, we usually get to sit down to draw on cards about once a week. I get the supplies ready and while my toddler does her thing with her crayons and stickers, I talk to her about who she’d like to send letters to. I prepare the envelopes with the addresses and stamps. When she’s done, we put her pictures into the envelopes (I’ll write out a bible verse, quick note, and her name where there is room among her art).
Next, have your child put their letters in the mail box. Feel free to say a prayer before they go, asking God to bless the purpose of these letters and the people they are intended for.
And how neat is that!?
This simple discipleship tool will be a blessing for others, as well as for your relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Not to mention what your child is learning through this whole process: care for neighbor and prayer.
Start a Mail Ministry at your church!
2020 was a hard year to stay connected. And it still is. Reach out to your youth director or pastor and arrange a group of people to exchange letters. It could be a Sunday School class, a bible study, or the entire congregation.
This will give your kids (and yourself) some new ways to connect with others. It will give people something positive to talk about or mention to your child when they do get to see each other in person.