CCN HandbookDownload this and see how we get our events ready.
Running Own MissionDownload a simple three-step document to help plan your own event.
Creative IdeasWe aim to use lots of objects and actions to be prophetic in our prayers. Here are some items we use.
Get Your Kids ReadyDownload three sessions looking at Identity, Being Royalty and Authority.
Running Your Own Local Mission
• Make sure you have enough leaders to accompany each mission
• Prepare some information for children about each mission and what is involved so that they can select which mission they would like to go on.
• Consider travel, if you are travelling to and from a location you will need to think about how long this takes and factor it into your planning.
• Select locations which are significant for your local community. The 7 cultural mountains might form a good starting point:-
o Arts & Entertainment
• Make sure you have appropriate permission to visit locations, if possible connect with a significant person at the venue who can share some more information with the children.
• Try to find a different interactive prayer or declaration activity for each location. Some children will find it easier to engage using actions or activities rather than just words.
o Use artwork to express prayers e.g. prophetic declarations of what the future will look like in an area which is being developed, pictures of people being healthy and whole who are currently sick or in need.
o Chalk can be used on outside areas such as pavements or concrete to write or draw prophetic declarations or words of blessing or encouragement. Bubbles
o Blowing bubbles is a great way to pray for the release of Holy Spirit.
o Gifts are a great way to share God’s love and blessing with others e.g. Chocolate coins to represent God’s provision or Medals to represent our significance to God.
o Mini bags of Haribo star mix can be used to represent the different ways in which God loves us. E.g. Bear (God’s comfort), Heart (God’s love), Ring (God’s promises).
o Written prayers or prophetic messages can form the basis of activities e.g. Creating your own newspaper headlines.
It is good to start your day with a commissioning, dedicating the day to God, reminding the children of their significance and preparing them to go out on their missions. This could include a time of worship, prayers for each mission or prophetic activities e.g. preparing treasure hunt maps.
Give time for different groups to set off for their missions, complete missions and return. Some groups may need to leave earlier than others if they are travelling greater distances.
Upon returning give the groups time to share feedback of their time, give each mission opportunities to share testimonies of what they have seen and done and the ways that God spoke to them during their missions. Large sheets of paper where children can write or draw their own stories and experiences is a great way to collect this information. Pray for the missions they have been on and the impact they have had.
Finally be sure to look out for local news stories or events that are testimonies of the impact the missions have had. Feed this information back to the children so that they are aware of the way God has used them in their local area.
What can you use?
A significant influence on society is ‘Church’. We wanted to pray for the leaders of the church. To do so we made mitres and wrote messages from God for the Bishop of Oxford, in Christchurch, Oxford and the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. You can find instructions online.
The children prayed in university towns and created ‘diplomas’ for students. These had messages from Father God for people, about where they find value. The children then asked God which student to give it to and shared the message with them.
We have used little bags of Haribo Star Mix many times. The bags contain five shapes: Heart (God loves you); Egg (God provides for you); Coke (God refreshes you); Ring (God’s committed to you); Teddy Bear (God Keeps you Safe). The children ask Father God which item to talk about, speak to people and share about
We wanted to pray for local business so we offered them a free drink. We took in a local coffee shops menu and asked staff what they would like us to buy for them. While we went to get the drinks, we asked them to think of things we could pray for for them and