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A Christian service organization

     

August, 2013

Dear Junior Leaders,

Have fun and have a successful junior circle.

Those goals are not mutually exclusive. Yes, it is extra work to plan, prepare, lead, clean-up, and then turn around and do it all over again, but the satisfaction and joy that follows is worth it all. Since most leaders are parents, there is the blessing of seeing your own child grow through this experience as well as all the other members. Additionally, fulfilling your commitment as a King's Daughter or Son provides the opportunity to share your joy of being part of the Order. In the process you will become a role model for future leaders.

Staying one step ahead of these bright, energetic youth can be challenging. Utilizing strategies that have worked for other leaders in the past could be helpful.

Develop a meeting plan. It can be as general or specific as you desire.
Primarily it is a reminder for your use.

Open with prayer and devotion
Agenda
IOKDS history segment
Service project or craft
Game, song, or fun activity
Fellowship and snack
Plan for next meeting
Close with junior prayer

Solicit help. Recruit another senior member to share leadership duties. Request parents' assistance to help wherever needed. Ascertain their interest and then ask for specific help with crafts, driving to outings, supplying snacks or helping with a service project. Having a parent make reminder telephone calls also might be very helpful.

Begin with prayer. Once your group is quiet, introduce scripture using age appropriate Bible translation. Follow with a related Bible story or devotion. Younger members benefit when the topic is reinforced by adding a related song, craft or Bible trivia game. Middle and high school youth need more meaningful verses that relate to their interests and spark discussion. Ask them to read scripture, and initiate discussion by requesting members to explain the scripture in their own words.

Present IOKDS history in small segments. For example, memorizing the motto could be made into a game with actions.

Look up and not down;
Look forward and no back;
Look out and not in, and
Lend a hand.

Talk about what the words really mean. Once the motto is understood, explain the IOKDS emphasis on service. For this topic, using the parable of the Good Samaritan is helpful. Suggest a service project where members can experience success. Younger members especially need a task within their capabilities. Help them achieve a sense of accomplishment and the desire to serve more. Get their suggestions and schedule a project in the near future.
(See the Spring 2013 Silver Cross, page nine for specific service ideas.)

Always include fellowship time, a game, fun activity, or simply time to converse over snacks. Help members look forward to the next meeting.

Close meetings with the junior prayer. Give everyone a copy to read aloud until it is familiar. Encourage members to memorize this short prayer, then reward their efforts with a small gift. Order individual copies of the prayer from IOKDS Headquarters and attach a purple ribbon to each. Sign the back with the circle name and add your signature and date. Encourage juniors to utilize these as Bible bookmarks.

As circles evolve, introduce officer duties to members. Describe and demonstrate what each one does, and then give each an opportunity to serve. After several months or a year, change assignments. One junior leader has been successful in rotating offices yearly. So if a member participates for four years, she/he experiences the various leadership skills required for president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.

These are just a few thoughts that you might find helpful. In time you will want to tell them more about the history, the current status of the Order and the official junior department service project of filling shoeboxes for the Samaritan's Purse ministry.

Thank you so much for your dedication to the junior members.

Joyfully serving with you In His Name,

Beverly Duffer, Junior Director
Littlehouse07@comcast.net
317-485-4935


Operation Christmas Child is the endorsed project of the IOKDS Junior Department but all members can and do participate in this rewarding service project.

What is it? OCC (Operation Christmas Child) is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse led by Franklin Graham. Large shoeboxes or plastic shoeboxes are filled with gifts, and sent to needy children everywhere. Since 1990 more than 93 million boy and girls around the world in 130 countries have received shoeboxes.

(Pictured here is a member from the Mobjack Bay Junior Circle)

What does it do? It provides a box to each child, full of toys, games, school supplies and hygiene items. For some, it will be the very first gift they have ever received. Materials describing God's Love, the greatest gift of all, are added before shipping by the Samaritan's Purse outreach ministry.
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What has OCC accomplished? Obviously the children benefit from the gifts but in addition the boxes have brought great joy to their families, communities and even their countries. Hearts have been touched in parts of the world that previously were not open to learning about Jesus Christ. Doors have been opened allowing missionaries in countries where before they were not allowed. Churches have been planted spreading the gospel to local people of all ages and Sunday school classes are now offered.

How do you get started? If this will be the first year for your juniors to participate a good way to introduce this project is to read and discuss Luke 10: 30-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan followed by a group discussion of how that applies to them.

What do you include in the box?

Toys: small cars, balls, slinkys jump ropes, harmonicas, yo-yos, playing cards and games. Dominoes and number games are good choices. My granddaughter says "every child needs something to hug". So include an age appropriate stuffed animal or mascot.

School Supplies: regular and colored pencils and pencil sharpeners, writing pads, solar calculators, art paper, markers, crayons, glue sticks, stamps and ink pads, picture and coloring books

Hygiene Items: toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, comb, brush,

Other: Individually wrapped hard candy, mints, suckers, gum, t shirts, socks, sunglasses, ball caps, watches or flashlights with extra batteries, hair barrettes, and pony tail holders.

Be creative, but keep in mind many children do not speak English.

Do not include used or damaged goods, any war related items like guns, knives or military figures, no chocolate or out of date candy, no liquids, lotions, aerosol cans, no breakable items or scissors.

To get started determine how many boxes are to be filled, choose a boy or girl and select an age range. Make a list of what you want to include. Solicit parent involvement. You could assign each member to bring specific items to the next meeting.

Packing: Make it fun. It is a good idea for leaders to provide the boxes and have extra supplies on hand. Check the website for specifics, how to wrap and to print labels.
Make an assembly line and checklist for each child and an adult or older member to assist the younger ones.

Include a personal note to the child. Your message could be as simple as God Loves You and so do I. Or, just say I live in the United States and I hope you like this present. Just give your juniors a few suggestions and let them begin. They may want to send a drawing instead of a message.

When do you begin? August through September is an ideal time to purchase shoebox items. Take advantage of back to school sales on toys, games and hygiene items.

Shipping info: Cost is $7.

Click on this link: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/followyourbox/ for the specific directions for donating the $7 online. This allows you to track the shoebox. You will be notified where and when your shoebox is delivered. Junior members will especially like the opportunity to discuss a little about the culture, the location, etc., of their box's destination.
If you prefer, you can enclose a $7 check in an envelope and tape it to the box. Tracking is not an option with this method.

When must boxes be delivered? November 12 - 19, 2012

Where? Check the website here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Drop_Off_Locations/ for your closest drop off location.

Utilize this link: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/occ/ as your resource for all additional information.

On behalf of all juniors I genuinely thank you for contributing to this worthy endeavor In His Name and supporting the IOKDS leaders of tomorrow.

Beverly Duffer,
International Junior Director

Proverbs 3:5, 6 - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." NAS


PRAYER OF THE ORDER FOR JUNIORS

Almighty God, our everlasting Father,
may we always strive to please Thee in our efforts to do good,
wherever we are, whatever our duties,
may we always be true to the little cross we wear,
for it stands for purity, honor and unselfish actions.
Help us to do everything IN HIS NAME.

Amen


The Junior Members of our Order are members who are ages birth through 17 years of age. These youth are an important part of our future.

International dues for Junior Members, age birth through 17 years of age, are only $2.00 per year. Juniors may become Junior Members of Senior Circles, or, with the support of Senior Members, start their own Circles with as few as three members. Additional information is available from the International Junior Director, Bev Duffer, at 317-485-4935 or e-mail at: littlehouse07@comcast.net.

           

 
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