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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.
Open with prayer and
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.
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.
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
Operation Christmas Child is the endorsed project of the IOKDS Junior Department but all members can and do participate in this rewarding service project.
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
(Pictured here is a member from the Mobjack Bay Junior Circle)
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.
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.
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.
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.
info: Cost is $7.
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.
Proverbs 3:5, 6
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."
PRAYER OF THE ORDER FOR JUNIORS
God, our everlasting Father,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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