National BGMC Day
The Purpose of National BGMC Day
National BGMC Day is the second Sunday in March. This day falls on Sunday, March 10, 2019. The purpose of National BGMC Day is to involve the entire church in BGMC. It is also a time to expose the adults to what BGMC does, the purpose of BGMC, and to take up an adult offering for BGMC. Many times the adults in the church do not know about all the great things BGMC does and how much BGMC helps our missionaries. This day is a great time to show a video about BGMC and encourage the entire church to participate in the BGMC offering.
This year (2019) we will be celebrating BGMC’s 70thAnniversary (1949-2019) and Buddy Barrel’s 70thbirthday on National BGMC Day. We have created 70thanniversary posters (item #715-136) and 70thbirthday posters (item #715-135). Hang up the posters in your church foyer, your classrooms, and on your missions display board. You can order the free posters by calling My Healthy Church at 1-855-642-2011 or going to www.myhealthychurch/BGMC.
We are asking churches to have a BIG birthday party for Buddy Barrel on National BGMC Day, March 10th. If that day doesn’t work, pick another day. Kids love to celebrate birthday. Have a birthday cake or cupcakes for everyone. Pass out party favors or party hats. Give all the kids one of the Buddy Barrel face masks to wear. (These are available on the BGMC webstore.) Take a group photo of the kids wearing the masks and send it to us or tag BGMC on FaceBook®.
Use this time to remind the kids of all the great things BGMC is doing around the world. Remind them what their money is doing and who it is helping. BGMC has great videos from missionaries thanking BGMC for 70 great years of ministry. Show one of those videos. BGMC has also created a PowerPoint® presentation on the history of BGMC. We’ve also turned one of the presentations into a movie format so you can show it in kids church or in the adult service.
Ideas to Celebrate National BGMC Day
First, show the BGMC promo DVD to the adults in your church in order to educate them about BGMC. This powerful video will be an inspiration as to what BGMC does and how important it is for kids to be involved. The DVD contains testimonies from missionaries of how BGMC has blessed their ministries and how BGMC touched them as children. BGMC offers two “What is BGMC?” videos (one for adults, one for kids) that can be downloaded free from this website.
Second,have a special missions month for the kids. Emphasize missions to your kids every Sunday in March. Read them thank you letters and true missions stories from current and past BGMC missions curriculum. (There is a small charge for past manuals and manuals on data DVDs while they last.) These manuals are full of awesome missions teachings and stories. Have the kids pray each week for missionaries. Perhaps each Sunday School class or Royal Rangers or Mpact class may want to adopt certain missionaries and pray for them.
Third,have a special missions offering emphasis during the month of February and culminating on National BGMC Day. Encourage the children to make a faith promise to God and give it to missions through BGMC. Special faith promise materials are free and can be ordered from the My Healthy Church website. Set a goal for the church and have all the kids make individual goals/faith promises. Add them up to see if they meet your goal. Announce the goal to the whole church so that they can join in on the faith of the kids. Perhaps some adults will want to help match the goals/faith promises of the kids. That's a great way for the kids' offerings to double. Remember that when you give to BGMC, you're helping to support nearly all of the missionaries all around the world and here in America.
Fourth,have a special offering emphasis with the whole church involved. Have all the kids and the entire congregation save coins for six weeks. Then turn in the boxes or barrels for one giant offering on BGMC Day (or on the last Sunday in March).
Fifth,consider involving the kids and adults of your church in the annual March Missions Madness campaign.
This month-long campaign occurs during the month of March, which is also the month of National BGMC Day. Every person in the church is challenged to take home a Buddy Box and search their homes, cars, offices, couches, and dresser drawers for "lost change" that can help win "lost kids" around the world for Jesus! We have also designed posters (free of charge-item number 715-596) so you can promote this event. Each week show one of the BGMC video clips titled “Beyond the Barrel” which shows what BGMC is doing around the world. You can download these free from the BGMC website or purchase the DVD with all the clips on it.
Sixth,show one the BGMC music videos. BGMC has created great music videos that show incredible missions footage from around the world. Each video also shows how BGMC is changing the lives of people around the world. BGMC also has lots of great videos that you can download for free from this website and our social media channels including the Buddy Barrel YouTube®page.
Once you have your kids praying for missionaries, giving to missions, and your adults participating, then you're ready to try some of the other ideas. These include:
- Invite a missionary to speak to the kids (either on Sunday or Wednesday).
- Let the kids decorate the church foyer like places around the world.
- Have special services in kids' church to emphasize missions.
- Have the adults take up a special offering on BGMC Sunday to reach the children of the world.
- Have the adults help the kids with their goals/faith promises by giving them jobs to do and then paying them for the work that is done.
- Show a BGMC video clip in the adult service or in kid's church.
- Show one of the BGMC music videos.
- Hang up the 70thbirthday poster or the 70thanniversary poster in the church as a reminder for the adults and the kids. The posters are free. You can order copies by calling My Healthy Church at 1-855-642-2011.
BGMC Yearly Goal
Your church can announce its yearly goal for BGMC on this same day. Churches can also use this day to award the kids for their faithful giving from the previous year.
Yearly BGMC Theme
BGMC has its own theme/initiative every one to two years. For 2018-2019, the BGMC theme is "Count On Me." Also, if your church is having a missions convention or missions banquets, BGMC partners with AG World Missions and uses the same yearly theme for these events so the whole church is celebrating the same theme. This way all the kids activities at mission conventions will coincide with all the adult activities. For more information and products, visit the AG World Missions Web site at agwm.org