Junior Mission for All (JMA)
Junior Mission for All (JMA) was created so
that children would not be excluded from supporting and learning
about the mission of the Church.
It is also about sharing the insights of God's people all over the
world with children in our churches
The JMA Promise is to:
Learn, pray and serve with the world-wide Church of Jesus
Read our seasonal magazine
aimed at engaging children
in mission! If you have a JMA group, please ensure you are
registered to ensure that you receive your complimentary copies of
Rainbow magazine three times a year.
Spring 2016 issue
Summer 2015 issue
Spring 2015 issue
Winter 2014 issue
Register as a JMA group
If you are based in England, Scotland or Wales, take the first step
by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name and address, the church and circuit details and how
many copies of the magazine you would like. Please also email
us photos (with permission) and stories for Rainbow magazine.
If you are based in Northern Ireland, please contact the
Methodist Missionary Society in Ireland - more details can be found
on their web page.
Please don't forget to let us know where to send your free
copies of Rainbow if the JMA Secretary changes or the post is
Information for Secretaries and
those new to JMA
Read these guidelines to help you to make the task rewarding and
Download the document here
The Connexional year runs from September to August so we are in
the 2016/17 year.
JMA Scripture Postcard 1
JMA Scripture Postcard 2
JMA Scripture Postcard
JMA Small Group Resource
Challenge Chart 2016/17 (poster)
Challenge Chart 2016/17 (A4 booklet)
Donation Form (to use with
cheques sent by post)
Order JMA Resources for 2016-2017
Including certificates, badges, Target Chart, Prayer Cards and
Look on the Methodist Publishing website
Post the 2016-2017
Norwich Books and Music, 13a Hellesdon Park
Road, Norwich NR6 5DR
Call: 0845 017 8220
Email the 2016-2017 Order
Form to email@example.com
Making Change Happen
This resource offers information and advice for youth
children's workers and young people.
out more and get resources here
Thank you to all those who fundraise for JMA, to all
our collectors and Secretaries, on behalf of the World Mission
The History of JMA
Before the official beginning of the Wesleyan
Methodist Missionary Society, children were involved in the support
of the work. The movement began in 1812 when Joseph Blake heard a
very inspiring sermon about missionary work. He returned to his
village of Wandsworth, Surrey and started to encourage the children
in his Sunday school class to contribute 1/2 d (half a penny) a
week for this work.
Other teachers copied the
idea and started to collect 1/2d from their pupils each week.
After a few weeks, Blake noticed a drop in attendance and
discovered that some children could not afford 1/2d and could not
attend. He also noticed that there was a rumour that the money
he was collecting was wages for the teachers! Blake gave back
all the money he had collected and put an equal amount from his own
pocket into his missionary box.
In 1815, there was a Juvenile Missionary Society
started at City Road, London. Similar Societies were also formed in
Leeds, Hull, Halifax and at Kingswood School.
In 1815, Blake moved to Harrow and he found that there were no
contributions made to missionary work except his own private
subscription. In 1823, a local preacher named Mr Hill came to live
in Harrow and he and Blake became good friends. They decided to
hold a missionary meeting to try and arouse enthusiasm. They
invited the secretaries from Mission House (then a house in Hatton
Gardens). After this meeting a missionary branch was formed; one of
the collectors was a small boy of eight who, under the direction of
his uncle, collected £2 5s (shillings) 0d (pence). The whole group
raised £11 7s 0d in the first year. In 1830, the result was £35 6s
6d but later this result fell because a boy who had previously
collected £11 0s 0d left Harrow.
It was then gaining
interest and Blake was asked to work out a plan for training
children to collect for missionary work.
If it proved successful then it would be used throughout England.
Blake emphasised that the plan to train the children to be
collectors must not be estimated solely by the amount of money
given to the Mission Society but by the way it would train their
In 1841, JMA became an
part of the Methodist Church throughout Britain, but the
proportions of the money raised to support work 'at home' and
'overseas' varied from place to place, until in 1932 when the
Methodist Uniting Conference laid down that:
'In every Circuit of Great Britain,
and where possible, in every local church, there
should be a Juvenile Missionary Association
(later changed to Junior Mission for All), the members
of which shall be taught to regard the missionary
activity of the Church, as one whole, irrespective of
geographical position. They shall collect for mission,
simply so denominated, and the amounts so
collected ... shall be divided between the Methodist
Missionary Society and the Home Mission Fund in
the proportion of 4/5 and 1/5 respectively.'
After-school club in Latvia, run by the United
Methodist Church in Latvia and supported by the Methodist Church in
Britain's World Mission Fund through the
Fund for Mission in Europe.
Find out more about World Church Relationships
JMA has raised the
following overall balances
as part of the Collections
• 2012/13 - £89,000
• 2011/12 - £79,370
One-fifth of money
collected is donated to the
Mission in Britain Fund