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Nov

28

2009

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“Been There Done That” contest is over!

Thanks to all who contributed stories for CentriKid the day-after-thanksgiving specials. We were blessed to receive such great feedback and humbled by all the stories we read about what God has done through camp.

We will be contacting via email to let all those who entered know their prize status on Monday.  You can look forward to seeing lots of your stories featured here in the near future.


The “Better Late than Never” contest is still open through the weekend.  Receive a FREE SPOT for your group by registering online this weekend.  Really? Yes, really! This contest is open for any group registering this weekend (November 27-29, 2009) for CentriKid 2010.

  • Must be a group that is not already registered to win the “Better Late than Never” contest.
  • Only one prize per group.
  • The “Better Late than Never” contest is subject to availability (You must register online through www.lifeway.com/centrikid for a venue with open spots).
  • We reserve the right to modify the contest rules if something unexpected comes up and we want to make it more fair … or if we get inspired and wanna give away more stuff than we originally intended.
  • A group leader may choose to exchange the free spot for a CentriKid backpack by contacting us at centrikid@lifeway.com.

 

 

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Nov

27

2009

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Black Friday specials!

It’s here … Black Friday.  Folks everywhere are rushing to the stores for great bargains, and CentriKid Camps has a door-buster special for group leaders who are already registered, and a free spot for any groups who haven’t registered yet.

Scroll down or click here to see all the details.

The specials are available all day, so don’t worry if you didn’t get online at the crack of dawn.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Nov

24

2009

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Day-After-Thanksgiving Specials

Greetings from CentriKid Camps!  For the first time ever, we’re offering Day-after-Thanksgiving SPECIALS!  Check ‘em out…

Be one of the first 10 group leaders to email us your story (see details below) and get a FREE SPOT at camp (we’ll take one of your existing spots & turn it into a free spot).  The next 20 group leaders to email your story will get a free CentriKid North Face backpack.

Tell us a story about what God did in the context of your group at camp, either during your week at CentriKid, or back home as a result of what God did at camp!  Email centrikid@lifeway.com.  Doors open at 5am Central Time on Friday, Nov 27, 2009… Sorry, early entrants won’t count but the contest is open all day in case you’re out shopping!

Receive a FREE SPOT for your group by registering online this weekend.  Really? Yes, really! This contest is open for any group registering this weekend (November 27-29, 2009) for CentriKid 2010.

  • Must be already registered for camp to win the “Been There Done That” contest.
  • Must be a group that is not already registered to win the “Better Late than Never” contest.
  • Only one prize per group.
  • The “Better Late than Never” contest is subject to availability (You must register online through www.lifeway.com/centrikid for a venue with open spots).
  • We reserve the right to modify the contest rules if something unexpected comes up and we want to make it more fair … or if we get inspired and wanna give away more stuff than we originally intended.
  • Don’t worry, we ask before we use your story … but know that we’ll probably ask … so we can let others celebrate what God has done through camp!
  • A group leader may choose to exchange the free spot for a CentriKid backpack by contacting us at centrikid@lifeway.com.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Nov

23

2009

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Sally and Shelly are back!

 

We’ll hear more camp rules from Sally and Shelly this year at CentriKid Camps, but for now, we’ve got some fun behind-the-scenes footage and two brand new videos you can play at church to help get kids excited about signing up for camp.

 

 

You can also, click here to download the 2010 CentriKid Camps brochure.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Nov

20

2009

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Be a Student, not a Critic

It seems the world is changing at the speed of light.  I bought my first computer with a 20 megabyte, yes meg not gig, hard drive for $2000 about 20 years ago.  I understand that 20 years is not the speed of light.  Remember yellow pages, paper maps, VCR’s, Dewey decimal system, camera film, white out, carbon paper and typewriters.  Remember when kids played outside, walked to school, and called rather than texted.

When faced with change we have two options.  We can become a student or a critic.  Being a critic is looking back, having all the answers, thinking you have arrived, and guarantees you learn from no one because there is nothing to learn.  The critic tends to spread the gospel of negativity.  OR, you can become a student.  Being a student means you look forward, find ideas that can make you and your ministry better. You realize you have an opportunity to learn from everyone and everything.

At CentriKid we are committed to be students, to learn from everyone and everything without compromising the Gospel or our commitment to relationships because we believe life change happens best in context of relationships.

Which do you want you and your ministry to be?



Nov

18

2009

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Repetition is Reputation

 

In my personal life and work I have tried to own the phrase “repetition is reputation”.  We all have a reputation, those things people say about you when you are not there.  He works hard, he loves his wife, she is a great listener, she is great at hospital visits, he knows every child’s name.  Or it could be something like, he is always late getting his reports in, we never see her in the office before 9:00, he is disorganized…

Truth is, for the most part, we earn our reputation by doing things consistently.  I consistently arrive at church before the first teacher.  I consistently recruit leaders in advance.  I consistently write thank you notes.  I consistently _______________________ (fill in the blank).

At CentriKid Camps, we want to own the phrase “repetition is reputation”.  So let’s consider a Children’s Minister who comes to camp for 4 summers and has been very pleased but the 5th summer the band is terrible, or the staffers are not friendly. This minister will probably give the benefit of the doubt and come back knowing this is not the norm.

However, if its her first time at camp she will probably assume this is what every camp we provide is like so she won’t be back, she won’t try another location, she won’t recommend it to anyone else, and if asked will suggest that folks not take their group.

Now what about that Children’s Minister I mentioned that came 4 summers and had a bad experience his 5th? If he comes back a 6th time and once again he is disappointed then he has probably attended his last event. The repetition/reputation now earned by camp means he is looking for something else.

So at CentriKid Camps, we seek to never settle for second best.  We will never say, “I know they won’t be a great staffer, great pastor, great band, but they’re all we’ve got.”  We will never compromise.  We won’t forget that we might not get a second chance.  We seek to deliver an out of the box, remarkable camp experience every day.

How about your ministry?  What is the reputation you and your team have earned?  Are you settling?  Just getting by?

Comment below to share what you want people to say about your ministry or, what do you want them to say about you as a minister, volunteer, or simply a believer?



Nov

16

2009

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Championship Rings

 

I never knew how many championship rings are made for a basketball team!

Before the first game of this NBA season, I watched the presentation of championship rings to the LA Lakers.  As one would expect, the rings were unveiled at center court by the Commissioner, but I was shocked to see how many there were ….about two dozen of them.

The announcer called the names and I counted out loud as ten rings were presented to members of the staff before the coach or any of the players got one.  Rings were given to folks who never scored a point, never made a pass, and never got a rebound.  Since everyone contributed to the success of the team, so everybody got a ring.

As the players were introduced Kobe Bryant got the loudest cheers, and the crowd started chanting, “MVP!”  But I won’t forget that the Commissioner of the NBA first shook hands and presented a ring to all the behind-the-scenes folks including the equipment manager, the massage therapist, and the strength coach.

Among the folks you serve with, are you the MVP who receives all the accolades or the behind-the-scenes equipment manager?  In the end, everyone will be recognized by our Heavenly Father for contributing to the success of the Kingdom.

Please comment below and share how you celebrate success in work or ministry and how you highlight those who serve behind-the-scenes.

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He loves spending family time with his wife Emily and their daughter Madison.

Nov

12

2009

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2010 Camp Directors

We are pleased to announce the camp directors for this summer:

CK-1 – Andy Dukes
CK-2 – Meredith “May” Teasley
CK-3 – Eric Sampson
CK-4 – Henry Dutton
CK-5 – Bud Harlan
CK-6 – Wes Smith
Ck-7 – Mary Carlisle

They will lead staff, make decisions, and respond to the needs of campers and churches … their impact for the Kindgom of Christ will be much larger than just the 8-10 weeks of camp.  We are blessed to have the privilege of serving with such talented young men and women in camp ministry.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Nov

12

2009

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Bon Appetit: God’s Recipe For Your Life

 

CentriKid Camps 2010 them will be “Bon Appetit: God’s Recipe For Your Life.”

Meredith May Teasley wrote the Bible Study material and has given us a preview of what campers will learn at camp:

John 1:12 tells us that “to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name…” Kids understand what it means to be a kid in our world. They understand how to handle school and family responsibilities. They know how they like to have fun, and they know what they are allowed to do and what they aren’t.

But, what does it mean to be a child of God?

In the Summer of 2010, that’s the question we’ll answer at CentriKid Camps. We’re going to look at what it means for us that the Lord calls us His children. We’ll concentrate on the fact that He has adopted us as His own. We’ll look at the ways the He is constantly changing us and molding us for His purposes. We’ll look at the fact that He has made each of us incredibly unique. Most of all, we’ll learn to just celebrate the fact the He is our God, and we are His kids…

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Nov

12

2009

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CentriKid Camp Promises

We take safety seriously, and make it a priority with kids. At camp you’ll find a safe place for kids—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. You can rest assured that our trained staff value the safety of your kids!

Our staff will invest in your kids’ lives by showing the love of God through they way they live. Staffers aren’t performers; they are ministers. Meanwhile, we take care of all the details of camp, so you can focus on relationships with your kids rather than running around with a clipboard delegating tasks, or worrying about picking up the rec field.

At LifeWay, we’re always learning more about kids. We know they learn differently at each stage of life. We train our staff to teach kids about Christ in a way they can grow and learn with kids their own age. In addition to Bible study, we keep God’s Word at the center of every aspect of camp.

We are committed to providing excellent programming that keeps kids engaged. We work hard to stay at the top of our game when it comes to planning and leading recreation, worship, Bible studies, track times, and parties.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!