Archive for January, 2011

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2011 VBS Flash Drives |For Sale|

Didn’t get to make it to this year’s VBS Preview event? Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered. Our team has loaded tons of resources and memories from this year’s event onto a flash drive, including interviews with Jeff Slaughter & Andrew Mann (NAMB Missionary from New York), resources to take your Worship Rally to the next level, great decorating tips and ideas, and much more.

Flash Drives are only $20 each.

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How do I order?

Simply email centrikid@lifeway.com with the following information:

Your Name
Complete Shipping Address
Contact Cell Phone Number
Subject Line of Email- My Order: 2011 VBS Flash Drive

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How do I pay? 

Payment preferred via check made payable to “LifeWay Christian Resources”

Mail to:

ATTN: Andy Dukes
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0182

Let us know if you are unable to pay by check, and we can call you for credit card payment information. Don’t worry about shipping costs, it’s on us!

Andy Dukes

Andy serves as Event Coordinator for LifeWay Kids. He graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky. He served on summer staff (Crosspoint & CentriKid) for 7 summers and moved full-time at LifeWay in 2008. Andy's wife, Meghan, is a 2nd grade teacher and they attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville, TN where he serves both on the worship team and also as a community group leader.

Jan

28

2011

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Paca visits the VBS Preview

Paca the Pinata decided to visit the VBS preview this year in Nashville.  Paca is normally found hosting the parties at CentriKid Camps in the summer … but this winter Paca decided to show love for VBS.  I heard a rumor that Paca was gonna make another appearance on Groundhog Day (I’m so excited!).

You can join in the blog fun by sending in your picture of the worst bulletin board you can find to the Kids Ministry 101 blog for their “worst bulletin board contest”!

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.

Jan

25

2011

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Treat Them Like They are Famous

We talk about serving people and churches well … it is one of our “pillars.”  I wonder what it would be like if we saw every group leader as a famous person?  Can you imagine if a movie staf came to camp?  I can see it now, staff would stare and begin to try to figure out how to get close to him.  Someone would volunteer to carry his bags and he would get a personal tour of the facility.

Click through and read this short blog post from Seth Godin.

Interesting to think about.

How will you treat group leaders and kids at camp differently because of this?

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!

Jan

24

2011

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Happy Volunteers, Happy Years!

Image Credit: helpingmysistasWe all know that volunteers are one your GREATEST assest in ministry.  You want to take good care of them, right?  Maybe you’re tired of the cutesy little reminders like “You’re a LIFESAVER!” attached to a pack of lifesavers, or “You’re worth 100 Grand!” with a candy bar they only eat when people like you give it to them.  Or, maybe that’s just not you.  Maybe you’ve tried EVERYTHING imaginable to keep them happy but you just aren’t getting anywhere…

Check out these TIPS for CREATING and MAINTAINING GREAT RELATIONSHIPS with your KIDS MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS:

  • Write them a note of encouragement.
  • Ask their opinion, and request honest feedback.
  • Give them a week off. Ok, not all of them at once…
  • Give them a hug.
  • Say, “I appreciate you” or “Thank You!” several times each week.
  • Send them an email, not asking for anything, but just letting them know how much you appreciate them.
  • Talk about how great they are in front of the church.
  • Lead them well.
  • Let them share with the church how much volunteering has impacted their own life.
  • Ask about their family, spouse, kids, parents, etc.
  • Cook dinner for them.
  • Surprise them with breakfast one Sunday.
  • Keep them in the loop!
  • Do as much prep work for them as you can (especially for Sundays!)
  • Take them out to lunch individually so that all of your focus is on them.
  • Be the person you want them to be!
  • Share encouraging scripture and/or quotes with them.
  • Let them take ownership of what they’re doing.
  • Help them with ideas for lessons (they may be all out by now).
  • Let them come to CentriKid Camps as an Adult Sponsor!!!
  • Be their friend, not just someone who tells them what to do.
  • Enlist the kids they teach or work with to say THANKS via video, cards, gifts, or GIFTCARDS!
  • Give them a FREE t-shirt. People LOVE free stuff, and who doesn’t want a walking advertisement for your ministry?
  • Mention the accomplishments of one or two of them in your emails, newsletters, or other communication with all your volunteers.
  • Pray for them. Out loud. Where they can hear it.
  • Pray for them often, without them ever knowing about it.
  • Say, “THANK YOU!” again.

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Jan

20

2011

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How to work well with other church staff members

“Play nice.” “You two get along.” “This is group work.” “Get ‘so-and-so’ to help you.”
From playground to classroom to working world, we are constantly told to work well with others. How can we successfully do that, resulting in greater vision, pay off, and strength in staff relationships?

Here are some tips from real-live children’s ministers about how to work well on a staff together:

    • “You can create wins for other church staff and ministry teams when you involve them in your own ministry.” Amy Fenton Lee, writer/conference presenter for many organizations geared toward children’s ministers


  • “Take an interest and find ways to serve in their respective ministries. Lead by serving first and having a genuine interest in what they do and it will create both a relationship and an opportunity to invite them into what you do.” Jen Davis, Director of Children’s Ministry at Deep Creek Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA 
  •  A leader has to know where he is going and what he is good at. You should be spending 70-80% of your time doing what you are best at. If you know you are not good at something, get someone to help who has strength in that area.Ryan Coatney, children’s minister at FBC Goodlettsville, TN

And a few I’ve learned from camp:

  • It’s more about “who” than anything else. Read this by Jim Collins. Surround yourself with a team of motivated people who love what they do.
  • Cast vision, cast vision, cast vision. Challenge each other to do more with that vision in their respective areas.
  • Ask for input. You never know what great idea will come from a completely random comment.

 What other tips can you give to working well together?

Mary Carlisle

Mary is a University of Mobile grad, with a BA in English and Theology. She worked with CentriKid Camp starting as a staffer in 2007 and began working in the camp office in 2010. She joined the VBS team in November of 2012.

Jan

19

2011

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Ready…Set…OMC!

GUESS WHAT!  We are looking for new tasks for OMC 2011… that’s right, the cards your kids will complete at camp this summer.  Post a comment with your BEST idea for a brand new OMC task.  We will add the best ones into the mix this summer… you’ll have to come to camp and play to see if yours made it!

Now, give us your best ideas!  Submit as many as you’d like.

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Jan

18

2011

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Poll: What Curriculum Do You Use?

 

 

Andy Dukes

Andy serves as Event Coordinator for LifeWay Kids. He graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky. He served on summer staff (Crosspoint & CentriKid) for 7 summers and moved full-time at LifeWay in 2008. Andy's wife, Meghan, is a 2nd grade teacher and they attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville, TN where he serves both on the worship team and also as a community group leader.

GAME IDEA: Look Down, Look Up

One of our favorite “quiet” games at CentriKid is LOOK DOWN, LOOK UP! This is a great game to play with a smaller group.  It’s fun when you have just a few minutes, when you’re waiting on something else to start, or when you need to be a little quieter than normal. If you have more than 20 kids, divide your group in half, or into groups of 15-20.

SETUP:
No setup required! (Don’t you love games like that!?!?)

PLAY IT:

As several kids get “out” of the game, they can start a new circle and play again.

DEBRIEF IT:
*Be Careful where you look.
*Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12.2)
*LOOK not only to your own interests… (Phil. 2)

CONFUSED?  Post your questions in the comments and we’ll be happy to answer them!  Have fun out there!

Check out another favorite CK Game: Relay Mania!

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Jan

14

2011

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“Theo” is Coming

Back in the fall, the Kids Ministry 101 blog gave a sneak peek of Theo…a new video-based LifeWay product coming this June.  Watch the premiere video and check out more details at Kids Ministry 101.

Theo’s Good News – Premiere Video! from LifeWay VBS on Vimeo.

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.

Jan

13

2011

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COMING SOON…February Photo Fridays!

Hey guys! You heard it here first: February Fridays on the CentriKid blog will be full of fun photos. You’ve seen Photo Fridays on the blog before. Our summer edition was a huge hit! You can check it out here. Our office team will kick it off on Friday, February 4. Then, you’ll have a chance to get your photos posted on the blog. Here’s how: Upload your pictures to our CentriKid Facebook page and they may get chosen to be featured right here on our blog! Last time we wanted to see camp photos, but this season is a little different! Special consideration will be taken to photos that fit our Theme of the Week!

On February 11, we will be posting your best Snowy Day pictures. Extra credit will be given to those who catch someone falling in the snow!

 

On February 18, we will be posting those pictures you captured during Valentine’s Day festivities.

 

And finally, on February 25, we will be posting your “Where in the World is OMC?” pictures. Bundle up in your OMC apparel and show us where you’ve been this month!

 

Wherever you go this month, don’t forget your camera! Who knows? You may even receive something fun for getting those memories posted on our blog!

Jen Hall

Jen graduated from Morehead State University, and has worked at CentriKid Camps since 2007.