The Sandbox. An environment to build and create. A place where imagination runs wild.
Odds are, if you were to visit us at any given time of day, some of our team will be sitting around this table “building” camp. Sometimes we gather together to dream about the future & other times we are gathering around with a specific thing to “build” for camp.
If you were to come and visit, we’d love to show you some of the fun things you see on the shelves. We have pictures of our team while we travel throughout the year doing ministry, we have a lot camp memorabilla as well as VBS memorabilla from years gone by. And the frames on the left wall describe our mission and our objective as a kids training & events team. We are always reminded of why we do what we do everytime we meet. That’s essential!
So do and your team have a place to meet, to create, to dream? What is that environment for you? We’d love to know what your “sandbox” looks like. Do you have a fun name for it?….Comment and let us know. Even share a photo on Facebook.
CentriKid Friends, February is almost over. Can you believe it? I have mixed feelings about this. I’m ready for Spring, but not ready to let go of February Photo Fridays! Today is our last one…let’s make it count! How better can we end than with one of our favorite activities, OMC! Join me as we take a journey through the many colors of Organized Mass Chaos.
The cutest (and messiest) award goes to this member of the Yellow team!
This member of the green team is having a great time at OMC!
The blue team sure knows how to get painted up for the big event!
6th graders on the red team, taking a breather after all the chaos!
And how could we forget the orange team? They’re ready for some fun as well!
We hope that you’ve enjoyed Fridays this month. You never know, we may do it again sometime! Did you miss a Friday in the February Photo Friday series? Click below to catch up!
At camp, we always want to be looking out for your group and meeting any special needs that you may have. That may be a specific housing need, a food allergy, something big going on in one of your kid’s lives, or some other need that we can meet. We will collect Special Needs cards at camp (you can find these in your Group Leader Info — make sure you have gotten this: http://www2.lifeway.com/centrikid/index.php/group-leader/ ).
Any need that we need to know about BEFORE camp (housing/food allergy needs), please email to us at email@example.com.
Also, new for this year, we want to know any birthdays that will happen at camp… so if one of your campers or adults is going to celebrate a birthday while your group is with us at CentriKid please let us know! Write it on one of the Special Attention cards you print with your Group Leader Information, and hand it to your camp director when you arrive at camp. Help us not miss any!
We take your needs very seriously and will always do everything we can to accomodate your group! We can’t wait to see you at camp this summer! Only 102 days until the first day of camp!
When you work with kids in ministry, many children’s ministers are looking for better ways to get the message across. We’ve taken some great tips from CentriKid Camp staffers and even shared a few phrases not to use. Here are 10 of our best posts geared to challenge your thinking and help you communicate better with kids:
OMC holds a special place in our hearts here at CentriKid. It’s a highlight of camp, the ultimate of messy games, and now even a product for churches to take home!
I am especially attached to this trademark of CK because I’ve had the great privilege of being a part of it from its conception. This week, in working on Rec, I took a minute to revisit my Rec Director notes from 2003. Inside I found something I haven’t seen in 5 years… the notes from that original “Day 3 Rec” brainstorming session. Here is where the phenomenon we now know as OMC began, around a picnic table at Jonathan Creek, KY. Take a look!
That first year was a mess in many ways. We used brown paper sacks to collect tasks (called “slips”). Our slips were printed on white typing paper. Our station numbers were laminated colored pages, taped to stakes and stuck in the ground. Everyone turned in completed tasks to the same area (imagine hundreds of kids running toward one park bench to find their team’s paper sack among 15 others!) But, it was a success and only gets better each year. What amazes me is the original goals that still drive what we do during OMC.
What we lack in number of photos today… we make up for in love.
Thanks to Melissa Moskau for sending us this adorable Valentine’s Day pic of her dog, Bell!
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And who do you think won Valentine of the year? Why… it was our very own Jeremy Echols.
Major points for creating his own Valentine card for Emily.
Don’t you all just feel warm and fuzzy inside? Now, get off your laptop and go spend time with the ones you love…
Every year, we give our CentriKid staffers a gift. Some past staff gifts have included: Jackets, backpacks, and duffle bags. Here are some ideas for the staff gift that we thankfully decided against:
1. Piranha- I’m pretty sure no one wants one of these!
2. Parka- I can think of several times this winter that the parka would have been a welcome gift. However, I don’t know if you could fit it in your trunk while at camp.
3. Golf ball life vest- I’m gonna be really honest with you here. We didn’t really talk about this; I just happened to come across this picture and thought it was absolutely ridiculous!
4. A set of your very own Track Time flags- Didn’t the Spot look great last summer? Now you have the ability to set up, do cheers, etc. in your own back yard.
5. Puppy- The sheer volume of puppies would be a disaster. Can you imagine traveling with 20-30 puppies? More importantly, can you imagine the smell of traveling with 20-30 puppies? I rest my case.
Sadly, I will not be able to reveal to you what the actual Staff Gift for this year is going to be. Maybe next time!
During a week packed full of interviews, I came to a realization that broke my heart. As I heard story after story from college student applicants, I saw a common thread of “I prayed to become a Christian when I was (somewhere between the ages of 7 and 14), but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I think I really did make that decision then, but after a lot of struggling with it, I really started living as a Christian when I was in the youth group.” That story told me that about 10 years ago we didn’t know how to (or just didn’t) walk alongside those kids who made decisions for Christ. We didn’t teach them what it really means to live for Jesus, help them understand that just because we don’t know something about God doesn’t mean that we can’t be in a relationship with Him, or help them develop habits and a Scripture-based belief system that would bring growth in that moment and down the road.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Scripture seems to teach us that repetition is key. I know that is difficult when you see kids on Sundays and maybe Wednesdays if you are lucky. Without this blog post becoming a novel, here are a few ideas to get you thinking about the huge responsibility of discipleship for kids:
1. Encourage, Equip, and Educate Parents (just for the sake of all Es)
Parents are with their kids an average of 480% more than are. They are setting up what normal is for their kids and building the habits and thought processes that will stick. Encourage them to have spiritual conversations and teach them how to do so. Give them as many resources as you can. For the sake of your time and the space here, I’ll leave expounding upon that up for another post. This is the most important thing in discipling kids.
2. Get involved in the lives of the kids in your ministry. I don’t mean ask them questions about what they like on Sundays. I mean go to their soccer games, eat lunch with them at school, plan events to really connect with them…do whatever it takes to be an active part of their life. ((Note: you cannot physically disciple every child. I have seen some ministries do it very well by pairing a child or two children with an adult – that way that adult can be involved in that kid’s life individually. Call them and see how they are doing. Take them to dinner sometimes, just for fun. TRAIN these adults in how to connect with kids.)
3. You also can create Bible studies or community groups by grouping discipler/disciplee pairs together. This is just another way to provide an outlet to connect and guide these kids.
4. Get to know those who teach the kids in your ministry. They spend 7 hours a day with them and are having a huge impact on their life, whether they know it or not. Encourage them! They, too, have quite a responsibility.
This is definitely not an exhaustive list of ways to disciple kids. What are some of your ideas? What are some of the resources you use or give to parents?
For all the Group Leaders who are registered for CentriKid 2011, deposits are due today.
Registration is still open. Folks who are interested in CentriKid but haven’t registered yet can email us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our main website. We would love to get you signed up for this year .. or if you already have camp plans for this summer, you can come preview camp for a day for free.
2011 CentriKid Camp Staff – mark your calendars for March 6th. At 8pm Central Time we will announce team assignments for the CentriKid staff. There will be a video feed, chat room, and snacks. (NOTE: when you log in, be sure to bring your favorite snacks in order to make sure you actually have snacks at the online staff announcement party) More details will come soon!