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Responsible Evangelism with Kids 2

This video series was originally seen on LifeWay’s Kids Ministry 101 blog…  Bill Emeott and Klista Storts are Childhood Ministry Specialists at LifeWay who equip and train children’s ministry leaders nationwide.

This is the second episode in the series on Responsible Evangelism with Kids.

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.

Helium Stick | Game

Helium stick is a simple problem-solving game we’ve used in training leaders for our CentriKid Camps staff.    It is one that you can use with your Kid’s Ministry leaders or with kids, as it is easy to  understand and can be discussed with any age group.

Set Up:

  1. Split your group in half and have one half of the team facing the other half.
  2. Stand shoulder to shoulder, elbows at your waste, forearms extended to the person in front of you.
  3. Your index fingers should be extended toward the person opposite you, and your fingers and hands should be even with the person standing in front of you and parallel to the ground.

 Instructions:

  1. Imagine you are a chemical waste company contracted to replace the chemical piping for a plant that produces Clorox bleach.
  2. In removing all the old piping you have come upon some unlabeled piping, and because you are unsure of what’s in the piping, you cannot spill its contents as you remove the piping.
  3. Unfortunately, you are unable to secure a suction devise to remove the liquids so you have to gather your team to remove it manually.  Say: I am going to place the “pipe” over your fingers.
  4. All fingers must maintain contact with the pipe at all times to provide stability.
  5. You are not allowed to hold your fingers at an angle. They must remain parallel to the ground.
  6. You are not allowed to curl your fingers around the pipe – the pipe may only rest on the tops of your pointer fingers.
  7. You will have 3 attempts to complete this task. After each attempt, you will be given some time to discuss a better course of action.
  8. You have just a few minutes to set this pipe on the ground. – Go!

Possible Debriefing Questions:

  1. How were you limited?
  2. Did you feel like you were able to act upon the instructions I gave you? Why or Why not?
  3. Was the majority of your group leaders or followers?

Application: Rest assured that despite the fact that this activity seemed impossible – it really is possible.  The same is true with God – noth­ing He calls us to is designed to make us fail. Romans 8:28 states that God has good purposes and plans for those who have faith in Him. Despite our limitations, God has given us everything we need. We need to have faith to go despite the obvious obstacles.

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.

Jun

28

2011

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CentriKid LIVE!

Traditionally, camp is all about getting away from your normal routine and experiencing Jesus Christ in a new environment. We absolutely believe that is true, and we are always looking for cool ways to tell people about the awesome things God is doing at CentriKid. So what would happen if we brought camp to your living room? Well, this year, that is exactly what we are going to do….LIVE! Join us HERE on July 27 and July 28 as we stream live the CentriKid worship services happening at Ridgecrest Conference Center. Jeff Slaughter will be leading worship and Gus Pacheco will be bringing the word of God to 800+ campers! Join our host, Lydia, as she shows us what a day of CentriKid Camps looks like and then we will join the live worship service happening at Ridgecrest.

As if that wasn’t enough, we have more! Want to know what the theme for CentriKid Camps 2012 will be? You’ll have to join us to find out. It’s going to be an awesome and exciting event and its all happening RIGHT HERE! Bookmark that page and we’ll see you at 6:30PM on July 27 and 7:30PM on July 28 (all times are EST).

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.

Jun

27

2011

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Kid-Friendly Gospel Presentation from LifeChurch.tv

I recently stumbled upon this posting of LifeChurch.TV’s video presentation of the Gospel. I was skeptical of a video with little blob-like characters explaining salvation at first, but after watching it, I was an instant fan. LifeChurch.TV’s video explains the Gospel message in a way that kids can understand.

Make this video an available resource for my volunteers and parents to watch for the purpose of sharpening their skills at connecting with kids to talk about salvation.  This video uses good vocabulary that helps kids “get it” when talking about what it means to be a Christian.

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.

Responsible Evangelism with Kids 1

This video series was originally seen on LifeWay’s Kids Ministry 101 blog…  Bill Emeott and Klista Storts are Childhood Ministry Specialists at LifeWay who equip and train children’s ministry leaders nationwide.

This is the first episode in the series on Responsible Evangelism with Kids.

 

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.

Jun

22

2011

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5 Tips for Effective Stories

We’ve all heard a story or illustration that really produced an “ah-ha” moment for us.  Pastors use them all the time to communicate difficult concepts to their congregations.  Sunday school teachers can use them too.  Here are 5 tips for crafting top-notch stories/illustrations.

#1. Use props.  Bring a picture, trophy, t-shirt, cell phone, or whatever fits with your story.  Pass it around and let the kids touch it.  Props grab attention and hammer home the reality of the story.

#2. Speak in specifics.  Which sounds better:  “Three students were causing trouble in class one day” or “As soon as Mrs. Dukes turned around, Tom, Bud, and Wes launched their carefully-crafted paper wads at their unsuspecting teacher”?  More specific is more personal.  More personal is more powerful.

#3. Ask: Is it the right story?  A reference to Lucy and Ethel’s experience at the chocolate factory may be a perfect picture of what it’s like to be overwhelmed, but it just won’t work with 1st through 6th graders.  They don’t know or care about I Love Lucy. They’d much rather you reference an episode of the Suite Life.

#4. Tell stories of failure.  Sometimes it’s good for kids to hear you’re not perfect.  Tell them about a time you were impatient, unkind, etc.  You won’t be the hero of the story, but your vulnerability will be memorable.  Of course, the key is to be discerning about what stories you tell, and to always communicate sorrow for sin and a desire to change.

#5. Use Interviews and Testimonies.  A story you tell about someone is fine.  A story straight from that person’s mouth is better.  If a member of your church has a powerful story, ask them to come share it with your kids.  You may choose to interview them or give them the floor.

Comment on this post to share other tips you know for effective stories.

Eric Sampson

Eric served as camp pastor and director, in addition to working in our office as the Department Intern (Aug '09-July '10). He left the CentriKid office to study at Texas Tech and become a Philosophy Guru.

Jun

21

2011

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New at Camp: Tell the World

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We talk about missions at camp a lot, and this summer we are so excited to actually give campers an opportunity to get involved in mission while at camp! At camp this summer at Anderson University, Georgetown College, and Millsaps College we will be offering an off-site missions track just for 5th and 6th graders during track time. This track time will take up both track A and track B, and will be lead by one of our staffers. Campers who participate in the Tell the World track time at these locations will get to experience ministering within the city of the camp location, doing things like sorting clothes, food, and necessities at shelters that provide items for those in need, playing recreation games with kids in apartment complexes, serving at soup kitchens, and investing in relationships at assisted living facilities by playing board games with residents. I am so excited about this track time and what campers will have the opportunity to do! We also will need your help. As you tell your campers about this opportunity, if they are interested and sign up we will need an adult from your church to join us for this track. We also will need transportation to and from ministry sites. They are normally very close to the college, and should not be hard to get to. I can’t wait to hear stories about campers getting to be the hands and feet of the body of Christ this summer!

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!

Encouraging Kids to Be Active in a Super-Sized Gaming World

We live in an increasingly lethargic world, where French fries and Nintendo are king and where the days of digging holes to China in the backyard and playing tag with all the kids in the neighborhood are fading. So, how do you keep those kids who understand all the latest video gaming jargon in your children’s ministry wanting to go outside and sweat a little?

  1. Encourage parents to be active. Kids will enjoy what their parents enjoy. Plan family outings that include hiking or kayaking down a river. Organize a running/biking races for families. Plan a Wii Fit tournament within your group.
  2. Remember: all video games are not evil. Don’t ban gaming and lock kids outside. Check out the Nintendo Wii as a way to stay active even while playing video games, or decide on a limit for gaming to encourage them to get outside and get active… and when they go outside to play… awaken your inner kid and play, too!
  3. Choose healthy alternatives in food choices. Cookies and Kool-Aid are really easy to make for the children’s ministry outings you plan, but consider substituting fruit, juices, or peanut butter and whole wheat crackers instead. These will give kids nutrients they need, rather than a simple sugar-high.
  4. Don’t serve broccoli as a snack. If the kids in your ministry hate something like cabbage, okra, or celery, don’t make them eat it. Instead, find foods that are good for them but that they also like.
  5. Set the example. When you stop to eat at a fast food restaurant on the way home from camp, be the one who gets apples with your hamburger. The kids in your ministry look up to you, and it just may become the cool thing to do because you did it first.

How are you encouraging kids to be active? Please share with us your thoughts, ideas, and events that have worked for your ministry in encouraging the kids to be active?

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.

Jun

17

2011

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Photos from around the Web (6/17)

You guys haven’t been posting photos on the Facebook wall, but here are some great pics shared via Twitter and around the web.

 

This conversation took place on Wednesday evening …. Darrel is in some of the videos during the party giving camp rules.  While visiting CentriKid at Lambuth Univ, he was recognized and a camper busted him for breaking a camp rule….

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.

Jun

15

2011

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A Centimeter vs an Inch

 

I recently had a mild panic attack. It started with a simple order to print services for a 50cmX70cm print of our logo and some of our favorite phrases to give as a gift to our interns. I was excited about the project and getting to be a part of it…until I went to pick up the order. At that moment, I no longer wanted to be associated with it. Why? Well, I quickly learned that there was a communication breakdown between me asking for centimeters, and them assuming that I meant inches. What I picked up from the printer that day was almost as tall as I was!

I think there are quite a few take aways from this situation, here are the main ones for me:

1. Communication is key. In leadership, others need to know your expectations. If you don’t communicate them, you may have wanted centimeters and those you are leading may give you inches. Not because they want to be rebellious, but simply because they didn’t realize what you expected.

2. Things that we think are very small have huge impact when on a large scale. This goes for sin, as we similarly think one little sin is no big deal, and then we can look up and realize we have completely run in the opposite direction of where the Lord was leading. One centimeter to one inch doesn’t really seem all that different, but when there are 50 of them, it’s insurmountable! The opposite is true also, though. When we love someone, even if it is small, that can have a huge impact on their lives. It also can create a huge domino effect of serving others. As it is said, paying it forward.

I know there are tons of other things to learn from this experience. What is the biggest thing that you can learn today from the difference between a centimeter and an inch?

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.