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29

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Online Mass Chaos – June 29!

We had lots of fun pics & tweets online this week…. Share more via Twitter or Facebook as you go to camp this summer!

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

2012

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Summer with Georgia Cook

Our friend Georgia Cook who tells her story in one of the worship videos at CentriKid is back today to tell us about what she’s up to this summer…

This summer will be like all of my previous summers. I have been going to the beach each summer since I can remember.  It will be full of surfing, hanging out, the surfers’ church, and adventure. We will be going to Shark Tooth Island, I will be volunteering at the Tybee Island YMCA Surf Camps, and I have an opportunity to go and serve others.

My typical summer day starts out with surfing at dawn, called Dawn Patrol. We surf for a couple of hours, having so much fun. We have a picnic lunch on the beach around noon. Then, we hang out at the beach with our friends and surf some more. Our day ends with another surf session. We eat dinner and sometimes go on crab hunt with friends. Also, we sometimes hang out on the Back River with friends all day long, depending on if there are waves for surfing or not. We play on jet skis and play in the water.  In fact, last year I learned how to skurf. It is like wakeboarding, but you are on a surfboard.

My family also does a surfers’ church. It is every Sunday and it is so much fun to build relationships with other surfers. It is a way for my family and me to show love to other people. The people who need love the most are the people who don’t know how much God loves them. My dad leads the church and sometimes we have music. As soon as the church is over, we go back into the water and surf some more. But, my summer isn’t full of entirely surfing……

My family is going to Shark Tooth Island! Our friend, Dr. Joe from Tybee Beach Ecology Trips, promised to go with us there. I don’t know what to expect about Shark Tooth Island. I have never been there. I imagine it to be a beach with white sand, blue water, waves crashing on the shore, and sharks teeth galore. We are going for my sisters 10th birthday. Every year, because we are at the beach during the summer, she celebrates her birthday with our beach friends we made at the Tybee Island YMCA Surf Camps.

I have gone to the Tybee Island YMCA Surf Camps since I was 6 years old, and I started volunteering as a Junior Counselor last year. I have made friends there, and my surf coach runs the camp. He has taught me so much. My favorite part of helping out there is watching so many kids having fun and learning to surf. I enjoy teaching other kids and I look forward to helping out with the camps this summer. Also, I look forward to helping out my surf coach with private lessons after the camp.

My family and I volunteer with Surfers for Autism. It teaches disabled kids how to surf. 250 kids sign up and as many volunteers as possible show up. I love to see all of the kids smiling and having fun, but the parents are the ones who really enjoy it. Last year, a mother came up to me and said, “This is the first time my son has ever smiled, and I got a picture of him smiling!” This was an amazing story for me to hear.

Also, I have an opportunity to go on an international mission trip with one of my sponsors. It is something that my family is unsure about, but we are praying about it. I am hoping to go. This would be an amazing opportunity for me because I have never been out of the country before and I am excited to go and personally go wash feet, hand out shoes, and share Jesus.

This summer will be like all other summers: filled with surfing, hanging out, and showing God’s love to other people. I look forward to opportunities, adventure, and volunteer work.

You can find Georgia online at her website, www.shakayall.com,  on twitter, and her Facebook Page.  This summer you’ll see her story during worship at CentriKid Camps & she’ll be guest-blogging about her story and sharing 5 Ways to Life the Shaka Life on centrikidblog.com.

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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!

Jun

27

2012

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CentriKid LIVE! Happens Tonight

It’s happening TONIGHT! Tune in by clicking the link below to experience CentriKid worship and get an insider’s look at a day of camp!

http://www.lifeway.com/centrikidlive

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!

The Top 5 Ways to Show “Shaka”

Georgia Cook is a surfer, who lives in TN, shares her faith with surfers, and by the way…she’s 12!  You can see Georgia’s story during one of the worship times at CentriKid Camps this summer.  She’s also blogging a few times on centrikidblog.com…

Like I said in my earlier blog, “shaka” isn’t just a hand sign; it is a way of life. Hello/goodbye, praise/approval, chill, respect, thank-you/your welcome, and attitude showing love/friendship are ways that shaka is used. When my friend just caught a great wave, I’ll throw them a shaka. Also, if a surfer I don’t know is walking down the beach, we’ll throw each other a shaka just as a way to say “hey”. Not only do surfers use and live out the shaka sign, but you can too. 

Here’s the top 5 ways to show shaka…..

1You can do anything in Christ who gives you strength.  One time, when I was surfing in a contest, it was my 7th heat of the day. My best friend beat me, and a girl who it was her first contest beat me, too! I became really discouraged and lost my temper. If you studied really hard for a test, but didn’t do well on it, what would you do? In life, we all become discouraged. Philippians 4:13 says,” I can do everything through him who gives my strength.” That verse says, we might not have done well, but we still can do it. We can do it through Christ.
2. Put others before yourself.   If I am surfing, I’ll let someone have a wave. It is the nice thing to do. Have you ever wanted to go to the movies with your friends, but your mother wanted you to stay home and have Family Game Night? What would you do? Think about putting others before yourself. JOY stands for something in this case, not just happiness.     Jesus    Others    You
3. Treat others the way you want to be treated.  If someone snakes (or takes) my wave, should I snake their next wave? No! In Luke 6:31, it says we should treat others the way we want to be treated. If someone is being mean to you at school, would you be mean back? No! We should treat that person with kindness, the way we want to be treated.
4. Live out God’s Will.   Is there something you really want to do, but don’t know if God wants you to do it? In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, it says,” Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This says to pray about it. If I am surfing, and I didn’t do as well as I thought as I should have in a contest, I should still give thanks. If something didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to be, you should still be joyful.
5.  Show God’s Love.  This is how we know what love is: Jesus gave his life for us. This is how we know what love is, he gave himself on the cross. If anyone sees his brother in need, if anyone has no pity, if anyone doesn’t show by his deeds, how can God’s love be in him?

If I see a swimmer stuck in a rip current, or hurt, should I help them? Yes! 1 John 3:16-17 says,” This is how we know what love is: Jesus laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother in need but has no pity on him, how can God’s love reside in him?” This says that if you see a need, and you can help, but you don’t, how can God’s love be in you? If a kid at school doesn’t have their pencil, and you have one, but you don’t offer them one, how can God’s love be in you?

All of these are 5 ways to show shaka to someone else. You can use these ways at home, at school, and anywhere else. They don’t have to be in this article for you to do it! God wants you to further his kingdom.

You can find Georgia online at her website, www.shakayall.com,  on twitter, and her Facebook Page.  This summer you’ll see her story during worship at CentriKid Camps & she’ll be guest-blogging about her story and sharing about what she’s doing this summer on centrikidblog.com. 

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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!

Jun

26

2012

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Deep Thoughts: 3 Reasons Kids Need to Understand WHY We are Sinners

A – Admit to God you are a sinner. Right? It’s as easy as A-B-C. Many kids know the ABCs and may even be able to sing them to you. But do they understand the WHY behind this crucial aspect of our response to the gospel? Do they understand what it really means to declare their sinfulness before God? Here are 3 brief and seemingly elementary but oh-so-important reasons kids need to understand why admitting sin is a part of one’s response to the gospel.

  1. Sin separates us from God. Because we are sinners, we deserve eternal separation from our perfect God. We are telling God that we recognize that we deserve death. In declaring sin, we declare that something besides us must bridge that gap.
  2. We can’t save ourselves. We can’t pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and brown-nose God into granting salvation. We are sinners. When we admit our sin to God we say, “God, I can’t do it! I can try all I want but I will never ever be able to earn your approval! I will always always always fall short.”
  3. Sin is not too big for God. Part of admitting our sinfulness is understanding that God is bigger than sin. He made a way to bring us back in to a right relationship with Him!

As you talk with kids about responding to the gospel. Ask why. Ask lots of whys! Help kids understand the greatness of our need for a  Savior. Check back for Part 2 of this Deep Thoughts series… helping kids understand WHY.

Meredith Teasley works on the CentriKid office team and enjoys unpacking big truths in a way kids can understand. Meredith lives in Nashville with her husband, Nic and is passionate about discipleship and kids understanding the Gospel, as well as photography and games.

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.

Jun

22

2012

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Online Mass Chaos – June 22!

We had lots of fun pics & tweets online this week…. Share more via Twitter or Facebook as you go to camp this summer!

 

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

21

2012

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3 Ways to use Networking in your Ministry

Networking is a pivotal (but often forgotten) part of any children’s ministry. I learned this working at the Kids Beta Conference. Beta is a small conference that gathers new children’s ministers together in Nashville to address some topics and situations that may come up in the first few years of ministery. It seemed the most recent attendees could talk with one another for hours about their ministrieswhile gaining new ideas from each other. This got me thinking… do they network at home? Do they even know where to begin? Here are a few practical tips to help get to know other #kidmin leaders and maybe even learn a few things along the way:

  • Take the lead in calling local children’s minsters to set-up a time for lunch. Meet with a purpose. You don’t have to set an agenda, but see what ideas and tips surface from the discussion. Every month have someone else plan the lunch, but YOU need be one to get things rolling! Bring a notepad and take lots of notes. Don’t look at others in your area as “competing ministries” but partners in ministry.
  • Utilize social networking sites. Gather email addresses or name of kids ministry leaders you have met and begin a Facebook group where you all can post ideas to share with one another.
  • Go to a conference or two. Learn. Get away. Make connections. These can be great places to meet other children’s ministers and hear new ideas. Gather the email addresses of folks you would love to connect with again down the road.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is normal and good to not know everything about children’s ministry. No one knows it all! Connect with people so that you can share knowledge and gain confidence in yourself as a leader.

If you are or know of a new children’s minister who has been serving in kids ministry for 3 years or less, email klista.storts@lifeway.com to get more info about our next FREE Kids Beta Conference.

Comment if you have any ideas or tips to improve networking between children’s ministry leaders.

 

Jessica Herrell, Department Intern, loves connect with those in ministry. She serves as the Camp Director for CentriKid Team 6. Connect with Jessica on Twitter!

Jessica Herrell

Jessica is a Maryville College grad with a Physical Ed and Health degree, and has worked at camp since 2009. Jessica joined our office team as the department intern in August 2011.

Jun

20

2012

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Resting in Him – Guest post by Director Henry Dutton

This year at CentriKid, we are studying the book of Daniel.  In preparation for the summer, my team and I read through the book together.  These are some of my thoughts and reflections on Daniel 1.

For me, the most striking aspect of Daniel 1 is God’s sovereignty. The book of Daniel opens at the beginning of the Babylonian captivity. As chapter 1 tells us, Jerusalem has just fallen to King Nebuchadnezzar, and many of the inhabitants of Israel and Judah have been exported to Babylon. These are certainly rather grim circumstances, but as chapter 1 demonstrates, God is still very much in control. Look at these examples:

v. 2 “The Lord handed Jehoiakim king of Judah over to him.”

v. 9 “God had granted Daniel favor and compassion from the chief official.”

v. 17 “God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom.”

Clearly, God is still at work in the events of Daniel 1. In fact, if we locate Daniel within the grand narrative of Scripture, we can see how God ultimately used the Babylonian Captivity to bring about repentance and to turn the hearts of his people back to himself (check out Ezra-Nehemiah).

When circumstances seem grim or out of control, oftentimes I have a tendency to worry and fret.  Yet when I worry, I have basically bought into a lie – I think that either God doesn’t know about my situation OR that he knows and he just doesn’t care.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

My second tendency when things go awry is to take control and trust in myself to manage the situation, yet in those moments, I am frequently reminded of my own shortcomings.

The reality is that God does know, he cares, and he is in control. Instead of worrying or seizing control, I need to trust and relinquish control.  Rather than trusting in my own works and abilities, I simply need to rest in him.

In your life and ministry, make sure you are taking adequate time to rest in God’s goodness, and remember – he is in control!

Henry Dutton is the Director of CentriKid Team 5. He is originally from Bluff City, TN. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Christian Studies and English and will move to Nashville in August to serve as our CentriKid Camps intern. Henry recently got engaged to Amy, and they will be married in the fall.

Henry Dutton

Henry received a MA in Christian Studies and a BA in English, both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

Jun

19

2012

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It’s Back! CentriKid LIVE!

 

That’s right…for the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce we are bringing back CentriKid LIVE! Over 1000 of you joined us last year for our first ever broadcast of CentriKid Camps. We had so much fun, we decided to do it again! This is a perfect opportunity for your friends that have never experienced CentriKid Camps to find out, for themselves, all the fun that happens at camp! And the best part is, no one has to even leave the living room.  Even better,  several churches last year logged on from their church and turned their Wednesday service into a CentriKid Camp party! The broadcast this year is set to include details on what a typical day of camp looks like, the exclusive reveal of the 2013 camp theme, the live broadcast of that night’s worship service, and a few other surprises. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Find all the details at www.lifeway.com/centrikidlive or join the Facebook party directly HERE.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 27th at 6:45PM EST…..Game On!

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

19

2012

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Treat Your Volunteers Like A Million Bucks (part 2)

As a volunteer at my church, I know exactly how you can make me feel like a million bucks… just have everything I need for this week’s lesson ready when I get to church. Now, there will probably be some prep work I will need to do before game time, but that’s to be expected. 

We’ve all been there…you arrive at church knowing you are going to do an activity involving marshmallows. Lo and behold, there are no marshmallows in the supply cabinet. Now you are frantically looking around to find something that can replace marshmallows. Inside you’re screaming, “HELP!”

I think you get the picture. Taking care of your volunteers will help them want to keep volunteering. They don’t do it for the money or their own glory and they don’t take what they do lightly. It’s easy to see what stressful situations can arise if there is no plan in place. Be their hero and make their Sundays smooth sailing (before the kids get there)! 

 

Jen Hall, our camp intern and director of CentriKid Camps team 2 at Campbellsville University, is great at making people feel like a million bucks. Keep up with Jen via twitter.

Jen Hall

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