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Free Download of Adult Gathering Material

Each summer, we strive not only to minister to the kids at camp, but we also provide opportunities for adults to worship, be fed, and recharge spiritually. Our goal is for EVERYONE at camp to have a life-changing encounter with Christ. That’s why we schedule and program for a time known as Adult Gathering.

If you have already attended camp this summer, you had the opportunity to participate in corporate worship, engage in an individual, reflective worship experience at prayer stations, and participate in a prayer walk. Our prayer is that God will use this time to speak to you through His word and to make you more like the image of His Son.

Each year, we get requests for the material that we use during Adult Gathering so that church leaders can reproduce the experience in their own churches. The material for adult gathering is available for download on our Post Camp Extras page, or you can also click here for a direct download.

In this packet, you will find the worship outline for the corporate worship time, all the content for the prayer stations (including a supply list and all the necessary handouts), and the prayer walking guide. Feel free to adapt the language to fit your individual ministry needs.

We always hope that camp is a life-changing experience, and we would love for you to share stories with us of how God has worked in your life through the ministry of camp. If you have a God story you would like to share, please email us at centrikid@lifeway.com!

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

27

2014

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Photo Friday: Week Three Recap

Today is Friday, which means that another week of camp is coming to a close. It was another most incredible week of fun and ministry. In addition to all the good times we are having, we know that camp is not the only ministry taking place this summer – many churches have also been in the midst of VBS and other summer ministries over the past week, so this week we’ve included a few pics from a local backyard VBS, too. Be sure to check out Tagboard to see more pictures from the week. If you want to see your pictures on the next edition of Photo Friday, be sure to mention @CentriKid on social media, and use #centrikid.

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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

25

2014

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Check out our Post Camp Extras Page

While you are at CentriKid, it is our earnest desire to serve churches as best we can, but we also want to come alongside you and help serve you even after you leave. That’s why we’ve created a special page of resources for church leaders to use after camp.

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  • End-of-week Group Leader Survey – this 10-12 minute survey for church group leaders helps us make camp better for next year.
  • Before and After Camp devotion guide – there are lessons provided for you to lead prior to camp or after camp that relate to the theme this summer:  Reset: God Redeems!
  • Discussion Questions for Parents and Campers – with this one-page guide, you can equip parents to have meaningful spiritual conversations about the things their kids learned at camp.
  • Adult Gathering – download the plans from the spiritual content and prayer stations that Adults experienced at camp.
  • Group Leader Resources  – find information about other LifeWay Kids materials that may help with your ministry at church.
  • Order an Extra Camp DVD – you can call or email us if you need another copy of the camp DVD from your week of camp.

We work to anticipate the needs of our churches after camp, so let us know if there’s anything else we can provide for you after CentriKid.

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

23

2014

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Camp Follow-Up: Devotions and Discussion Questions

The first few cycles of camp for this summer are over. We absolutely LOVE what we do, but one drawback to our job is that we only get the chance in invest in the lives of your kids for one week, once a year. The rest of the year, many of you are the ones on the front lines week after week, and for that, you truly are our heroes. Nothing is more important than spiritually investing in the lives of kids and allowing God to bring about life-change.

Although we can’t be directly involved in your camp follow-up, we definitely don’t want to leave you empty handed. That’s why we’ve created these great resources. Check it out!

After Camp Devos

After Camp Devotions
You may have downloaded our Pre-Camp Devotions prior to camp, but don’t forget that there are also two After Camp Devotions included at the end of that document. You can re-download the document here. Consider leading these devotions during your mid-week programming or on a Sunday night. They provide a review of the material we covered at camp, and they will also challenge kids to live so that their lives reflect Jesus Christ.

Discussion Questions for Parents
We’ve created a general overview of our spiritual content, and we’ve provided a few discussion questions and conversation starters. Parents can use these resources to ask meaningful questions and challenge their kids to continue processing the things they learned at camp. This resources is available in the parent pack.

2014 CentriKid Devotions
You should have received copies of this great resource from your Camp Director prior to leaving camp. The 2014 CentriKid Devotions is a four week devotion guide that covers the following topics:

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Some of our very own CentriKid staffers wrote these great devotions. After campers finish this book, we encourage you to help your kids find another devotion resource. Spending time in God’s word each day is so important. Bible Express and Adventure are great devotions magazines from our team at LifeWay Kids, and some of the folks that write for CentriKid help write for these devotion magazines as well from time to time.

Even though we cannot be directly involved in follow-up, we still want campers to learn more about God and live their lives for Him. We hope these resources will help.

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

20

2014

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Photo Friday: Week 2 Recap

Rescued, Redeemed, Restored … This week at camp, I heard a father talk about a conversation in which his son accepted Christ for the first time. I listened as group leaders and adults poured out their hearts in prayer for campers in their groups. We joined together in lifting up praises for the work God has done, and we petitioned together for the Lord to bring other campers to a saving knowledge and relationship with Him.

We had a LOT of fun at camp this week, but we also watched God at work in the hearts and lives of kids. Join me in prayer for kids who will be impacted by the gospel of Christ this summer at camp.

Check out these photos that we selected from the week for Photo Friday, and be sure to check out other pictures from the week on Tagboard and Instagram.

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

13

2014

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Photo Friday: Week One Recap

The first week of CentriKid 2014 is now in the books! We had such an amazing time at camp learning about RESET: God Redeems, and we hope that if you joined us, you had an amazing time, too. Check out these great photos from week 1 of camp, and be sure to check out the #CentriKid tagboard here. If you want to see your photos featured on Photo Friday, be sure to mention @CentriKid on Twitter or Instagram, or use #CentriKid!

 

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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

9

2014

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Today is the First Day of Camp!

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP! The day that we have all been anxiously awaiting has finally arrived! Well, our team at Campbellsville University actually began camp yesterday, but the majority of our teams get started TODAY with check-in today at 1:00pm! We’re so excited, we might just explode!

Okay, okay… Paca is NOT coming back to camp this year (in fact, as far as we know, she has exploded for the last time), but we DO have an amazing line-up planned for you this year! Peach is back and better than ever, we have some exciting new games, and even a few brand new track times! Plus, you can always count on solid biblical content in Bible study and worship and ministry through relationships. We think that the summer of 2014 is going to be the best season of CentriKid Camps yet!

If you are headed to camp today, we would love for you to post pictures and mention @CentriKid on social media, and we would love for you to pray for the many exceptional men and women that are leading our camp program across the country. Also, please know that we are praying for you as you head our way.

It’s not too late to join us for 2014! Don’t miss out on all the fun, excitement, and life-change! Sign up today by calling 877.CAMP.123!

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

6

2014

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Photo Friday: Training Week Recap

Get excited! Today is the first PHOTO FRIDAY of the 2014 camp season! Each Friday during the summer, we will post some of our favorite pictures from the week on the blog. If you want to see your pictures on the blog, be sure to tag @centrikid or use #centrikid. Check out these photos from #CKTrainingWeek.

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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.

God Uses Object Lessons

Stop and read the object lesson in Jonah chapter 4. It is only eleven quick verses. Jonah begrudgingly preached to the Ninevites. It was clear from the beginning of the book, Jonah did not share God’s compassion for the people of Nineveh. By chapter 4, Jonah is displeased with God’s reaction to the Ninevites’ repentance.

God creates a teachable moment for Jonah by providing him a plant for shelter from the sun and wind. Jonah is pleased with the plant as he waits to see what God will do with the Ninevites. However, God appoints a worm to eat the plant, and Jonah succumbs to despair. He would rather die than endure the sun and scorching wind without the plant.

After setting up the scene, God asks Jonah “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” To which Jonah retorts, “yes.” God reveals Jonah’s heart towards the Ninevites. Jonah cares more about a plant’s life than the life of people. God created both Jonah’s plant and the people of Nineveh, and he ultimately controls their existence. As a follower of God, Jonah should reflect God’s compassion for all people, but his radical and sinful ethnocentrism has been exposed. It is outrageous that Jonah would care more for a plant than human life. Jonah is left to consider his judgement of the Ninevites in context of the death of the plant.

Object lessons are powerful tools to teach. In the past we have posted about different object lessons. In fact check out our posts!

It’s encouraging to see God use of object lessons in scripture. Something resonates with us whenever objects are related to spiritual truths. Object lessons can be particularly useful if a subject is difficult to understand. There are few spiritual truths that kids are too young to understand. Often times it just takes preparation and incorporation of activities or object lessons to teach effectively. God uses an object lesson to teach Jonah about compassion. Challenge yourself to incorporate object lessons in your ministry.

 



Jun

2

2014

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REGISTER NOW for CentriKid 2015!

Registration for 2015 is officially open! You can currently register in any of the following ways:

  • Register online and manage you whole account online.
  • Call 1-877-CAMP-123 to speak with the Events Registration team.
  • When you attend camp this summer, you can text in your registration info during Adult Gathering.

Don’t wait to register! Many locations fill up, and right now is the best chance to get your spaces reserved without going on the waiting list.

At this point, no deposit is required.  You can reserve your spots for free, and then a non-refundable $50/participant deposit is due by February 15th.
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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.