It’s almost Easter, we hope you get to enjoy this incredible weekend celebrating the resurrection of Christ. This is a HUGE weekend in the lives of most churches. Many kids ministries will see the highest attendance of the year this weekend Yes! We pray your ministry will be filled with tons of awesome kids who are super hyped on Easter chocolate. Most importantly, we pray God does an incredible work in your kids ministry this weekend, and the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes real to every kid who walks through your door.
While getting dressed up, hunting Easter eggs, and eating truckloads of chocolate is incredibly fun (we love all of those things), we want to encourage you to continue to make the gospel clear this Easter in your kids ministry. At CentriKid, everything at camp is connected back to the gospel, and we pray that everything in your kids ministry is rooted in the gospel as well.
Here are a few tips to help make sure that the gospel is the main focus of your kids ministry this Easter weekend:
Easter weekend is a whole lot of fun! We at CentriKid thank you for continuing to make the message of Christ clear to kids in your ministry. Ultimately, God uses you to make the gospel clear to kids, and you are a hero! Thank you!
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We encounter church leaders and parents looking for the best options for summer camp for their kids – and it is a big deal because camp can have a meaningful impact on the spiritual journey of a child.
Here are 4 things to look for when choosing a camp:
At CentriKid, we take each of these aspects seriously (yes, even fun!) because there are a lot of ways to fill up a summer, but camp can be more than just another week on the calendar. We are passionate about helping make the Gospel real in the lives of kids while they have a great time at camp!
At CentriKid one of our main promises to the churches who come is that we will always root everything in Scripture. We believe it is important to tie everything back to God’s Word because there is no better place to turn. From Recreation and Bible Study in the morning to Track Times and Worship in the afternoon and evening, everything we do at CentriKid truly points campers back to the gospel and Scripture. We strive to give our activities a purpose, instead of just creating time fillers or fun things to do.Your kids ministry should seek to do this as well.
Plan it out
The best way to make sure you connect all activities back to Scripture is to plan for it. Plan to relate each activity to our relationship with God. In your preparation, whether it be for a regular Sunday morning or once a year event, schedule time to relate the activities you are doing to the Bible, and plan exactly how you will make the connection. This is an active, practical step to making sure you fit it in smoothly and without forcing it. One of our favorite ways to do this at CentriKid is to “debrief” the activity/game.
A “debrief” is a time where we bring the kids together to explain how the activity/game relates back to the Bible and our relationship with Jesus. Here are some tips for debriefing:
–Remove distractions (face the kids away from potential distractions: TVs, other kids playing games, windows they can see out of)
–Be one level removed (if the kids are sitting, you kneel; if they are kneeling, you stand)
–Use objects and personal stories (kids are concrete learners. So, applying spiritual concepts to concrete examples, like objects, helps create a strong connection in the mind of a child)
–Root it in Scripture (read from the Bible… that helps them know it is truth from the Word)
–Make eye contact (if you are outside, remove sunglasses)
I fully believe that fun games and the Bible can go hand-in-hand. So this week, plan out how you are going to relate each of your activities back to the gospel and God’s Word.
We are so excited to bring back Camper Care Packages back to CentriKid this summer! We have a great collection of items that will get you ready for camp. In the Camper Care Package this year we will have a backpack, OMC shirt, water bottle, sunglasses, water bottle, eye black, luggage tag, and a color team bracelet. This is a $40 value for only $30! Take a look at the photo for a sneak peek of the items included in the package!
Pre-orders for Camper Care Packages are due on June 1st in order to guarantee the colors and sizes of the items. You can click here to go ahead and get those pre-orders in! We are also bringing back camp store cards! Parents can get them in increments of $5, $25, or $50 for their kids to spend in the CentriKid Camp Store. Remember, these camp store cards are only good in the camp store, not for any other stores at your camp location.
We can’t wait to see you in the camp store this summer!