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25

2016

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Make the Gospel Clear this Easter

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:

  1. Have a plan. Be sure that you have a plan on how you will share the gospel in your kids ministry this weekend. Be sure that you’ve allotted enough time to share the gospel, and that your curriculum supports making the gospel clear. There are tons of great resources out there to help share the gospel with kids. One easy resource we recommend is “The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me.” This was created by CentriKid a few years ago, and we love how clearly it presents the gospel on a kids level.  (In fact, this is exactly how I phrase the gospel when I’m teaching the kids in large group at my church.) You can find a PDF download of the “Gospel: God’s Plan for Me” here!
  2. Cast the vision to your volunteers. Before you go into Sunday or your kids ministry, take a few minutes and cast the vision to your volunteers about the importance of making the gospel clear this weekend. Maybe even take a few minutes to go over the gospel with them to make sure that everyone is speaking the same language and using kid-friendly terms. Show your volunteers ways how to incorporate the gospel into every activity, game, and teaching time that you plan to do this weekend. For some of your volunteers, it might be the first time they have shared the gospel, so encourage them and equip them to clearly communicate the gospel with kids.
  3. Prepare yourself spiritually. So many times in kids ministry, we want to make sure that all of the logistical details are covered, but we forget to enjoy worship and the message of Jesus ourselves. When we share the gospel, it should be an overflow of what Christ has already done and is continuing to do in our life.  This Easter, make a goal that you will not be so caught up in the details that you don’t get to experience the joy of celebrating Christ’s resurrection. Take some time before you go to church to read the Easter story in your Bible or app, and spend some time in reflection on what the message of the gospel has meant in your life. You get to share the gospel because Jesus has already impacted your life! How exciting is that?

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!

Check out these other blogs about making sure the gospel is clear in your kids ministry:

Always Point to Jesus – CentriKid

Watch the Whole Gospel Story in 5 minutes – LifeWay Kids

Free Easter Devotional Guide for Families – LifeWay Kids

5 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Kids – CentriKid

Micheal Walley

Micheal is a CentriKid Camp Specialist and a volunteer in his church's kidmin each week. He has been serving with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

Mar

21

2016

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4 Things to Look for When Choosing a Camp

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:

  1. What is their “main thing”?  We emphasize the importance of the Gospel in every aspect of CentriKid, and we are grateful for the trust shown by thousands of church leaders and parents as they give us the opportunity to make the message of Christ clear in the lives of kids through camp.
  2. Is it a safe place?  Many parents and group leaders contact us to ask about dietary concerns and housing options – but we are also concerned with the size of campus, the proximity of main roads to campers walking, the condition of fields for recreation, and even the “climate” or culture of the camp atmosphere.  Camp should be safe for kids on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
  3. Do they strive for excellence?  As you learn about a new camp, evaluate the excellence of what you see.  Does the staff respond to you in a professional manner? Do the activities seem haphazard or well-prepared?  Do program elements start on time every time?
  4. Does this camp look fun?  Fun is essential to camp, but don’t solely judge a camp based on the waterfront toys or recreational activities.  Make sure the other elements are in place first, but before you sign up, make sure it looks like something your kids will enjoy being a part of.

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!

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.

How to Point Everything Back to Scripture

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.

Debriefing
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.

Vincent Thomas

Vincent started working camp in 2012 and joined the office team in 2015. He received his degree from Peidmont College in Georgia. Vincent has served as a Bible Study leader, Recreation Leader, and a Camp Director. Vincent oversees all things Recreation which your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

Mar

2

2016

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Announcing the 2016 CentriKid Camper Care Package

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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!

 

 

Tiffany Francis

Tiffany graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in communication and media studies, and received her Master's Degree from Murray State. She has been with Lifeway Kids since 2010 and joined the camp team in 2014 where she works on Bible Study, the camp store, and many other elements.