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The 2016 Unseen Theme Song!

We have loved singing the “Unseen” theme song this summer so far at camp! If you’ve been to camp, chances are that you have come home singing “Woah-oh-oh! Let’s go!” We are always very intentional in making the theme song fun and kid-friendly, but most importantly, connecting it back to God’s Word and the spiritual content of camp.

You can purchase “Unseen” for yourself by checking out this link on iTunes! 

Unseen: The 2016 CentriKid Camps Theme Song

Verse:

We want to to live by your truth, ambassadors before you.
We want to live with Unseen Strength.
Christ died to bring us your peace, help us by faith to believe.
We want to follow after you.
Help us be bold, help us be visible.
Unseen!

Chorus:

Woah-oh-oh! Let’s go! Unseen!
Woah-oh-oh! Let’s grow! Unseen!
Woah-oh-oh! We know!
What’s invisible will make us bold for you!

Bridge:

Ephesians 6:19, Armor that is Unseen,
Declares the mystery of Christ to all the world.
Ephesians 6:19, Help us to follow Thee.
We want to show our friends your love. Unseen!

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.

Staying Focused During the Summer

Staying focused during the summer in kids ministry can be difficult. With warm weather, no school, sports, camps and everything else crammed into June and July, summer can be crazy and hectic. Your kids ministry attendance might be lower than normal. For the kidmin leaders, it can be a distracting time as well, or might seem like a less important time since less kids are there each week. I encourage you to do two things:

Encourage kids and parents to prioritize Jesus over any sport, practice, or activity. 

In today’s world, sports and extra-curricular activities are highly esteemed. Which means that parents tend to encourage their kids to do every sport, dance class, or program, and end up having some type of practice or game every single day of the week. For many, this means sacrificing time spent at church learning about Jesus, or even time spent at home in personal, or family, Bible study. Encourage parents and kids to seek out Jesus above all things and to make Him the number one priority in their lives. Reach out to parents through social media, phone calls, or even emails with a challenge to finish out the summer with a new priority on having their kid involved in the kids ministry at church.

Encourage yourself to prioritize Jesus and not check-out. 

It can be just as easy for you to take your mind off the throttle during the summer and coast through it. Constantly remind yourself that the summer season is just as important as any other season. With great times for outreach during the summer, it isn’t a time you want to just slide by. Be intentional, plan out the summer, and engage kids in a whole new way to make them want to come back and learn more about having a relationship with Jesus. Summer can be a more carefree time, but the eternal urgency for the kids is still present during the summer as much as it is during the school year.

Stay focused this summer, and keep pointing kids and their parents toward Jesus. What are some tips and tricks you use to keep your parents, kids, kids ministry, and yourself focused during the summer? 

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.