The camp season starts in almost 5 months! For some of you, it seems like an eternity. For others, you may have just panicked and checked your to-do list!
However, you can begin to get kids excited about camp even now, using our BEFORE CAMP DEVOTIONS for church groups. When you get home from camp, keep the conversation going about what God did at camp, and what God is continuing to do in the lives of kids and adults! Just use our AFTER CAMP DEVOTIONS for church groups. For the after camp portion, we’ve even included ideas for Prayer Walks you can do together as a group to help kids continue to shine the light of Jesus in dark places!
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We pray that the Lord will use even these before and after meetings to help leave lasting impressions on what it really means to really follow the One True Light!
On social media, you’ve probably seen us mention #UseYour60 and we wrote a blog about it too. This is the heart of CentriKid, equipping adults and children’s ministry leaders to make the very most of their week of camp. We provide detailed Group Leader Information, so download that for your week of camp (its found on your camp location-specific page).
Making every moment count can apply to your pre-camp meetings. Don’t just use your meetings as informational meetings, use them as an opportunity to invest in the families who are trusting you with their child at camp.
In the pre-camp meetings with parents, pray for the upcoming camp trip and what God is doing in the lives of these families.
BONUS – Follow-up after the meeting with kids or parents who may have more questions. Your extra investment could go a long ways towards ensuring success for each camper. Encourage those who have never been away from home before to have a trial run by spending a couple nights away from mom and dad with a friend or a grandparent’s house.
We believe God can work in the lives of kids in a powerful way when they are away at camp and we want every camper to be successful at camp. Your pre-camp meetings will be a great opportunity to communicate information and your heart for ministry at camp.
If you are a kids ministry leader, you want your kids ministry to be excellent, creative, and most importantly, reaching families for Christ. You also probably want to keep finding new ways to get across Biblical truths in creative and innovative ways to the kids in your ministry. Sometimes, though, it’s a struggle in itself to maintain a level of excellence with the nuts and bolts of your ministry (by studying your curriculum, planning events, and even just recruiting enough volunteers for a Sunday morning). You want to create new, and creative ministry tools and experiences for families, but how in the world are you supposed to find time and energy to dream, brainstorm, and innovate?
Here are some tips to help get you started down the path of innovation: