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2018 Sneak Peek!

Did you see the CentriKid 2018 Sneak Peek last week on LifeWay Kids’ Kidsministry101.com? Our team leader, Jeremy, shared some exciting information about what you’ll experience at CentriKid this upcoming summer!

In the blog, you’ll see…

  • a sneak peek at some graphics
  • a taste of the worship video series, and
  • a change to the 2018 CentriKid schedule that has been requested by church leaders like you!

To read the blog post and get a sneak peek at CentriKid 2018,  click this link to go to Kidsministry101.com! 

Over the next few months, you’ll see more CentriKid content on the Kids Ministry 101 blog. You can also subscribe to the Kids Ministry 101 podcast to hear practical kids ministry discussions from kidmin experts!

kidsministry101.com

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.

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3 Tips for Summer Camp Planning

The weather outside is FINALLY cooling off, but it’s never too early to begin planning for the summer. We’ve got a few tips to help make planning your summer camp stress-free!

REGISTER EARLY.  Secure the date and location for your camp as soon as possible. Many of our own CentriKid Camp dates and locations are already full. You’ll also want to get the camp dates on the calendars of families in your church before their summer calendars fill up!

SCHEDULE FUNDRAISERS. Camp can be costly, so you can offer some creative and easy ways to help offset the cost of camp for families. Car washes, game nights, and spaghetti dinners — the sky is the limit as to what you can do to help out your families.

CAST VISION AND RECRUIT LEADERS. Camp should be a huge milestone experience in your ministry and in the spiritual lives of the kids at your church. Cast vision about the impact a week of camp can have. When parents and adults in your church understand the “why” behind camp, it will be easier to recruit leaders.

We are praying for you and our camp team is always here to help you make the most of every moment at CentriKid Camps 2018!

You can register for CentriKid 2018 by finding a camp date online or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123!

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.

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Announcing the 2018 Theme: Blueprint!

We are excited to officially announce our 2018 camp theme, Blueprint: God’s Design!

This upcoming summer at CentriKid Camps, we will learning about God’s design for us and who we are in Christ. We will learn how we are His workmanship and how we are created in His image. God’s blueprint shows us that we are truly loved, completely forgiven, and prepared for a purpose to share the gospel.

Check out this teaser video!

Our key verse for the summer will be Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”

Each day, we’ll focus on how we are God’s design and how we can learn more about who we are in Jesus.

Day 1: We are His workmanship.

Day 2: We are created in His image.

Day 3: We are truly loved.

Day 4: We are completely forgiven.

Day 5: We are prepared for a purpose.

We hope that you are excited for CentriKid 2018! We hope you’ll join us! Many of our camp dates are already filling up, so you’ll want to register ASAP. Dates and locations can be found here, or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123.

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.

Guest Blog: Why Overnight Camp Matters

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak as a part of CentriKid Camps again. One of my favorite parts of speaking with CentriKid is the opportunity
that I have to share the stage with my friend Dylan Arms and his band. One of their members is a “kid” I once had in kid’s ministry during my early years of ministry named Coleman. A kid who grew up fast. That little, quiet first grader quickly grew into a seasoned lead guitar player, who now leads me in my spiritual walk. While at CentriKid this summer, Coleman and I recalled “that week of camp that summer” when I took him to camp. Each year, “that week of camp” made a profound impact on Coleman’s life.

Overnight camps like CentriKid are not just an opportunity for kids to get away. It’s a ministry that makes a huge impact. It’s a ministry that changes perspectives. It’s a ministry that God uses to change hearts. How?

  1. Overnight Christian kids camps give kids the unique opportunity of being able to live in a kid’s world for a week. In a world bombarded with adult life, kid’s camps are a time for kids to sing and laugh and play and get messy. Adults even join in the fun. While our world’s TV shows, advertisements, and even coffee shops are geared to adults, it’s nice to know there’s still a special place for kids to be themselves.
  2. Overnight Christian kid’s camps provide memorable experiences. As we talked about camp, Coleman didn’t remember every small group activity or every craft we made in kids ministry but he did remember his Track Time Leader. He did remember his Bible Study at camp. He did remember the worship band. He did remember that first night away from home. He did remember how he trusted God for the first time. Why? Because camp matters. Camp is a spiritual marker. It’s a moment, although now 15 years old for Coleman, is still etched in his heart.
  3. Overnight Christian kid’s camps focus on what’s most important – Jesus. Games matter. Communication matters. Stage acting matters. Why? Because a kids camp that focuses on Jesus, focuses on Him at all times. Coleman and I recalled what God taught both of us – kids pastor and kid – every year at camp.

This year, as we near the end of the summer season, remember the importance of why you send your child to an overnight camp. It’s more than just a summer event. It’s more than “one of those things you do.” It’s a life-changing event. It’s a mark. It matters. It’s important.

When your child looks back on his life, he probably won’t remember every detail of last week’s Sunday School lesson or even last month’s memory verse – but he will remember the impact of a week of camp.

That week when he was “on his own.” And it was all ok.
That week when God made sense for the first time. And it was all ok.
That week when life was fun and made up of dancing and laughing and screaming out loud. And it was all ok.

That week at camp that summer. That week that Coleman and I talked about last week. That week that your child will talk about in 15 years. That week that your child will look back on when he needs remember what it was like…When it was all ok.

About the Guest Blogger:

DAVID PEARSON is from Greenville SC. David served as Children’s Pastor for 13 years and as Family & Operations Pastor at Springwell Church in Taylors SC for the last four years. David is a children’s ministry consultant, writes curriculum for various children’s curriculum publishers, and speaks at children’s ministry conferences and churches across the southeast, and has served as Camp Pastor for CentriKid since 2011.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Free Gospel Poster Download!

Sharing the Gospel with kids is something we are very intentional about at CentriKid Camps. We’ve used this poster in Bible Study as a visual aid to help communicate the Gospel with kids clearly.

1. God Rules. The Bible tells us God created everything, including you and me, and He is in charge of everything.
Scripture – Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:11, Colossians 1:16-17

2. We Sinned. We all choose to disobey God. The Bible calls this sin. Sin separates us from God and deserves God’s punishment of death.
Scripture – Romans 3:23, 6:23

3. God Provided. God sent Jesus, the perfect solution to our sin problem, to rescue us from the punishment we deserve. It’s something we, as sinners, could never earn on our own. Jesus alone saves us.
Scripture – John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

4. Jesus Gives. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be welcomed into God’s family for eternity.
Scripture – Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 2:8-9

5. We Respond. Believe in your heart that Jesus alone saves you through what He’s already done on the cross. Repent, turning from self and sin to Jesus. Tell God and others that your faith is in Jesus.
Scripture – John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10, 13

There can be much more to the conversation as a child asks questions about salvation, so LifeWay Kids has made available the “Gospel – God’s Plan for Me” booklets online, and we’ve got this poster you can download for free and use as a visual aid for your kids ministry classrooms or large group setting. We hope this can serve as a reference point for when you are sharing the Gospel with kids.

Click the thumbnail below to download a PDF of the poster!

GOSPEL_POSTER

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.

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Prepping for CentriKid 2017!

We’ve already had a great June with many camps, and we can’t wait to host more churches in July! We are so excited to serve you through camp this summer.  Before we get to camp, here are some great reminders to help you as you are getting ready for CentriKid:

Group Leader Information. The Group Leader Information is the most important and helpful tool to help you prepare for camp! It is full of important information, tips, and guidelines to help you know everything you need to know about coming to camp. Click here to choose your camp location and download Group Leader Information.

Participant List. Three weeks before camp you need to send your participant list in to the camp gmail account for your location.  The participant list is very important to housing. Make sure the camp team knows any policies that your church may have that will affect housing. Release Forms need to be filled out and notarized with copies of insurance cards attached. All Adult Leaders coming to camp are required to have background checks done, and after those are completed you will verify that on the statement of compliance. You can find all of these links in Group Leader Information.

Track Time Cards. Make sure that all campers have filled out their track time cards before you arrive at camp! You can find those and a description of each track time in Group Leader Information.

Plan to Register for 2018. It might be weird to think about signing up for next summer before camp this summer, but registration for 2018 is now open and dates are filling up! We expect many of our locations and dates to fill up (like many of our dates and locations did this year), and to ensure that you get the location and date you want, you’ll need to register early! No money is due until February 15. To register for 2017, call 1-877-CAMP-123 or visit centrikid.com.

We are so blessed to serve alongside you and your church in ministry and we are honored that you have chosen to come to camp at CentriKid. We are anticipating the very best summer yet and we can’t wait to experience with you! See you at camp!

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.

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5

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CentriKid 2017 Missions Focus

Each year, we love teaching kids about Missions and good that IMB and NAMB are doing across the world and here in North America! Each week of camp, your campers will have the opportunity to give to our Missions Offering and bring the light of Jesus to people who don’t know him!

Here’s a little bit about our 2017 Missions Focus!

One Cup of Water – China
http://www.onelifematters.org/projects/one%20cup%20of%20water-china
International Mission Board. Can you imagine turning on the faucet and NOTHING HAPPENING? Think about having no water to drink on a hot summer day. In China, people have no way to get clean water. This summer, your missions offering will go to help support the work of Christian workers as they spread the gospel through helping fix water pumps in China. Plus, when you give to support One Cup of Water, you help share the Light of Jesus!

Backpacks of Hope – North America
https://www.namb.net/send-relief
North American Mission Board. Part of the money you give to the missions offering will help provide a backpack full of supplies and food for kids who often go home to houses where there is not enough food. On weekend or when school is not in session, they often have nowhere to go to get a decent meal. Through “Backpacks of Hope,” these kids will have the food they need and also hear the life-changing message of Jesus, the Light of the world!

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.

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2017 Theme Song Now Available!

Camp is so close and we are excited to reveal that the 2017 CENTRIKID THEME SONG IS NOW AVAILABLE! We are excited that your kids will be singing this song every day at CentriKid this summer!

You can purchase the “Adventure Awaits Theme Song by visiting this link or by searching “Adventure Awaits CentriKid’ in the iTunes Store. (Not available via Apple Music)

Check out the lyrics below:

Adventure Awaits! Woah!
Adventure Awaits! Woah!

VERSE
We’re following, discovering.
We’re on a quest, we’re searching.
We want to see the Truth,
You’re Guiding us,
You are inviting us!

CHORUS
Adventure Awaits!
Jesus is the One True Light!
Adventure Awaits!
The gospel brings our hearts to life.
Adventure Awaits!
Following His Holy Word.
Adventure Awaits!
Shine His Light to all the world!

BRIDGE
Jesus’ Light reveals my Need.
Jesus Shows the Way to Me.
Jesus Light has brought me Life.
Help me, Lord, to shine your Light!

You can find out more about our 2017 theme, Adventure Awaits, here. It’s also not to late to join us this summer! Check out this link to find the closest CentriKid location to you, or call 1-877-CAMP-123 to register! What are you waiting for? Adventure Awaits!

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.

2017 Camper Care Packages

We are so excited to bring Camper Care Packages back to CentriKid this summer! We have a great collection of items that will get you ready for camp. There are some awesome favorites that are coming back, and some new fun items as well! In the Camper Care Package this year we will have:

  • a backpack
  • OMC shirt,
  • water bottle
  • eye black
  • flash light
  • a color team bracelet
  • a missions bracelet

This is a $39 value for only $30!

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. All camper care packages can be paid for on the first day of camp at check-in via cash, check, or credit card. Make sure you get your CentriKid gear and represent during Rec, Bible Study, and OMC!

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.

Camp Resources: The Parent Packet!

As camp draws closer, we’re sure that meetings are being held, deposits are being paid, and questions are being asked. To equip Group Leaders and to prepare parents sending their children to camp, this year we’ve made a document just for parents!

The Parent Packet is a great overview and introduction of CentriKid for parents who are sending their kids to camp this summer. The packet includes:

  • Daily CentriKid schedule
    • Parents will be able to see an overview of what their kids will be doing each camp day. This is a great touchpoint for parents to have as they talk to their children about the days at CentriKid!
  • This summer’s theme overview
    • Adventure Awaits: Following the One, True Light
  • Camper packing lists
    • This is great when helping kids decide what to pack and what not to pack for their time at CentriKid!
  • Camp Store information
    • Find a group order form, prices for various Camp Store items, and a summary about our CentriKid Camp Store.
  • FAQ’s
  • Parent meeting notes page
  • Participant Form
    • This form, completed, is required for each camper and adult who attends CentriKid. Parents shouldn’t leave pre-camp meetings without this!

Group Leaders, be sure to get these in the hands of your parents as you prepare for camp! You can find the Parent Packet by going to your camp location page at centrikid.com or download them here:

Can’t wait to see you at camp this summer!

Meg Brown

Meg started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2016. She received her degree in Educational Ministry and Public Relations from Campbellsville University. She has served as a Bible Study leader, Assistant Director, and Camp Director. Meg leads in Track Times and Group Leader Information for camp 2017. In addition to camp, Meg loves playing tennis, reading books, and spending time outdoors.