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Celebrating 2016 Ministry Results!

This week, our CentriKid office team is away from the office at something we call “Eval Week,” a time where we celebrate what God did throughout the summer and discuss ways (from your feedback!) that we can make next summer even better.

Before we ever jumped in to details and discussion, we spent time as a team praying over the decisions that were made and seeds that were planted at camp. Because of how God worked through CentriKid’s “Unseen,” hundreds of kids now have a relationship with Christ and many others are continuing to grow in their faith.

We are excited to officially announce our 2016 Ministry Results!

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Wow! Please take time to say a quick prayer thanking God for how he continues to work through CentriKid to impact the kingdom of God.

You can also find other awesome and fun ministry results here on the Ministry Results page on CentriKid.com!

Thanks for joining us for Unseen, and we hope to see you next year for CentriKid 2017, Adventure Awaits: Follow the One, True Light! Click here to find out more about Adventure Awaits! You can also check out all of our dates, locations, and how to register here or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123. If you have any questions, please email centrikid@lifeway.com

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working 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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Register by 9/1 for your Box of Chaos!

In 2013, we had an idea to create a “Box of Chaos.” This box was loaded with lots of fun CK swag and other resources to help AdventureAwaits_color (2)promote CentriKid Camps at your church and get kids signed up for camp, and has become a huge tradition with many of the churches who come to CentriKid! Since then, we have received great feedback from the churches that did receive our box every year, and we have continued to make the Box of Chaos BIGGER and BETTER!

You can get your very own 2017 “Adventure Awaits” Box of Chaos! It will be theme specific and will includes lots of items and promotional material to help get your kids (and yourself) excited for CentriKid 2017! We don’t want to give away all the details because we want you to be surprised when you open the box, but, since it is called the Box of Chaos, rest assured that there will be items inside the box pertaining to our favorite game, Organized Mass Chaos (OMC).

How can you receive your very own Box of Chaos to help promote CentriKid at your church? It’s easy, actually! All you have to do is sign up for camp before September 1. You can register for CentriKid in two easy ways: CALL  1-877-CAMP-123 or CLICK on CentriKid.com! Remember, when you pre-register for camp, there is absolutely no payment required until February 15.

We think that CentriKid 2017 is going to be the best summer of camp yet as we teach kids that Jesus is the One, True Light, and we hope to see you there! Find out more about our 2017 spiritual direction here!We also hope that the Box of Chaos will help you get kids excited about camp so that you can bring even more kids and give them the chance to hear about the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working 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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Download the 2016 CentriKid Music

Since camp, have there been songs you’ve heard at CentriKid that you just can’t get out of your head? We get many requests each year for a  list of the songs we sing during Worship and I Can’t Wait. We also get requests for the awesome playlists you hear on the rec field and as you enter and exit the auditorium.

We design the CentriKid worship playlists to be recognizable songs that kids hear on the radio (or can easily learn) so that they can jump right in to worship at camp. We have all of those playlists and songs in one easy location so you can find them, purchase them from iTunes and play them however much you want!

Check out the CentriKid.com Music page to find all of our 2016  CentriKid Music and playlists! Hurry–we’ll be updating the site with music for CentriKid 2017 after the beginning of the next year!

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

CentriKid 2017: Adventure Awaits!

We are excited to officially announce our 2017 camp theme, Adventure Awaits: Follow the One, True Light! At CentriKid 2017, we will embark on an epic adventure as we learn why Jesus Christ is the One, True Light. In a world full of darkness and false lights, we will show campers how the one, true light of Jesus Christ can show us the way, bring us life, and shine through us. When we follow the One, True Light, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Check out this teaser video!

Our key verse for the summer will be John 8:12: “Then Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

Each day, we’ll focus on the why we should always follow the One, True Light and how we can have theSpot Illo- Hikers Merged2 light of life.

Day 1: Jesus is the One, True Light

Day 2: The Light Reveals Our Need

Day 3: The Light Shows us the Way

Day 4: The Light Brings Us Life

Day 5: The Light Shines Through Us

We hope that you are excited for CentriKid 2017! You can join the adventure by signing up your church group as soon as possible before camps fill up! Dates and locations can be found here, or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123. What are you waiting for? Adventure Awaits!

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

2016 Post Camp Extras!

CentriKid 2016 might be over, but the impact of a week of camp lasts forever! We are so thankful for what God did through CentriKid this year, and have many 2016 Post Camp Extras that you can use with your church group to carry on the impact of camp long after the bus has pulled away from the camp site

2016 Post Camp Extras include…

GROUP LEADER SURVEY. We always want to know how we served your church group well, and how we can improve serving you in the future! Please take this survey found on the Post Camp Extras Page.

AFTER CAMP DEVOTIONS. We have several devotions that you can use with your church group to officially wrap up the summer and remind them of what they learned at camp!

ADULT GATHERING DOWNLOAD. Did you enjoy the times of Adult-only worship at camp? We hope you did! You can find the outline to Day 2 (scripture and music) and instructions for Day 3 (Prayer Stations) Adult Gathering worships and use with your leaders or church group!

UNSEEN THEME SONG. Is the Unseen theme song still stuck in your head? We have a link where you can download it and play for the kids at your church (or play in your own car if you want!)

OTHER RESOURCES. We also have other resources that are meant to serve you and your kids ministry!

  • Information on the ETCH Family Ministry Conference
  • Levels of Biblical Learning Content
  • Details about Bible Studies for Life: Kids
  • Information about “The Prince Warriors” by Priscilla Shirer

You can find all of the Post Camp Extras on our website here!

We’re thankful we got to serve your church group at CentriKid 2016, and we hope to get to serve you at CentriKid 2017! You can find all of our dates and locations here and register online. Also, feel free to call 1-877-CAMP-123 to register over the phone. If you have any questions, please email us at centrikid@lifeway.com.

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working 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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Today is the last day of CentriKid 2016!

Wow! Can you believe how fast this summer has flown by? (Get it…FLOWN by? A little airplane humor)

Today is the last day of CentriKid 2017. We are celebrating the incredible things that God did through CentriKid this summer! THANK YOU for being a huge part of camp this summer. We consider it a huge honor to be able to serve so many churches through CentriKid!

God has done absolutely incredible things through our theme, Unseen! So many kids have heard about how the armor of God is real, and powerful although it is Unseen! We loved talking about Unseen Strength, Unseen Truth, and Unseen Peace and how we can live those out with Visible Faith and Visible Boldness.

Now what? 

Check out our post camp extras! On CentriKid.com, we have lots of post-camp-extras for you to check out and use with your church! On that page, you can find:

  • The Group Leader Survey
  • Before and After Camp Devotion Guide
  • Adult Gathering Download (all of the materials need to recreate the prayer stations from Day 3!)
  • A link to download the Unseen Theme Song
  • Other awesome resources for your ministry!

Click here to access the Post Camp Extras!

Check the blog next Friday! If you were at camp this summer, you saw us reveal our 2017 Theme. Next Friday, we are publicly announcing it, as well as giving you more information about the spiritual direction of CentriKid 2017!

Register for 2017! Many of our 2017 dates and locations are filling up quickly! You will want to register as soon as possible to be sure that you get the spots you want and the location you want before it’s too late! Also, if you register before September 1, you’ll be receiving a 2017 Box of Chaos to help get your kids excited for camp! You can view our dates and locations here and register online, or call 1-877-CAMP-123 to speak with someone in our events registration area!

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

The Levels of Biblical Learning

All summer, we’ve been talking with Adult Leaders about The Levels of Biblical Learning at camp. The Levels of Biblical Learning is a blueprint and framework that helps kids ministry leaders and parents understand how to explain key Biblical concepts to kids at any age! As Kids GROW, their understanding of FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS grows with them.

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The Levels of Biblical Learning covers 10 biblical concept areas – God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Salvation, Creation, Church, People, Family, Community & World – that children can learn as they study God’s Word. The concept areas are presented through six different age ranges, from infancy through the preteen years, and reflect levels of understanding that follow how God designed children to learn.

LifeWay Kids provides resources (including CentriKid Camps!) that will equip you to offer kids opportunities to hear God’s Word, know God’s Word, and do God’s Word by applying it to their lives. The Levels of Biblical Learning Collection resources are tools that we have designed to help you teach children truths from God’s Word, truths that can impact kids for eternity.

You can find out more about Levels of Biblical Learning and find training content for your leaders by visiting Lifeway.com/LevelsofBiblicalLearning.

Bible Studies for Life: Kids is based on the Levels of Biblical Learning. Learn more about how to connect God’s word to kids’ lives in an intentional way with this resource.

Micheal Walley

Micheal leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working 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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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 leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working 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 at CentriKid, and develops Track Times your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

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Are you ready for camp 2016?

We have had an incredible first part of summer 2016, and we cannot wait to welcome all of the churches who will be coming to CentriKid in July and August this year! Below is some helpful information to make sure that you are ready to arrive at camp!

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. You can click here to get a copy of a blank participant list. 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 (available here) also need to be filled out and notarized with copies of insurance cards attached.  All Adult Sponsors coming to camp are required to have background checks done, and after those are completed you will verify that on the statement of compliance.

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 2017. It might be weird to think about signing up for next summer before camp this summer, but our registration for 2017 opens on June 1st! 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 after June 1!

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 leads the development of our production elements at camp (like I Can't Wait, Party, and Worship), and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. He has been working with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.