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Popular Kids Ministry Games

Games are one of my personal favorite ways to connect and build relationships. This is especially true in kids ministry. My first love at CentriKid Camps was leading kids at recreation. I loved getting kids crazy, playing super fun games, competing, having tons of fun, and then channeling that energy to spiritual applications.

Kidmin pros are experts at this. All kids can learn through games just like all kids can learn through the bible study lesson, but kinesthetic learners especially benefit from the inclusion of active games. So it is a no brainer Kid Ministers are always honing their skills and looking for the next best games.

Here are a couple of games which have really become popular and if you have not seen them I think it is worth giving them a look.

Hippo_Indigestion1. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Remember this popular game? Maybe you still have it at your house and play it often. A new craze in the recreation world is getting four scooters, four laundry baskets, 4 sets of elbow and knee pads, and optional bungee cords.

 

The kids are the hippos. One kid will lay on each scooter with his or her laundry basket outfitted with their skin rash protection. Strap a bungee cord to the kid’s waist or instruct another kid to hold their partner “hippo’s” feet. Whenever you say go unleash as many colorful tennis ball sized recreation balls onto the play area and have the partners push his or her hippo into the play area to grab as many recreation balls as possible. You can make it where the hippos grab only their team color recreation balls or just a free for all. Start over by asking the hippos if they are still hungry. Look online and you will find a ton of videos of the game in action.

 

2. Spot it

IMG_5271This is a game in which you will have to invest. You can get it on amazon here.  I always keep this game in my backpack ready to play at a moments notice. It is very simple. It can even be played indoors. Here is a video by the creators with an explanation on how to play. SPOT it is such a great game, because it can be played a lot of different ways.

 

 

3. Recreation: Rooted in Scripture

We recently wrote a blog about this new CentriKid Camps game resource guide called Recreation: Rooted in Scripture. Again, we believe providing a spiritual application to games is so important. Making games intentional is something we always do at CentriKid. One of our values is for everything we do at camp to be rooted in scripture. So every game you see in this resource has a debrief with a verse to teach kids a biblical truth based on the game they just played. If you are interested in purchasing one of these resources you will have to purchase it onsite at a CentriKid Camps Store.

Collin Spindle

Collin graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Science with an emphasis in Youth Development. He began working for CentriKid in 2010 and joined the office team in 2013.

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Photo Friday ’15: July 24

Follow Him deeply into His Word. Listen carefully in prayer. Give generously to everyone you meet. Cherish the community of believers who surround you. This is Faith in Training.

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Join us for a 2016 VBS Preview Event

Many of you have done VBS this summer, and you may have ideas about how to make it even better next summer. We want to share some of our ideas with you and hear about your ideas too!

In 2016, LifeWay’s VBS takes your kids on an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside. So grab your goggles, step into your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface!

Join us for a VBS Preview Event in January 2016! Registration for each VBS Preview Event is open now, so sign up today for your VBS team to dive deeper with VBS planning and study of the key passages!
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Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Photo Friday ’15: July 17

This summer we’ve been teaching campers about the spiritual practices that will help them grow in their faith. We aim to chew on God’s word and let Him be our teacher. The goal of this year’s Bible Study time is to provide kids with some hands-on, practical, take-it-home- with-them tools for using spiritual practices as they grow their faith.

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Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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When All we Have to Offer are Fish and Loaves

Sometimes life can get overwhelming. Camp is here and it is easy to look at to-do lists and wonder how everything will get done. The truth is that we will not be able to do any of our tasks in our own strength. But that does not stop us from trying.

In scripture when Jesus fed the multitude the disciples did not know how five loaves and two fish could feed so many people. In John 6:9 Andrew says to Jesus, “but what are they for so many?” The disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was about to do. They could only see what was in front of them. As humans, we use logic and knowledge from past experiences, and these men knew that the fish and loaves that were available would never be able to feed thousands of people. That is where the power of Christ comes in.

Verse 11 says “Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they wanted.” As much as they wanted! Jesus did not provide just enough, he provided beyond what was necessary. Twelve baskets of left over pieces from the two fish and five loaves. The disciples did not think that the small amount of food would be able to do anything for the situation at hand. But the truth is, not only did it solve the dilemma, it was more than enough than was needed!

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.”

As we allow Christ to work in our lives this summer, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. We may only have a small amount of fish and loaves to offer, but Christ will honor and multiply our offerings. He will go above and beyond anything that we could ever imagine.

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.

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Photo Friday ’15: July 10

In the middle of July its hot, but nothing is as cool as playing OMC with a few hundred friends wearing Yellow, Green, Red, Blue, and Orange!!

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Mission Minded Kids Ministry

There are so many aspects of kids ministry that can be used as connection points. There are bible studies, worship, and fostering relationships, but one very important aspect is missions. Teaching kids to look outside of their day to day reality and step out of their comfort zone can be powerfully impacting.

There are lots of local ministries and non-profits that your church can partner with. Everything from collecting canned food items, serving meals, to donating clothing can be a great way to get kids involved in sharing Christ’s love with others. One of the best ways to get your kids ministry to be more mission minded is to partner with a local missions organization. Getting families involved in serving on an ongoing basis really teaches kids the importance of sharing their faith.

There are a myriad of organizations that your church can partner with. Sorting food at your local Second Harvest, or serving meals as a family. At my church near Nashville, we work with a ministry called Room in the Inn which offers up our building as a place to sleep during the cold winter months. We also serve them dinner which is such a great opportunity for families and kids to serve together.

Getting kids involved in serving others is always a great thing. You can hand out piggy banks to your preschoolers and have them give change to a certain charity or missions organization. Start a food drive and have church members put canned goods behind their cars in the parking lot and have the kids go pick all of them up during their Sunday morning classes. There might even be somewhere that needs some flowers planted or weeds pulled. Gather some families together and serve the organizations in your community.There are so many options to get kids involved.

So take a look around your community and see what missions organizations fit the mission and values of your church. Adopting a missions organization will create an atmosphere that you are always in your mission field. Living on mission is as simple serving those in your community, and any opportunity to share that with your kids ministry is worth it.

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.

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Photo Friday ’15: July 3

Camp is a great place to meet God and study the Bible. It is also really cool to see leaders from adults who are investing quality time in the lives of kids (and throwing water balloons at them!)

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Photo Friday ’15: June 26

So many kids are learning about how to grow in their faith! We’ve seen kids come to know the Lord for the very first time, and we’ve been able to encourage some campers to take the next steps in their faith journey. I love being able to help kids understand that God loves them and desires a relationship with them.

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Post Camp Free Ministry Grid Course

After CentriKid, there are lots of stories to tell about OMC and track times and there are follow-up opportunities for church leaders to connect with kids who made significant decisions at camp.

Now that your 2015 CentriKid experience is over, the question remains of how do you best equip your leaders to follow-up with your kids to continue the momentum and help kids continue to grow in their faith. If you’d like to access a FREE course walking through some basic ideas on how to do this, simply click here.

We’ve got several other post camp extras at CentriKid.com for you also.

  • Group Leaders can take the post-camp Group Leader survey
  • Download the after camp devotionals to use with your group following camp
  • Download Adult Gathering content from this year and prior years (at the bottom of the page) if you would like to revisit the content or lead your teammates through the experience.
  • If you want to find the name of that camp song you got stuck in your head … check out centrikid.com/music
  • Need to order one more End of Week DVD? Email us … the cost is $35 for burning and sending another DVD

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.