In 2014, we spent the summer at CentriKid Camps studying about a God who redeems. We learned that God has had a plan to redeem His people since the beginning of time. He reaches down to redeem us, even when we are helpless. In the same way that God rescued the Israelites from captivity in Egypt, God rescues us from the captivity of our sin. God’s redeeming work was completed through the birth, perfect life, substitutionary death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and because Jesus is still alive today, we can trust Him to reconcile us to the Father. God restores His children for a purpose, and He reaches out through us as we seek to share with others about the redeeming work of Christ.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord. For there is faithful love with the Lord, and with Him is redemption in abundance. Psalm 130:7
As campers and adults encountered the truth about God’s redeeming love, hundreds of participants made salvation decisions, and many more made milestone decisions to follow Jesus more closely. We are so humbled by the way that God continues to work through the ministry of camp, and we invite you to celebrate with us as we reflect on all the things God did during the summer of 2014. For a full report, check out our ministry results page.
We are already well underway for CentriKid 2015, and we hope that you’ll join us as we explore our theme — FIT: Faith in Training! Be sure to check our blog regularly for more exciting updates.
For the 2014 camp season, we mailed out a Box of Chaos to anyone that pre-registered for camp during the summer of 2013. The box was full of promo materials, theme-related items, stickers, and fun prizes intended to help you promote CentriKid in your ministry and get kids signed up for camp. We heard from many of you that the box was very helpful, so we are gearing up to send another box your way for the summer of 2015! If you pre-register for CentriKid before September 1, we will mail you a Box of Chaos in the fall.
Registration for 2015 opened on June 1, and many weeks and locations are already filling up. Pre-register today to save your spots! There is absolutely no payment required until February 15. We look forward to serving your group at camp next summer.
Saying goodbye to 2014 is difficult. This year’s theme of redemption was one of my personal favorites. The hope in saying goodbye to a great year of camp is knowing the ministry camp is never really finished. Ahead of our CentriKid team is what we call “Eval Week.”
Our team will retreat to evaluate camp. The general philosophy behind Eval Week is to ask the question “how I can make it better?” We firmly believe you should stop evaluating when you are done wanting to make things better, and we will simply never stop desiring to improve!
One thing I love about Eval Week is nothing is too sacred to change. Even our beloved OMC would be no more if for some reason it was not a good fit. The only sacred thing, which we do not even have the authority to change, is Scripture. We promise for our ministry to always be rooted in Scripture. We will deliver on our other promises as well – we will minister through relationships, we will create safe places, and we will provide kid-friendly programming. Ultimately, we listen to you. Most of what we evaluate comes from what we hear in listening sessions and group leader surveys.
Evaluations are so important. Consider your context and ask yourself, “how can I make it better?” Creating a “make it better” culture is a healthy choice, but takes additional labor. Every ounce of effort will be worth your time. It is never too early or too late to improve. Start now!
After this week we will have the trajectory set for our year and our goals. Thank you all for giving us great feedback this summer. We know you will not be disappointed with CentriKid 2015 – FIT: Faith in Training. To use the pun one last time, we are ready to RESET.
Thank you for joining us at CentriKid this summer and giving us the chance to serve your groups through the ministry of camp. We had a ton of fun, and we hope all the kids and adults did, too! More than simply hanging out and having fun, though, my hope is that you were impacted by God’s plan of redemption for your life.
We hope to see you back next summer for another great experience at camp! I believe that summer camp is a milestone in the life of a child that can help with spiritual growth long after the experience at camp ends. My life has been changed by camp ministry, and I know that God continues to work through church leaders and staffers in a unique way to impact kids for eternity.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out the Jesus Storybook Bible. This excellent resource helps kids discover that Jesus is at the center of the Bible and of their own personal stories. Each Bible story from the Old Testament through the New Testament points to Jesus. It is Jesus who makes all of the Bible stories fit together as they point to Him for salvation.
I personally use the JSB all the time, and I have found it to be an invaluable and indispensable tool. Before I teach (kids or adults), I always read the JSB version of the story. Every once in a while, my head gets filled with convoluted theological garble, and it is so helpful to read a simple, Christocentric telling of the text. More often than not, simplicity trumps lofty speech. Plus, sometimes I simply enjoy reading through the JSB for pleasure. It is so refreshing to approach and encounter God’s story as a child.
The author of the Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a leading children’s writer, and she is an expert at conveying biblical truth to young children. Check out some of Sally’s other works here. Sally will be a featured speaker at our upcoming Kids Ministry Conference in Nashville, October 6-8. You won’t want to miss hearing her speak, so be sure to register today!
CentriKid 2014 is coming to a close. We have had a blast sharing photos with you throughout the summer. The summer may be coming to a close, but we do not close our doors. Continue to stay engaged and subscribe to our blog, look out for us on Instagram, and join in the conversations on Twitter. Throughout the year we love to keep in touch, so do not be a stranger. For now help us celebrate our last week of camp and some of our favorite Photo Friday photos.
Today we celebrate the ministry of Ellie Doom. This marks Ellie’s fifth summer working CentriKid Camps. She has worked as a team leader, assistant director and has directed CK6 the past two summers. Her years of serving with CentriKid are almost over, but first we wanted to share some of the fun times we had with Ellie in the office.
If you didn’t recognize her already you will probably recognize Ellie as the giraffe from the CK rules video. Although she made a great giraffe, we all know her best avatar was Queen Elsa. Few Frozen fans can rival the amount of times Ellie saw this movie in theaters. When Ellie was not being the talent for the CK rules videos she could be found playing recreation. She makes the best ant for a CentriKid favorite called Ants and Anthills. We learned quickly Ellie had the power to persuade us into anything, look at those puppy dog eyes. It is like OMC, you can’t say NO!
America has Ellie’s heart, along with fat puppies, the Kentucky Wildcats, and Mountain Dew. If we could get all of those things on one pair of sunglasses she would wear them. Ultimately, Ellie had our team’s heart. She was the only girl on our office team this past year and she was everyone’s favorite. No one ever worried about Ellie keeping up with the boys, she could beat us all at basketball or tennis any day of the week. She made her leaders proud and she knew how to create a CentriKid “make it fun” culture.
Here are a few photos from Ellie’s last summer directing CentriKid Camps. CK6 was blessed with a fantastic leader at their helm and churches loved Ellie. We ask you to join with us as we celebrate Ellie’s accomplishments with CentriKid Camps. We are proud to announce Ellie’s next step in life has her as a children’s minister at a local church. Ellie, you are our hero!
“Put your left hand on your hip, put your right hand on your head…” All summer long, we could not keep our feet from moving to the sounds of the “Monkey Shuffle. ” We’ve had a blast leading kids and adults through the steps of this song all summer long, and without a doubt, the majority of our questions after camp have something to do with “where can I get a copy of the ‘Monkey Shuffle’?” Well jump two times because the “Monkey Shuffle” is now available on iTunes! Check it out here. Now we can all shuffle to the left and shuffle to the right to our hearts’ content! In addition to the Monkey Shuffle, be sure to check out “This is How We Rock” and our theme song, “God Redeems.” Still looking for more camp music? Check out our music page with links to download all the other songs you heard at camp this summer. We enjoyed a summer of great music, and we can’t wait to hear what sounds 2015 will bring! Sign up now to join us at camp in 2015!
Today is Photo Friday! Another incredible week of CentriKid is in the books. For many of our teams, this week was the last week of camp for the summer. It has been an incredible summer of ministry, and we’ve had quite bit of fun as well. Check out these pictures from the week:
We still have one more week of camp next week, so be sure to post pictures using @CentriKid or #CentriKid. To see more pictures from camp, check out #centrikid on tagboard.
LifeWay Kids is proud to host the Kids Ministry Conference in Nashville, October 6-8, 2014! The conference will feature worship by Michael Bleecker and inspiring messages from Lisa Harper, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Pete Wilson, and others. At CentriKid, we know the importance of taking time to retreat – Jesus himself thought it was important to to pull away, refocus, and recharge. This is important for kids, but it’s also perhaps more important for adults. That’s why we are such strong advocates of KMC. Because we believe so much in the value of the conference, for a limited time we are offering a BOGO discount!
This offer is only valid for churches that attended CentriKid Camps during the summer of 2014. If you attended camp, register for KMC BEFORE August 9 using the promo code VBCAMPKMC14 and you will receive one additional registration for the conference FREE! We hope this discount will allow you to bring additional volunteers or leaders from your ministry that need inspiration and encouragement.
LifeWay’s KMC is designed for children’s pastors, leaders, teachers, & volunteers. The theme of this year’s conference is “Transformed.” If what you are doing in your ministry doesn’t transform the hearts of kids, if it doesn’t shape the culture, if it doesn’t expand the kingdom, then is it really important? Is it really as good as God wants it to be? Is it really transforming? Don’t miss this conference! We hope that you are transformed when you come.