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Unpack This Verse with Your Kids

This past summer at CentriKid, we taught kids how the armor of God is real and powerful, although it is “Unseen!” On Day 4 of camp, we taught kids how God gives us unseen truth, strength, and peace, and equips us to live those out with “Visible Faith.” During worship that night, we unpacked Ephesians 6:16.

In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

You can unpack this verse with the kids in your ministry just like we did at camp using this kids ministry illustration!Luggage

Supplies needed:

  • a Bible
  • a large suitcase
  • several clean pairs of wacky socks
  • a toy shield
  • a Nerf gun with foam darts

Illustration:

Say: I want us to look at this verse in God’s word like we were examining a piece of luggage at the airport. I want us to think about each word and phrase to try and squeeze out of it everything the verse can teach us about our faith in Jesus. We will unpack this verse, while I unpack this suitcase! (pull items out of the suitcase one-by-one)

  1. Several pairs of socks. “In every situation…” Have your ever been told to take extra socks with you when you spent the night at your friends’ house or with you grandparents. No matter where you go, you need to take your visible faith with you. You need your faith in every situation. In every situation at home. In every situation at school. In every situation at your church, with your friends, and especially with those that might be your enemies. You need your faith in Jesus in every situation.
  2. A toy shield. “..take the shield of faith…”  We are encouraged to take hold of our visible shield of faith in every situation. A shield that we are able to feel secure behind. A shield used for protection. Our faith in Christ is our shield. Our faith in God is our shield. He is our protection. (Psalm 18:2; Psalm 18:30) It was also a symbol who you belonged to. The colors and images on the front of the shield explained which family you were part of and what commitments or loyalties you held. When you become a follower of Jesus, the Bible says you’ve been born again, made new, given a fresh start. And with that comes a new identity, a new family, a new allegiance to God. Our faith in Christ is a new allegiance, a new family, a place of protection and belonging. (Colossians 3:3)
  3. A Nerf gun and foam darts. “… with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Why do we need the shield of faith? These darts are things that tempt you to disobey God, to sin against Him. (Ex. To lie. To steal. To cheat on a test. To hurt other people with your words or actions.) Temptation, like these darts, can come out of nowhere. They fly at you when you are least expecting it. And before you know it, you’ve done something you really regret. We’ve all sinned and all have fallen short. We’ve all messed up and all made mistakes, big ones and little ones. We’ve all done things that we really regret and wished we’d never done. This is why we need the gospel of Jesus!

We hope that you’ll use this easy illustration with the kids in your ministry to clearly illustration Ephesians 6:13! Let us know how it goes by emailing centrikid@lifeway.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.

May

20

2016

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Getting Kids Excited for Camp with OMC

OMC. Organized Mass Chaos.: the best game ever invented! Over the years, you might have used this a large group game just for fun or to build up the excitement for the upcoming summer at CentriKid. It’s great for outreach or for just having fun with kids and students. I hope that it has served you well in both these areas, or if you haven’t tried it yet, that you would consider picking up the OMC game this summer at our CentriKid Camp Stores at our CentriKid locations.

This year, we have sent out a promotional kit that we hope you can use to get kids even more excited for camp on the way to camp: the official CentriKid Van Kit!  In your van kit you received a few fun things, including a special edition OMC game. In this edition of OMC, kids will do various tasks that can be done while sitting in a bus, van, or car safely.

The instructions are on the card, but you can be creative as well. Feel free to have all kids do it at the same time, or just one at a time. The kids will have a blast with this game because it is still OMC and who doesn’t love OMC?! Those who have never been to camp will get to understand OMC, and those who have been will get even more excited as camp is but minutes away!

We hope you have fun with this new special edition OMC game! Check out our other editions on the OMC Page at CentriKid.com!

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 which your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

Feb

8

2016

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3-D Kickball

The warm weather we’ve been experiencing lately has gotten me ready for summer and all the fun games that come with it! The great part about this game is it can be played outdoors in warm weather but also in a gym during the winter. At CentriKid, we love this game so much that we play it with our entire summer staff at our training week! We think your kids will love playing it too. 3-D Kickball can be a good opportunity to let the kids run around and experience a little bit of controlled chaos even during the cold months.

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How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Choose three pitchers from the fielding team. Ask the kicking team to line up behind the three kicking spots. To play, all three pitchers should roll the balls simultaneously. Once a player kicks a ball, he or she may run to any base he or she chooses.

Runners may run the bases in any order, but they must touch all three bases before returning home to score. runners may touch any of the three kicking spots to score. Runners are not required to advance, and each base may accommodate multiple runners. Rummers may not steal bases and must stop running once the pitchers have recovered all three balls.

The fielding team may force a runner out by catching the ball or by tagging him or her with the ball (below the waist). The number of outs per inning is not limited. Instead turn over innings every two minutes.

Debrief:
One of our promises to you at CentriKid is that we will root everything in scripture, and we love to connect everything back to God’s Word at CentriKid. I’ve provided a spiritual connection for you to use as you play this game.

Read John 14:6

Ask: How is this game different from normal kickball? (You could run the bases in any order)

Say: In this game, there are multiple ways to make it back to home plate and score, but in life, there is only one way to be rescued from our sin and have a relationship with God. Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again to rescue us. Because He is still alive today, we can trust him to save us and give us life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Bonus info:
The game explanation and debrief were adapted from our Recreation: rooted in scripture book. If you didn’t get one last year, you can be sure to grab one this summer at a CentriKid Camp Store. It has this game and many more, broken down into explanation, debrief, and what equipment you will need. Hope you enjoy this game, and be on the lookout for it this summer at CentriKid!

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 which your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

Dec

14

2015

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Christmas Games to Celebrate the Season

As you are putting the finishing touches to all of the Christmas parties that you are hosting this season, sometimes you need just one more activity to have fun with the kids and connect it back to the story of Jesus coming to earth. We know that, just like at camp, you love to have fun with your kids. This can also be a wonderful time to remind the kids about the reason that Jesus came to earth. Here are two of my favorite Christmas games that will help your kids remember the importance of this season.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Materials:
(One for each team)
Toilet Paper
Hat
Gloves
Scarf

Split your kids into teams depending on how many materials you have. Designate one person per team to be the snowman. When you say go, each team will race to dress their snowman using the materials. Give them 3 minutes to completely dress their snowman. Give each of the snowmen a chance to show off their attire. Using a loudness vote, chose a game winner!

In the Bible, it tells us that we can be made new through Christ. Ask the kids if they could recognize the person you dressed up as a snowman? When Jesus came to earth, He had a plan to make us new. Luke 19:10 says that Jesus came to save the lost. He came to earth to give us a new life with His father and just like we can not recognize the snowman when he is dressed up, we will be changed when we accept Christ into our lives. Unlike the snowmen, we will not be changed on the outside, instead God will come into our lives and we will have a relationship with Him!

The Gift
Materials:
Wrap a gift such as a $5 gift card or small toy
Wrap the present multiple times with different wrapping paper
Be sure not to tape the paper layers together!
Have some music that is easy to play/pause

Sit the kids in a circle and start the music. As the music plays, pass the present around the circle. When the music stops, whoever is holding the present gets to open a layer of it. Keep playing until the someone gets to the present.

The Bible talks about how Jesus came to earth to be the free gift for everyone. Romans 6:23 says that we do not deserve this gift of life but because Jesus came to earth we can be saved. Ask the kid who unwrapped the present if they did anything special to deserve the gift. They get to keep that gift because they unwrapped it. Just like all they had to do was unwrap the gift, all we have to do is accept Christ ourselves.

These games can be a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate Christmas with your children’s ministry. Let us know what you do with the kids at your church to celebrate the birth of Christ and His amazing gift to us!

Isaac Kierstead

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Studio Art and Editing and Writing. He started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2014. Isaac designs a lot of the items you’ll see at camp this summer, helps with track development, puts together group leader information and staff manuals. His favorite part of camp is I Can’t Wait and track times.

Nov

9

2015

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CentriKid Game: Big Frizz

Here is a great game that is simple, tons of fun, and you can scale up or down depending on how many will be playing the game. If you came to camp in 2015, your kids played this game, so they might still remember it.

Equipment needed:
–Large area space (depending on number of kids, the area of half a basketball court can work…a larger space just works better, especially with larger groups).
–Lots and lots of frisbees.. the more the merrier
–Buckets or hula hoops
–Boundary markers

Setting up the playing field: Big Frizz layout
–The field should be a large, flat area. Ideally outside, but inside a gym is plenty of space and tons of fun too!
–You should mark off a launch zone in the center of the field (this is where a few volunteers will be launching frisbees the entire time).

–Depending on the number of teams, you’ll need that same number of buckets or collecting zones where each team will bring their frisbees back to.
–At the beginning of the game the frisbees start in the center launch zone.

Game play and rules:
Once the game begins, the volunteers in the center circle will start throwing out the frisbees every which way, and this should continue happening essentially the whole time. The goal of the game is to get the frisbees into your team’s bucket/collecting zone. The winner in the end is the team who gets the most frisbees to its bucket.

Once a player has a frisbee in hand he cannot move his feet. Instead he must throw the frisbee to someone else on his team. A member of another team cannot steal a frisbee from the hands of another player, but can intercept or knock down a pass in the air.

Helpful tips:
–Have a goalie who catches all the frisbees to put them in the bucket.
–Make a rule that players cannot steal from the buckets.
–Assign runners (either volunteers or players) whose job it is to bring frisbees from the buckets to the center circle..bringing them back in groups of ten helps keep track of points.

We all love this game, and we hope this game helps you in your ministry. Have fun!

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 which your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

Oct

14

2015

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Fall Festival Games

It is that time of year again: the weather gets a little cooler, the leaves begin to change, and you need to start thinking about what in the world you are going to do for the fall festival. If you are looking for some additional game ideas…look no more! Here are four of my favorite fall game ideas:

Pumpkin Ring Toss
For this game you need a few good sized pumpkins with long stems and a few round objects (maybe ropes, or rings of some sort.) If you are doing your fall fest at night, glow sticks might work well. Place the pumpkins and assign different point values for each one. Then, mark a throwing line, and you are ready to play Pumpkin Ring Toss!

Haystack Find
This is a game that will look good tying in with the fall theme and is simple to do. All you need to do is hide a few items of your choice preferably in some hay bales, but loose hay can work fine as well. You’ll want to spread the hay a bit so kids can reach down inside. Before you begin, determine the amount of items you will allow each kid to find and how many kids can be searching at once.

Mummy Wrap
All you need is a few rolls of toilet paper. The object is to see how fast one person can wrap the other, like a mummy, with a whole roll of toilet paper. I would suggest making this a race between two teams of two. Maybe I like this one so much because it reminds me of OMC…nonetheless, kids are bound to love this game.

Fall Fest OMC
Add a fall twist to our timeless game: check out the additional fall-themed cards here.

I hope these ideas are able to help you out, and that you are able to use your fall festival to allow kids to have a ton of fun and be in a Christ-centered environment.

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!

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.



May

27

2015

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Journey Off the Map OMC Task Cards

Your VBS is coming soon. For some of you soon means next week. If you are interested in a large group game option I hope you will consider playing CentriKid’s hallmark game OMC. Many people have the game, if not you can purchase it at exclusively at the CentriKid Camp Store at your CentriKid location.

Did you know each year the CentriKid Office teams up with the VBS writers to make theme specific task cards? Find them here! All you have to do is print these off and add them to your stack of OMC cards. One of my favorite Journey Off the Map OMC Tasks is “take some shaving cream and give yourself an explorer’s beard.”

If you have never played OMC before here are the basics you need to know.

  • OMC stands for Organized Mass Chaos.
  • Split your kids into different groups. At CentriKid we split our groups up by color team, which coordinates with the grade the kids have completed.
  • The object of the game is for a group collectively to complete the most individual tasks.
  • Each kid is given a task card and whenever they complete it they put it in their teams bucket only to retrieve another task to complete.
  • The game lasts anywhere from 10-20 minutes based on supplies and the weather. (I would cut the game short if it is really hot.)
  • There are three rules
    • You cannot say no
    • Return all equipment to the No Fly Zone
    • Do not enter the No Fly Zone

OMC is something to be experienced. I hope you get a chance to play it at your Vacation Bible School or Backyard Kids Club this summer.



Feb

6

2015

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Valentine’s Day Games

Hearts, cupid, pink, and purple is not my thing. However, I can get excited about games and celebrating love. Kids need to know we love them. Some of your kids may not receive love at their home, so use this holiday to show you love them and even more so God loves them. Here are some Valentine’s Day games to help you accomplish your mission.

Verse Relay
Cut out gigantic Sweet Hearts and write one word of a verse you are learning on each Sweet Heart. Have all the Sweet Hearts in a big brown bag and one at a time kids will have to run down grab a Sweet Heart with a word and tag the next person in line. Once all the Sweet Hearts are retrieved the teams will have to put the Sweet Hearts in order to win.

Shapes
Separate your kids into teams of 7-10 and tell them shapes to make with their bodies. The group to make the shapes fastest each round will win. Shapes could include: hearts, balloons, cross, circle, bow, etc.

Keep Cupid Up
Take a Ominkin Ball (if you do not have one of these in your kids ministry, you should) and challenge the kids in your group to keep The Omnikin in the air. The Omnikin is Cupid! Each time you hit Cupid in the air you get one point. How many points can you get?

Don’t Forget

Take it the extra mile. Having fun and playing games is good and all, but you want heart transformation. Take the time to debrief one or all the games with your kids. For example when we played Keep Cupid Up we did a really great job. However, at some point we dropped Cupid. In Psalm 136: 1-3 we learn that God’s love never fails or gives up on us. We will mess up all the time, but He never fails to deliver His promises. He loves us.



Christmas Games for your Ministry

Amidst all the Christmas parties you are attending, planning, and skipping, you are inevitably charged with creating Christmas fun in your kids ministry. These Christmas games are fun, but they are built in a way to create a spiritual application. Your Christmas party will be a success with lots of fun and lessons will be taught through these games.

  • Candy Wrap Relay: open kisses using oven mitts in a relay fashion.
    • Prepare: Set of oven mitts and bowl of Hersey Kiss© for teams of 4-5 kids .
    • Share: Although opening a Hersey Kiss© with oven mitts on is difficult it can be done. In the same way before Christmas and before Jesus came to the Earth it was still possible but difficult for people to have a relationship with God. Unfortunately, it was very difficult. Jews had to practice the law, sacrifice animals for their sins, and worship God in very specific ways. However, Jesus coming to Earth, living a perfect life, dying for our sins, and resurrecting from the grave made having a relationship with God more accessible like taking off your mitts. Jesus did the work, Jesus made a clear way for us to have a relationship, and his life on earth began at Christmas in a manager.
  • Santa’s Beard: this is a stage game option. One kid gets petroleum jelly put on their face and another kid tries to throw cotton balls on their partner’s face to make a beard.
    • Prepare: Petroleum jelly and bag of cotton balls for each pair. Create lines of stage of where they have to stand. A good distance could be 5 feet away.
    • Share: Putting Santa’s beard on someone can make them look like a man. Jesus himself would have had a beard as a Jewish man. In fact it was key to our salvation that Jesus would come to the earth as a man. We needed him to be able to die as sacrifice for our sins. His birth on earth, which is celebrate at Christmas, is a huge part of our salvation plan.
  • Frozen: melt an ice cube fastest without throwing it on the ground.
    • Prepare: Ice trays with enough ice cubes for every kid to get a cube of ice. Consider freezing a item for kids to have to retrieve.
    • Share: When Christ came to earth most people, especially His people, had very hard cold hearts just like our ice cube. But God had already promised to those who would believe, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove your heart of stone, and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). Although some people would continue to have hard hearts, Jesus would melt away the heart of others and warm them to himself through a relationship.

If you are looking for more ideas try looking at a previous post. We love the celebration of Christmas, and even more we love to use it as a teachable moment in our kids ministry. Take the next step whenever planning your Christmas fun and make a connection to biblical truths your kids need to hear.