Hello valued readers! We’ve enjoyed hanging out with you here on the blog this year! Below are some highlights of posts that you loved!
Now that you’ve had a review of what’s happened on CentriKidblog.com, you’re ready for 2011!
This past summer, we talked about what it means to be adopted into God’s family at camp.
“What does it mean to be adopted into God’s family or to be a follower of Jesus?”
“Have you been baptized?” Response: “Yep, I got baptized when I was 7. The water was really cold.”
During camp, we hear kids mistake baptism for a salvation experience over and over again. I think we are missing a huge opportunity to explain that baptism is a response to the Holy Spirit drawing us to be in a relationship with Christ and is a symbol of a decision we have made to have Jesus be in control of our lives and our Savior. It is in outward symbol of the inward cleansing God has done, or in kid language, it is us showing others that God has changed our lives and forgiven our sin (or all the bad stuff that we do). When we ask Jesus to be the Lord of our life, we become a new creation. It’s like we are born again…and that’s what baptism symbolizes. Us dying to our sin (going into the water) and being born again as a new creation (coming out of the water).
It is important to help kids know that baptism doesn’t make us a new creation, Jesus does. Through Jesus’s death and resurrection (coming back from death) we are saved. Baptism is a reminder of that.
Here are some Scriptures about baptism to go through with kids:
Jesus is baptized:: Matthew 3:13-16
Many of you will be traveling for the holidays, so I put together some essentials for my holiday travel from when I was on the road scouting out new locations for CentriKid Camps a few weeks ago. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the car or in airport security, you’ll need the right gear. Everybody has their typical stuff to take when heading out of town, so here is my top 10 list of road trip essentials:
A great friend and mentor of mine, Dave Melber, has a number of great sayings. One is “never waste a good crisis.” My dad might have said, “find the silver lining behind every cloud”, but I like “never waste a good crisis.” We tend to talk in crisis language these days… the economy is bad; my pastor doesn’t understand me; parents don’t pick up their kids after class… Everything seems bigger than it is. So when a real crisis hits don’t waste it use it. If the economy is bad and you can’t afford as much “stuff,” then figure out what you don’t need and never buy it again. When you lose a Sunday School teacher, make some needed personnel changes.
It makes we want to look for a crisis. For some people, it is the only way they ever change anything.
I will admit I am not as good at listening as I want to be. My wife says, and she is right, that I always feel like someone has to be talking, so if there is silence I try to fill it. Who doesn’t want to be heard? I have a great friend who pauses while talking, as if he puts a period in his sentence. Just as you start to talk he taps you on the arm and continues talking over you. Needless to say, a few people stopped riding in the car pool.
Truth is, my wife doesn’t want answers, she just wants me to care. No one likes the guy in the meeting that always has something to say. We all admire the person that speaks when they have something to say, something we want to hear, something worth saying. However, we love the person that cares more about what we have to say than what they have to say. So next time you start to speak, don’t.
Hey! My name is Bill Emeott and I have the privilege of serving alongside the CentriKID team here at LifeWay. I serve as the Lead Childhood Ministry Specialist and have been in that role at LifeWay for 8 years. Before coming to LifeWay I served as a Children’s Minister in the metro Atlanta area for several years. Currently, I’m a 4th grade Sunday School teacher…. AND LOVE IT!
Below, you will find five things I believe every Children’s Minister should know! These are things I learned the hard way… so, consider my experiences and maybe you won’t have to “stump your toe” on these commonly made mistakes.
There are a lot of other things that I wish I had learned early on… but these are just a few that stand out for me. I pray that you’ll take the time to consider this list, add a few of your own and get busy doing the Kingdom work God’s called you to.
Follow me on twitter (Bill_Emeott) or follow me on the Kids Ministry 101 blog. I’ll look forward to following you, too!
Looking for some ministry helps, parenting ideas, or practical ways to teach kids about the real meaning of Christmas? Here are some great blogs and articles we found across the web… enjoy!
10 Ways to Give Christ to Your Kids at Christmas Part 1 and Part 2 from Rolling Hills Community Church.
Tips on cultivating patience with your kids this Christmas from Pete Wilson at Cross Point Church.
Growing Generosity in Your Kids at Christmas from Dr. Tim Elmore (a guest blog on Michael Hyatt’s blog).
Do you have others? If so, share them in our comments!
Watch the video below to meet the CentriKid office team and to hear our December VidCast!
Thanks for watching … we mentioned a lot of details, so here are all those important links:
If you are registered for camp, you will get 5 of your spots converted to FREE spots (over $1200 value) for every *new* group of 20 or more that you get to register for camp. You need to email CentriKid to let us know who they are & they need to register between now and Dec 31, 2010.
How many times have I been in that situation? Just met somebody at church, had a nice chat, figured out a mutual acquaintance, and as soon as he walks away I can’t quite recall if his name was Scott or Steve. Fail.
At CentriKid, we work hard at building relationships with the folks we encounter along the way, and an important way to show value to a campus contact, a church sponsor, or a kid at camp is to learn his name. You do the same at church with new members, prospects you’ve encountered, or the friend who visited with a buddy.
This article caught my eye because of its practical advice about remembering normal names and irregular names too. But beware, it is an outside link, and the bullet points are good, but he’s a little careless with his language in some of the explanations.
I’ve made some progress at learning names by repeating them in the conversation and by finding some type of common ground so I can make an association later on. But there are always those moments when I’m careless or just plain forget. The fear of embarrassment or of insulting a new acquaintance is often enough motivation to keep me on top of my game. What do you do to remember names when you meet someone new? And be honest… how successful are you at recalling names later on?