Exciting things are happening in the Kids Zone at EBC! Crista and I have been working hard to get 2013 started off with as few bumps as possible coming off of Christmas break. With little time in the office, it can be tricky to make sure schedules are updated and teachers are informed as to the direction we are heading. We want our parents to be informed as well. So, I would like to update you on a few things that likely involve you or your child.
Stewardship Series: The 2nd - 4th grade classes & Route 56 have been studying the same stewardship series that Pastor David & Pastor Greg have been preaching on in the main service. We feel this topic is important for families to be discussing together and hope this is a springboard for opportunities to talk about being good stewards. Recently each child received 3 envelopes to help them learn to tithe a portion of their money, save a portion of their money & spend a portion of their money. It was discussed that the Bible says that “a tenth” of our money is a good place to start with tithing, but the Bible doesn’t say how much to save or spend. We have encouraged the kids to talk with you, as this is a family decision. If your child doesn’t earn money through the week, now would be a great opportunity for them to start doing jobs to earn money and to be able to divide that money between their envelopes. In the upcoming weeks, we will be discussing debt, giving generously & how hard work pleases God.
Summer Camp Meeting: If your child is interested in going to summer camp at Scioto Hills, we have chosen the week of June 17-22 to be EBC’s camp week. Children must be a minimum age of 8 years old to attend the full week of camp. Mini-camp is June 24-26 and is open for 7 -12 year olds. This is a good option for a child (or parent) who isn’t interested in being separated from home for a whole week! Registering for camp by the end of January will get you the best rate which requires a $100 registration fee to hold your child’s spot. EBC will once again be assisting all campers with the registration fee by paying half. Feel free to visit Scioto Hills’ website, www.sciotohills.com for more information and to register online. Please let me know you have registered! We will be fundraising by hosting the Kilometers 4 Kamp 5k in April. If you have a child going to camp, I will contact you personally about information regarding fundraising.
Children’s Pastor’s Conference: Crista and I recently traveled to Orlando, Florida for the International Network of Children’s Ministries Conference. We both have attended this conference before and were excited to return! We enjoyed hearing from many different key note speakers who reaffirmed our calling as children’s ministers. We attended breakout sessions on ministering to pre-teens, communicating with families, dealing with death & tragedy, special needs & discipleship (to name a few). We were able to get new ideas and insight to help make our children’s programming more effective and God-honoring. As your leaders we desire to make sure we are teaching your children core truths from the Bible and that we are leading in a direction where God wants us to be headed. Thank you for praying for us as we traveled! We humbly ask for continued prayer as we serve at EBC.
If you have any questions regarding any of this information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to reply in a timely manner.