As we prepare for a new year, I wanted to take a moment to go back and recall all the faith-fueled fun we had in 2015. (You can click on some of the names to see pictures or videos of the event!)
Faith UnFrozen– Our first big family event of the year! We ice skated, built towers, and made icy art…all without leaving the church! All the while, our families warmed up to talking about their faith in Jesus.
MJAM– Thanks to our wonderful WMU group, our kids were able to travel to Williams Blvd Baptist Church for M-JAM 2015. It was a day of missions, missions education, and sharing about Jesus. Missionaries shared with us how we can be involved in taking the Gospel to others, our community, North America, and the world.
Kids and Communion Page Created– To help families talk about communion, we made a simple page full of discussion ideas and even a fun video to help explain it!
Walk With Jesus– At the end of the month, we hosted Walk With Jesus, an interactive trip to see Jesus on the days leading up to his death. My favorite station included the Taste Twisting tablets that changes sour tasting things to sweet tasting flavors. Families discovered that Jesus’ death was sour, but soon learned the sweetness that comes with His resurrection!
New BAM with Epic Adventures- Starting in April, we tried a new BAM series starting in Genesis. We’ve followed this up with series on Biblical heroes, God’s nature, and respect.
God’s Planarama Mini Camp- This one-day camp helped kids discover the God always has a plan for their lives. We made homemade ice cream, made our own obstacle course, and had a water fight all while learning about Jesus.
Restoration Church VBS– For the second year, we’ve teamed up with Restoration Church in Donaldsonville to help put on an amazing Vacation Bible School. It was a great time sharing Jesus with these loving kids.
Swim Party- The first of a couple of times this year our gang was able to get together and have some fun!
Bowling With Youth-We always love the chance to fellowship with other departments, and this time we split to go bowling!
Doxology & Theology– During the summer we had such a great time getting back to basics and reviewing some basic Biblical truths. Our kids were able to have their own time of discovery and learned more about God, Jesus, sin, and salvation. Each week, the kids were challenged to put the answers to life’s questions in their hearts and you can still review them by clicking the link!
Masterpiece Kids Art Camp– This was my first art camp, and what an experience! I had so much fun coming up with different artists to cover alongside different points of the Gospel. And any time you can connect Jesus with mops flinging paint, it’s going to be a blast!
CentriKid Summer Camp FIT– We took the kids to Louisiana College for CentriKid Camp 2015. It was an incredible time of fun and discovering what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This year’s theme was FIT: Faith in Training. We discovered what can happen when we search for God with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13). (We also had a study just for adults as well)
Preteen Invasion- PreTeen Invasion was a high energy day filled with friends, games, worship, teaching and challenging thoughts designed for our PreTeens to have a great day together. We headed to FBC Lafayette to hear Micha Mariano preach about Jesus, and was able to get in giant inflatables and eat baby food afterward!
Back to School Kids + Youth Swim Party- Another chance for the kids and youth to bond together, but this time tragedy struck. RIP giant inflatable kangaroo.
Make and Take Family Art Night– Using a unique material created right here in Baton Rouge, we were able to let families sculpt their own creations and cure them in less than an hour. Families discovered how God created us and how he sent his Son. We still have our creation and it still glows in the dark quite well!
Buzz Curriculum- In September, we moved to Buzz curriculum. Along with the change in material, we also decorated the preschool area like a jungle. With all the monkeys around it was a cool place to hang around!
Game Night with the GAP Class- Another chance for some multigenerational fun, our GAP class and kids came together for a night of games. The baby food challenge was a lot of fun, but my favorite memory is seeing the kids and GAP class rush through the church looking for chalk.
Seniors Vs Kids Bingo Bash- Who knew the seniors were so competitive?! Amazing prizes were given out (like a rubber rat!), and we even played mini-games between the bingo battles. Green noses anyone?
Puppet Show– If you haven’t seen it already, make sure to click the like to see the P.R.E.A.C.H. Puppet Ministry from Coteau Baptist Church (Houma, LA) share the good news of Jesus with our families using puppets! Later in the year, our kids put on their own puppet show.
Neighborhood Block Party– In an effort to better reach families in our city, we hosted a block party on October 31st. We had three inflatable bounce houses, all the hotdogs we could eat, and it was the first time we played Pie Face as a church!
Parade of Flags- Once again, the kids were able to wave their own flags during our focus on missions. But, did you know that we also do a special missions-focused lesson during Sunday school before hand?
Church-Wide Fun Night- We split into two groups for a night of fun! The first group was able to make their own creations using the material we had from Make and Take Night. The other group went outside to learn survival skills, like using a compass and (allegedly) starting a fire.
National OMC Day– Every year, we celebrate National OMC Day. OMC is a game put on by LifeWay’s CaentriKid Camps that is a fun, messy blast! I got my fellow staff members to help me out and we ended up tying for first! That night, we played OMC with the kids as well!
12 Doors of Christmas- A night out for parents, we took the kids on an adventure to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Behind each door, kids did interactive experiences that got them in their Bibles and hearing about Jesus.
Bethlehem Bound– Could we put on a 4-act Christmas musical that pointed to the good news of Jesus, with a cast of over 50, and only one hour to make props and to rehearse? Click the link to find out!
Advent Family Devotional and videos- Our daily Advent devotional book included activities for families to do together. I hope it allowed families to grow closer together as they grow closer to Jesus. We also streamed live videos using Periscope!
What a year! Thank you for trusting us with your kids and allowing us to come along side you as you guide the kids spiritually. I want to thank each and every volunteer. Thank you for investing in our kids and allowing God to use you to change lives.
We’re always doing something here at the church, so make sure to invite your friends and family! There’s always room for more!
We give thanks to God for an amazing 2015, and pray for his guidance as we prepare for 2016.