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Every leader, every ministry, and every church comes to a point where a fresh set of eyes and thoughts on the situation helps get systems moving again. If your organization is alive, then you are constantly morphing and changing. It’s a sign of wisdom to gather plenty of information from all angles as you seek God’s direction.
I have had the privilege of connecting with and serving with hundreds of churches over the years. I have also had the unique situation of serving on various size church staff teams and have been in my current role for nearly 20 years. It’s a joy for me to listen, learn and share ideas with churches as they are trying to take the next step.
The Kids Conference, hosted in three locations around Illinois each Spring, is a one day discipleship event designed for first – fifth grade children and their ministry leaders. Since it’s beginning, in 2002, thousands of kids have attended this event from all denominational corners all over Illinois!
We’re inviting your church to attend this Spring! Here are nine ways to integrate attending The Light Kids Conference into your yearly ministry plan:
Use The Light as a a reward or celebration trip for your children. After a year of Sunday School or other ministry group meetings, budget through the church to send all the children who want to attend.
Plan to invite as many parents / adults to join you for the trip to The Light Kids Conference. It’s a one shot, simple way to invite people to participate and allows you an opportunity to build relationships and connect with other adults in ministry.
Utilize The Light Kids Conference for a time of training. Each year, we take about 40 minutes to invest in the leaders who are in attendance. While the children enjoy the entertainment time, we invite children’s ministry leaders to hear some thoughts on ministry, network together and get some new ideas.
Use the music, games and other ideas from The Light Kids Conference in your home children’s ministry settings, songs during Sunday morning or midweek children’s ministry or summer programming.
Use the experience to follow up with children about their commitment to Christ and their desire to follow Jesus.
Use the event to build friendships among children in your ministry.
Encourage your regular church kids to invite friends to attend The Light.
Stop for ice cream on the way home. Give each kid a little gift as they get out of the van. Invite your pastor to attend with the children in your church! Use it to create memories.
Purchase kids conference T-shirts so your children’s ministry group builds identity and witness as they wear them.
There are lots of great reasons to bring your children’s ministry group to The Light Kids Conference this spring! For 2017, we will be using the theme of RESCUED and taking a look at three stories in Scripture: 1) Daniel in the Lions Den, 2) Moses Rescued as a Baby and Jonah and the Big Fish). We extend and invitation to you and hope you can take part! We’re praying for changed lives. www.kidsconference.org
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY RESOURCES
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to host Ignition this fall! There were over 200 middle school students and leaders present during the weekend. The goal of the event is to ignite the faith of middle schoolers. We try to accomplish this through worship times, seminars, small groups, community fun and connections. Our prayer is that all of this together will be a step in the faith journey of these students, that they would be drawn to Jesus, his grace and his love. We want to them to go deeper in faith and have great memories of church, Christian community and fun.
Thanks, Jamie for speaking at Ignition! Thanks Juggling Jeff for your fun part of the weekend. Thanks to the Harvest Team and leaders for serving during the weekend. Thanks to Troy United Methodist Church for hosting and your awesome hospitality.
And thanks to the churches who attended Ignition! It was a great weekend and we are praying for you!
ONE OF MY EARLY MEMORIES
When I was in kindergarten, a group came to our church to sing. Being so young, I don’t remember much about the music or the people. But I do remember they came to our house for dinner (or to spend the night or something). I have a vivid memory of two people sitting in our Wood River, Illinois living room and singing the most hilarious song. I remember laughing really hard. Sometimes I wonder if there was a seed planted in my life that night. I don’t dwell on this moment of a memory, but it comes to mind once in a while when I’m making up silly little songs for kids. I thought those people that night were amazing. And for years now, I have spent time singing in churches, having dinner with people, staying in host families and sharing music in churches. It’s been a big part of who I am.
ONE WAY YOU CAN UTILIZE HARVEST MINISTRY
If you are a pastor, youth pastor, children’s pastor or church member, one way you can utilize Harvest Ministry is to host a Sunday evening all church gathering. Have a meal together and then Harvest can lead in a family ministry event including music, some fun stuff and a message. The schedule could look something like this:
3:30 – Harvest arrives to set up
5:00 – All church dinner
6:00 – Night of Worship and Fun
Or it could be like this:
3:30 – Harvest Arrives
5:00 – Worship Concert for the whole family
6:00 – Dinner
Or something more simple:
Friday, Saturday or Sunday Evening
4:00 – Harvest Arrives
6:30 – Worship Concert
7:30 – Refreshments
Here are some benefits for an event like this in your church:
– all ages can come
– doesn’t require lots of set up
– helps pull people together for a time of community that’s not on Sunday morning
– gives people an opportunity to invite friends and family
– something different for the church
Here are some of the basic steps to hosting this kind of event:
– contact Tim Price and Harvest to set up a date
– select a key organizer / team from the hosting church
– publicize the event using tips and information from the harvest website
– invite personally to attend
– invite several people to help with the evening, serving as greeters, hospitality, etc.
– pray for the evening
– enjoy it!
– Harvest can work into most sanctuary audio systems
– Sound support can be rented in necessary (Harvest doesn’t own any equipment, we always rent if needed).
– We ask the church to send the travel expenses in advance.
– We ask the church to provide a meal for the team (either as part of the whole event or before if a meal isn’t being planned).
– For an all church, evening ministry event, we invite the church to receive a love offering to help support Harvest Ministry.
We’d love to be a part of your church! Contact us to talk through the possibilities!
Tim Price, Director
(If you’re wanting to book Harvest Worship Band for a camp or conference, you can use the booking form or contact Tim Price)
We’re setting aside Wednesdays in October to pray for the church, for the ministry of Harvest, and the souls of teenagers.
More and more, churches feel like they are losing the battle to connect with busy students and families. It doesn’t seem to be slowing down and there doesn’t seem to be an answer.
But, the church is God’s instrument and hope for the world. And Harvest Ministry is here to support the church.
For the month of October, we are seeking God, praying and opening the door for God to do something new.
Pray with us, all day on Wednesdays and specifically at 6:30 pm each Wednesday evening.
Local church youth workers need to be equipped, connected and encouraged. This happens as you visit with your pastor, meet with students and families and serve along side your team, but don’t underestimate the need for ongoing, outside your church training and equipping.
Ideas, new insights, and clarity often come when you are working on your ministry, not just in it.
This is why we have designed The Well, a seminar for youth workers. The Well, a three hour meeting format with a meal together, is hosted in six areas around the state of Illinois with the purpose of providing excellent close-to-home quipping for those who work in local church student ministry. Our goal is to come to you (and any of your volunteer or paid student ministry leaders), connect you with others in your home area and help move your ministry forward in reaching and discipling students for Christ.
Another big reason behind The Well is that for twenty years, I have felt a call to partner with and help student ministry leaders around Illinois. I have had the privilege of working with many leaders through weekend events, ministry gatherings such as Ignition and Fire-Up and through summer camp ministry. I’m both grateful for the work of student ministry leaders and understanding of the hard task ahead.
We have hosted The Well each fall since 2005 and hundreds of student ministry leaders have attended representing many denominations. You’re invited to attend this fall!
Troy, IL – October 10 – 5 pm
Fairview Heights – October 11 – 9 am
Jacksonville, IL – October 11 – 5 pm
Peoria, IL – October 12 – 9 am
Mt. Vernon, IL – October 17 – 5 pm
Chrisman, IL – October 20 – 5 pm
of preaching, ministry and fun. Students loved the lake, the zip line, the tabernacle and the set up of the camp in general. Though the whole group attended worship together, the jr. high kids had their own classes and some of their own activities. The Sr. High students also had their own classes and they had special late night activities as well. It was the merger of what was formerly two separate weeks and it was super smooth.
Prayer circles. Coffee shops. Conversations. Late nights. Worship music. Altar times. Changed lives.
I feel like I’m living the book of Acts each summer of ministry. It’s awesome to be connected to people in kingdom ministry. It’s amazing to spend so much time in worship, study, prayer and serving. And I love seeing the church in action on so many fronts.
Summer camp is one great vehicle for ministry to students. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to invest time each summer serving through Harvest Ministry.
Here’s a recap of some of the work from the last few weeks:
We’ve spent a couple weeks leading camps at Beulah. The number of students has been amazing. I think the first week, during Beulah Bible Camp there were approximately 160 people on the grounds and there were about 25 kids who walked on to register that day. The Jr. High Camp at Beulah more than doubled in attendance this year. The speakers for the events were all great! Thanks to Steven, Tim, Luan, and Anita for sharing during the camps. We praise the Lord for and continue to pray for the students who gave their lives to Christ and are continually growing in faith.
Also a huge thanks to the directors and leaders for the weeks at Beulah! Great leadership, programming and organization. Thanks for your work.
You can’t cram spiritual maturity and camp is one way to invest a chunk of time each of a student’s growing up years in building into their faith journeys and relationship with Christ! Pastors and Parents: Church camp needs to be a priority.
Emily Gray, Leanne Willis, Stephen De Jong, James Deming, and Blake Stahlhut. A special welcome to Stephen who joined us for this month! Stephen is from Alma, MI and we are glad to have him serving with Harvest.
The Summer Family Adventure Camp was awesome. Though the Harvest group doesn’t attend this event with me, I always enjoy taking our family and leading music for this event. We have been up there about seven years and this year was awesome! Thanks to Sandra and the team for leading. And thanks for the invitation to serve in ministry with you.
Here are some of the songs we have been singing this summer:
Deep Cries Out, Oh Our Lord, All The People Said Amen, Holy Spirit, Good Good Father, Spirit Of The Living God, Meet With Me, Ever Be, Fierce,
Some of the kids songs have been: Pharaoh Pharaoh, Higha Higha, Walk With You, Word, Happy Day, Bananas United, Kumalata, Whose Side, Cross Clap, and others.