This Weekend at NewSpring

These two got caught being early for their ministry to kids.  We appreciate all of you who help us serve kids at NewSpring.  Keep up the great work!
Jenny Walter arrived at 10:35 to her 4-yr-old class on Sunday morning.  She typically helps with over 40 kids during that hour!
Jason Graham was caught arriving at 5:35 Saturday night.  Jason serves each weekend by helping in the 2’s/3’s on Saturday nights.
 Don’t forget this Thursday Comedian Tim Hawkins will be here at NewSpring for a rip-roaring time of laughter for the whole family.  This weekend the kids will be joining us in the worship center for a superduper family time of learning and worship.  The puppets will be there and I heard there are some special things being planned for the whole family to enjoy.  Bring the family and plan to have a blast at church this weekend.

Bike Rodeo at NewSpring

We had an awesome time we had with all the kids who joined in the Bike Rodeo!  They all did a great job and had a lot of fun riding bikes and eating hotdogs and sno-cones.  A big special “KidzWorld Thank You” to all the folks that came and helped!  A a super big “KidzWorld Thank You” to all the security folks who came to make sure all were safe.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Caught Ya!


↑Debbie Harp was in place at 10:35 to help greet kids in the KidzWorld Theater.
Jennifer Miller was ready for the bike rodeo Saturday night at 5:25.  She helps in AA both Saturday night and Sunday morning at 9:30. 
Shellie Hulsey was caught at 9:05 Sunday morning getting ready for
the kindergartners.
Each one of these ladies got a gift card to Sonic!  Enjoy a refreshing limeade or banana split on us.
We appreicatie so much those of you who have made the “extra effort” to be here at least 20 minutes early.  This past Sunday I was talking to two kids as they were standing at the entrance of the theater looking out in the hallway.  I asked, “Who are you looking for?”  They replied, “We are waiting for our small group leader to get here!”  What an impact you have on kids.  That is why it is so important to be in your place early.

Glorious One

The family went to Portland, Maine, to see some lighthouses and to hang out on the beach.  It was sunny the first part of the day but cloudy and rainy the second half of the day. This picture was taken in front of Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in America.  It was fun to see it in action and also see the big ships come into the habor using that lighthouse for a guide. 

The drive back to our hotel was about 2 hours, so after a busy day the whole family fell asleep on the way and as the sun was setting I was listening to Sarah’s ipod. The song “Glorious One” by Steve Fee came on.  As it was playing I was looking at the sunset God painted for me and the words just were perfect.  The song talked about the ocean and it reminded me about what we saw that day.   Sarah took these pictures for me and I wanted to share them with you.

Covered Bridge

Today we drove along the Connecticut River which is on the New Hampshire/Vermont border and saw this cool covered bridge. The scenery has been fantastic and we had a very enjoyable day.  Tomorrow we are going to Maine to see some lighthouses and enjoy the ocean. On our way back to our hotel, Debbie and I were enjoying listening to the hits from the 70’s on the rental car satellite radio. Our kids were just thrilled about listening to the oldies. They kept telling me to turn it down!  Life is sorta funny sometimes.

Caught on Fathers’ Day Weekend


 Darren & Becky Hamilton were caught being 20 minutes early to Adventure Avenue on Saturday.










Brian & Barb Tozer were caught being not just 20 minutes early for their 11:00 class, they actually came at 9:15 and helped with the 9:30 class before teaching their 11:00 class.

Thanks to every volunteer in KidzWorld this weekend! Karla sent some pictures showing all the fun.





Father’s Day and My Wedding Anniversary

Thursday we hung out in Boston and walked the Freedom Trail stopping at many important sites of the American Revolution. The weather was perfect.  Later that day we met up with my brother Robert and his family and took a boat cruise around the harbor for about 1½ hours. We watched the sun set and also saw the sailors shoot the cannon of “Old Ironsides” at sundown.  That was super cool to experience–not only all the history but just to hang out with family.

Here is a picture of Josh (my nephew) and Kerrie who got married on Saturday.  This was the reason for the whole trip.  The wedding was very special and the reception was held outside and was just plain fun.  My extended family was in charge of feeding the 325 people so we pulled together and got the job done, even though the kitchen was the size of a average bathroom!  Elease made meatballs and chicken alfredo plus salad and sandwiches.  What a undertaking but they pulled it off without a hitch.  Josh is a youth pastor and just loves ministering to teens.  I am sure these two will do great things for God.

Today is Fathers’ Day celebrating twenty-three years of fun and adventure with 5 great kids and it is also my wedding anniversary celebrating being married to the most wonderful woman in the world!  She is a big part of everything that happens at NewSpring in KidzWorld.  I couldn’t do it without her!  She is a very special lady and so very thankful that she is a part of my life.  Debbie, you are the best!!!

  We went to church today where my brother-in-law is pastor in Uxbridge, MA.  Bob had a wonderful sermon, then all 35 of us went to his house for lunch.  It was 59° at noon today, a big difference from the high 90’s they had at the beginning of the week.  We left Uxbridge this afternoon and drove to Hanover, NH and from there we are going to Vermont and Maine.  Should be fun.


Fourth of July Weekend at NewSpring Church

My family and I are out in Boston, MA for the wedding of my nephew.  Wow, there is a lot of traffic out here.  You can say what you want but there is something special about living in the Midwest!   Well I’m not writing to give you a traffic report but to let you know what awesome things are coming up on Fourth of July weekend. 

First, Comedian Tim Hawkins is going to make you laugh your head off on July 3 as he will be in top performance  along with our own NewSpring Band.  That is going to be off the hook! 

Secondly that weekend is going to be a super-duper fun time in the Worship Center as all kids from age 2-5th grade will worship with their parents.  This will be a fun-filled hour of worship, teaching and a whole lot of excitement.  We are going to do some things that you have never seen inside a worship center.  We are going to worship as a family and learn as a family.  Don’t miss this weekend!  The following weekend we will go back to our regular formats but the teaching will be coordinated to that kids and adults are learing the same things each weekend in July in their own environments.   I am really excited about trying to get families to talk about what they have learned together throughout the week at NewSpring Church.

Early to Serve

Some more volunteers were caught being early to serve at NewSpring.  The top photo is Leon Embry. Leon and his wife, Judy volunteer in Baby Bay at 9:30. Mickey Elworth helps in Route 252 and does an awesome job sharing God’s love with the children.  We appreciate so much our volunteers who take time to minister to the children that are coming to NewSpring.  It is exciting to see all the families that are coming and lives that are being changed. 

We appreciate ALL of the volunteers who have been getting here early. Keep it up and you may just get “caught” in the next few weeks!

Block Party


Last night we had a great time with the folks from the Sienna Ranch.  We had hotdogs, chips and even snow cones as a special treat.  The puppet team did a great job and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.  Michelle Poore even did some superduper face painting. Kids were still lined up for that even after everything was taken down.  What a fun way to get out in the community and just hang out with some people.  Also the team has been invited to go to Rosehill on July 27, for a ice cream social in the park.  They are expecting around 300 hundred people and we are going down there to have some fun.   We will be bring the puppets and well as our large inflatable.  To all those who came to the party last night, it was awesome to meet you and to those that worked very hard behind the scenes, a big heartfelt thank you.