This weekend, September 5 & 6, is devoted to highlighting our family ministry at NewSpring. Back in 2004-2006 when we were adjusting our focus to think about how to build bridges to our community, we realized that we must do more to reach the next generation. On September 9, 2006 we launched KidzWorld with the purpose of creating joyful, relevant, irresistible environments for kids from birth through 5th grade. We began to promote a relatively new concept to families. Parents have the most influence in their child’s life. That means the church is not the place where kids get their religious education–it’s a place where there are caring staff and volunteers who ignite a child’s curiosity with the Truth of God’s Word and then link up with parents and guardians to provide tools to keep that faith conversation going all week long.
Now, 14 years later, we have the privilege of seeing the fruit of our investment. There are staff members on our team who grew up going to KidzWorld, The Wire, and Thrive. Each weekend, dozens of students serve in the ministry at NewSpring–providing an irresistible environment for others around them. Parents have been empowered to lead their children on their spiritual journey. Families have become inviters because they want their friends to experience the joy of knowing Jesus.
This weekend, we are going to share some strategic steps that help a family become intentional about faith. But this weekend isn’t just for parents because as a family of faith, we all have the responsibility to impact the next generation. So I hope you will make the extra effort to be at NewSpring in person or online to find out how you can be part of igniting the faith of the next generation.
Over the past several months, our KidzWorld team has been reaching out to families in many new ways. When we were unable to meet on campus, we began to create videos and post them online so we can stay connected with kids and continue to encourage families to spend time with God and each other. We were abruptly thrust into using some forms of communication that we had already been considering and working toward for a few months prior to the shutdown. KidzWorld now has it’s own YouTube channel! It is so exciting for us to be able to post a weekend experience for kids from birth through 5th grade who are not able to be on campus on the weekend. AND we offer additional great segments to help parents and families on their faith journey. Today, Artie the orangutan has an interview with our senior pastor, Mark Hoover. You don’t want to miss it. And why not just subscribe to our channel so you can get updates whenever some new material is posted. By the way, our Back-to-School FX program is available to watch there as well if you missed it last Friday.
Thanks for partnering with us to help raise kids that change the world by living out God’s Big Ideas!
What is KidzWorld FX? FX is a Family Experience that is filled with fun, laughter, and learning about God’s Big Ideas. We will also celebrate KidzWorld Watermark baptism.
When does FX happen? Our next KidzWorld FX is this Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m. in the NewSpring South Auditorium.
Who can come to FX? Everyone is invited to come to FX! Sometimes people come and they don’t even have kids with them! We just want to share a good time and learn about the Bible in a fun way.
How long is the program? FX typically lasts a little over an hour. We do have childcare available for children age 2 and younger.
How much does FX cost and do I need to sign up ahead of time? FX is completely FREE and there is no need to sign up–just show up!
What is your policy for this event in response to COVID19? The information about our policy for all on campus events can be found at newspring.org/update.
What if I am not ready or unable to attend in person? No problem! We have always live-streamed our FX events and we will be doing that this time as well. The time of the event is 7 p.m. CDT.
This weekend, August 15/16 is the weekend when kids who are in kindergarten through 12 grade will promote into the environment for their fall grade level. This year at NewSpring, we have a couple of big changes that we are implementing to make our time with kids and students even more intentional.
Studio 45 is a new environment designed specifically for 4th and 5th graders. It will give us the opportunity to focus on the life stage of older elementary kids as they prepare to enter their teen years. We are creating a brand new room dedicated to this age group which we expect to have open in early October.
Our preschool ministries of Baby Bay and Adventure Avenue will also experience a change. Beginning with this promotion, children age 2-4 will no longer promote on their birthday. Instead, they will be able to stay in the same environment for a whole year with the same small group leader and kids. We know that this will help the kids form some great bonds with the leaders and the other kids in their small group. Each small group is assigned an animal name and those groups of kids will be able to stay together throughout their time in Adventure Avenue.
We have outlined these changes and the details you need to know for your child on our website at newspring.org/promotionweekend.
Did you ever think about how hard it must have been for Noah and his family to be cooped up in the ark for so many days? Thankfully, they trusted God through the storm and we can trust God too. Join us each day on Noah’s Window For Kids to find ways that we can trust God. Artie, Digger, and your friends from KidzWorld want to see you there. And Professor Knows-A-Lot will have some fun crafts and experiments for you to try at home!
There is some encouragement for your parents too: noahswindow.org
We make lots of decisions in life–some small and insignificant like where we will eat tonight and some large and incredibly significant like who will I marry. But the most important decision anyone will ever make is what will I do with Jesus? A relationship with Jesus changes life in a way that no other decision can. It brings peace and joy. It settles the matter of where we spend eternity. And it’s a decision that can be made by a young person. That’s why we offer JumpStart for elementary age students and their parents. JumpStart is a 30 minute session that describes God’s amazing plan of salvation–the two things He has done and the two things we can do to be part of His family. If your child is asking questions or you just want to get that conversation started, attend a JumpStart session. The next one is happening Sunday, August 4 at 10:35 a.m. (between the morning services). Don’t let that most important question go unanswered by your child.
We just got back from summer camps for our elementary, middle, and high school students. Now we have something amazing planned for the younger kids to do this summer. This Preschool FX event is for 3-year-olds through 1st graders and their families. Don’t miss it!
Here at NewSpring, we just experienced a little snow activity–it was coming down pretty hard for about 15 minutes. But winter can’t last forever and we are looking forward to summer and the NewSpring camps. We will offer 3 camps for kids from grades 2-12 this summer. Find out more about the camps and how to register your student at newspring.org/summercamp.