KidzWorld is Going Strong in 2017!

We are so excited about the new year and the fun things we have planned for KidzWorld! Don’t miss this weekend because it will be the start of some great learning!

In Route 252, kids will be introduced to the new Big Idea. We have a really fun but challenging Take-Out for your family this month. Kids will hear all about it this weekend.

In Baby Bay and Adventure Avenue, we are enjoying Winter in a big way. There will be lots of great Bible teaching. Look for news about a special event at the end of the month for you and your pre-schoolers.

Parents, we want to help you be the best possible influence you can be in your children’s lives. Let us partner with you in 2017 to bring your family in closer relationship with God and each other.

Jingle Jam December 8th & 9th

Make plans to attend this FREE Event with your family and friends.  We offer two different days for your convenience.  The show begins at 7pm but make sure you get here early to be part of the preshow fun. So mark your calendar for December 8th & 9th and make sure you invite someone to come with you.  This is a great way to introduce people to KidzWorld and NewSpring Church.

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JumpStart

In KidzWorld, we believe that the most important spiritual influence happens at home. We love your kids but we only get to spend about an hour a week with them which totals up to 52 hours per year if you never miss a weekend! That’s not much time to help kids develop their understanding of God. That’s why we offer “tools” to help parents have those most important conversations with kids. Next weekend we will host JumpStart. It’s a 30 minute session that describes in very simple terms how we can have a relationship with Jesus. It is designed for elementary age kids and their parents as a starting point to begin further conversation at home. JumpStart happens next weekend, November 19/20 between the services. You can get more info and sign-up at NewSpring.org/jumpstart.

Back-To-School FX Photos

Here are just a few pictures from our Back-To-School FX on Friday. 1300 people gathered on the NewSpring campus to celebrate the end of the summer with pony rides, petting zoo, inflatable, face painting, balloon twisting, and awesome treats. Our program featured some awesome music, games and fun learning about the Big Idea of Obedience. As a bonus, 18 kids went public with their faith through baptism. It is fantastic to see so many families who want to spend time together learning about God’s Big Ideas!

Camp Splish Splash tomorrow!

All summer long, kids in Baby Bay and Adventure Avenue are learning about the days of creation with the theme Creation Station. Tomorrow, July 14, they get a chance to celebrate what they have learned at Camp Splish Splash. It’s an event for kids from age 1 through Kindergarten and their parents. It all happens on the NewSpring campus. It’s totally free but you must register for a time slot. There is still availability at the 7 p.m. slot so click here to register now. This is a great way to find out what your kids have been learning and meet some of their amazing leaders. Hope to see you there!

PS–In the case of inclement weather, we will move outdoor activities inside.

The NewSpring Way

I want to first take the opportunity to thank all of you who have congratulated me on my new position.  I have been overwhelmed with NewSpring’s kindness as so many of you have gone out of your way to welcome and encourage me with this new adventure.  I could not be more excited. So as I begin this adventure serving families of children with special needs, I will do so in “The NewSpring Way.” That is, recognizing we are all about the people outside the doors of our church… and relying on the skill of great volunteers.

Pastor Mark often talks about the people outside the doors of NewSpring that need our love and attention.  One of my favorite parts of my job is meeting new families at the check-in station and being with their children through the end of each service.  I love watching their faces as we drop off kids to different environments and they understand how each one is designed with their child in mind.  I love being able to talk about the programs or accommodations that we offer that were designed for their child who has exceptionalities.

Secondly, I truly do believe that NewSpring is great largely due to its culture of volunteering. Volunteering has been a great experience for my family.  One of the best things that it has done is connect our family with other people like us.  It truly shrinks a huge church so that you feel connected as you see familiar faces in the crowd.

I am blessed to be able to work with amazing volunteers in our special needs ministry. I have incredibly patient volunteers that love telling the Bible story five times because their ADHD child has the attention span of about two minutes before they are distracted, yet a minute later wants to know how the story finishes.  I love that I have volunteers that want to partner with the parents of autistic children in developing a structured and predictable worship service so their child can learn and thrive.  They take a genuine interest in their complicated lives and share the parents’ concerns as needs arise.  This is a community of people who want to share God’s love with a unique population, and experience huge smiles and happy hearts along the way.

NewSpringers are blessed by the “worship one, serve one” motto, as volunteers are passionate not only about their serving, but also their worshipping. As a NewSpringer and God follower, I share in this passion. Luke 1:74 says “We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without FEAR, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.”  My worship reminds me that I have been rescued from my enemy and fears.  God calls us to courageously love others.  This is an action of pouring out God’s kindness and generosity to those outside our building doors.  This is the way of the NewSpring volunteer.