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Dave Perrel is one of our many VBS Kids Camp volunteers who have faithfully served for numerous years. He served as the leader of our Game Station.  One year after VBS, he suggested we create a science station for VBS the following year. It was an amazing idea, which had not been done by any curriculum publishers.

Dave took the curriculum and created a station that uses science to illustrate our Bible lesson. He has continued to do this every year, and our kids love science at VBS Kids Camp. Dave and his wife, Alisa also serve as small group leaders for our elementary kids on Sundays.

Dave teaches AP physics at Anderson High School and loves teaching and his students. This year Dave has been named an Indiana Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Dave shared with me that the application process was quite lengthy and detailed. He included videos of teaching his science classes at the high school and also included a picture from VBS Kids Camp Science Station.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching has been awarded annually since 1983 to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers across the country. Following an initial state level selection process, the national winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators.

Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, which they may use at their discretion. The winners also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and a visit to the White House.

Thank you, Dave for sharing your love of science and teaching with East Side Kids! Congratulations on being named an Indiana finalist!


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East Side Kids!

Welcome to the incredible world of East Side Kids! We are committed to capture the hearts and imagination of kids so that we can introduce Jesus to them.

I want to share a small glimpse of what happens at East Side Church of God while the adults are attending Life Fellowship Classes and enjoying worship in the worship center with Pastor Kerry and his team.

On Sunday, January 18…

Our Anderson University team members returned to their ministry roles as they served our kids alongside our amazing East Side Kids! team members.

Our kids were involved in Sunday School, crafts, Bible stories, games, and small group times during the 1st and 2nd service, but this week……

Our special highlights included…

In the Tree House, our INCREASE students (grades 1-4) along with our HeartBeat students (grades 5-6) have been talking about the Life App Commitment. This past week, Gert Kumi was a special guest in the Tree House. Gert Kumi is a Julliard trained violinist and has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea, and Africa. Gert has also shared his musical ability at East Side Church of God.

Gert Kumi shared his story of how he became a violinist, and his commitment to learning to play the violin. Wiggly bodies were still (for the most part). Hands were raised to volunteer, because kids wanted to get up close to feel Gert’s violin vibrating as he was playing the strings. Eyes were laser focused on Gert and his violin. Ears were being utilized, because the only sounds being heard were Gert’s and his violin.

Gert proceeded to share the commitment that he has given to play the violin at the professional level that he does. Our kids were entranced as they watched the bow move across the strings and heard the different sounds that the violin could make. Gert’s commitment included 4 hours of practice per day to reach his level of expertise, and he continues to practice 2 hours per day to maintain his level of expertise. That’s commitment!

Gert also played an incredibly intricate piece on his violin for all of us to enjoy! Thank you, Gert for sharing your talent and commitment with East Side Kids!

If your child was in the Tree House between 10:40-11:10AM, I hope that they shared with you about this experience.

Our kids heard about how our commitment to talking about God can help our friends know Him better. Yes, our kids can be committed to telling others about Jesus, too.


Our East Side Kids families and volunteers met in the Tree House for lunch. With over 100 people in attendance, we scrunched into the Tree House space to eat together, get to know one another better, and talk about East Side Kids!

We had parents, volunteers, youth volunteers, and kids together in one room enjoying each other’s company. Children’s pastors dream about their varied age level ministry areas coming together, getting to know one another, and just having lunch and fun together.

East Side Church of God is committed to lifting up Jesus to the next generation. Thank you for loving our kids by committing your resources, time, and energy so that each boy and girl will know that Jesus loves them!

Commitment – Making a plan and putting it into practice. Thank you for making a plan for boys, girls and their families to know that Jesus loves them.

Thank you to 252 Basics Curriculum, Orange, ReThink Group!

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What a long Sunday!

What a long day of preparation!

Kingdom Rock VBS Kids Camp is here.

Ready or not!

Our Kingdom Crew is assembled.

Of course, we could always use a few more,

and we always wonder if everyone will actually appear bright and early on a Monday morning.

Our Kingdom Crew is excited and ready.

The castles are built.

Yes, castles as in 3 structures.

a small cardboard one from Group Publishing,

a medium size one in the Tree House,

and a huge castle courtyard in the Worship Center

even secret castle passageways.

Beautiful banners are flying in the hallways,

from the crosswalk overhead, and

in the worship center for each group of children.

There are knights and thrones . . .

Our stations include

the King’s Feast,

Chadder’s Royal Theatre,

Tournament Games,

Epic Bible Adventures,

Shields of Faith,

and the King’s Council.

Some you will recognize, and some we have created.

It’s been a long day!

Now it’s time to wash the VBS t-shirt

and get some rest, because

the kids come tomorrow to a building

where they will experience

God’s love from our Kingdom Crew!

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New VBS Tradition

VBS countdown has begun.  In celebration of these last few days (10 days left), I enjoyed an afternoon of pampering.  I considered waiting until after VBS but decided that perhaps I should have a special treat before it gets really crazy.  Thanks to my son’s Mother’s Day gift to me, I now feel like a queen which fits in with the castle theme for VBS.

So a new tradition has been born!  I am thinking that perhaps after VBS, I need to add another VBS tradition of special post VBS pampering.  Usually I just crash and burn for a few days while trying to plan the fall.

This afternoon though I put it all aside, knowing that this is probably my last day off before VBS.  Let the joy begin.

I still have to do laundry tonight.  Who knows when it might get done again (other than my VBS Kingdom Crew t-shirt)?

Tomorrow begins the last minute list.

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I just read this verse at Craig Jutila’s blog.

Bad news won’t bother them;

they have decided to trust the Lord.

Psalm 112:7 (CEV)

The Countdown is on.  The party size bag of M&Ms has been purchased.  I now have my mantra – Psalm 112:7. 

We are now ready to countdown the final days to June 10 when boys and girls will gather to experience Kingdom Rock – where kids stand strong for God.

We, the Kingdom Rock crew, will lead the way in standing strong for God.  That means bad news won’t bother us.  You know the normal VBS stuff

staff who have to cancel serving, because of life circumstances

filling all the classes and stations with people who love God and kids

getting everyone registered before the Monday morning of VBS

new registration procedures

Kingdom crew staff meetings

wanting everything to be amazing for boys and girls

getting it all done in time

having enough . . .

Bad news won’t bother us;

We have decided to trust in the Lord.

Let’s do it.

Let the final countdown begin.

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Announcing your very best early planning resource!

If you are a VBS director or volunteer or just love VBS,

get a Pinterest invite and

join others who are planning the same VBS for 2013.

Pinners are working on pinning all VBS ideas 2013 already.

Planning and pinning for 2013 has begun.

Check it out!

Don’t miss out on great ideas and resources!

Plan early!

Start pinning and keep pinning!

Find pinners who are doing the same VBS that you are.

Share the search load.

Everyone pins and wins!

WARNING:  It can be a little addicting and a lot exciting!

Pinterest can help with the details while you focus on the vision.

VISION:  Sharing Jesus with lots of boys and girls.

To get started go to pinterest.com.

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VBS is over.

Have looked at all the pictures… fun stuff

Stats are completed mostly.

Packing up “extra” stuff to return…

VBS decorations have already traveled to one church

and preparing to head to another church in a couple of weeks.

Completely unaware of the soda discussion…

Never came up at our VBS that I am aware of…

Preparing a survey to send out to our “flight crew”…

It was a great VBS Kids Camp even if I missed it.

Taking some moments to think about VBS Kids Camp 2013…

Have the first VBS volunteer for 2013 drafted by his wife.

Talked with a VBS intern at another church.  He arrived at the church a week ago, and VBS starts on July 29.  Oh, my…

Pray for him and his crew

that boys and girls would meet Jesus.

gotta love VBS!

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