Kids Rock… the countdown is on!

April 26, 2010

Just realised I haven’t really posted much about Kids Rock this year, so here we go!

Kids Rock is really a collaboration of the kids ministries from SouthLife and Elim Christian Center and we’ve been getting kids from about 8 other churches too.  There is something really cool about getting kids from different churches together to worship and to meet God in a life changing way.  For the past 3 years we’ve run a conference and each year.

This year we’re taking Kids Rock Conference to a camp, and guess what… we are so privillaged to have Dave Wakerley coming all the way from Hillsong Sydney.  How cool is that!  Chances are that you already follow his blog [kidinspiration], but just in case you don’t then I’m telling you that you must!

If I get some time later in the week I’ll write a bit more.  If you want to follow us on twitter, we’re @kidsrockconf.


April 19, 2010

The golden rule for recruiting is that people are way more likely to respond to personal invitation rather then desperate pleas from the front. But this time round I felt it would be useful – not the desperate plea bit, but the from the front bit.

We’ve got a short notice in the video notices.  The point of it is just to let people know what the oppertunities are, there are so many people looking to be involved and just don’t know who to talk to.  That together with the incredible super powers of my team members got us four people showing interest yesterday.  For a church our size that’s flippen fantastic on one Sunday!

My next challenge is to recruit some “older” people, I (being 29) am actually the oldest person in my team.  Any ideas anyone?

What kids think about God

April 17, 2010

I was in the van with the 4 kids that I look after this week and it turned into the most insightful conversation about God.  These kids don’t have a church background.  They would have said that they believe in God but up until I met them a few months ago they had never been to church.  Someone asked a question about God, I can’t remember what it was, but my reply was “what do you think God is like?”

Here are some of the things that these kids think God is like…

  • Well He’s a person, except that He can’t look like people cos He’s too big. He’s bigger then the whole world.  He’s bigger then the whole universe.
  • I think that He is everywhere, like a cloud, or actually like the air
  • He’s a King with a crown.

Incredible! They have asked me a few questions about God in the past and been to church a handful of times, but they have an insight into what God is like!  It seems that for kids, an understanding of what God is like comes naturally.

There is still so much I can’t wait for them to learn and I know they are hungry for it!

Random Idea

April 16, 2010

Walked into the office and Simone just happened to have one of her books of cool design stuff on her desk… I noticed a lanyard from the ID fashion week a few years ago and really liked the idea. They used ribbon instead of lanyards, loads cheaper but look just as good, if not nicer.

So we decided to use the idea for KidsRock. Cos it will be so cheap it means that the kids can take them home with them. Here’s one I put on one of our leaders tags…

Keen Beans

April 15, 2010

The kids I look after have really just started coming to church.  Their dad is still a little hesitant, but the kids are very keen.  Not only keen to go to church but also KidsRock.  Not only keen to GO to KidsRock but to bring as many of their friends (also new to this church thing) as they can with them.  So keen to do so in fact that they decided to fund raise to help get them there!

Yesterday they ran a Sausage Sizzle outside church and made $30 profit. 

It puts our church families to shame really.  While they are all very excited about KidsRock and keen to go it’s a mission to get their registrations in, let alone encouraging them to ask their friends.  I really pray that the passion that these new kids have will influence the long timers and cause a shift in our complacent culture that we have become so comfortable with.

Reasons to keep your house tidy #1

April 13, 2010

You’ll spend less time looking for your keys and more time being on time.

Get out the way

April 12, 2010

What God wants to do in the lives of our kids is huge.  He wants to captivate their hearts.  He wants to heal their hurts.  He wants to give them a hope and a future.  He wants to activate the dreams and gifts that He has given them.  He wants them to be free to express to the world how awesome He is and all that He has done in their life.

I don’t know about you but we are only scratching the surface of what God wants to do.  What is stopping Him?  It’s not that He doesn’t want to. He wants to use us to lead them to that place, but in order to do that we need to step out of the way.

One way that I’ve found to do that is through fasting.  Fasting is saying to God, “I want you to move here, so I’m going to step out of the way by deny something that my flesh wants to give you room to move”.

Is there anything that God has put on your heart that you know you can’t do? Good (that’s His style).  Try fasting.  God asks, “how much do you want this?”.  Fasting says “this much”.

As Kiwi as it gets…

April 6, 2010

Just went and say Boy at the movies.

Most New Zealand films are either dark or weird… usually both.

But Boy was just fantastic. It’s like every part of Kiwi (particularly Maori) 80’s memorabilia mashed together in a film.  If your not a New Zealander then you might not “get it” but there is something in there for everybody.

Apart from drug use, a bit of swearing and the occasional fight it’s a relatively clean film, and definitely funny!