New camp supports more church children’s ministries Time to invest in discipling: A small group meets around the word at Square One.
Tara Sing Square One is described by churches don’t have the capacity work already happening week-in, because they trusted my leaders.” attendees as “great fun – you get to run their own children’s week-out in each church to be away from your parents for camps, so Square One provides community, at after-school kids’ the weekend and you don’t have an opportunity for kids’ ministry clubs and Sunday programs.” to tidy your room!” teams to go away with the young Mrs Rivers first attended For the first time since the ones and spend time in God’s Square One when working as a annual spring camp for children word together. parish children’s minister, and in Years 3 to 6 – and their church “Square One is important saw the multiple benefits of leaders – began more than 20 because it offers something children going away with church years ago, a new winter camp has unique,” says camp co-ordinator leaders who were known and been added, doubling the number Annemarie Rivers, who is trusted by families. of kids and leaders with whom also a children’s ministry “There really isn’t anything like Youthworks can share the gospel. and primary school Special a camp to fast-track friendships Youthworks plans these Religious Education advisor with and really dig deep into God’s weekends of age-appropriate Youthworks. word together,” she says. “I loved Bible teaching and fun activities “Churches send children and that because of how it is set up; to free church leaders up to invest leaders, and so the discipleship many non-church parents were in discipling their kids. Many continues on from the great happy to send children to camp
This year, nine churches will send kids and leaders to hear talks from the book of James and be challenged to have an “insideout faith”: a faith that impacts their hearts, minds and actions, and that other people can see in their lives. It’s been about five years since the Rev Andrew Daniels and the kids’ ministry leaders at Frenchs Forest attended their first Square One camp with three kids. Now they’re regularly taking more than 10 children with them, as kids continue to invite friends along.
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