We’re inviting you to enter the front gates and join us for “Wow Factor: God Gives Great Gifts.” At CentriKid 2024, kids will explore how God gives above and beyond everything they can ask or think.
In a week of camp we cannot spiritually form kids, but we can cast vision for Christ-like living, fully unpack a concept, and complement the ministry strategy of churches. Toward that end, CentriKid content falls under one of these 4 quadrants: Who God is, what God does, who we are (in response to who God is), and what we do (in response to what God does).
Who God is
Who we are…
In response to who God is
What god does
what we do…
In response to what God does
choosing a centrikid theme
We believe that a summer theme is a fun tool to help share the message of Christ to kids that come to camp.You might be surprised that planning for camp happens so far in advance, but there are so many different things that must be written, produced, design, and edited, that it takes all of the 18 months to make camp happen successfully
start with scripture
The spiritual content of camp is the most important thing! Before anything else, we spend time discussing and praying about the spiritual direction of the summer. Usually, a Centrikid Camp Spiritual direction falls within one of these areas: “Who God is, What God Does, Who We Are, What We Do.”
choose daily themes
After we decide on the overall spiritual direction, we begin to focus on each day of camp, and how that should be broken down into smaller spiritual themes each day of camp. For example, this upcoming summer each day of Wonder is broken up into smaller themes like “A Big God, A creative God, A Personal God etc.” This is also where we begin ideating what scripture passages will be used as the basis for Bible Study and worship.
Brainstorm overall motifs
After we have a solid foundation in the spiritual direction, then we begin coming up with motif. Last year, for example, the Centrikid team considered a motif of a factory, a greenhouse, and more before choosing the fitness motif for FIT: Faith in Training. When choosing the Centrikid theme, pairing the motif with the spiritual direction is extremely important to us and we want the connection between the two to be clear.
leave the conversation open
Hopefully by the end of the planning day, we have laid solid groundwork for next year’s Centrikid theme, but we choose to leave the conversation open over the next few months. While we leave the meeting with an idea of what the spiritual direction and motif will be, we want to continue to seek the Lord’s guidance in the next summer, and we remain willing to adjust things if He leads us that way.