Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Adventure Club

We had a great week of Summer Adventure Club last week.  Our western theme was “Ridin’ Strong: Cross Canyon Trail”.  The kids learned lessons about the Christian’s walk with God – like Ridin’ Faithful, Ridin’ Courageous, Ridin’ Bold, etc. We had 50 different visitors throughout the week, and we averaged 51 kids per night.  The week got a slow start, but ended with a bang!

Part of our evening presentation was a skit each night set in the Wild West town of Grand Junction.  Our teens, church staff, and summer intern did a fabulous job (with many late night practices) to put on this production each evening.  The conflict built all week until the resolution on Friday night.  The suspense helped the kids want to return each evening for SAC.  We never knew if Bad Bart (Ben) and his gang would succeed in stealing away the Friday Fair.  In the end, the Lone Stranger and Marshal Mellow prevailed – and Miss Polly even got asked to the Round-Up!

Take a peek into our week…

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The Good Guys

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Miss Polly FINALLY getting invited to the Round-Up!

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We got the wood and paint to make our set for free on Craigslist, or on clearance at Home Depot.

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The Bad Guys

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Weighing the Pennies on the final night.  We ended up running out of pennies and had to sell bricks!  We were surprised on Sunday when the penny offering was given to us for our church-planting ministry in the Bronx.  Surprised, and humbled.  This year was our largest penny offering ever – the kids brought in about $1000!

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Adam’s favorite song is Good News.  We sang it several times during the week, but one time Ben asked Adam to come up and help him!

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Nehemiah and Liberty robbing the bank.  Double trouble – partners in crime!

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She’s turning into a girly-girl – loves to dress up!

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Nolan wanted a mustache just like Daddy (for the skit).

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S’mores without the campfire – and they were delicious!

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There’s a Snake in My Boot! (Elaine)

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Miss Jeanne teaching about Mordecai and Esther.  Role playing helped this age group out a lot!

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Gabriel playing Snake in My Boot at the Friday Fair – yup!  The good guys won!

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Lasso that Mustang!  This cowboy got into it!

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Sno Cones and S’mores Pops

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Horseshoes – a safe version.  Horseshoe shaped beanbags.  Thank you Pinterest!

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There was a line at the Shoot Out game all night!  

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I was so proud of my Elaine for memorizing the most verses in her age group throughout the week.  I left it totally up to her, but each day she brought me her paper and wanted to learn more “watergun verses”.  Brings back memories of my years on the Bible Quiz Team.

We didn’t have any salvation decisions during the week, but we made many good contacts.  We had a couple of new families come on the church van as a result of receiving a flyer.  We had more kids attend from our ministry at the local family center (this ministry came as a result of last year’s Summer Adventure Club).  Several kids came to ask questions regarding assurance of salvation and finding God’s will for their lives – these children had been saved through previous years of SAC or other ministries.  We have a follow-up visitation on Thursday night and would appreciate your prayers as we continue to reach into the lives of these children and families with the Gospel of Christ.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome week!!! This brought back so many memories of VBS at Highlands. When I think of how many penny parades I screamed through...What a great ministry and the eternal rewards are so far reaching even if not seen now. I got teary eyed that the penny parade was so much and given to you all! I too feel truly humbled!

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