We are hoping to add 45 more volunteers to the TI family this summer. We would love to invite you to join us in praying for the leaders that will soon jump in to partner with us as we reach kids and come alongside families help them walk with God. In addition to praying, we want to you to think about the people in your neighborhood, your small group, your circle of friends, etc. that LOVE God and LOVE kids and invite them to come be apart of investing in the next generation with you. This is not Sierra’s ministry, this is OUR ministry that God has chosen us to be apart of together and we are asking for your help.
Mark your calendars for Friday, June 7th! You and your families are invited to join us for a family beach night. We will plan to meet at Access 4 (L shaped lot) on Wrightsville Beach at 6:00 pm. We will provide games, snacks and drinks so all you need to bring is your beach chair/towel! Feel free to pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with your family as well!
Last week we concluded our Spring Impact Zone and it was AWESOME! We had 26 families and one small group jump in to serve throughout the month of April. Families had the option to serve within the church walls or out in the community. I wanted to share a few encouraging stories that came out of this month...
This week, as you prepare for Sunday, I would love for you to think about your favorite moment from Treasure Island over this past year. Take time to reflect on the moments where you really saw God at work, whether that be in your life or the lives of the kids, families or other volunteers around you. We will be intentionally sharing and celebrating these moments as a TI family this month. We will start by sharing and collecting the stories at our meeting this Sunday! If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to think of things on the spot, so I wanted to go ahead and let you know so that you can come prepared.
I can’t even begin to put into words how grateful we are for each and every one of you! You give your time so generously, you serve with joy and passion, and together you create this incredible, fun, welcoming and loving environment for our kids to come experience Christ each and every week. It makes me smile just thinking about it!
We are so thankful for the sacrifices that you make to be here. We know life is busy and you’re constantly being pulled in 100 different directions, yet you choose to make serving a priority. You understand the importance of investing in the next generation and you DO it. It’s easy to say it’s important and to hope that someone else will step up to do it, but you don’t do that. You are the ones sitting in circles with the kids, brining the stories to life, and creating a safe place for them to come and be known. We can’t thank you enough.
Can you believe we are only a few days away from Easter weekend!? We are really looking forward to celebrating with you and our TI kids and families. What a gift it is to have the opportunity to share about Jesus crucifixion and resurrection with our kids in a fun and meaningful way. All 5 of our services (Saturday at 4:00 & 6:00, Sunday at 9:00, 11:00 & 5:00) will be identical. We will be having an extended large group, meaning that all grades will be coming to large group together for a majority of the service time (:05-:55).
Starting this Sunday, April 14th we will be checking you all in as you arrive. We will have someone at the K-3 entrance and someone at the 4-5 entrance during arrival time. It will be really important that everyone is arriving on time each week so that we can get you all checked in! If you’re running late or call out sick the morning of, remember to always shoot your captain a message to let them know. As we shared with you all on Sunday, this new process is driven by a desire to better care for you all. This doesn’t take the place of relational connections, it simply helps to support them!
April is here and we have some exciting things happening this month! Take a look at what we have coming up and let us know if you have any questions!
April- For the entire month of April families will be signing up for Impact Zone, which is what we call our serving opportunities that happen throughout the year. In the spring we encourage families to sign up to serve together. Katie has created a sign up sheet that has a variety of serving opportunities for both here at PC3 and in the community. We were so encouraged by how many families participated in serving together last year that we couldn’t wait to do it again. As you interact with kids and families this month, ask them if they’ve signed up to serve yet and encourage them to do so if they haven’t! We will have some hand outs that we will be giving out over the next few weeks to remind families in addition to the email Katie sent to families!
We hope you can join us this Friday, March 29th for the first ever Children’s Ministry Movie Night! All Grow Zone and Treasure Island families, kids and volunteers are invited. Doors will open at 5:30pm in Studio 3. We will provide pizza and have concessions available with ice cream and popcorn. There will be come games set up to play while we hang out and eat and then the movie will start right at 6:15pm. We will be watching Inside Out!
One of our most favorite training resources here in Treasure Island is the book called Lead Small by Reggie Joiner. If the book name doesn’t sound familiar to you, I can guarantee that the principles found in the book will. Be present, create a safe place, and partner with parents should be phrases that are familiar to you, especially if you’re a small group leader. One of the principles from the book that you probably haven’t heard as often is Make It Personal, so that’s what we will be learning more about today.
On Sunday we officially wrapped up our 18 month journey through the Old Testament! It is crazy to think about, but I can't tell you how excited I am! WOW! There is something so powerful about getting to this point and seeing how EVERYTHING has led up to Jesus and THIS Sunday the kids will see it all come together!
In 1 Corinthians 14:40 we read, “Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” I’m convinced that the time we have with kids at church should be fitting and orderly. That certainly includes Bible study. After all, if it’s worth doing (and teaching kids the Bible is definitely worth doing) then it’s worth doing right! Preparation is the key. Here are five reasons why weekly preparation is important and vital to your success.
Think about it, if you really want to make a difference in the lives of the kids and families that come through our doors each and every week you have to BE here, not just physically but mentally as well.
When we show up predictably, meaning that we’re consistently here when we’re scheduled (weekly, bi-weekly, once a month), we communicate to our kids and families we care and we are here for them. We believe here at PC3 that life change happens in the context of relationships and we know that showing up regularly, over time allows you to build authentic, trustworthy relationships.
Our mission in Treasure Island is to reach kids and come alongside families to help them walk with God. We have been given the incredible opportunity to love and lead these kids and families each week. With that incredible opportunity comes a great responsibility to steward the time we have with them well. I believe this starts by creating a safe place. We know that if our kids and families feel safe, a foundation of trust can begin to be built upon week after week. We have put these policies and procedures in place because we believe they can help us to create the type of safe and welcoming environment that will better allow us to reach kids and help them walk with God.
All kids need the same thing.
Kids who are black, white, Asian, Hispanic. Kids who are fostered or adopted. Only children, middle children, and youngest children. High risk, special needs, gifted, introverts, extroverts, strong-willed, or mild-tempered . . .
All kids need the same thing.
You know what excites me most about February?! The fact that we are one month closer to SUMMER!!! Can I get a Hallelujah?! (and Denise’s wedding is this month, we’re pretty excited for that too:)) I don’t know about you but I am giddy over these warmer temps this week and I am counting down the days until they are here to stay.
This week I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about the purpose behind the meeting time you have with your teams on the weeks where we don’t meet in the TI auditorium (like this upcoming Sunday) for training. This time is designed to be an opportunity for you to connect and build relationships with the group of volunteers that you serve with each week.
By the time kids hit upper elementary, they begin to realize their first major crisis: Friendship.
Kids wonder if they have any friends and if their peers will accept them. To avoid rejection, they consider changing who they are no matter the cost.
This isn’t just something that happens to our fourth and fifth graders. Believe it or not, research is beginning to show that by kindergarten many kids are testing the power of their influence and seeking connections with friends at any cost.
What do I do if a child/parent asks me about baptisms in TI?
First, tell them how excited you are that they/their child is wanting to take that next step in their walk with God! Then be sure to give them one of the business sized baptism cards. There should be some in each zone and on the TI welcome desk. Explain to them that the website link on the card will help to walk them through the entire process. There are videos and steps for the parents to go through with their child! The last step on the site will be to email Rich to set up a time to meet so you can also let them know to reach out to Rich if they have any questions and hand them one of his business cards as well.
As I have been thinking about this year, my word, and the direction I hope to head in personally and in TI, it all comes back to discipleship. As believers, discipleship should be at the heart of everything we do. At PC3 we define discipleship as training yourself and others to be trained by Christ. Essentially it’s all about loving Christ and loving others. It can be so easy to get caught up in programs, tasks and to-do lists that we forget what matters most, which are people.
Can you believe it’s already time to start talking about summer camp?! I can’t either but I am so excited! We are doing both overnight and day camp again this summer with Centrikid so if you missed out on the opportunity to help last year, we would absolutely love for you to consider applying to help this year! All you have to go is go to portcitychurch.org/camps to sign up! We are going to need a lot of help this year so take a look at the dates below and see if you may be able to help!