Scared? Take COURAGE!

…They inspire fear in the hearts of millions.

…They’re impressively agile for having legs in such short proportion to their bodies, running up to 9 miles per hour.

…As quick as a flash, they can go from standing to flying 5 feet straight up in the air or higher.

…Omnivores, they target and capture their prey with pointed beaks and feet with sharp nails.

If you’re suddenly feeling a little anxious, you’re not alone. In fact, you may have alektorophobia…a fear of CHICKENS!

Our friend Marshall from the KIDstuff Clubhouse knows exactly how you feel. He’s been scared of chickens since before people started asking, “Why do chickens cross the road?” What are you afraid of?

Okay, maybe chickens aren’t high on your list of fears, but you could be scared of other things… like asking a friend’s family to come to church with you. So come for the long-awaited return of KIDstuff on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12:30pm in the Smith Center, to learn all about the virtue of COURAGE: being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid.

In fact, to inspire courage across Kid’s Quest, all kids who bring a friend to KIDstuff will receive our pattented “Invincibility Band,” for themselves and their friends, to wear around their wrists as a reminder that they can be brave because God is with them!

And to help your family be brave in inviting neighbors, elementary kids attending Kid’s Quest over the next 2 weekends will receive KIDstuff invites in the form of a door hangers at check-out. The bottom section is a tear-off card for your family, to remember upcoming show dates. Hang the top portion on the door of a neighboring family to invite them to come to KIDstuff We encourage you to include a personal note as well, inviting them to sit with you. It’s so easy, a chicken could do it… just don’t tell Marshall we’re encouraging chickens to invite their friends.

And if chickens do show up, well, we’ll just have to get smaller Invincibility Bands.

P.S. We can’t wait to participate in the awesome worship the KIDteam presents, too!

Game Night 2 In Review

The echoes rang across the Rock gym as 117 kids and 57 leaders chanted in unison “USA! USA! USA!” It was that time…not only for the conclusion of the Summer Olympics, but also Kid’s Quest’s second night of summer fun at “Carry the Light” Game Night on Friday, August 13. Kids participated in activities like dodge ball, martial arts, KIDstuff worship dance, water play, a snake obstacle course and Pac Man (a live version of the video game).

Themed after the Summer Olympics, kids heard a message based on John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” Kids enjoyed a fun and humorous large group presentation followed by small group discussion teaching God made them, loves them, and sent his son Jesus to die for them so they can have eternal life with him. Furthermore they heard how they can have Jesus as their forever friend by believing in him. Then, just like Olypmic athletes carry a lighted torch, they can carry Jesus’ light to others.

Parents weren’t left out of the action as they returned to watch their kids file in with their teams in a parade of flags. They also participated in worship led by the KIDstuff team.

We are excited to share that 23% of the kids who attended the July and August events were visitors who do not regularly attend MBC. This presented a tremendous opportunity to share the Gospel with these kids – perhaps for the first time. Listen to this story from one of our event leaders:

“Toward the end of Game Night I had the opportunity to connect with a couple of families whose child had completed a Spiritual Interest card. I connected with one little girl’s Dad. This girl is a 4th Grader who brought her friend to Game Night after months of inviting her to come to church. Her friend came and the Lord moved her heart – she indicated that she was ready to make a decision! I shared this news with her friend’s father, who was thrilled and said he had been praying since the moment he dropped them off that this would happen and was going to share this news with the little girl’s family. Praise the Lord for another little soul responding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!”

We are praising God for his provision and for allowing us to play a role in the spiritual journey of these kids. We invite you to join us in praying that they continue growing in their faith and carrying the light to others.

We Want To Help!

We want every child who walks through our doors to have a positive experience at McLean Bible Church where they can learn and grow. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, this is a concern you probably face daily – Will my child be comfortable in his environment? Will she be accepted by her peers? Will he be cared for appropriately? These are important concerns we in Kid’s Quest want to help you with.

If you have a child with special needs* who you feel should be able to participate in Kid’s Quest, we have a intake process we would like you to partake in. We have been testing this intake process with a few elementary families and are pleased to roll it out more formally now for all of our Kid’s Quest families.

Our intake process includes completion of a form (links below) to share with us your child’s specific needs and conversations with a Kid’s Quest leader to discuss how our programming works, potential challenges that may arise, and accomodations that can be made to help your child receive appropriate care, learn about Jesus, and have fun with peers.

If coming to Kid’s Quest for the first time, you will be asked to accompany your child for the day while we initiate the intake process. This enables us to prepare our leaders appropriately for when you return. As most of you reading this are likely already attending Kid’s Quest, this would not apply to you. But we do highly encourage you to complete the intake form if it applies, even if you’ve been attending Kid’s Quest for several years. Good communication between us strengthens our ability to partner successfully to make an impact on your child’s spiritual growth.

Intake Forms: download, print and return completed to any check-in station

Special Needs Intake form for Nursery-Aged Children

Special Needs Intake Form for Preschool-Aged Children

Special Needs Intake Form for Elementary-Aged Children

Questions? Contact Sunny Cote at sunny.cote@mcleanbible.org.

*Parents of children who need more specialized care or equipment should connect to Access Ministry.  Access has a separate intake process.

Carrying The Light of Jesus Christ

What a wonderful time we had last Friday night at our “Carry the Light” Game Night for elementary kids!

Our little Olympians were all over the community rooms having a blast participating in all sorts of activities – human foosball soccer,  basketball relays, martial arts exercises, parachute soccer, and even a basketball version of capture the flag! You could see their energy and the smiles on their faces as they played together.

But most importantly, kids saw a large group presentation based on our theme verse for the evening:

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

They learned that God made everything in the universe, including them. Because God made them, He loves them and wants to have a relationship with them. And the good news is that they can have a forever friendship with God through believing in His Son, Jesus Christ!

Furthermore, when they have a relationship with God through Jesus, they can be God’s “torchbearer,” to bear the light of Jesus and display it to others. The kids all experienced being torchbearers, literally, as they carried around team torches made with flashlights in a similar fashion as torchbearers for the Olympics. This was a physical reminder that they are called to hold out the light – the knowledge and saving grace of Jesus Christ. What a powerful priviledge!

Did your kids miss out on the fun? Watch our commercial to see the action from our last Game Night. But don’t worry if they missed it! We’re having another Game Night on Friday, August 10. You can register online at mbctysons.org/kqgamenight or at TicketCentral in the Bookstore during weekend services. Carry the light by inviting a friend, as well!

Thank You Shining Stars!

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.” – Philippians 2:14-18

This weekend we are honoring all the Kid’s Quest Shining Stars who serve your children every week in Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary. They work hard to prepare lessons, organize fun activities to reinforce lessons, rehearse large group scripts, learn sound/tech cues, make props and costumes, clean toys and sheets, get ready to welcome kids, and pray for your children regularly. These volunteers include:

  • Nursery Leaders & Assistants
  • Toddler Leaders & Assistant
  • Nursery/Toddler Toy Cleaners & Sheet Washers
  • Preschool Storytellers, Puppeteers, & Tech Support
  • Preschool Coaches, Small Group Leaders, & Apprentices
  • Elementary Storytellers, Stage Techs, Prop/Costume Makers, & Video Support
  • Elementary Hosts & Classroom Helpers
  • Elementary Coaches, Small Group Leaders, & Apprentices

We’re so grateful for these Shining Stars and hope you are, too! This weekend, please take a moment to say thank you to all our wonderful Kid’s Quest volunteers. Tell your child’s leaders how much you appreciate them and their service to your family. In particular, they love hearing from you directly about how your child is growing spiritually and what they’re talking about at home.