Is God Calling You?

Is God calling you to a position in Kid’s Quest? We’ve got 3 part-time positions opening up this summer that might be a fit for you:

  • Sunday Little Adventurers (Toddlers) Small Group Coordinator at 20 hours/week
  • Sunday Kindergarten-1st Grade Small Group Coordinator at 25 hours/week
  • Sunday 2nd-3rd Grade Small Group Coordinator at 25 hours/week

So what is a Small Group Coordinator?

Have you ever been in a really good small group? The kind where you were challenged to dig into God’s Word and there was lively discussion about how to apply God’s truth to your lives? The kind where you felt you could share anything because you were surrounded by others who accepted and cared for you? The kind that you can’t wait to get to and don’t want to go home from?

Now imagine kids having a similar experience…how would such an experience deepen their faith? We believe that kids, just like adults, need a place of fellowship and prayer and that no large group production can match the power or influence of a Christ-centered, Biblically-based small group. If you believe the same, then perhaps God is calling you to put that belief into action as a Small Group Coordinator for one of our age groups.

One of the main roles of a Small Group Coordinator is to connect with people. You get to know a team of volunteer leaders personally and provide them with guidance in how to be friends and mentors to kids. If you’re a parent, you’ve likely already had practical experience playing this role with your own kids! Or maybe you’ve had some experience with this serving at a summer camp or VBS in the past.

Then you match the leaders to a select group of kids in the hopes that they develop meaningful relationships with each other so that the stage is set for learning. Sometimes this will require some shuffling to find the right dynamic for each group but that’s ok. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys helping people connect and interact with each other, then this may be the job for you!

Next you provide your leaders with the resources they need to teach kids Godly virtues. You don’t need to be a Bible scholar nor do you need to know how to write your own curriculum. All the teaching materials are provided for you and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss activities with other Small Group Coordinators.

The Small Group Coordinator position fits a person in almost any season of life, including parents. By the way, anyone can apply to our open positions regardless of age, gender, or season of life. As long as you can commit to the service times the position specifies, the schedule is flexible enough for college students, full and part time professionals, and home-makers alike. If you’re a parent, you can earn a little extra to support your family and be more intimately involved with what your kids are learning at church. We have a number of moms and dads on staff. We also have college students and singles on staff, too. If you’ve ever wondered if God is calling you into full-time ministry, this could be a good place to start. You can gain ministry experience without taking the risk of quitting school or leaving your other job.

Still not sure?

One thing I’ve learned about small groups…many people like being in one but most people don’t want to lead them. Why is that? Could it be, in part, due to fear? I know self-doubt often plagues me when God calls me to serve Him in a new way. So I’m wondering, have you not applied because the title “Small Group Coordinator” scares you?

Psst! Want to know a secret? Great small groups don’t start with great leaders. Great small groups begin with great faith in a great God. We teach kids in Kid’s Quest that we have a really big God they can trust no matter what happens and that God is big enough to handle anything. ANYTHING. Do you truly believe the same? Please don’t let the title scare you. If you feel God’s tug on your heart to apply for one of our Small Group Coordinator positions, then I encourage you to believe He’s big enough to handle it.

If you’d like to be considered for a Small Group Coordinator position, contact the following staff and send them a resume:

Don’t stress about the state of your resume. We’re not looking for a graduate level thesis. It is a part of our official HR process at MBC so we do need one but it’s ok if there are gaps between when you last worked or you don’t have a lot of professional experience. You can add volunteer experience, too.

Too Many Toys?

Do you need to make space for all the new toys your kids received for Christmas? Kid’s Quest may be able to use what you no longer need. We are looking for the following gently used toys in good, working condition. Please also make note of what we can not accept below. Donations may be placed in our orange collection bin under the stairwell in the Café.

Nursery/Toddlers Wish List:

  • Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Trains & Tracks
  • Fisher Price Little People Sets (Doll House, Farm, Noah’s Ark, etc.)
  • Baby Doll Cribs
  • Baby Doll Strollers
  • Christian Children’s Board Books appropriate for toddler age children
  • Small Cars (ex. Matchbox)
  • Play Kitchen
  • Play Kitchen Food & Dishes
  • Rocking Gliders
  • Double Strollers

Preschool Wish List:

  • Fisher Price Little People Sets (Farm, Car Wash, etc.  Especially need the people.)
  • Small Cars (ex. Matchbox)
  • Mega Blocks or Duplos
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Play Kitchen Food & Dishes
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Trains & Tracks
  • Plastic Race Tracks
  • Bible Story Books (for 3-5 year olds)
  • Large Piece Puzzles (please no puzzles with missing pieces) 

Elementary Wish List:

  • Girl figurines (ex. Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.)
  • Hot Hoops (table-top basketball game)
  • Marbles
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Trains & Tracks
  • Small Cars (ex. Matchbox)
  • Indoor Free-Standing Basketball Hoop
  • Craft Supplies For Quick Projects (ex. beads, foam stickers, lacing, etc.)
  • Board Games (for 5-11 year olds)
  • Flat bed sheets 

Please DO NOT donate these items:

  • Broken toys – these will be thrown out
  • Games/puzzles with missing pieces – these will be thrown out
  • Anything with a cartoon character on it – Disney, Sesame Street, Barney, etc.
  • Stuffed animals, puppets, or anything fabric-covered
  • Non-Christian books
  • Books for Kindergarten & up
  • Bibles
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Used school supplies (ex. broken crayons) 
  • Maternity and nursing mother items
  • Bottles, sippy cups, toddler dishes, etc.

Options For Items We Don’t Accept:

  • The Clothing Shop, a ministry of MBC to provide clothing and household items to those in need.
  • Daybreak, a ministry of MBC to reach children and families in Lincoln Heights. Daybreak accepts donations of items appropriate for elementary age children.

 Contact Jennifer Myers, jennifer.myers@mcleanbible.org with questions.

Christmas Casting Call

Would your child like to use his or her creative talents to lead families in worshipping God and celebrating Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve? We are conducting an open casting call for youth aged 8 to 18 years for various roles in Family Christmas Eve services which will be Monday, Dec. 24 at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm. We are specifically looking for singers, actors, dancers, gymnasts, and jugglers to take part in the services, a live nativity scene in the lobby, and video and audio recordings to be used in the production.

Auditions are Friday, Nov. 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday, Nov. 17, 9: 30 am – 3:30 pm. Advance sign up for an audition appointment is  required. Review the information below and contact Stephanie Quick at 703-770-2931 or stephanie.quick@mcleanbible.org to schedule an appointment.

Audition appointments are first come, first served. If appointments fill up, we will do our best to expand the auditions to accomodate all who wish to be seen. This will only be available if all original appointments are filled first.

Parts Available:

  • 15 Soloist & Ensemble singers: Ensemble singers do not need to be experienced or of soloist quality. We are looking for children who can carry a tune and sing with a choir. Some children will sing live and some will sing for a recording that will be used in the service.
  • 20-30 Actors: dramatically present Luke 2, play a role in the Pastor’s message, and participate in a live nativity scene in the main lobby.
  • 3-5 Experienced Ballet Dancers: part of the Luke 2 presentation.
  • 3 Gymnasts
  • 2 Jugglers

Requirements:

  • Singers should visit mbctysons.org/kqaudtion to download the music and lyrics to prepare. Singers will sing the 3 songs acapella in the audition.
  • Actors should visit mbctysons.org/kqaudition to download the script for Luke 2 and be prepared to “act it” as if you’re telling an exciting story that just happened to you in the audition. It is not necessary to memorize the script.
  • Ballet Dancers will learn a combination at the audition. Come dressed in clothes you can move in and ballet slippers. Leotards and tights are not necessary.
  • Gymnasts should be prepared to demonstrate one of the following: walking on your hands for an extended period of time or an aerial.
  • Jugglers should bring something to juggle and be prepared to show us your skills.
  • Everyone will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday” and read the Luke 2 narration piece. We want to see how expressive you are and how well you take direction.

Watch last year’s Luke 2 dramatization to get a sense of what to expect for this year’s production.

We are also looking for people interested in helping the behind the scenes production: props, costumes, sets, etc. If interested, contact Stephanie Quick at 703-770-2931 or stephanie.quick@mcleanbible.org.

Creative Arts Club Open

Calling all 1st-6th Grade children who love to SING, ACT, and DANCE! Creative Arts Club (CAC) is the club for you and is open to new members. CAC meets Sundays at 9:00 am in Room 1410 (1st floor).

CAC is the children’s choir of MBC sponsored by the Creative Arts Ministry. They meet weekly from September through May. It’s a place where children learn how to praise the Lord using their creative talents which includes elements of dance, drama, and singing. There are a number of reasons why participating in CAC may appeal to your family:

  1. Your children will have an opportunity to use their creative talents to worship and glorify God.
  2. It’s an alternative to repeating Kid’s Quest for families attending the 9:00 am and 10:45 am services back-to-back.
  3. With the arts being cut back or eliminated from more and more schools, CAC can be an outlet for children to explore their creativity and perform.
  4. Perhaps you have a worship-leader-in-training in your family! Participation in CAC gives your family a peek behind-the-scenes at how a worship service is put together and appreciation for what is involved.

The registration fee is $35 for an individual child or $60 for a family of multiple children. Click here to enroll now. Scholarships are available. Regular attendance is required. Registration closes Oct. 20.

Whether you participate in CAC or not, be on the lookout for CAC performances. They’ll be performing in services Oct. 6/7, Nov.  4 (Edge Service only), Nov. 10/11, Dec. 22/23, Feb. 9/10, and Mar. 23/24 as well as presenting a spring musical on April 12. For more information visit the CAC Blog at http://mbccactysons.blogspot.com/ or contact Dorie Howell at 703-766-8399 or dorie.howell@mcleanbible.org.

Enroll For Awana Today

Awana* is a program for youth 3-18 years old that focuses on learning God’s Word in a fun atmosphere. Each week, Awana provides consistent, positive teaching and training that stresses strong moral and spiritual values. Our clubbers learn about the reality of God and the truth of the Bible. Awana meets on Sunday evenings, September 23 through May 5, 2011, 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm.

Dues are currently $50 per child if enrolled by August 31 and $55 anytime after.  Walk-in’s will not be able to enroll on opening night so enroll now!

Click here for complete enrollment information and to download an Enrollment Form from the website or pick one up at church on the Kid’s Quest Information Walls. Drop completed form and dues payment in the yellow mailbox located outside of Volunteer Central, across from the MBC Café on the 2nd floor or mail back to the church at:

Kid’s Quest – Awana

P.O. Box 9300

McLean, VA 22102

Children are considered enrolled when all dues are paid, all forms are submitted, and there are enough volunteers to staff the classroom. Regular weekly Awana volunteers are guaranteed placement. All others are on a first-come, first serve basis. If classes are full, children are placed on a waiting list.

Limited half-price cholarships may be available; please contact us. If you have any questions, email us at awana@mcleanbible.org.

*Awana stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” from 2 Timothy 2:15