Why Should Your Family Go To KIDstuff?

Come & celebrate!  KIDstuff returns for Kindergarterners through 5th Graders and their parents on Sunday, February 1, at 12:30 pm in the Smith Center.  Join the Clubhouse Gang as they learn about the virtue Fairness: making sure that everyone is treated equally.  Friends welcome!

Click on the video below to hear from the KIDstuff Leaders why they think your family should come to KIDstuff.


Crazy Parent Games     Zany SKits

Dynamic Worship     Godly Virtues

KIDstuff Returns!

Are you ready to dance, sing, laugh, and learn?  KIDstuff returns for Kindergarterners through 5th Graders and their parents on Sunday, February 1, at 12:30 pm in the Smith Center.  Join the Clubhouse Gang as they learn about the virtue Fairness: making sure that everyone is treated equally.  Friends welcome!

Click on the video below to see why your family should come & celebrate!


 Crazy Parent Games     Zany SKits

Dynamic Worship     Godly Virtues

CASTING CALL!  We’re looking for male actors aged 16 & up to audition for the role Grandpa Henry in the March KIDstuff.  Contact Abigail Gustine at 703/639-2000, x3150 or abigail.gustine@mcleanbible.org.

LIKE BEING BACKSTAGE?  We need helpers to support KIDstuff set up, tear down, sound & tech, props, & costumes.  Contact Abigail Gustine at 703/639-2000, x3150 or abigail.gustine@mcleanbible.org.

Hot News

January – July 2009 Event Dates


KIDstuff highlights the elementary virtue of the month for Kindergarteners through 5th Graders and their parents through fun and energetic music, drama, and storytelling. The whole family is invited to worship, learn God’s word together, and join an incredible adventure!  Click here to learn more and see video clips of past performances.  Free and no registration required!  Performances are at 12:30 pm in the Smith Center (lower level auditorium) on the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 1 (Fairness: making sure that everyone is treated equally.)
  • Sunday, March 1 (Hope: believing that something good can come out of something bad.)
  • Sunday, May 3 (Obedience: trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do.)
  • Sunday, June 7 (Faith: deciding to trust in what you can’t see because of what you can see.)

Starting Zone:

Receive tools to talk to your elementary-aged child about a personal relationship with Jesus.  Bring your child to the next “Start Your Engine” classes on March 7, 8, 28, or 29.  Free but advance registration is required.  Click here for details or to register.  Required for baptism.

The Rock That Rolled Easter Party:

Save the date for this fun Easter-themed carnival for the whole family on Friday, April 3.  Watch for more details this spring.  Want to join the planning committee?  Contact Kristin Tomlinson at 703/770-2908 or Kristin.Tomlinson@mcleanbible.org.

Volunteer Celebration:

Say thanks to your children’s leaders by helping with our annual volunteer appreciation party on Friday, May 15.  Looking for parents who can assist with decorating, food and drinks prep, serving, greeting, and providing childcare.  If interested, contact Krystal Culpepper at 703/770-2906 or krystal.culpepper@mcleanbible.org.

Sports Camp:

Sports Camp for Kindergarten-5th Graders returns evenings July 27-31.  Watch for details and registration information this spring.  Want to join the camp planning committee or serve as a camp helper?  Contact Abigail Gustine, 703/639-2000, x3150 or Abigail.gustine@mcleanbible.org.

Celebrate Advent

Growing up, my family had many Christmas traditions and one of the traditions I always looked forward to was the celebration of Advent.  In Latin, the word advent means “the coming” and refers to the period leading up to Christmas.  The celebration of Advent is a time of remembrance and reflection typically held on the 4 Sunday nights prior to Christmas and the final night being Christmas Eve.  Families gather together for scripture reading, prayer, and candle lighting.  A new candle is lit each week, each symbolic for hope, peace, joy, love, and finally, Christ.  This year, Advent begins on Sunday, November 30.  There are a wealth of resources available online that explain Advent more fully and can give you suggestions for making Advent a tradition in your own home.  You can also attend Family Matters on Sunday, December 7, at 9:00 am in Community Room B to see guest authors and illustrators Jack and Kathy Stockman present “The Advent Book.”  For more information about this Family Matters event, contact Mark and Kristen Whitaker at 703/770-2997 or familymatters@mcleanbible.org.

Also, during main services on Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, catch a glimpse of our KIDstuff Team as they participate in the worship time to introduce Advent to the congregation.  We hope you enjoy our KIDstuff team’s part in sharing this tradition with you.  If you like what you see, mark your 2009 calendars for future KIDstuff performances on February 1, March 1, May 3, and June 7 at 12:30 pm in the Smith Center.  Invite your friends, too!  If you’ve never seen KIDstuff before, click here to view video clips.  For more information about KIDstuff or to volunteer for an upcoming performance, contact Abigail Gustine, KIDstuff Team Leader, at 703/639-2000 x 3150 or kidstuff@mcleanbible.org.

Do You Celebrate Halloween?

Recently I received an email from someone asking if we did a Halloween-alternative event and whether or not we endorsed the celebration of Halloween.  I thought this topic might be of interest to others so I decided to post my response for you.


Kid’s Quest doesn’t necessarily endorse or celebrate Halloween but we do celebrate family.  And fall is a time of year that many people traditionally think of their families and desire to do activities with them.  So you can be certain we’re likely to do something to bring families together each fall.


What we do, though, is dependent on our current priorities and available resources.  This past year our ministry’s priorities took a major shift in 2 significant ways.  First, MBC launched a new campus and this was the first campus to have a Kid’s Quest children’s program.  So our focus in the past year has been to help this campus get started and grow towards successful independent operation.  Naturally, this has impacted our time and resources so we decided to be very selective in which events we offered this year.


This leads to the second change in priorities.  Our ministry recognizes that parents are the primary faith trainers in their homes.  The amount of time parents spend with their children far surpasses the time we see them on weekends at church.  Therefore, we decided it best to concentrate on improving the teaching components of our weekend program and on better equipping families to reinforce what we’re teaching in their homes.


So this year we focused more on the take home materials of our weekend programming so families could take every day moments as opportunities to teach their children.  And we also worked on creating shared family experiences that tie directly into what we’re teaching.  We’ve offered KIDstuff, a family worship and drama experience, and we’ve offered Starting Zone, a progression of events that presents families with the gospel message and leads to baptism.


This fall, an opportunity for a new event that might be viewed as a Halloween alternative did arise.  We partnered with one of MBC’s City Impact ministries, Powershift 2024, a community of car-enthusiasts, to present a fall family event called Get Lost!  It included a country drive through West Virginia and ending at Temple Hall Farm in Leesburg to enjoy all the farm activities they offer.  We didn’t do any teaching at this event.  It was purely social to give families an opportunity to meet.


We do not know at this time what we’ll be doing next fall but are currently seeking God’s leading as we consider our 2009 calendar.  I am happy to share one major annoucement with you all – a little surprise for those of you who took the time to read this entire post!  We are planning on bringing back The Rock That Rolled Easter Party on Friday, April 3, 2009.  Mark your calendars now for this fun, Easter-themed event for your family and friends!  And if you’re interested in being on the Planning Committee, watch for our December bulletin blurbs advertising for this and who to contact to sign up.