Andrew Muncherian

Summer at Cedar Hills Kids!

Cedar Hills Kids exists to partner with families to help kids see their place in God’s story. Kids matter at Cedar Hills.  We believe kids aren’t just the future, they’re the NOW!  They can make a difference for the Kingdom of God in their community, with their families, and with their peers.  We want to create environments throughout the year where kids can experience God’s love.

 

Summer is a happening time for our kids at Cedar Hills!  Last year we launched our first ever KIDS KAMP.  This was a 5-day day-camp here at the CH warehouse where kids played games, did awesome activities, ate tasty snacks, and learned about God’s powerful, rescuing love.  Close to 150 kids were involved throughout the week.  We saw God change lives and families find community at Cedar Hills. Over 85 people in our congregation were mobilized to make a difference in our community.

 

This year we’re taking things to a new level.  We’re expanding KIDS KAMP to an event we’re now calling KIDS WEEK.  This will be a week-long event for kids at Cedar Hills that will include not only a day camp, but family service projects, a family worship gathering, and family events throughout the week.  We’ll be partnering with local organizations here in Sandpoint to help our kids make a positive impact in their community.

 

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Our KIDS WEEK theme this year is POWER UP: Raise Your Game.  Think retro video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders.  The Cedar Hills warehouse will be transformed into the inside of a video game for the week.  Kids will learn that, in Christ, God has given us everything we need to know Him and the power to spread His love with others!  KIDS WEEK is June 17th– 23rdand is open to all kids entering Kindergarten – 5thgrade next fall.  Check out the KIDS page to sign your child up and find more info.

 

That’s not all!  Our older elementary kids will be heading to summer camp this year at Silver Lake Camp in Medical Lake, WA.  Camp is a blast!  This is a week where our kids can get away from distractions, have fun, meet new friends, build great relationships with their leaders, and dive deep in their walk with God. 

 

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This year’s theme is Hydroblast!  Camp is open to all kids entering 3rd– 6thgrade next fall.  Dates are June 22-26, 2019.  Head to the KIDS page to register your child online and download parent/guarding info.

 

I can’t wait to see what God will do this summer.  We’re praying and expecting some “wow” moments.  Don’t miss summer at Cedar Hills Kids!

 

Andrew Muncherian

Kids Ministries

On Mission

“In His grace, God has given us different gifts…” (Romans 12:6)

This past weekend, I had the chance to travel down to southern California with a group of kids and youth pastors to visit a few influential churches and meet with powerhouse church leaders.  We took the trip to grow as leaders by learning as much as we could from each other and from other believers who are pursuing the kingdom of God in a different part of the country.

 

I learned a lot.  That’s an understatement.  Probably the most helpful realization from the weekend was that each of these churches were effective at sharing Jesus with their communities for one reason: 

 

They clearly understood their community and their mission in it.

 

This sounds so simple.  You have to know where you’re going before you can start going there. Although, I think we’d be surprised to learn how many of us do not understand our mission in the world.  I’m not talking about our general calling to share Jesus with the world.  I’m talking about being clear on our role as unique individuals following Jesus and living accordingly.  Sometimes this is called being “on mission.”

 

Each of the churches I visited felt different, talked different, and emphasized different things.  They pursued the same mission in different ways, and they were all hugely successful at it.  They’re a good reminder that we’ve all been given different gifts, talents and skills. Our job is to leverage what God has given us.  By design, this will look different for each person.

 

I want to challenge you to pause regularly to ask questions that will clarify who you are:

 

-      What’s my story?  What experiences has God led me through that have shaped my present and are continuing to shape my future?

 

-      What God-given talents, skills or competencies have trusted people called out in my life?

 

-      What circumstances has God placed me in right now? How might I be uniquely gifted to serve others in these circumstances?

 

-      Are there things I should be doing more of? Are there things I should be doing less of?

 

Even if we’ve asked these before, asking them again will help re-align us with our mission.  The churches and individuals that make lasting, positive impacts in the world consistently ask these questions of themselves and make changes as their answers change over time. 

 

Are you “on mission?”