Duane Boyett Queen Creek Campus Pastor
Last week here at Central we had what is called Extreme Week! It’s a four-night program designed for children ages 3 through 3rd grade. Each night kids are energized with games, signing, activities, challenges and of course some great teaching of Biblical principles that they can live out. Our children’s department at Central goes all out to create an amazing program which is executed by an army of great volunteers. Now let me warn you that I’m going to be a little biased in this blog toward my Campus. The main reason is because I so much appreciate the volunteers on my campus who I watched pull this thing off last week. On the Queen Creek Campus we have to rent a school to host our Extreme week. What this means is that after Sunday services on the day before Extreme week starts, all of our equipment has to be loaded into trailers, transported to the school then unloaded. What is amazing is that we had over 30 volunteers (many who had done the set up for services that day) brave the 113 degree heat to get all of our equipment to the school. Once it’s all unloaded the real work begins. Each volunteer spent the next couple of hours meticulously setting up each classroom, check-in areas as well as the main programing areas. It was really amazing to see all of them doing this with a sense of joy and purpose.
It reminded me of the verse in Colossians 3:17 where it says:
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
On Monday night the kids began to pour in and our volunteers went into action. Check-in on day one is always a bit stressful. We were all set up for parents simply use our electronic check-in system when the internet we were connected into from the school decided not to cooperate. Our check in volunteers seamlessly switched over to our Plan B manual check in system and made it look effortless. Throughout the week I continually asked our volunteers what it was that made them want to give up their time and efforts. Some were quick to answer “because it’s fun”, others “because they needed the help”. But the most common response I received was simply…”Because I love the kids!”
Jesus said in Matthew 19:14
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
What I love so much is that our volunteers understand why we have Extreme week. They get the fact that it’s all about providing kids an opportunity to get closer to Jesus. Every night our volunteers came early and stayed late. They checked kids in, taught lessons, set up games, provided snacks, got slimed, cheered for their teams and best of all they showed their kids Jesus. As a Campus Pastor I couldn’t be more proud of my staff and the dozens of volunteers who made it all happen. It was truly an Extreme Week!