KiDs Beach Club® hasn’t always handed out a Bible to every child in every Beach Club. That is a relatively new initiative of the ministry. Through 2014, each Beach Club only gave out one Bible each week.
Fray Webster has been a long-time friend of KiDs Beach Club® and has been supporting the ministry since Jack Terrell started it in 2003 as part of the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church Euless. KiDs Beach Club® became an official non-profit organization in 2006.
“When they spun off on their own, we were a small financial contributor, kind of like a cheerleader on the sideline,” Webster said. “But we weren’t heavily involved in any way, form or fashion.”
That changed when Webster joined the organization’s board of directors. In those early years, the ministry was more focused on when they would see 10,000 kids join Beach Club or when they would see 1,000 professions of faith.
Through his own daily devotion and prayer, Webster began hearing another message from God.
“He really just put on my heart that His word needed to be in every child’s hands,” Webster admitted. “I just began questioning that in my heart and my mind as to how we could do that. Could we do that at KiDs Beach Club®?
“Surely, if other groups could do it, certainly we could, too,” Webster remembers. “God began putting it on my heart, burning it in my heart, so I asked the question at a board meeting, ‘Why do we not give a Bible to every student in KiDs Beach Club®?’”
That meeting was in early 2014 and when the organization’s annual benefit dinner rolled around in September, it was renamed as the Bibles for Beach Club Benefit Dinner with the sole purpose to raise enough money so that every child could receive a Bible of his or her very own.
“It’s obviously ordained by God as He brought this thing together,” Webster said. “I may have been the one who mentioned it at the board meeting, but He had already put it on the hearts of many people and there was an immediate affirmation that we needed to pursue this when I brought it to the table. Then God began orchestrating ways for that to happen.”
In January 2015, KiDs Beach Club® implemented Great Treasure Day, the day that every child in Beach Club receives his or her own copy of God’s word. The name was inspired from Psalm 119:162, which reads, “I rejoice at your word as one who finds great treasure.” It’s a memory verse that every child in Beach Club learns that day when they receive their Bible.
“I was at a Beach Club two years ago when we gave out Bibles,” Webster says. “It was a powerful, powerful time. I’ve seen some of the videos documenting Great Treasure Day, but it was a beautiful time to be in a Beach Club on Great Treasure Day to see children receiving their Bibles – the excitement, the anticipation leading up to that and to walk in that room and see the Bibles stacked up on the table ready to be given to the children, it’s fantastic.
“I sat down with a group of about five fourth-grade boys and got to visit with them. I sat at their table as they were called up to get their Bibles. They were excited about them and they brought them back and every one of them immediately opened their Bible and began thumbing through the pages, looking and reading bits and pieces through their Bible.”
Webster says he loves hearing stories about kids reading the Bible at school and the stories about parents asking if they can have another Bible because they want to read it after seeing how their children are so encouraged by reading the Bible. Webster reminds us of Isaiah 55:11, which says, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
“We understand that God’s word accomplishes what God wants it to,” he says. “So, to put a copy of God’s word into those children’s hands – every child – they might be a teenager before they pick that Bible up and really read it, but that’s when God speaks to them. It might be their mom, or their dad, or their brother that’s not in a Beach Club.
“We’re putting a Bible into that home. We’re putting it in there with a dynamic and fun message to that child that encourages them to pick that Bible up and read it. I just think when the word of God is read, it changes lives.”
You’re helping KiDs Beach Club® distribute God’s word in public schools and it’s not only changing a child, the culture of the school, a family or their community, but it’s also changing lives for the benefit of God’s kingdom.
“We’re not (just) dealing with giving a third grader a Bible,” Webster reminds us. “We’re dealing with eternity here. Think about the families that we can change. What if it’s the third grader who accepts the Lord and they begin witnessing to their brothers and sisters and their family and nothing happens there, but that third grader grows up, gets married and has a family. What happens to those generations afterward? It’s an incredible opportunity.”
You can help us reach even more kids and their families for Christ by attending this year’s Bibles for Beach Club Benefit Dinner on Saturday, April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tables, half tables and single tickets are available now at kidsbeachclub.org/dinner.
Published on Feb 28 @ 5:31 PM CDT
Tickets for the 2019 Bibles for Beach Club Benefit Dinner are now on sale. The event, which raises money to give a Bible to every child in every Beach Club, returns to the Grand Ballroom at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, April 13.
Your past support of the Bibles for Beach Club program has put a Bible in the hands of 38,988 children since Great Treasure Day began in 2015. That's nearly 65 percent of the more than 60,000 Bibles KiDs Beach Club® has handed out since the ministry began in 2003.
At our last Benefit Dinner in July 2017, you helped us raise money to buy 10,500 Bibles. The last of those Bibles will be handed out this spring, making your support at this year's Benefit Dinner crucial for our growing ministry. We anticipate our next order to be between 15,000 and 20,000 Bibles, but that number depends on you!
Join us for a night of great food, fun and fellowship as we celebrate people of influence, all for the benefit of connecting kids to Christ and putting Bibles in their hands.
Dr. David Vroonland, the superintendent of the Mesquite Independent School District, will be the keynote speaker. An educator of more than 30 years, Vroonland has been vocal about the benefits Beach Club brings to his district and continues to say that his desire is to have a Beach Club in all 33 Mesquite ISD elementary schools. Currently, there are Beach Clubs in 19 elementary schools in his district.
You will also hear from Dr. Jeff Thompson, the director of missions for the Concord Baptist Association, who was instrumental in our ministry's growth in Arkansas, our 11th state. In the 2017-18 school year, KiDs Beach Club® launched in Arkansas with one club in Fort Smith. With his vision, Thompson helped KiDs Beach Club® grow into seven schools this year.
In addition to a wonderful program, we'll again have the popular Pick & Play, Dine & Dash and Last Man Standing games throughout the night and feature a live auction after dinner. There will be many ways for you to support our Bibles for Beach Club program and to make an impact in the lives of thousands of kids in Beach Club.
We hope you will invite your friends so you can introduce them to a ministry that is so incredibly important to you and that is making a tremendous impact in the lives of the children it touches.
To join us, visit KiDsBeachClub.org/Dinner for more information and to buy a table. A full table seats 10 people. We also have options to buy a half table and single tickets. When you buy or sponsor a full table, it comes with one pace car ride before dinner. Additionally, we offer sponsorship packages if you, or someone you know, want help underwrite this event so that all money raised that night can make an even greater impact in the lives of kids and their families.
If you can't join us at the Benefit Dinner, you can still donate Bibles today at KiDsBeachClub.org/Bibles.
Published on Feb 13 @ 9:27 AM CDT
With the turn of the calendar, there are many of us who made New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it was to lose weight, eat more healthily, join a Bible study, set aside time to read the Bible in daily devotion and prayer, or perhaps your resolution was to become more active in your church.
We hope you haven’t already given up on your resolutions. We think the new year is a great time to become a volunteer. We have great volunteers in the KiDs Beach Club® organization, but we probably all know someone at our church who could join you at after school for one hour each week to share Christ’s love with elementary school children.
In a devotional earlier this month by Dr. Charles F. Stanley, the senior pastor at First Baptist Atlanta (Ga.) and founder of In Touch Ministries, he wrote that church is a place for participants, not spectators.
“Although we are each saved individually, the Lord doesn’t intend for us to live as if we’re on an island – set apart to ourselves,” Stanley wrote. “We are called the body of Christ, and as such, our lives are meant to touch, intersect and connect with other believers in a local church… God calls us to be devoted to one another through service, prayer and hospitality.”
It’s a similar idea that Glenna and Michael Hockensmith shared with their congregation on Beach Club Sunday last August at Peaks Mill Christian Church in Frankfort, Ky. Michael, the Bible Connection leader at the Beach Club at Peaks Mill Elementary School, one of two clubs the church sponsors, was trying to encourage more of his fellow church members to volunteer in Beach Club.
“I despise public speaking,” Michael said that morning. “But I’ll beg you to let me come up here and tell you about Jesus. Let me come here and ask you to come and serve and be a part of this. That is how much it changes you if you’ll let Him. I want you to experience it. That’s why I’m so passionate about this. That is why I’m so determined in this; it’s because I want you to taste that surrender and see what it’s like when you surrender to God and you just let Him use you.”
Michael, who is currently the interim director of the parks and recreation department for the City of Frankfort, recalled a story about one of his former summer interns, who was getting scholarship offers to play Division I college basketball.
“He didn’t have any really big offers, just some mid-major offers, and then, right at the end (of the recruiting process), a big school came, and they offered him a scholarship,” Michael said. “I asked him what he was going to do, and he said, ‘I’m going to go to that big school.’ And I said, ‘why are you going to do that?’ He looked at me like I was crazy and asked, ‘Why wouldn’t I go there?’ I said ‘you’re never going to play. You’re good, but you’re not that good. You’re never going to play.’
“He went to that big school and I think he had a great experience. He got a college education. I’m sure he has some good memories. I know one of the years he was there, that team went to the Final Four. But I remember thinking how sad I was for him because every day he went to practice and every day he prepared for that – two to three hours every day –and he never got to play.”
Michael continued his message by looking around the sanctuary.
“I look out here at some of you and I feel the same way. How sad that you would come in here week after week to train and that God would prepare you to go out into service for Him, but you’re content to sit on the sidelines; you’re content not playing.
“God doesn’t call His children to a playground,” Michael said. “He calls them to a battleground. There is a war going on around you every day. It is a spiritual war and it’s a war for lost souls. You’re either competing for them or you’re just sitting on the sidelines. That’s not who you are. You were meant for so much more and God has prepared you for this time.”
Stanley acknowledges that many Christians find involvement in others’ lives too invasive.
“So, they come on Sunday, stand to sing, sit to listen, and walk out to get back to their own lives,” he wrote. “The term ‘spectator Christian’ doesn’t apply only to those who deliberately avoid going to church. In fact, many churches are filled with observant attendees who sit in the pews each week but never touch a fellow believer’s life.”
What about you? Are you a spectator seeking what you can get or a participant looking for ways to give to someone else?
We would love to see you serving in Beach Club!
Published on Jan 21 @ 6:01 PM CDT
The Beach Club at Samuel Beck Elementary in Trophy Club, Texas, started in the 2015-16 school year with only 10 kids and has grown to 120 who consistently attend club this year. There is even a waitlist of kids who want to be a part of it.
When parent Emily Alexander, a pediatric nurse by trade, discovered what KiDs Beach Club® is and was at her children’s school, she was so excited because she had no idea something like this existed.
“When I heard that Beach Club was a Christian club held after school, I thought that was the coolest thing and wanted to get my daughter involved,” Alexander said.
But because of the waitlist, her daughter was not able to initially be a part of the after-school Bible club. This year, when Alexander offered to become a volunteer, her daughter was able to attend. Now, she and her daughter are in love with KiDs Beach Club®.
“I just love to talk to (kids) about the truth and who the Lord is,” she said. “I wanted to volunteer so I could speak life into these kids. It has been as much as a blessing for me as it has been fun for the kids.”
Alexander, who has a passion for working with kids, also points out that KiDs Beach Club® is foundational for kids in school.
We live in a culture that is difficult and hard and the more that we can speak the light of the Lord into these children so they can grow up in this school district being a light for the Lord,” she said. “We are planting many seeds of truth so that they can bear fruit later.”
Justin Turner, the youth pastor at Countryside Bible, the church which partners with KiDs Beach Club® to sponsor the club in Northwest ISD, also has kids who attend the Beach Club at Beck Elementary. It’s a great opportunity for Turner to meet his kids and their friends in their school to teach them about faith in Christ for salvation.
“We can open up the Bible and say this is what God is saying through His word,” Turner said. “The emphasis on the Bible through KiDs Beach Club® is fantastic because that is where it all starts.”
Turner says that when they’re talking to parents about Beach Club that many of them say that their kids are learning more in Beach Club than they do at their own church.
“When we ask some of the kids where their church is, they say it’s Beach Club,” Turner admitted. “What we want to do is show them the love of Christ, show them the word of God and show them how they can have a relationship with God through salvation of Jesus. Without Beach Club, without volunteers being here, we don’t have that opportunity.”
The waitlist at Beck Elementary exists because they do not have enough volunteers to maintain a ratio of one volunteer to 10 students.
Alexander, who attends another church in the area, urges other parents who might be on the fence about volunteering to come forward so more kids get the opportunity to attend Beach Club.
“I have to bring my other two kids with me as well,” Alexander said when asked about what challenges she faces as a volunteer. “It’s work, it’s late in the afternoon. Let’s be honest, there are times that I don’t want to come, but then I realize that it is not about me. It is about serving kids and future generations. You are loving on them and pouring into them.
“There is nothing but good that is going to come out of that. It’s a bit of a sacrifice, but one day a week isn’t bad. My kids love it. Even my little kids get into it, they have fun and they run around. I encourage you to come and volunteer. There is nothing but good that will come out of it.”
For more information about how to become a Beach Club volunteer, click here.
Published on Jan 21 @ 5:50 PM CDT
We are so excited to announce three new additions to the KBC family. Kerri Attaway and Susie Thompson joined KiDs Beach Club® as club relations specialists this past fall, while Stacy Stelzel has joined our corporate staff this month as our communications specialist.
Attaway is our club relations specialist in Florida. She has also served as a club leader at Palmetto Elementary for the past four years. She was born in New York, but raised in South Florida and presently lives in Orlando with Troy, her husband of 29 years. The couple has four children Jake, Carlyn, Chas and Kayleigh.
Attaway graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in physical education. She spent many years teaching physical education and health, and coaching basketball in the school system, before beginning the continual journey of homeschooling her own children. She believes that life is a ministry in every aspect, both full of joys and challenges on a daily basis and a perennial opportunity to grow and draw closer to Jesus. Attaway has served as youth director, VBS recreation director, and Sunday school teacher. She loves watching children grow and learn new things about the world they live in and the God that created them. She can be found in the great outdoors or with her nose in a good book.
Thompson is the club relations specialist in Arkansas. She has been married for 20 years to her husband Jeff, who is an association missionary for the Concord Baptist Association. The couple has two kids, Hunter and Tyler, who is married to Ashleigh. They are all currently serving at Cornerstone Church in Fort Smith, Ark. It’s a new church plant where their son, Hunter, is the pastor.
Her biggest joy comes from continually learning how to personally live on mission and helping Christ-followers find God’s purpose for their life. Thompson is the daughter of a worship minister and answered God’s call to ministry leadership after graduating with a business degree from Baylor University. She has previously served in church mission roles, collegiate ministry and as a pastor and missionary’s wife both in Oklahoma and in the Philippines. Thompson loves quiet times reading with a cup of coffee, spending time with family, and mentoring young leaders.
Stelzel is excited to join KiDs Beach Club® as the communications specialist. She was previously on staff at First Euless as the interactive media director and is still a member there. A Texas native, Stelzel grew up in Tyler and moved to the DFW Metroplex almost five years ago. She has a degree in film & digital media from Baylor University and has been on social media since Facebook first began.
While at Baylor, Stacy was a member of the Golden Wave Marching Band and Sing Alliance. Her true passion is photography and can be seen running around with her camera, capturing life. She loves growing succulents and cacti that she refers to as "her babies." Stelzel is an avid reader, loves color and all things Disney.
Published on Jan 21 @ 5:08 PM CDT
The 2019 Bibles for Beach Club Benefit Dinner returns to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 13 for an evening of great food, fun and fellowship.
“The feedback from our donors following the 2017 Benefit Dinner at Texas Motor Speedway was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to take it back to the track this year,” said Dave Crome, the KBC vice president of marketing and communications. “Our sponsors absolutely loved taking laps in the TMS pace cars before the dinner and seeing their business logos on the giant infield television, Big Hoss TV, the world’s largest TV screen.
“Our guests told us they enjoyed the entire experience. From the valet parking, photo booths, dine and dash, pick and play, live auctions and hearing Lee Strobel talk about the potential impact of buying Bibles for Beach Club kids, it was truly a special evening and we look forward to another one in April.”
The impact that our donors made purchasing Bibles that night’s dinner has been incredible.
- One of those Bibles was given to Graceann during Great Treasure Day at Lakeview Elementary in Gun Barrel City, Texas. Reading that Bible led to Graceann making Jesus her Forever Friend and she noted that special day in the front of her Bible. A short time later, tragically, Graceann passed away during a family vacation, and to this day, her mother, who also has since become a believer, takes comfort that she will see her oldest daughter again one day. Read More
- Another one of those Bibles was handed to Jamie during Great Treasure Day in 2017 at Gilbert Elementary in Irving, Texas. That was the 50,000th Bible that KiDs Beach Club® has given to children over the years and it wasn’t just Jamie’s first Bible, but the first one for her entire family. She said one of the reasons she was so excited to get it was, “so I can read it every night and tell my brother about Jesus.” Read More
- One of the Bibles purchased at the 2017 benefit dinner went to James at Rutherford Elementary in Mesquite, Texas. He made a habit of bringing it back and forth to school in his backpack for several weeks, one day looked inside and couldn’t find it. Then when searching his home for it, spotted it, in the hands of his parents who were reading it. The club leader told James to let his parents keep that Bible and he would get him a new one so his parents would have a Bible to read and James could have one to bring to club and read, too. Read More
- Yet another of those Bibles was given to Maggie during Great Treasure Day at North Woolmarket Elementary in Biloxi, Mississippi. Maggie and her two brothers all came to faith in Christ during Beach Club and they all read a Bible story about compassion. Shortly thereafter, Maggie couldn’t wait to tell her surf team leader about how she and family were able to demonstrate compassion at a grocery store as a man was looking for funds for food and gas. Maggie and her brothers told their dad how they learned about compassion in Beach Club and then their dad proceeded to help the man buy what he needed. Read More
- And another Bible purchased by our donors at the 2017 benefit dinner went to a girl named Ydie at Austin Elementary in Grand Prairie, Texas. After receiving it on Great Treasure Day, she opened up her new Bible and started to flip through the pages with a smile. Then she wanted to highlight a verse but needed some help. Ydie is blind. One of the club volunteers then put Ydie’s hands where the verse was and told her which direction to go until it was highlighted. The volunteer said, “she just knew that highlighting was good to do for important things.” Despite her inability to physically see, Ydie understands the importance of God’s word and desires to interact with it. Read More
Those are just a few of the many stories that resulted from the generosity of those in attendance at the 2017 Bibles for Beach Club Benefit Dinner. Because of the financial gifts that were given that night, KiDs Beach Club® was able to purchase 10,500 Bibles which turns out to be the amount needed to give Bibles to every child in every Beach Club for nearly two years.
“God never ceases to amaze me,” said Jack Terrell, the president and founder of KiDs Beach Club®. “He provided EXACTLY the number of Bibles we would need for 21 months, which is the gap between benefit dinners. The 220 Bibles that remain will be handed to Beach Club children on Great Treasure Day during several spring starts, so it’s time to place our next order and to the glory of the Lord, with the growth of KBC, we anticipate that order being between 15,000 and 20,000 copies of God’s love letter to us.”
We can’t place that order without your financial support. Continue to make an impact on the lives of thousands of kids in Beach Club by joining us at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13. Tickets go on sale February 13 on our website. If you can’t be with us that night and want to make a donation please visit kidsbeachclub.org/bibles.
Published on Jan 21 @ 12:28 PM CDT