For Christ Church in Irving, Texas, KiDs Beach Club® is a very important part of their church’s outreach plan. Not only do they love Beach Club for the amount of families and children they get to minister to each week, they love it, also, because KiDs Beach Club® gives them Bibles to give to the children they are ministering to.
Christ Church sponsors Beach Clubs at Farine and Gilbert Elementary Schools in Irving Independent School District. They see about 140 kids each week between the two Beach Clubs.
“We get to be with as many kids, and see as many families during the week at a public school as we see each Sunday,” said Molly Greenlee, one of the two children’s pastors at Christ Church.
Each year, one of the most anticipated weeks in Beach Club is Great Treasure Day. For their first Great Treasure Day at Farine Elementary, the club’s volunteers thought it would be special to prepare the Bibles with the children’s names already written inside. They were caught off guard to find that the children wanted to be given their Bibles in the plastic wrap they are shipped in “because they knew it was brand new and it was only theirs,” Greenlee said.
The children wanted to write their own names in their new Bibles because it meant it was something they could call their own. Volunteers were shocked to hear so many of the children telling them that they don’t often receive new things.
Countless children at the Farine Beach Club said they had never had a book that was brand new, much less their very own Bible.
When the next year’s Great Treasure Day came around, returning Beach Club children thought they would receive another brand-new Bible. Greenlee took this as an exciting opportunity to teach them what a special gift it is to truly cherish the Bibles they have.
Greenlee invited her 85-year-old grandmother to come and bring her Bible to Beach Club. Greenlee showed it to the kids and let them see how it was old, worn and falling apart, because it has been read so many times.
“This is what your Bible is supposed to look like, and we want it to look like this because it means it is being used, and you’re studying and you’re learning about Jesus,” she said.
“These Bibles have become precious items to these kids,” Greenlee continued. Teachers tell the Beach Club volunteers about children who are in the club bringing out their Bibles during free reading time and each week in club the KBC Bibles are brought and used.
“Being able to give a Bible to each kid on the same day so then we get to use it, has been life changing to our club,” Greenlee concluded.
Of course, your financial gifts are making this happen. We are able to provide every child in every Beach Club with their own KBC Explorer’s Study Bible at no cost to the child, parents or church. Together, we’re connecting kids to Christ and putting Bibles in their hands.
Published on Jan 29 @ 3:57 PM CDT
According to Time Magazine, two of the Top 10 classic New Year’s Resolutions are to No. 1 to learn something new and No. 2. to volunteer.
To our faithful volunteers, we are grateful that you are spending your time serving in Beach Club while making a spiritually eternal impact in your community.
We want you to know that we listened to your requests for new workshops at volunteer training. We want you to start off your 2018 by learning something new at one of our three locations for Leadership Luau: Spring Training in the coming weeks. Our goal is to help you Finish Strong, as in help your club finish the school year strong.
We will feature a unique keynote speaker at each location and have added five new workshops to spring training:
Public School Safety
Hear from the experts about school safety - lockdowns, tornado/hurricane drills, etc. Find out how to respond quickly and effectively.
Surf Team Time – Make the Minutes Count!
Kids distracted? Snacks taking too long? Too many side conversations? This session will help you focus on just the right stuff to make the minutes count in surf team time.
KOMS: Above and Beyond
What can KOMS do for you besides log attendance, Bibles and professions of faith? Come and see how the tools in KOMS (KiDs Online Management System) will make you the expert to expand your KBC ministry into your church and beyond.
I Asked Jesus to be My Forever Friend, Now What?
When a child makes Jesus his or her forever friend, what is the next step? Discover our new booklet, "Jesus, Baptism and Me." Pastor Kirk Zehnder, who wrote the book, will present this workshop with tools to connect both the child and family to assist in their spiritual growth.
Fads and Trends for Kids in 2018 and How to Respond!
Stay on top of the latest fads, trends and activities for kids in your Beach Club. Find out how these will affect their behaviors and interests in club with some fun, creative ways to boost attention.
Be on the lookout for a separate email announcing who will be presenting each of these new workshops at each of the three locations.
If you would like to start volunteering at a Beach Club for the spring semester please visit our website at kidsbeachclub.org/volunteering to get more information and to sign up. Every club could use another volunteer to show love to a child and share the gospel!
Whether you’re a new volunteer, starting this spring, or a seasoned veteran at your Beach Club, we hope to see you at Leadership Luau Spring Training in Central Florida, Houston or Dallas/Fort Worth. Get ready to get renewed, refocused and finish the school year strong!
Houston Area: January 20
Central Florida: January 27
Dallas/Fort Worth: February 3
To register for Leadership Luau Spring Training or for more information, please visit kidsbeachclub.org/finishing-strong.
Published on Jan 12 @ 4:30 PM CDT
Have you ever wanted to be a lifeguard? KiDs Beach Club® is always looking for more lifeguards. What is a lifeguard, you ask?
We call our prayer team “Lifeguards.” KiDs Beach Club® understands that God’s power behind our ministry is achieved through prayer. Lifeguards are people who stand in the gap on behalf of our staff, our volunteers, our churches, our schools, our kids and their families.
Being a Lifeguard for KiDs Beach Club® is simple. There’s no set schedule or meeting place, there’s no fee to be paid. All we ask is for time spent praying for the ministry.
We believe there is power in prayer and suggest that our lifeguards offer specific prayers for each day of the week.
Monday: KBC staff
Tuesday: Church coordinators and club leaders
Wednesday: Club volunteers
Thursday: KBC donors and corporate sponsors
Saturday: Parents, siblings and families
In addition to this list, the most significant prayer we’re asking for right now is growth. KiDs Beach Club® has a goal to reach 200 clubs nationwide in 2018.
Several churches keep their club-specific Lifeguards in the loop with what is going on in their club either during church announcements or emails each week. You might remember a story we told you last year about a Beach Club in Florida that invited their Lifeguards to Beach Club. As soon as club leader Carolyn Britton started asking others to pray for her Beach Club, volunteers saw an immediate change take place.
“Without the (lifeguards) we would not be as effective with planting the seeds of the gospel,” Britton said. “The support through prayer is the most important thing.”
So, in this new year, it’s not too late to add a New Year’s resolution. Why not set a goal to spend more time in prayer, and become a Lifeguard for KiDs Beach Club®! Make a spiritual impact in this ministry even if you aren’t able to volunteer in a club due to your schedule or you can’t donate right now because of your finances. All you have to do is pray.
Published on Jan 11 @ 5:49 PM CDT
For a close-knit group of volunteers at River Trails Elementary sponsored by First Baptist Church Hurst, it was clear something was off at their Beach Club on the last day of November. One of their faithful surf team leaders, Cheryl Luttrell, passed away unexpectedly the weekend after Thanksgiving.
In her three and a half years of volunteering, Miss Cheryl had not missed one club. As a retired second grade teacher of 32 years, she felt most comfortable leading the third-grade surf team at the club each year. Because of that faithfulness to lead, most of the 71 children in the River Trails Beach Club once had Miss Cheryl as their surf team leader.
Seasoned volunteer Judy Beck took over the third-grade surf team in Miss Cheryl’s absence. That day, the character word was unplanned, yet quite fitting: determination.
“When I think of the word determination, Miss Cheryl is who comes to mind,” Beck said.
Unlike most volunteers, Miss Cheryl was bound to a wheel chair after a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy. She was an independent woman who never married and gave her life to serve the Lord.
In early December, Beck used surf team time to discuss the character word and go over their memory link as usual, but the word determination naturally steered all examples and conversation to things about Miss Cheryl.
“She showed determination because she came even in her wheelchair,” Aubrey said. Another child, Jessalyn, told the group how her mom had always told her she could learn a lot from Miss Cheryl.
“Miss Cheryl always had determination,” Beck said. “She did not let circumstances come in her way. She had limitations, but she didn’t quit and complain. She was determined to keep on living life.”
Once it was time for the big group story, club leader Deni Morrow continued the theme of explaining the character word through honoring their special volunteer. She explained to the children how it was hard for Miss Cheryl to come to club.
“She would drive to club by herself in her van, and she would slowly inch across the side of it to get to her wheel chair stored in the back. It was hard but she was determined to get to club.
“She did that because she believed in what we talk about at Beach Club,” Morrow said.
Morrow was then able to present the gospel to the children and highlight that Miss Cheryl had made Jesus her Forever Friend. “Because she did that, Miss Cheryl is spending eternity with Jesus! She is no longer in her wheelchair but running and jumping in heaven.”
“Miss Cheryl wants you to know her Savior too! She knows how important it is to ask God to forgive you,” Morrow said. “We want you to know how you can be in God’s presence.”
Although no children made a profession of faith that day, the volunteers are determined to keep giving every child a Jesus experience through Beach Club at River Trails Elementary.
Published on Jan 11 @ 5:41 PM CDT
Ronni Holley has been a KBC volunteer for several years at the Beach Club at Hurst Hills Elementary School, which is sponsored by North Point Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas. After contemplating quitting because of some struggles her first year as a volunteer, Holley is rejoicing in the victories she has seen since then because of the decision to continue volunteering!
“I want to share what is on my heart in hopes of encouraging you,” Holley said.
In her first year as a volunteer Ronni Holley felt discouraged. It was difficult for her to show up and serve when she felt like she wasn’t seeing the fruit of her labor. She prayed during the summer, asking God if she was supposed to continue volunteering in Beach Club. Despite her hard start, she came back for a second year ready to see God’s hand moving and working in the children.
“I was not disappointed!” Holley said. For starters, she saw the now sixth-grade boys who could not behave as fifth graders, turn into leaders.
“They showed the younger kids that it's cool to praise God, worship God, be in God's presence, even when you're a sixth grader,” she said.
One special moment she remembers is sitting down to help a little boy named RJ find the right page in his KiDs Beach Club® Bible during the large group story. He had a bookmark in his Bible and Holley took it out so that when they found the page she could mark it. Once RJ realized his bookmark had been taken out, he became upset. Unbeknownst to Holley, RJ had specifically marked that page because he had been reading his Bible on his own.
Holley apologized as RJ quickly turned to the table of contents. He had circled the book of Luke and next to it he had written the page number 1106. RJ turned to that page where at the bottom was a “Digging In” section. He had circled the words “Growing Up God’s Way.” RJ pointed to it and smiled at Holley before placing his bookmark back between the pages.
Later that same month, RJ made a profession of faith!
Holley is also seeing Beach Club impact her own children. Her now 9-year-old twins have been coming to club since they were in kindergarten, while Holley served. This school year is the first year they have had friends in club because they are now in third grade. The two have made Beach Club their mission field and invited evert kid in their class. Thanks to their excitement and invitations, the third-grade group is the largest group in the Beach Club at Hurst Hills.
“I am grateful, and blessed to be a part of this Beach Club!” Holley said.
Volunteers, have you had a season where you felt like you weren’t seeing the fruit of your labor volunteering in Beach Club? Have you since seen Jesus move in the lives of the kids in you club? Parents, have your kids decided to use KiDs Beach Club® as a way to tell their friends about Jesus? We want to hear your stories! Use #MyKBCStory in your social media posts or email us at email@example.com.
Published on Jan 11 @ 4:34 PM CDT
KiDs Beach Club® would like to welcome three individuals who have joined the ministry in the new year. Two people, Kelly Golden and Fray Webster join the KBC board of directors, while Pattie Rowland has joined KiDs Beach Club® as an independent area specialist.
Golden is the compliance director with Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow, Inc. which specializes in the death care industry. Previously a senior examiner with the Texas Department of Banking and an assistant vice president at several bank holding companies, Golden examined funeral homes, cemeteries, insurance companies and performed various entity loan reviews.
Golden believes knowing Christ and His salvation is vital to understanding the huge difference between facing death and having eternal life. Always up for a challenge, Golden loves adventures and learning new tasks to see how God will use her experiences in serving others.
She holds a bachelors of business administration in finance from Texas A&M University and attends First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, where she has served on budget/finance, personnel and other task force committees at the church, and was a director in the singles ministry. Currently, she is serving on the personnel committee and in the worship ministry.
Webster, who returns to the board of directors after a year away, is an entrepreneur who has spent the past 34 years serving the DFW Metroplex in the construction industry. He is the founder of Bramata Company LLC, a family owned general contracting firm that specializes in Commercial Land Development and the construction of dental, medical and professional offices.
Webster and his wife, Nancy, have raised three children, Tara, Brad and Mark. He considers his marriage of 36 years, their children and grandchildren as his greatest blessings. As a family, they joined First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas in 1984 and have served in the preschool, children’s, youth and adult ministries at the church. He was ordained as a deacon at First Euless in 2000.
Webster also serves on the board of National Prayer Room Ministry and previously served several years on the President’s Advisory Council at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Webster accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 19 and knew that he had become a new creation in Christ. He is passionate about building a legacy of faith and dedication for his children and grandchildren. Fray’s desire is for KiDs Beach Club® to build its legacy as it shares the love of Christ with children and their families.
As an independent area specialist, Rowland will be leading KBC expansion efforts in East Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.
Rowland has previously been a volunteer with KiDs Beach Club® in Bartlett, Tenn., serving in Beach Clubs for two and a half years as a surf team leader at Bon Lin Elementary and later as the club leader at Bartlett Elementary.
She and her husband Jim relocated to Erwin, Tenn. and currently attend Ninth Street Baptist Church. She is involved with the church’s outreach ministry and also teaches Mission Friends.
The couple has four grown children. Rowland enjoys playing tennis, bird watching, hiking, wildlife photography, raising butterflies and gardening.
Published on Jan 11 @ 2:34 PM CDT