Summer Events

for Children and Youth

What an amazing summer it has been in Children’s Ministry at Trinity!

From Mega Sports Camp Summer Sunday School to ROAR VBS, we have had wonderful opportunities to grow in our faith while learning that we can live out our faith in everything we do in our daily lives.

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 Here is what we are up to:

Mega Sports Camp’s theme verse is 2 Timothy 4:7-8:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.” 

There are five different themes which are guiding us throughout our time together this summer. Each theme has key points which show us how God can guide all that we do, and we will in turn learn life application of these points. 

It’s no secret – many of our families are involved in sports related activities. This summer we are focusing on how we as children, youth and adults can be the Light of Christ when we are involved with others through sports. Each week we explore a theme, Bible story, and a key Bible and life application point. Special sports stories help us understand how others have faced these themes in their lives and how God guided them to overcome their challenges.

We just completed our unit on soccer. A very special thanks to Barb Estes and Justin Cox for leading at the Shawnee campus, and to Kerry and Sonia Barker and family for leading at the Mission campus. Next up: baseball/softball!

 

ROAR VBS was a wonderful way for us to share the Gospel with our children and the children of the community. We learned that life can be wild, unfair, scary, full of changes, and sad but through it all God is good!

  • Shawnee Campus VBS was June 24-28 and we served 150 participants with 55 volunteers.

  • Mission Campus VBS was July 9-13 and we served 94 participants with 40 volunteers.

 

 

Kids’ Café Lunch and Kids’ Kamp

Mission Campus

We served 55-65 free lunches to children and youth each day July 8-12. Special thanks to Annette Kramer for leading this effort along with Joyce Barker, Kerry Barker, and Sonia Barker. Our Kids’ Kamp served 24 children with 15 youth camp coaches. Kamp included a game day, movie day, Bingo, and swimming. A BIG “Thank You” goes to Nick Blunt for leading camp, to Dimitry Barker who served as his assistant, to Kerry Barker for his assistance, and to all of our Trinity youth who led by example as they served the children of camp.

 

Lutheran Valley Retreat

Trinity had seventeen youth from both campuses and three adults who traveled to LVR June 9-15 to participate in an amazing opportunity to grow in their relationship with Jesus, with one another, and with other Lutheran youth from the Kansas City area. Total attending camp was sixty seven youth and twelve adults from the Lutheran churches of Trinity, Lord of Life, Christ, Beautiful Savior in Lee’s Summit, Redeemer in Olathe, and Hope.

The theme of camp was “Walk This Way” based on Isaiah 30:21: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

Our week at camp focused on walking as disciples of Christ. We used the Old Testament account of Daniel as an example of what it looks like to be a Christ follower. Through baptism, through faith, and through daily invitation to follow Him, Jesus offers us something the world never will. Youth and adults were encouraged to focus on what God is doing inside each of us to change the world around us. God’s promise to us is that He never leaves us alone in our walk with Him.

 

“The best way to describe LVR is my home away from home. I can honestly, without a doubt, say LVR has been one of the best and most meaningful experiences of my life. Every year, I am amazed by all the love I am surrounded by up on the mountain and miss it the second I step on the bus to leave.”

Damara Stevens, Sophomore

“The reason that I go to LVR the past three years is because the things that we talk about when I am up there. This year we talked about “Walk This Way” and how you have to walk with God and Jesus through all the tough times and never lose your faith in him.”

 

Demitry Barker, Junior

Summer Service for Youth

Vacation Bible School

A large number of Trinity youth served this summer at both the Shawnee and Mission ROAR VBS events. Youth helped with decorating, as crew leaders, station leaders, and station assistants. They also helped with setup and take down.

 

Kids’ Café Lunch

At the Mission campus, youth also helped serve as part of Kids’ Café summer lunch program with the set up and take down of tables and chairs each day, as well as helpers for our little ones during lunch.

 

Kids’ Kamp

Youth served as camp coaches for our afternoon Kid’s Kamp at the Mission campus. They guided the children in their activities through the camp week.

 

 

Youth Group Bible Studies

On Sunday mornings the youth have been watching clips from the movie “The Case For Christ,” which follows the true story of Lee Strobel and how he came to follow Christ. His life story helps us as we wrestle with doubts and uncertainties when it comes to faith and life. Youth and adult leaders have been sharing meaningful Bible verses with the group on Sunday nights. It has been a great way to get to know each other better and hear about how God’s Word impacts our lives.  

 

Thank you for all of the support Trinity gives to youth ministry. Giving regularly to the OneFund and supporting our fundraisers throughout the year make events like LVR possible. It has been awesome to see our congregation respond! Please be praying for the youth ministry as we look ahead to this fall! Volunteers and staff are hard at work preparing curriculum, events, and service projects for our youth and families. Stay tuned for more information to come! 

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