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'Indescribable' celebration gives kids a boost

'Indescribable' celebration gives kids a boost

'Indescribable' celebration gives kids a boost

9 April 2019

The Boost Day ‘Lab Band’ entertains the children with science fun while teaching them about the indescribable love of God.

By Simone Worthing

‘Indescribable’ fun, relationship building, engaged worship and decisions for Jesus were all part of The Salvation Army Boost Day in Adelaide on 23 March.

"Dino" joined in the fun at the Beachouse.

The ‘Indescribable love of God’ was the theme for the annual event.

“The intention of this event is evangelical,” said Renee Pickens, Children’s Ministry Coordinator for South Australia/Northern Territory Division.

“It’s a space where the kids can bring their friends who can hear about Jesus for the first time; an opportunity for corps who have fringe programs like Just Brass or a chaplain in a primary school to invite people; and a place where someone involved in a program can bring a family member along.”

More than 130 children, mostly of primary school age, and 55 leaders, kicked off the Boost Day event at the Beachouse, an indoor fun fair on the Glenelg foreshore complete with water slides, dodgem cars, mini golf and a carousel.

The group then walked around the corner to CityLight Church for some fun activities and engaging worship.

“The Boost team had a fun ‘Lab Band’ with their very own Professor Scientist and (infamous) Dino [an inflatable T-Rex dinosaur] to help take us through the concept of God’s indescribable love reflected through the greatness of God down to the tiny details of God,” Renee explained.

Getting ready for worship.

“We had interactive kids worship, played fun games, watched a crazy Cats in Space video and even participated in a Science experiment to launch Dino into space.”

Renee’s message focused on God’s indescribable love.

“I used the space theme and shared how God can always hear us, even if we’re in outer space,” she said. “And God wants to talk back to us; we just need to make the space to hear him (Psalm 46:10).”

Participants were given the opportunity to take some ‘space’ and talk to God about their dreams for their lives, individually and together as a faith community.

At the end, the children were given an opportunity to accept Jesus into their lives, and 10 first-time decisions were made.

Kids filled out response cards as part of worship.

“The kids also filled out response cards on how they’re going with Jesus, and in their lives in general, which helps us understand where they’re at and how we can respond to them and follow up,” said Renee.

Majors Dean and Vicki Clarke, Area Officers for Southern and Central South Australia, attended the event.

“Greeting the kids on Saturday I was surprised at the number who had not been before and the excitement they had,” said Major Dean.

“What a great way to bring together young people! The afternoon session was brilliant – so much fun for the kids, with an age-relevant message, engaged worship and active conversation around faith. What a great investment into our young people and the Kingdom of God. Loved it!”

The next Boost event will be a youth camp in October.

 

 

 

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