Every summer, churches around the country offer Vacation Bible School (VBS). They have crazy themes and music from a CD or a video. There is elaborate decorations, staging and even costumed characters. Kids have tons of fun, maybe even learn something about Jesus, make new friends, and well, get a lot of energy out. And parents, they get a break from the never-ending statement, “I’m bored!”
During the week of KIDZ Alive! Summer Music Camp, kids have tons of fun, maybe even learn something about Jesus, make new freiends, and well, get a lot of energy out. But KIDZ Alive! is different than the usual VBS. First of all, participants in KIDZ Alive! sing. They sing for almost two hours. They learn approximately ten songs during the week, all by memorization. The songs they sing range from chorale arrangements to more contemporary pieces. They even sing the “oldies but goodies” from the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and John Denver.
The participants also play games and make incredible crafts, letting their imaginations soar. In previous years, the students have “travelled” to other countries and learned about their culture through games, crafts, and of course, music. They have also made their own musical instruments and learned about different instruments from across the world.
What’s amazing to me is that I hear youth sing the songs they learned from KIDZ Alive! throughout the year. They sing them to members of our community that are unable to leave their home due to health or other issues. They sing them in the streets, at school, wherever they go. And it is contagious…I hear other adults sing them too. The music sticks in your heart. KIDZ Alive! plants the seeds of music and the love of other people, cultures, and generations in their hearts. It’s what Jesus calls us to in Matthew 25:34-43, and Luke 10:27. He calls us to love God and to love our neighbors, even if they are across the nation or the world. Now that’s a seed worth planting.
There is still time for youth who have completed grades 1-8 to register to KIDZ Alive! The camp runs from July 10-14, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Fountains of Love” based on 1 Corinthians 13 and Galatians 5:22-26 (Fruit of the Spirit). We are truly planting the seeds of love, joy, generosity, peace, hope, gentleness and kindness.
More information about KIDZ Alive! for 2017 can be found here.