DISTRICT ASSEMBLY 2020
CHILDREN'S CAMP UPDATE
It is with sadness that we must announce the closure of Adventure Camp (Kids Camp) on the Northwest District. After much prayer and consideration, we realized that we could not adhere to the CDC and other governmental guidelines and recommendations and be able to function in the manner in which we hoped. Our team felt we could not guarantee the safety of all involved. Three major issues arose from our lengthy conversation:
1. Social distancing which would hamper our ability to have meals, chapel and large events.
2. The mixing of a variety of regions in one central location, with some regions in Phase 3 and some in Phase 4, etc.
3. We were determined to take temperatures upon arrival, in the mornings and evenings of each day but the question arose “What happens if a child has a fever?” In past years, we have had several kids with fevers for a variety of reasons. We thought we probably would have to close the camp just to insure everyone’s safety.
Given these and other factors, we have determined not to have camp this year. Families that have registered their children will receive a complete refund.
However, our team (Cindy Reynolds, Shane Endicott, Hope Terhaar and myself) are putting together ideas for our clusters and local churches to facilitate a form of camp, a weekend, 2 days or 1 day. Along with the ideas presented will also come funding for crafts, prizes, snacks, etc. The details of this will come out shortly.
Thank you for understanding and please know that we are very sorrowful over this, for our hope, as always, is to bring people to Christ.
Rev. Jim Clifton
Northwest District SDMI Chair and Camp Director
CHILDREN'S CAMP ALTERNATIVES
Pastors and Children’s Workers:
I want to encourage you. As a district we are not able to have a children’s camp, but we would like to facilitate a “camp-like” program for your local church (or several churches in your area). The idea is this: one- or two-day camps or a weekend retreat for your kids.
Listed below are some excellent options:
“Anchored” and “Knights of North Castle” ($79) www.christianbook.com/page/vbs/weekend-vbs
“Treasure Quest” by The Foundry Publishing (free) https://nazarene.org/who-we-are/organization/ministries/sdmi/vbs
These are all VBS/camp materials and can be easily adapted to fit your needs.
Here’s the really good news: your District SDMI will help you PAY for this!
We will help purchase the material and will also give you some funds for supplies/crafts/snacks/prizes. Just put a budget together and contact me, Jim Clifton,
at 509-534-7751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now…don’t go crazy like buying a van for VBS (lol), but be creative.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Our District Children’s Ministries Director, Cindy Reynolds, is available to come to your place for a Friday-Saturday or a Saturday event. She has decorations and all sorts of fun stuff to help you have an awesome event (sno-cone, popcorn, cotton candy machines). She can also give you ideas in planning the event if you need it. We want to reach the children of our district and we know you do as well. So, please take advantage of these opportunities. You may reach Cindy at 509-961-6053 or email@example.com.
Also – please take pictures of your event and send them to me. I would love to share them with our district family.
In the way,
Northwest District SDMI Chair
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY RESOURCE - NAZAZOOM
What is NazaZoom? It’s a time of FREE fun, equipping, encouragement, and connecting for Nazarene Children’s Leaders hosted by Equip to Engage. We will have prizes, breakout sessions and an encouraging word.
When is NazaZoom? Thursday, June 11, 10 am (PT)
Imagining Intergenerational Ministry in the Reopened Church
Presenters: Philip and Stacey Allred (theallreds.org)
Explore how you can move intergenerational ministry from an inconvenient necessity to a transformational vision for your church. Learn tangible strategies that allow all generations to come together to learn and grow WITH one another and FROM one another.
A Social-Distanced Children’s Ministry: Ministering to Families in Quarantine
Presenter: Brittany Nelson (DeeperKidmin)
In this breakout, we’ll discuss ideas and resources for effectively reaching and connecting with families, even when we can’t be physically present with them. From online connections to 6-ft-apart events, we can use this unique season of ministry to partner with parents as they disciple their children at home.
Saying “Yes” to VBS—Ideas for Making Your VBS Quarantine-Friendly
Presenter: David Rausch (GO! Curriculum)
If you’re like most KidMin leaders, your VBS plans got blown up when it became clear that COVID-19 wasn’t going away anytime soon. So what do you do about it? Cancel? Reschedule? Modify? Create fresh? During this session, we’ll talk about why the current circumstances are an opportunity rather than an obstacle and we’ll share ideas for how you can make your summer VBS quarantine-friendly.
We will have prizes to give away from various resource providers and one grand prize winner! Plus Nazarene Ministers can earn 1.5 Lifelong Learning hours!
To register for NazaZoom, visit https://equiptoengage.org/nazazoom.
Registration for NYI Teen Summer Camp 2020 is open!
We have been in conversation with Riverview and we are still planning on and excited to have Teen Camp this Summer! So be praying and preparing for it. Of course we will always be in compliance to any direction by those in authority, as well as giving all consideration to the facts and the paramount safety of our participants as we get closer to the camp dates. We are taking this one day at a time.
To register and for more information, visit www.nwnyi.org/summercamp.
Cost: The break down of price is as follows:
Full price: by July 12 - $240
Late price: after July 12 - $260
For registration questions, contact Carlie Hoerth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general camp questions, contact Dan Manning at email@example.com.
NORTHWEST FALL RETREAT
(formerly called Laymen's Retreat)
When: October 23-25
Where: Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, WA
Speaker: Missionary John Cunningham
Worship Leader: Cathy Freeby and Friends
Registration and more info: nwfallretreat.com