MB Kids Gather and Grow During Holy Week
April 6, 2018
By Laura Shepherd
Mt. Bethel is intentionally focused on three core values: Gather. Go. Grow. This keeps every event and activity focused and ensures that each one supports the Mt. Bethel Vision of Greater: to love like Christ so that our lives, our city, and the world are transformed for the glory of God. During Holy Week, the MB Kids team pulled off two separate events in support of Mt. Bethel’s core values.
On Saturday, MB North Campus hosted a Family Celebration and Egg Hunt as a part of their Easter Experience. Director of North Campus Children’s Ministry, Stephanie Bullock, describes how the image of Jesus was the inspiration for the Easter experience. “As I reflect on the image of Jesus – a loving, welcoming, arms ever outstretched image – I think how incredible it is that we can experience and share God’s image by gathering in fellowship together.”
NC families were encouraged to emulate this image and invite people from their sports teams, classes, and neighborhoods. Because so many families at North Campus invited their friends, this event was a successful outreach. The family celebration served over 500 people in the North Campus community and surrounding area.
After more than 5,000 eggs were hunted, participants were encouraged to enjoy the inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, puppet show storytelling, and free dinner. The line for grilled hot dogs topped with turkey chili wrapped around the building until 5:30pm, when the last of the hot dogs were eaten!
Countless new faces of both children and adults left full and happy with an open invitation from Campus Pastors Steven and Kelly Brumbeloe to come back and join us for Easter.
On Sundays in March, MB Kids heard the message of Jesus’ journey during lent. On the Wednesday of Holy Week, MB Kids launched the first Easter Walk at the East Cobb Campus. During the Easter Walk, the traditional Sunday message was transformed into an opportunity for the kids to experience growth in their relationship with the Lord.
At the event, children were greeted by a variety of barnyard animals before they checked in to receive their passports. Once their passports were stamped, they could begin their journey through each station, starting with the entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Empty Tomb. Although the story of Jesus’ sacrifice is tough to comprehend, it was taught gently so that the children could truly experience a story so critical to their faith.
More than 250 children, from infants to middle schoolers, came to experience this outdoor journey of faith. Our MB Kids ministry team and the incredible volunteers made this first Easter Walk a hit with kids and parents both.
Prepared to GO
MB Kids is committed to providing opportunities throughout the year for kids of all ages to gather in a body of worship and grow in their faith. These experiences are preparing them to go and serve, so that they may have a part in transforming our city and the world for the glory of God.