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CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6

If you are new at White Bluff Chapel check in your child at the "check-in station" in the new Children’s Wing, where our staff or volunteers will help you. As you check-in, you will receive a name tag for your child that can list any special needs or allergies for our volunteers to be aware of.

The goal of the Children’s Ministry at White Bluff Chapel is to engage our children in God’s word through stories, music, and fun activities. One way we do that is through Kidzone. Kidzone meets each Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 and includes classes for Nursery, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade – 5th Grade. For questions email: aaron@whitebluffchapel.org

RECENT EVENTS

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Christmas Eve is always special.  However, children in our Kidzone participated in an extra special celebration when they walked into a birthday party for the baby Jesus that morning.  Games and activities were used to teach the children about the holy birth of Christ our Savior.  Cake, juice and the story of the Nativity were enjoyed by all as they talked about gifts we can give to Jesus.

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Fall Festival

What a fun night!   About two hundred children and parents came out to enjoy the evening of games, painting pumpkin gourds, getting candy and cupcakes.  The children also enjoyed climbing into the fire truck and pulling the cord making the siren blare and petting Smartie, Cheryl’s beautiful horse. Inside the Fellowship Hall, our wonderful Hospitality Committee served hotdogs, chips, cookies and lemonade.  There was a fall theme photo booth inside and everyone was able to have a family picture made.

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Kidzone Kickoff

September 10th was an exciting day for our Chapel.  We added a new Kidzone Sunday time!  Children may now choose to attend Sunday morning at 9:00 or at 10:30.  During our kickoff Sunday, children participated in Bible study, jumped in a bounce house and ate snow cones.  After the 10:30 service, there was a pizza luncheon for children and parents in the Fellowship Hall.

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Vacation Bible School

Did you notice how bright it was in White Bluff last week?  It was because seventy-five children came to Shine for Jesus!  This year’s theme was “Shine” taken from Matthew 5:14-16. 

Children gathered at the Chapel for four days.  Their morning was packed with music, story time, crafts, snacks and recreation.  Their story time was held in a special “shine” room, where everything glowed in the dark. During craft time, they created lanterns and other light themed crafts. All children had a special visit from WBC ladies who participate in the “Critters” ministry.  VBS children had the opportunity to create handmade critters to be given to children in distress or crisis.  During the week, VBS children sang songs by the Christian group “Go Fish”. The songs encouraged them to shine for Jesus. As they sang, they learned some sign language and how to play drums to the songs.  The older children learned how to play chimes and during craft time, carved crosses from soap and made items with leather.  On the last day, during story time, Rick Faught presented Gideon New Testament Bibles to the older children.

 

The last day was a fun splash day where a group of almost 100 parents, grandparents and children enjoyed a Slip n Slide and a variety of water games, snow cones and hot dogs.

We would like to give a special thank you to Cathy Maze for her leadership, and her forty-four helpers plus 11 youth who worked so hard to help the children learn about the true light.

 

Matthew 5:16-“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Children’s Easter Celebration

This year’s Children Easter Celebration was so much fun!  About 50 children and 80 adults gathered on the Saturday before Easter Sunday.  The children played games and created some beautiful crafts.  Aaron led in singing some favorite songs and Randy shared the Easter story.  Of course, the big finale was the Easter egg hunt!  Children, parents, and grandparents went home with lots of candy-filled eggs, the message of Jesus’ Resurrection on their minds, and the joy of the Lord in their hearts!

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Fall Festival 2022

What a wonderful idea!!  We had booths, hot dogs, plenty of candy, prizes and lots of volunteers from our chapel to help with our first annual Fall Festival.  Over 300 came to enjoy the games and festivities.  A huge thank you to our many volunteers including our project directors, Gwen Williams and Cathy Maze, for helping us coordinate and celebrate.

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Kid Zone Kick Off

The Children’s Ministry of White Bluff Chapel held a fun filled morning of activities for the kick off of “Kid Zone”.  We were thrilled to have all enjoy bounce houses, snow cones, face painting and games on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Each Sunday morning from 9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m., we will host “Kid Zone” for children birth – 5th grade which will include activities, songs and stories for the children. 

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Mission Possible​

The Children’s Ministry at White Bluff Chapel hosted a Saturday Mission Day for kids.  The day started with music and devotion by Pastor Randy Marshall.  Then students were divided into groups and had projects that could be shared with others to tell the Gospel Message about Christ.  “Critters” were made, Bible stories told, outside playtime, and other activities that can be shared with others made for a wonderful day for all. 

Community Easter Event 2021

Families joined a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.  Our Children's ministry provided face painting, a bubble station and egg dying stations for all to enjoy.  With almost forty children, plus their parents and grandparents present, Pastor Randy told the Easter story to the children before the big hunt. 

Thanks for sharing your children with us! Be on the lookout for our next event in August!

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White Bluff VBS Wins with
"Back to the Basics" Approach

July 2019

It took 63 adult volunteers and 15 teen volunteers to put on this year's "Back to the Basics" VBS for 84 children.  There was a good mix of Chapel members' grandchildren and non-Chapel children participating this year who enjoyed the simplified approach just as much (or more?) than the previous years with elaborate costumes, decorations, etc.

 

Through Bible stories, snack, crafts, science and music the children learned about creation and sin, the promise of a Savior, Jesus' perfect life, death and resurrection, and then Jesus' call to do God's work. 

The Tweens (early teens) continued their VBS experience into the afternoon each day by doing mission trips to the Food Pantry and Town Hall Nursing Home.  They also worked a car wash in which they raised $636 that will be divided amongst Isaiah's Place, Food Pantry and the WB Volunteer Fire Department.

Several people from Isaiah's Place came each day and taught the children to sign songs in American Sign Language.  This was truly a highlight of the week.

This year's VBS was organized and run by the Children's Committee.  It was a wonderful collaboration of people who love Jesus and love children.

Chapel Members Spread and
Receive Halloween Cheer

November 2017

Saturday, October 28th proved to be another beautiful night in Whitney.  I say that in more ways than one.  Although the cool night air and beautiful sunset were outstanding, the atmosphere and fun evening in downtown were just as beautiful. 

The Church of Christ started the Trunk or Treat festivities at 4:00 with games, bouncy houses, performing artists, and lots of candy.  The crowds then moved on over to downtown Whitney where the Whitney Police, Fire Department, and many area organizations had set up tables and displays for the trunk or treaters. 

Free hamburgers were given away by the city and hundreds of parents and children were dressed in costumes as they lined the streets to get goodies from the providers.  White Bluff Chapel partnered with other area churches and the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance to pass out Christian/faith based bracelets, pencils, and tons of candy.

Our own Debbie Bradley led the way as she told children over and over how much Jesus loved them.  A highlight of the evening was when one of her students that she teaches in the public school system ran up and hugged her as he and his family came by the display. 

Becky Watkins and Paul Jacobson were on hand to help hand out candy and Paul saved the day with coffee toward the end of the evening.  We all needed a little "warming up" on a cool evening. 

It was such a fun evening to be out in the community and especially to partner with many other community churches.  It was definitely a "treat" for us.

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