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Family, Friends &
A publication of Ginghamsburg Children’s Ministry
Letter from Kelly Flora
early childhood coordinator
School is out, summer is here! I love this time of year and all
that summer time brings; the warmer weather, working out
doors, planting a garden and cooking with fresh produce are all
some of my favorite things. I look forward to all of the fresh vegetables and
fruit that are so delicious and in season. It reminds me that when we let the
Holy Spirit guide our lives we harvest a bountiful feast. Galatians 5:22-23 says,
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Let
us follow the Spirit’s lead in every part of our lives. Ask God to help you grow
more and more good fruit in your life.
2 Summer Camps
3 What’s Current
4-6 Free Family Fun
7-8 Family Devo
9-10 Calendar of Events
12 Get Connected
13 Staff Contacts
Vacation Bible School
New summer event for kids age 3 - grade 5
July 9-12, 6-8 p.m. in the Avenue
Take a step back in time with us as we journey to Babylon, exploring
Daniel’s adventures as a captive in a foreign land. The fun includes a
Bible-times market place where we will play team-building games,
eat Bible-times snacks, encounter live animals, visit Daniel and
collect Bible memory markers to remind us of God’s word. Each
evening will be kicked off and wrapped up with our own praise and
worship band. Thursday night’s big finish will be an all-family event
where we will share all the fun from the week.
Our hands-on mission project called Operation Kid-to-Kid will raise money for mosquito nets to combat malaria.
Ginghamsburg Kids, please pray about someone you can reach out to and invite along.
THIS IS NO REALITY SHOW, IT’S REAL LIFE.
Together we’ll revive our relationships with Jesus and discover clues to God’s real grace, mercy and peace. Camp
Revival always marks a time of new beginnings that only God can offer, so rededication and turning our lives over to
Christ are at the core of our time together. During camp, we’ll rock out during praise and worship at our legendary
campfires, get real in God’s word during teaching and small group times and meet exciting challenges with new
friends at designated pit stops.
Beautiful Camp Birch is located in Yellow Springs, which is approximately 40 minutes from the Ginghamsburg
Tipp City Campus. At Camp Birch, kids will thrive in God’s beautiful creation through swimming, fishing, canoeing,
paddle boating, hiking, archery, nature crafts, high energy games and much, much more! Older campers (incoming
grades 4-6) will also enjoy the target range and even a rock climbing wall.
Join us for this life-changing adventure and register today. Want to be a counselor? Call Ryan Manger @ 937.667.1069
ext. 279 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family picnic & Pool Party
Friday, August 3, Picnic 6-7:30 p.m. Swimming starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tipp City Park Roundhouse Building
225 Park Drive, Tipp City, OH 45371
Cost is one canned food or non-perishable item per person
We’ll supply the hot dogs and beverages, you bring a covered dish to share along with lawn chairs and blankets…after
the picnic swim at the Tipp City Aquatic Center. All are welcome, no RSVP necessary.
The Great Awakening
Sounds Like: Coldplay
The album opens with the catchy title
track, “The Great Awakening.” Joyful
and inspiring lyrics flow through the
song as Leeland inspires the Church to
spread the good news throughout their
towns. This band has defintley grown
and is now moving forward in the next
steps to help churches change the world
through this “great awakening.” Other
themes throughout this album include:
freedom found in a life with Christ and
becoming more like Jesus. This is a family
friendly album and a great way for kids
to hear the message of Christ spreading
throughout the nation.
I Choose Jesus
Sounds like: Sara Bareilles
New to the scene, Moriah Peters debuts
a wonderful CD called, “I Choose Jesus.”
Being influenced growing up with jazz
and soul music; it reflects in her album.
Moriah says, “I’m so excited about
this project -- and ‘I Choose Jesus’ in
particular. It’s the song that every other
song was held up against. It’s the song
that represents who I’m called to be, not
only as an artist, but as a daughter of
Christ. I’m called to be bold. I’m called
to be strong and I’m called to speak
the truth in love about who God is and
what He’s done in my life.” This album is
musically fun, relevant and inspiring.
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie centers on the
Duncans, an all-American family of
five whose comfortable routine is
upset with the unexpected arrival of
baby Charlotte (aka “Charlie”). With
mom Amy headed back to work and
dad Bob busy with his pest-control
business, it’s up to teenage Teddy and
PJ to pitch in caring for their little
sister, all the while maintaining their
own busy social lives. Both are fairly
good sports about it, but 10-year-old
Gabe isn’t so understanding, seeing
as Charlie is the reason he is now a
middle child. There is mild flirting
between teenagers which would be
the only cause for concern. Some
great talking points with kids that
come from this show are: how do you
respond to big changes?, are changes
excited or frustrating?, and whom do
you turn to help you in these hard
We Bought a Zoo
Based on a true story, a widowed
father buys a failing zoo in hopes of
making a fresh start. Facing enormous
odds, he and his children, along with
a small but loyal staff, work to get
the zoo re-opened. This story along
with re-opening the zoo also deals
with the teenage son who is having a
difficult time getting over the loss of
his mother and moving to a new place.
Some of scenes in this movie may be
harder for children such as, deciding
whether to put down a sick animal,
financial stress throughout the movie,
disturbing artwork displayed by the
son in response to losing his mom
and minimal bad language. Overall,
this is a great family film with a heart
for family. We see the wonder of the
zoo through little Rosie’s eyes and the
good father-daughter relationship
they have as well. A great chance
to show children the importance of
family and keeping faith.
gift for mom:
This sweet and simple craft
features well-loved faces
all in one place and makes
a great gift for Mom on her
* Photographs or digital images
* Scissors or circular craft punch
* Colored beading elastic, available in the beading section
of craft stores
* Buttons with recessed thread holes (to prevent the
thread from wrinkling your pictures; see photo)
* Glue stick
* 3-D fabric paint or glitter paint
• Select snapshots with faces that will fit on your buttons.
• Cut a piece of elastic about 2 inches longer than you’d
like the finished bracelet to be. Thread the buttons onto
the elastic as shown until the bracelet is the desired size,
leaving an extra inch of elastic on each end of the bracelet.
• Using a coin or other round object as a template, trace
circles around the faces and cut them out.
• Glue the photos to the buttons and decorate the edges
with 3-D paint or glitter paint if you’d like. Tie the ends of
the bracelet together and snip off the extra elastic.
...has a collection of five gardens, with the latest addition
being the Children’s Discovery Garden. The
Children’s Discovery Garden features eleven themed
areas including a musical maze, a stream leading to
a pond, the sensory garden, a large sandbox and a
playhouse. After enjoying all the fun offered there,
you can stroll through the other gardens in the park.
Don’t forget the boardwalk through the swamp! The
Garden is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 1 - October
31. Admission and parking are free.
Bath Time Fun
All the world’s a stage, but the tub rim makes an especially good
one when you pull the shower curtain aside for an impromptu
performance. To create a handful of bath-friendly finger puppets,
wash a pair of rubber gloves (to remove any powdery residue from
the packaging), then cut off the fingers and use permanent markers
to draw a face, hair, and other details. Allow the ink to dry,
then let the show begin.
Tomato plants love the sun, so even if you plant them
upside down, they’ll find their way to the light. For a fun
family project, give it a try and see for yourself. You can buy
hanging planters from garden suppliers or make your own.
•Sturdy bucket with a metal handle and cover
•Drill with large bit
•Dirt and compost
1.Thoroughly clean out the bucket. Drill and cut a hole about
2 to 3 inches in diameter in the bottom of the bucket (a
parent’s job). Put some moss in the bottom of the bucket all
around the hole to keep the tomato plant from falling out
when you first hang the bucket.
2.Gently thread the upper 2 to 3 inches of the seedling
through the hole, keeping the roots inside the bucket. While
you hold the plant in place, have your child loosely pack dirt
around the stem up to the root-ball. Then you can let go
and add enough soil to cover the roots by about 2 inches.
3.Add a couple of cups of compost and more soil so the
bucket is filled to just an inch or two below the rim.
4.Hang the bucket by its handle and water the plant thoroughly,
until water starts running out of the hole. Water
the tomato plant regularly, adding more soil and fertilizer
if the level in the bucket falls. Keeping the bucket covered
will help retain some moisture. As the plant grows out of
the bottom of the bucket, its leaves will curl up toward the
sun in search of the light until the tomato fruit appears and
weighs them down.
tic tac toe
Family Devo Pure Hearts
Is this a question you’ve asked yourself? You
know what’s right, but you still are tempted and
want to do what you’re not supposed to do. I
can assure you that it’s not God trying to get us
to do something unwise or wrong. “What is it
then?” you ask.
Read: James 1:17
Why is it so hard to be what God expects me to be?
“feels good” rather than what “is good.” Jesus
teaches us to follow the Bible truths, so that our
heart is not divided between good and evil. Our
hearts can be pure.
Unscramble the words below to reveal a message from the devotional.
sujes stwan su ot vhea prue thaers
“Every good and perfect
gift is from above, coming
down from the Father
of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like
What’s the missing word?
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and _________ a _________ spirit within me.”
Handprint Family Tree
Every person on earth except Jesus, has felt this
very same way. We’re not perfect. James 1:17
Jesus wants us to have pure hearts, but he also
desires us to be pure in our thoughts, actions,
attitudes, motivations and also with our body.
Jesus cannot be fooled and knows that we are
• Fabric Paint
• Plain t-shirt/piece of cloth for hanging
To make this fun family craft, start with the mother and father
dipping their hands in to their chosen paint and printing
them on the cotton fabric. Then have the rest of the family
tells us that God gives us only good and perfect all tempted to act inappropriately. That is why
place their handprints below the parents’ handprints, over-
gifts. The world God designed is good and filled
with his truth.
Jesus asks us to pattern our lives after him and
follow God’s plan.
• 1 yard of colored fabric
lapping the handprints slightly as the group moves down
the tree. Use a paintbrush to add a tree trunk and then let
all the paint dry. Identify each set of handprints with a per-
Why then, were we born into a world divided
by good and evil? God allows us to have “free
will,” which means we get to choose to be good
and filled with truth. God gives us a choice, and
It may take us a while to learn that God’s plan
is best. That’s why it’s so awesome that God
will forgive us when we mess up. God doesn’t
change, but we can. We can change to be more
• Permanent marker
• Fabric Glue
• 1 – ½” thick, 3 foot wooden dowel
manent marker. Cut around the handprints to form a tree
shape. Glue it to the background fabric, fold it over a few
inches at the top and glue it to make a sleeve for the dowel.
Discuss the importance of a strong relationship between
parents in developing a family deeply rooted in love.
we don’t always choose well. We choose what like God.
Calendar of Events
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Last night of
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Fun on the
Farm 6-8 p.m.
on the Lawn
Camp Revival Camp Revival
August 3: Last Splash Pool Party and Picnic
Food from the Earth:
Every Wednesday starting May 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Tipp City Campus garden, behind the Avenue
American Idol Blitz
With all the glitz and glam, we had a great group
of 235 fans who showed up to be on American
Idol Friday, April 20. On top of the normal giant
inflatables, games and yummy snacks we also
hosted our first ever Air Band Competition and
Karaoke Challenge. Be on the lookout for the next
Blitz in September!
Bible Boot Camp
50 kids marched into the Avenue ready to be a part
of God’s army! Through military chants and bible
games, kids walked away better understanding how
to use the greatest tool ever, the Bible.
•Greeter: Serve as the front face of our ministry and use your welcoming smile to
greet all families and new guests upon arrival into the Children’s Ministry areas. Time
Commitment: 20 minutes prior to a worship celebration.
Growing up with Christ
•Movers and Shakers: Love on our little movers and shakers. Our infant and toddlers
are guaranteed to keep you busy. Show Jesus to even the smallest of God’s children
through your love and care. Contact Kelly Flora at 937.667.1069 ext. 260 for how you
can serve with this age group.
•JAM: Jesus and Me: It’s time to JAM OUT with our preschoolers. Pick up your air
guitar and join God’s rock band. Kick off with some praise and worship and large group
performances and end with a challenge to keep on loving and growing with God.
Contact Ryan Manger at 937.667.1069 ext. 279 to get involved today.
•Elevate: “Hold on” as we elevate our faith. We will climb mountains and journey
through the Bible into a world full of animation and adventure. Be the solid rock in the
lives of our early elementary kids. Ryan Manger is the guy to contact to “belay on.”
•The Backyard: There is no better place to run around and barbeque then in our own
Backyard. Walk on over and play some basketball, silly games, hang in the lounge or
draw on the white boards. You can’t pass up a sunny day with our upper elementary
kids! Contact Emilee Hermon at 937.667.1069 ext. 280 for details.
•Join the Camp Courageous Team: Take a step back in time with us as we journey to
Babylon. We are looking for enthusiastic adults who will lead a tribe of kids through
our marketplace in this evening summer camp. We will kick off and wrap up with
our own praise and worship band and enjoy all the learning fun, crafts and games in
between. Thursday night’s big finish will be an all-family event where we will share all
the fun from the week. Join us July 9-12, 6-8 p.m. in The Avenue. If you are interested
in being a tribe leader during this time we would love to have you. Call Kelly Flora at
937.667.1069 ext. 260 or email@example.com.
Children's Ministry Staff
Ken Overholser, Executive Director Discipleship Ministries
937.667.1069 ext. 273
Erica Sharp, Fort McKinley and Trotwood Children’s Director
937.667.1069 ext. 277
Ryan Manger, Early Elementary Coordinator
937.667.1069 ext. 279
Emilee Hermon, Upper Elementary and Discipleship Coordinator
937.667.1069 ext. 280
Kelly Flora, Early Childhood Coordinator
937.667.1069 ext. 260
Tipp City, OH 45371
6759 S. County Road 25A
Tipp City, OH 45371