THE STORY – Series Arc for KNOWN

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From now until Easter the Kirk value we will be exploring is BIBLE.  And the part of the story we’ll be in is Exodus.  “KNOWN” is a play on words for the three weeks of our series: KNOW, KNOWN, and OWN.  Here is our series arc for KNOWN

Week 1 – KNOW God (Exodus 3)

Week 2 – God Will Be KNOWN (Exodus 7-10)

Week 3 – OWN Your Faith (Exodus 12: Passover)

THE STORY – Going Further with Genesis

We just capped our series in Genesis from “The Story” and I want to give you a great resource that will help you go further into understanding how God’s Story is put together.  Check out these two short videos!

The BEST Nerf War Mission Ever

On Monday we had another massively successful Nerf War at the Kirk!  We played to the Star Wars theme this year, and one of our missions was trying to control Hoth.  This was easily the best nerf war mission we’ve ever created.

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Here’s how we did it:

Supplies –

  • 1.5″ PVC pipe (you can get these pre-cut at Lowe’s; qty. 5)
  • Black tape
  • Red tape

Rules –

  • There is a 20 minute time limit for this game.
  • Students knew the location of the bases, but at the start of the game, no base was controlled.
  • There are 5 bases spread throughout the church.
  • The goal of this game is to have the most bases under your team’s control at the end of the game.
  • To control a base, a team must have the PVC pipe with their team’s color showing (black tape on top or red tape on top).
    • The PVC pipes may not move.  They have a specific spot and it stays put (versus just a general “room” that it’s in).
  • If another team captures the base, they merely flip the PVC pipe to show it is now under their control.
    • We set it up so that if the “Flag Holder” was hit, the flag goes down.  Whoever grabs it “controls” it.
  • When a player gets hit, they must go back to a respawn point before rejoining the action.
  • If a player is hit in a base, they must fight their way back into the base to rejoin their team (no free passes).

Why it worked –

  • With 5 bases and the need for constant defense, NO ONE knew who was winning, NO BASE was ever “locked up,” and NOTHING mattered until the final whistle.  This was a highly strategic game because if you control a base, who leaves to go take another one?  Who stays behind to help defend?  How do you know if you still control one or not?
  • There were 2 areas that were under constant attack, but that left the other 3 ignored at times.  So what does your team do?
  • For most of the game it was 3-2 black, then 3-2 red, then 3-2 black, etc.  I witnessed one base change hands 3 times in 60 seconds.
  • In the end, black won 4-1

Try it out!  It’s an incredibly fun way to play!

How Wal-Mart Just Made Youth Ministry A Whole Lot Easier

If you’re leading a youth ministry, it’s possible to spend a big chunk of your time shopping.  Shopping for events, game supplies, food for meetings, etc.  And let’s get real: when you put sermon prep on hold again because you forgot you needed a dozen eggs for a game, it gets old.

Well Wal-Mart just made youth ministry a whole lot easier.  I’m talking about their Grocery Pick Up service.  This is a game changer.

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When I first saw this around town I was instantly intrigued, and now that I’ve seen it in action I’m hooked.  Put in your zip code, find the nearest store that does this, and then shop FROM your office!

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Need a banana for a game?  Add it to your cart.  Need some cases of water for a service project?  Add it to your cart.  Need fruit trays, salad bags, ground beef, or anything else for a leader meeting?  Add it to your cart.  Need some Wing trays for the Big Game?  Add it to your cart!

The home page has what’s trending at your store, but the drop down menu opens up the entire store to you:

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Once you have $30 in your cart you can checkout and a Wal-Mart employee will go shopping for you.  They hunt down your entire order and have it bagged (by category) and ready for you at the pick-up time you select.

Check it out, you pick the day you want to go (helpful for planning for the upcoming weekend instead of shopping last minute on your day off) and a 2-hour time slot (so if you’re free on your lunch break, go meet with a student and then run by Wal-Mart to pick everything up, instead of skipping out on contact work because you don’t have enough time to do both)!

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They’ll even load it in your car for you.

For my family what used to take over an hour now takes 20 minutes.  For my ministry, what used to be a time suck (where I’d inevitably forget something anyway…every single time) has now become a huge asset!

Why Spend $70 On A … Board Game?

I recently bought Pandemic Legacy for $69.99.

I’m a HUGE fan of the designers and the publisher.  Pandemic is a great game, too, but I actually put the release date of “Legacy” on my calendar, took an early lunch, and bought it the moment our local hobby store unlocked the doors.  But let’s get real: it’s just a board game. And that seems like a waste to spend THAT much money on a box of cardboard, right? Well, it is until you think about this:

Games are a form of entertainment.  Pandemic Legacy plays like a TV season with rich storytelling that you interact with as you play.  But if you were to go, say, to a movie, it would cost you $11 for a 2-hour story.  If you have a date, you could see 3 movies together.

That’s 6 hours with one person and no talking.

Pandemic Legacy is a game for up to 4 players.  So, you could spend the same amount of money and get ~40 hours together with double the people and infinity the conversation.

This game has only been on the table twice (out of a potential 24 times) and each time the gameplay and the story have not only created memories with the guys around the table but the game has opened up several points to connect with one another.

I like movies, but I’d rather spend $70 on a game that puts you face-to-face with your friends and provides hours of community and memory-making.

If you’ve never considered the board game world before as a way to have fun together, hit me up and I’ll suggest some great entry games.  And maybe someday soon you can help me stop the spread of devastating global disease instead of just watching Laurence Fishburn do it.