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  1. IGNITE Conference 2018

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    What a great weekend it was at IGNITE!

    Over 200 Baptist children’s and family ministry leaders gathered together with nearly 900 other like-minded leaders on Friday and Saturday.

    We heard from engaging keynote speakers, Chelsea Follet and Cath Tallack, as well as joined in on over 60 electives on how to welcome, disciple and serve kids and families in our churches and communities.

    It was great to meet so many of you for the first time, so thanks for stopping by the QB Kids booth! If you took a ‘free coffee’ card, and would like a visit this year, we are keen to come to you. We will be planning our trips and trainings over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on your emails!

    We can’t wait to see you all again at Ignite & Ignite Summit next year, but until then, stay tuned for more opportunities to hang out together. We are busy planning our next event – on how we can partner with & serve foster kids in our communities- for April 19th. Save the date!

    If you are chasing resources you saw and loved at Ignite, remember to check out our resources tab in the top corner of our website, or email qbkids@qb.org.au.

    Looking forward to 2018 with you!

  2. QB Kids & ARK Australia Event

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    QB Kids & their families is proud to partner with ARK Australia.

    Your church can bring hope and a future for a child in foster care.

    Ark Australia – QB Kids Event – Thursday 19th April 2018 from Queensland Baptists on Vimeo.

    There are over 46,000 children in Australia living in out-of-home care. There’s 9103 children in Queensland who are living separated from their families. Many of these children have suffered heart-breaking separation and trauma. They are in need of love, rescue and healing. They are in need of hope and a future.

    We know our God has called us to be a voice for the voiceless [Proverbs 31:8-10], and has told us that whatever we have done for the marginalised in society, we have done in service for Jesus himself [Matt 25:40-45]. We know he has a heart for the lost, the heartbroken, the abandoned and the forgotten in our world. We know He has a plan for each of these children. That He has made a way for the lost to hear about the hope we have in Jesus. And we know that plan is us, the church.

    It is our God’s desire that each child He has created be given ‘a hope and a future’ [Jeremiah 29:11]. It is the Lord who dictates the steps of His children – not the world. And it us, the church, who He has charged with the mission to carry this hope into the darkest of places.

    QB Kids & their Families is hosting a day with ARK Australia, an organisation that works alongside churches and families to provide homes and support for foster children, families & communities. We are hosting a morning or afternoon tea, where you can come hear from Lucas & Heather, from ARK Australia & Crossway Baptist. You can hear about the difference the church family can make in the lives of these children. How we, the church, are bringing healing and hope to their hearts.

    We are inviting pastors, church leaders and all those interested in rescuing and renewing the hope for foster children, to join us at our free event in April. It’s not a program to run; it’s not more resources to buy. It’s a chance to for us as the church to learn how we can step in and make room for these children in our church families, that we may show them God’s plan for them – a hope and a future.


    NORTHSIDE- Morning Tea

    SOUTHSIDE- Afternoon Tea

  3. The Best Way To Spend Your Holidays!

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    To all of you fellow stuffy-nosed, croaky-voiced, overtired, caffeine-stimulated, slimy-shirted leaders of children’s holiday camps: well done!

    I am writing this week to all of you who have given up your time, your dignity, your health, and your sleep–to commend you on committing your time to Jesus this week or last, to tell children in your communities about the love that will change their lives
    Over the last week I visited a couple of the many, many churches who were running kids holiday programs, and I was so encouraged. I witnessed hundreds of children singing, “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life,” – some of these children who had never before even the heard the name of Jesus!

    One conversation I had with a young girl that went like this:

    “I like kids club because its fun,”

    “What’s fun about kids club?”

    “People are funny and nice and my brother and sister have fun which is good because our house burnt down and my cats died.”

    Children come to our churches during the holidays from all walks of life. Some children arrive with warm clothes and full tummies from homes they are safe in with loving parents. Some children will walk through our church doors from hurting homes they don’t feel safe in with empty tummies and cold fingers and toes. Some children will know all the words to the songs, all the memory verses and ALL the bible stories. Some children will some through our doors having never heard the name of Jesus except as used as a curse. This is an opportunity to be a part of changing a child’s life; that moment when a child understands that “Jesus died for me” – and that Jesus is the true King of the world. And maybe even if it’s the only time a child ever steps foot in a church, and maybe even if they forget everything they learnt all week, some children will walk away with a relationship they made that will last an entire lifetime- that one leader who was kind to them and made them feel unconditionally loved.

    If you’ve never been involved in a kids’ holiday camp – you are definitely missing out. You’re not too old – you’re not too young, God can and will use you to help spread His Gospel – whether it be baking pikelets for hungry bellies, committing the week to God in prayer and praying for children and leaders, or showing up every morning early to be covered in snot and other people’s jumpers, tomato sauce and tears of children who can’t find their parents at the end of the day. It’s terrific! Churches are transformed into other worlds for entire weeks, be it the wild, wild west, intergalactic space stations, the circus or anything else – church halls are turned into colourful, creative, imaginative spaces for children (and adults !) to experience and enjoy. My favourite quote from a leader this week (who works full time as a school teacher, too), “People ask me, ‘how can you spend all week with kids when you work with them everyday?’ But this isn’t work, this is fun, I get to tell them about Jesus.”

    Holiday camps become part of these kids’ memory banks for a lifetime- and they can learn things that impact what they understand about Jesus for the rest of their lives. We have a chance to reach children of our communities, wherever they are at, and serve them in a way that literally brings Jesus to them! Taking over a whole church building for the sake of reaching the littlest members of our community is so great! We can impact whole families with the gospel by just showing up to play with the kids and share the love of Christ in a fun and practical way! I was so encouraged to hear from Beaudesert Baptist that over half of the children attending their holiday program were kids outside of the regular church families- what an incredible ministry to their local community! These kids are hearing that Jesus is Saviour, God is King and that He wants them in His family, and they are feeling in a very tangible way, that “church people” think they are worth spending precious holiday-time with. This is SO worth investing in!

    So to all those leaders who are tired, sick with the flu, cleaning stains out of your favourite jumper: know that what you are a part of is incredible. In Ephesians it says, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people…” (6:7) and in Matthew, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (25:40) We are called to serve our brothers and sisters, and you have definitely, wholeheartedly served Jesus by serving these little members of our communities. Well done, and be encouraged! This week you have served Jesus our Lord by serving these kids. I am so blessed to be in partnership with people who serve Jesus like you do – and am so excited to share these beautiful stories with you!

    For more children’s ministry events in your area, post or read them on our google calendar under “EVENTS” or post your story to be shared on the “FORUM”. We would love to hear from you! Join our children’s ministry network today and help others on this beautiful journey of sharing the Gospel with children!

    Post date: 22/07/2014Post Author: Sally Contessi

  4. Ministry Focus: Brigades in Our Communities

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    Dr Wess Stafford, former president and CEO of Compassion International writes in his book Too Small To Ignore, “No matter what the setting [of society], children seem to be a second rate mandate…

    Dr Wess Stafford, former president and CEO of Compassion International writes in his book Too Small To Ignore, “No matter what the setting [of society], children seem to be a second rate mandate. No matter what the ill of society, it tends to downward spiral and eventually land with its cruellest and most smothering impact on our littlest citizens. Small, weak, helpless, innocent, vulnerable and trusting, they are waiting victims for our simple neglect and most evil abuse. No matter what goes wrong, the little ones pay the greatest price…Our most vunerable citizens have become the world’s most disposable commodity.” (Too Small To Ignore, 2005, page 3).

    Children are often left voiceless in our society. They rely on us, the adults of the world, to be their advocates. So often we do a terrible job of protecting them, and our ‘advocate’ status translates to nothing more than ‘child-minder’; someone baby-sitting the children until they grow into someone who can really ‘offer something’. But it is clear from Jesus example in the Gospels, and all throughout the Bible, that we are charged with being the ‘voice for the voiceless.” Followers of Jesus are to reach out to those who cannot speak up for themselves, and to fight for them.

    A few months ago I met with the state co-ordinators for Girls and Boys brigades. Both Girls’ and Boys’ brigades do an amazing job of reaching children of the community, investing in them and their families and training them to be influential Christ-followers in their own communities. Brigades across our state are gathering together in many shapes and forms to give fathers to the fatherless, mothers to the motherless, to build leadership skills and invest in children so that they know their worth isn’t in what society tells them, but in the love of Jesus Christ. I was encouraged to hear stories of boys without dads who came to brigade and now have godly men investing time into their lives and showing them what a good father can be like. There are stories of girls who have been bullied at school coming to brigades to find a place where it doesn’t matter what clothes they wear or how good they are at something, but find worth in knowing godly women want to spend time teaching them about Christ.

    Brigades of this state are doing a wonderful job of not just advocating for the importance of investing in young people in our society, but also reaching the community in a tangible and effective way so that churches have a way they can connect with families and build meaningful relationships with them. I was so encouraged by meeting with these passionate leaders of brigades that I asked them to share some of their experiences so that you too could see the difference they are making. Below is a story from Glenda Brooks, the state co-ordinator for Girl’s Brigade.

    “During the first week of January, 145 girls and 50 leaders from all over Australia congregated at the Currumundi Campsite on the Sunshine Coast. The theme for the week was “Rise, Shine for your Light has come.” from Isaiah 60:1. As part of the activities for the week, the girls were challenged in the “Shine” sessions by Chaplain Jess Currie to rise, shine and let the Light take over the dark areas of their lives.

    At least ten girls made first time commitments and for many the comment was “I have not been walking very close to God but this week has re-awakened my desire to get close to Him again.” Girls’ Brigade is a ministry within seventeen Baptist Churches around Queensland.”

    If you or your church is involved with Girls’ and/or Boys’ Brigade, be encouraged that what you are doing is not out-dated or unimportant. You have a real and exciting opportunity to invest in the children of our society and to teach them about Christ and the worth they have in Him, in a way that truly shows Jesus’ love. I hope that this article encourages you as much as meeting with these leaders encouraged me, and that you are led to pray for, invest in and partner with those who are reaching the marginalised in our society. It’s what Jesus did, and it’s what we are called to do. (Luke 19:9-10)

    Post date: 14/05/2014Post Author: Sally Contessi