We all know who makes any large event possible. It's not the leaders, as awesome as they may be...it's the volunteers who step up to get the job done and make the event a success! At Calvary, we're so thankful for the countless (actually about 600) men, women, and young people who sign up each summer to be part of KidFest and make the 3 days in July some of the best of the summer for the kids who attend. So what do they do and why do they keep coming back?
After going through a background check process, KidFest volunteers get ready to serve on a variety of teams: set up and tear down, greeters and parking, craft and music, outdoor games, and snack assistants, to name a few.
The excitement builds as July 9 gets closer until that morning when everyone arrives at Souderton campus to kick off KidFest. Volunteers check in to get their tshirts and security bracelets and then head to their assigned areas. The whole building is buzzing with energy and excitement as the 1500+ kids start arriving and finding their team locations. Then it's full steam ahead for 3 hours of singing, laughing, learning, and playing as the good news about Jesus is shared in ways that kids can't wait to talk about. And they often bring friends and neighbors with them the following morning!
After Day 3 wraps up, the kids, their families, and all the volunteers are invited back for a Family Finale in the evening where even more fun is ready to be enjoyed: water slides, a petting zoo, food vendors, and this year the special guest will be Flippin' Out, an acrobatic trampoline group.
So how can you be part of the team that makes all this summer fun happen at Calvary? Head over to our volunteer registration page and start the process by signing up for one of the jobs listed there. We're pretty sure it's the kids who have the most fun, but the volunteers definitely come in a close second. We can't wait for you to join us for KidFest 2019 and find out for yourself what we're talking about!
Still have questions about volunteering? Contact Dawn Dant with our Calvary Kids team and she'll be happy to help!
We often say that the 3 days of KidFest are the best days all summer for the kids who attend. Why is that? What happens at KidFest that’s so special? Well, here’s the short list…
Giant water slides
Outdoor water games
Cheering for adults to get slimed
Laughing at the goofy actors on stage
Learning about God’s love for everyone
Hanging out with old friends
Making new friends
Did we mention adults getting slimed?
Having fun with small group leaders and teams
Singing/dancing/shouting to awesome music
Learning new things about God and his son Jesus
More high-fives and smiles than you can count
Bringing the whole family to Thursday night Finale
We talked about the slime, right?
Basically, from the time kids arrive in the morning til they leave at lunch, they’re having fun with lots of other kids their age and with tons of teens and adults who love them and want them to make great memories during the 3 days of KidFest. And everything that happens at KidFest stems from the fact that the Calvary Kids team knows how much God loves them and how much he wants that love to spill over into the lives of others! And the best part? All of that can happen when we’re acting silly, laughing out loud, and even getting slimed!
To see highlights from last year’s KidFest, check out this video and then head over to the registration page to get your kids signed up!
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