Top (Not Five) Tuesday — Guest Blogger Ryan Gordon

Ryan Gordon is our Director of Children’s Ministries at Good Shepherd, and he leads a crack team of staff and volunteers at inviting all children into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

This past Sunday was the first Sunday of our new, reimagined and re-entergized KZone, as the construction phase of Beyond has come to a close.

Here is Ryan’s report on what children’s programming was like in the new space . . . including the influx of some new Latino children who are better able to intergrate into GS programming now that the Spanish worship is en el mismo lade de la calle.


I know yesterday was filled with many “firsts” at GS so, I just wanted to give you a quick update of our first day back in the newly designed K-Zone.

For starters, kids and parents were in awe of the new space  They loved the floor, the pipes, the gears, the entrance (which was the biggest hit) and the lobby  The flow in and out went better than expected.  Praise the Lord!
As you know, we also changed some of our programming yesterday during the 10:00 and 11:30 hours.  Some of our leaders were a little unsure of what to expect.
Here are a couple of comments from leaders:
“It was fantastic!”  (Referring to both a large group and a small group time during the same hour in the same space, the Kzone.)
Shellie Tedford kids LG
“I loved how the kids got to have a worship time!”
“It was not as crazy as I thought it would be trying to do small groups all at the same time on the floor in the Kzone.”
“Loved, loved, loved it!”
During the 11:30 hour, we saw an increase in the number of kids from the Latino ministry.  Erica, one of Check-In leaders checked in a boy that was new and in Kindergarten and did not speak any english.  She was praying to herself all the way up to his classroom that they would find someone who could speak Spanish to him to welcome him to his classroom.  When she got to the classroom, she asked on of the leaders if they new Spanish and the helper said YES, I DO!!!  Prayer answered. The child got to learn about Jesus (in Spanish) and the parents got to learn about Jesus (in Spanish too!)  God is good!
We are so grateful for those who have given to Beyond and have prayed for us during this transition.  It has been worth the wait.
Please keep us in your prayers as we are still needing more small group leaders at 10:00 and 11:30 for elementary students.