Kids Learn About Jesus, Give to Other Kids in Need

It’s hard to believe that it’s already June — yet here we are, rocketing into another summer full of sunny days, dusky evening barbecues and catching lightning bugs by moonlight!

And no one is more excited than AnchorKids to begin everyone’s favorite sunshine-y season!  That’s because this summer we will once again be diving into our summer B.I.B.L.E. Olympics program, starting June 29 Sundays @ 10AM at Tioga School in Bensenville, IL!

no one is more excited than AnchorKids to begin everyone's favorite sunshine-y season!

B.I.B.L.E. Olympics (which stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) is a fun and interactive learning competition that happens during the summer, from June to August, in AnchorKids. Teams are created and designated a team color. The teams then earn points each week through wearing their team colors, turning in completed weekly quiz sheets, inviting friends and raising donations for Heifer International, a non-profit we have partnered with whose mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

 photo taken at Family Farm Fest 2013, AnchorKids donation of animals to Heifer International

photo taken at Family Farm Fest 2013, AnchorKids donation of animals to Heifer International

At The Anchor, we believe our lives and our lips must match - that LEARNING and LIVING the story of Jesus should happen not just on Sundays, but all throughout the week in our daily lives. B.I.B.L.E. Olympics is no exception! Bible Olympics empowers families to explore the Bible together throughout the week and make an impact far beyond the walls of Bensenville.

At the end of Bible Olympics AnchorKids will present a gift, with the donations collected, to Heifer International and purchase animals for families and communities around the world. Heifer then works with these families to teach them how to make a living with their new livestock! Last year, AnchorKids raised $190 which was used to purchase a goat, 2 flocks of chickens and a hive of bees! The kids loved knowing that a bunch of regular kids from Bensenville, IL could really make an impact not just in our community, but around the whole world!

regular kids from Bensenville, IL could really make an impact not just in our community, but around the whole world!

We have found that B.I.B.L.E. Olympics works best when the whole church community gets involved.  This year, not only will we end the summer with an exciting "Kids vs. Adults" competition during our Worship Gathering but we are also inviting everyone to follow along all summer long.  Weekly Quiz Sheets will be available for anyone who wants them, so we can all LEARN and LIVE the story of Jesus together... and so you can drop a pop quiz on a kid!  And everyone can contribute to our fundraisers for Heifer International, supporting the AnchorKids team of your choice even as we extend the reach of The Anchor far beyond Bensenville, IL and change the world around us!  

Be watching for updates about our AnchorKids B.I.B.L.E. Olympics teams and keep an eye on those scoreboards as the kids rack up the points -- and the fun! -- all summer long!

Have you, or your kids, ever been impacted through helping others in need? We would love to hear your story! Please share it in the comments below.

See photos from B.I.B.L.E. Olympics 2012 and 2013.