Cornerstone Church in Cheshire CT has taken to heart one of the central goals of Zip for Kids to be completely customizable.
Neisa Nuñez, who with her husband Freddy leads the Cornerstone kids ministry, started using Zip with the church's kids in April. Cornerstone was starting a mid-week program, Faith Factory Kids Club, to mirror its Faith Factory children’s church ministry, when Neisa learned about Zip. She says it has fit their need for something customizable.
“We only had a window of an hour and a half and Zip seems to offer so many options to fit into that time frame,” she said.
Zip’s many tracks made it an interesting option for Neisa. The church offers Kitchen Concoctions, Sign Language, Art, Percussion and Musical Performance.
In all, the program will last 10 weeks at Cornerstone, every Wednesday night from 6:30-8 with an average attendance of 27 children each week.
“The kids are excited about Zip and look forward to it every week,” Neisa said. “Upon arrival we do one Energizer, a Huddle (Up), the Bible lesson (via DVD) and then we break up into tracks. We come back together again for worship and then we do the drive it in activity. Afterwards, I give out the quiet time card from the Live It track pertaining to that week’s lesson. I like for them all to go home with something to read.”
Neisa said she’s seen teachers have fun with Zip, especially on the Art and Kitchen Concoctions projects. She has enjoyed it herself.
“I have enjoyed Zip very much,” Neisa said. “I like that there is the option for the Bible lesson to be done on video because kids really love that kind of stuff. I also love all of the different tracks you offer and all the activities within one Bible lesson allowing us the opportunity to use it multiple times without it seeming repetitive.”
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