Atlanta - the Big Peach

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One of the (many) kids ministry rooms at Buckhead Church.

On Saturday we left the chilly northwest for the hot south, and came to Atlanta, Georgia.

 

We visited NorthPoint church on Sunday morning • another church that Brent watches/listens/reads regularly. Everyone was very friendly and the facilities were amazing. We were particularly blown away by their kids ministry area. They must have some amazingly creative interior decorators on staff, as the kids area was like a theme park! The hallways were set up like a street on broadway, with flashing lights and signs pointing to the rooms for different ages. There was a make-believe bus station for kids to “arrive” and “depart” and some rooms even had their own stages complete with full sets and props. The toddlers area was decorated in a jungle theme, with big stuffed toy animals on the floor and a life-size tree trunk from floor to ceiling.

Check out one of the (many) entrances to the Kids Areas at Buckhead Church! Oh to be a child again...
It’s a church with lots of young families so it makes sense that the kids ministry area is huge, but it was still great to see how much creative effort (and budget!) they had put in to the kids areas • it shows how much they value the role of kids ministry.

 

On Sunday night we went to Buckhead church • a satellite venue for NorthPoint. We really loved this church as it was nestled in an urban area where people work and gather every day. It was also aimed at college age and GenX-Y, which is more our culture. They talked a bit about their serving/mission ministries, which was quite inspiring. They are a huge church but rather than start up their own community ministries, they instead use their small groups to hop on the back of the existing ministries and community service groups in Atlanta and serve the community that way.

We got to ride in this limo!
We met the pastor after the service and then went back on Tuesday for a tour of the facilities. We were blown away by the venue. They have put alot of time and effort into the design of the rooms, especially the kids areas. They have 70 full time staff (not to mention all the armies of volunteers), which seems ridiculously big at first, but then their ratio is one staff member per 130 church attendees which is quite reasonable really!

 

During our time in Atlanta we also had the pleasure of riding in a limousine - bring it on baby! Our hotel had a shuttle service to transport guests to local attractions and usually they just use a car or van, but one time the driver decided to pick us up in the stretch limo, because we were Australian and he loves Steve Irwin! It's not what you know, it's who you know.

 

 

 

 

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One of the (many) kids ministry ro…
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We got to ride in this limo!
We got to ride in this limo!
Atlanta
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