24 Feb Let’s Collaborate-March’s Environment – Forgiveness!

Life App: Forgiveness—deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Theme: Control • Alt • Delete
Date: March, 2014

We’re Going Portable This Month!

As you may have read in this post, my church has purchased a building. We were hoping to be in our new space for the first time this coming Sunday, March 2nd. Unfortunately, our new building is not ready – insert sad face here. In addition, the lease at our current space is up and we are unable to extend it.

IMG_0569We are hoping that we only need about two more weeks before getting into the new building (???), but none-the-less, that leaves us “homeless” for a bit. We’ve explored various options. We are not set up to be a portable church and going portable for a short period of time (i.e. a movie theater or an elementary school) could be costly. In addition, we do not have portable equipment or a way to get what we need to the temporary space. Thankfully, one of our partner churches (one that helped plant our church 8 years ago) offered to have us to use their space on Saturday evenings. So, while it will be a wild ride over the coming weeks – we will be meeting as a church body, and for that we are very grateful.

Because we are borrowing someone else’s space, there is a lot that we will not do the way we normally would. One of those things is decor in our elementary environment. We will have to scale back significantly. In addition to the reasons I stated above, we won’t have the ability to store all of the things we might usually create. If we were portable, we’d have PCI carts and a truck or POD on site to store what we’d create for our environment. While we have rented PODS to keep our stuff in over the coming weeks, they will be housed at our future location. As a result, we can’t transport all that we would need to create a “normal” focal wall or space. So, for the short amount of time we’ll be borrowing space, we have to be able to fit everything we need into my SUV – aka a PCI cart for the next few weeks. It’s okay – my car is used to this! I’m guessing most of you can relate.

So – What Are You Planning?

We are still going to try to have a focal space that reflects the theme for the month. I’ve included our plan for that below, but obviously I’d love to hear what you all are doing? I still want this to be a collaborative month, even though Community Christian Church may not have as much to add to the conversation. 🙂

What are you working on, creating and planning?  Be sure to share what you are up to in the comment section below, on our Facebook Page or on Twitter. Oh and in case you missed it, there has already been some great discussion about March’s theme on the 252 Basics Facebook Page.

Can’t wait to see what you guys are doing. I’ll keep you posted about our plans as they unfold in the coming weeks. I’d love to ask for your prayers as we make this transition. Thanks in advance! 🙂

Our Plan

Portable Options That Will Hopefully Carry Over

Everything we’ve decided to do over the next few weeks was designed with the idea of being able to put it into our new space when we get there. It is simpler than most months for us, but we need simple more than ever right now. Moving is hard work!

  • Our backdrop will be a pipe and drape curtain. It is black and will hang on the stage of the student ministry space of our borrowed location. We’ll probably put most of their props and set design pieces behind it.
  • Hanging on the black curtain will be a Photo Tex image of the Theme Graphic from 252 Basics.
  • IMG_0674We will use the same table that we used for the “Seeing Is Believing Science Lab” for our Geek Force Genius Bar. It has a chrome/techie look to it, so we think it will be a good addition.
  • We’re printing an oversized Photo Tex image of the Geek Force logo from the badges in the Week 1 – Large Group Visuals. This will hang on the front of the chrome table to delineate it as the Genius Bar.
  • We’ll borrow two chrome bar stools from the student ministry space we are utilizing and sit them in front of the Genius Bar. Once we get into our new space, we’ll use our own stools that are currently stored way back in one of our PODS!
  • We’ll have a flatscreen TV set up on a stand or a table. This will be where we display graphics (Theme Slide, Life App, Memory Verse, Bottom Line, etc.) through our Pro-Presenter Program.
  • Laptops will be displayed on the Genius Bar itself. We may actually have one of our tech engineers sitting at the Genius Bar so he/she can work our Pro Presenter Presentation from one of the laptops and display the graphics onto the flat screen. The tech options in the space we are borrowing are limited. We can utilize a sound system that is in place, but there is no option for visuals. Thankfully, this month lends itself to a tech guy sitting at the genius bar, so hopefully, we can make it work!

That’s about it for us this month. Don’t forget to share what you are doing! Have fun as you prepare this week!

 

  • Bernie

    Here’s the plan:
    *Couple of circuit boards out of what I had laying around and saved. (bottles, food containers, K-cups put together, some blocks, foil tape all on painted cardboard.)
    *Giant keyboard like in my Pinterest board for March http://www.pinterest.com/patnbernie/252-march-2014-forgiveness/ . I may end up with a couple of smaller versions out of egg cartons. We’ll see if I can come up with the foam take out boxes.
    *Borrowing my friend Karrie’s idea to hang CD’s on ceiling.
    *Giant Ipad or computer screen out of paper for the front wall with “Control, Alt, Delete” on it.
    *Make Minecraft Tshirts for staff

    • Christian

      Bernie, how did you do the letters for the wall keyboard??? Its an awesome idea! is every key a separate sheet of paper? If so can you email the files? cwomack [at] shorelinechurch [dot] org

      • Bernie

        Hi Christian, I did not make the keyboard (yet). But it’s made out of foam takeout boxes, like from a restaurant. You can get them donated or buy at Costco/Smart & Final/Sams Club. Then print up the keys to glue on. I’m actually working on a smaller version out of egg cartons, but so far I’m not liking it. Not uniform enough. But these boxes are perfect and would make a really big display.

      • Shelly Cheng

        I haven’t made the keyboard yet…doing that today, but I did purchase clamshell boxes on Amazon 2-day delivery for $13. I did create keyboard letters in a powerpoint file (you can download and use). The letters for FORGIVE are in a different color. I also created just FORGIVE in one letter per sheet to print and put at the top of the keyboard like it’s been typed. 1 set is smaller for the boxes and the other set is bigger (1 per sheet). I have to decorate a wall and a stage area. So, I’m doing basically the same without the clamshells for the stage. My files are located at: http://members.hopepres.com/arena/?page=3801 >LEAP>March>Decorating . I also created just a simple sign to put around the halls too, I’ll post later. I accidentally deleted file, but printed so I’ll snap a good photo.

        MY STAGE – GIANT keyboard in back, hanging CDs with fishing line down the sides, setting stage up with lots of computer geek stuff. Hanging a Helpdesk Poster and the Forgive 252 Poster from ceiling.

        I’m also going to draw/cut the Mouse Point and a the Hand from posterboard to use with skits and/or put on the stage backdrop somewhere…maybe point to the weekly bottom line?

        We are decorating Friday Night…late, but only time we can all get together. I SOOO wanted binary and lime green/black colors and lights, but I don’t think kids would really get it and I am trying to be intentional.

    • Lisa Molite

      This looks terrific Bernie. I love the idea of the T-Shirts too. Very cutting edge! I also love when the team can be easily noticed and there is a feeling of “something cool is going on around here” b/c everyone has a t-shirt, etc. Have fun with it. Keep the photos coming of your finished environment/t-shirt, etc!

  • Christian

    This month the stage is much easier than a focal wall for me.
    I will have a genius bar ready and a pile of old computers/parts opposite that for a ‘help center’.
    We don’t normally do any live stuff, just the videos. THis month though a volunteer will act out the intro/outro videos. Its a simple first step towards doing more up front.
    Im lost on the focal wall though…at the very least ill print out graphics, not sure after that.

    • Lisa Molite

      Hey Christian… Thanks for interacting on the blog! I am so excited for you that you guys are incorporating more live elements. I think you’ll really enjoy it and so will your kids. When I worked for a start up church, we did the same thing. We had a host “emcee” the morning and do the opener/closer and set up the video to the story. Often, our host was the worship leader too b/c I just didn’t have the volunteer base to staff an entire Sunday morning large group. At the church I am a part of now, we have a live large group each week except in the summer when we use video to give our storytellers a break. It’s funny in September when we go back to live how much more attentive the kids are and how much they seem to focus. I love the video options, but I know live can be really great too. Let me know if I can help in anyway as you make the transition. As far as the focal wall – I hope the posts here give you some ideas. Be sure to check out the thread that was happening on 252 Basics Facebook Page last week too.

  • TPCC Kids

    This month we’re featuring a giant keyboard, with the CTRL ALT & DELETE keys highlighted in bright orange. You can access the file for the keys at http://elementarytechteachers.ning.com/forum/topics/giant-keyboard-and-abc-s-of-technology?id=2067663%3ATopic%3A66984&page=2#comments. You’ll probably need to add a few keys, though, because it’s a bit of a mix of PC and Mac. I used PC version since there’s no ALT key on a Mac. I also pieced together giant floppy disk cubes using donated and e-bay-cheap purchased 3 1/2 floppy disks. I literally just hot glued them together! Easy! (If you buy floppy disks for crafts, be sure to search for the non-working ones for craft projects. You can buy a pack of ~100 for less than $20.) See photo here: https://twitter.com/TPCCKids/status/438688241143664641/photo/1

    • Lisa Molite

      I LOVE the floppy discs! So innovative. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing you process here!

  • Shelly Cheng

    Made these for my monthly shirt to wear.

  • Shelly Cheng

    I cut off the bottom of this and matched colors in powerpoint and typed in my own words: Forgive. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on it. God

  • Shelly Cheng

    I’m going to type this up and print out on a large poster size (print/cut/tape together) which reads “to err is human, to forgive divine” Alexander Pope

  • Shelly Cheng

    I’m going to make this and put on the front of the helpdesk with some different responses.

  • Scotty N Nikki Davidson

    Any idfeas on a cool help deak sign?

    • Lisa Molite

      Hey Scott… we are keeping everything pretty simple this month, so our desk won’t really say Help – just Geek Force. I do love the wheel posted below by Shelly, but I guess that doesn’t tell you what it is. If you Google “Help Desk images” that might jog your mind a bit. I saw an image of a keyboard and one of the keys right above shift said “help.” Another same image came up but it said, “Helpdesk.” I think my favorite though was a big red button that said HELP! That could be kinda fun to hang on the front of the desk or the wall behind it. You could maybe borrow/find one of those ab/balance half balls (or something like that) and paint it red. It could even function and you could possibly write it into the script each week. The the host or someone could open large group by pushing the help button or something could happen during large group that doesn’t go right and someone pushes it??? Just thinking out loud here. Let me know what you come up with!

      • I blew up the Geek Force logo and changed it to our name of LEAP. Printed it as a poster size and then hung it on some black gator board from another month’s sign (on the back), then dangled cd’s around it.

  • Lisa Molite

    Hey Scott… we are keeping everything pretty simple this month, so our desk won’t really say Help – just Geek Force. I do love the wheel posted below by Shelly, but I guess that doesn’t tell you what it is. If you Google “Help Desk images” that might jog your mind a bit. I saw an image of a keyboard and one of the keys right above shift said “help.” Another same image came up but it said, “Helpdesk.” I think my favorite though was a big red button that said HELP! That could be kinda fun to hang on the front of the desk or the wall behind it. You could maybe borrow/find one of those ab/balance half balls (or something like that) and paint it red. It could even function and you could possibly write it into the script each week. The the host or someone could open large group by pushing the help button or something could happen during large group that doesn’t go right and someone pushes it??? Just thinking out loud here. Let me know what you come up with!

  • This is how the actual tshirt came out.

  • This is the stage. Background looks like a giant keyboard. Stage Right has a repair table with miscellaneous gadgets, middle has a mark and wipe board/clock and weekly bottom line written on it, stage left has a desk with jacket and HUGE Geek Force Badge and anything related to an office, etc. On the actual doors going into the room, I posted the ENTER key image

  • Wall outside of stage area so parents can see monthly what we are working on. Keyboard we used the clamshell boxes from amazon and cut them in half for the F1-10 buttons. Hot glued to paper to keep them up. Printed 11×17 letters and hung from ceiling to add more dimension. EASY!

  • Diane Arthurs Gihring

    Here’s how our set turned out…it had to be pretty simple since we have to take it down at the end of each Sunday to accommodate a school musical this month. ST. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orange, CA

  • Jessica

    Where do you get oversized Photo Tex Prints? I have never used it and have no idea where to get something like that.

    • Lisa Molite

      Hi Jessica… We have two guys at our church that have a printing business. They focus mainly on printing photos on canvas, but they do some Photo Tex also – which is similar to the material “Fat Heads” are made of (those things you stick on the wall and can pull of and move around). We like the Photo Tex b/c it is already sticky, so we just peel and stick, but if we didn’t have these guys at our church to print for us, we’d probably just make posters and glue them with a spray adhesive. I know the guys we get ours from can ship if you are interested. Here is their website: http://canvasbrothers.com/index.php
      I’m not sure they have Photo Tex options on their site, but you can contact them for pricing, etc. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.