Category - Wild 1’s

Sunday V. Wednesday


By Nick Ransom

As we gear up for the school year, I am often asked the question of the difference between what we do on Wednesdays with our elementary kiddos and what we do on Sundays. Here’s my attempt to answer that question in a very brief blog post.

Wednesday nights have 2 programs running at the same time. ZONE, which is for K-4th graders & Wild 1’s a 5th grade youth group. Those who participate in ZONE get their first taste of a small group. Each kid is assigned a small group and 1 leader. They will spend the entire semester together experiencing ZONE and learning more about their faith. In ZONE you will not finding us memorizing scripture or opening our Bibles to focus on the details of a certain Bible story, rather our focus is all on the relational part of our faith. We do have a Bible story and theme for the night, which serves as our springboard. There are 3 relational opportunities for each kid at ZONE:

  1. With the other kids in their group
  2. With their small group leader
  3. With Jesus

We hope kids make new friends at ZONE, have a positive leader who points them to Jesus, and finally their faith and relationship with Jesus grows stronger. Everything we do in ZONE points them to making these 3 relationships great!

Wild 1’s is our 5th grade youth group, this group is also all about relationships, but also has the goal of preparing 5th graders for the transition over to Rez Life when they enter 6th grade. You’ll find we give the 5th graders a little more freedom; we take field trips, and run the night much like a traditional youth group with lots of large group activities.

Sundays also have the relational component but we also include a lot more Bible knowledge. We encourage kids to memorize Bible verses, open their Bibles, ask questions, and really focus on one Bible story and what it can teach us about God and how we are to live. We have large group worship and small group/classroom experiences all focused on one particular Bible story/theme.

So which one should your child attend?? Both of course! Both are awesome in my opinion and kids can benefit from each program. However, we know each family is different when it comes to schedules and other factors play into your church attendance during different seasons. If you would like to chat more about this drop me an email (


Note: At the time this post was written ZONE is looking for small group leaders if you are interested email me (Nick).

Wow! what a night!

the WILD1’s had the most amazing night hearing from Amanda Dye who started an orphange in Africa when she was only 22.  At one point she had all the WILD1’s stand if their parents where over the age of 32.  Most if not all the kids stood.  She then said the average adult life expectancy in Africa is 31 so all of them would be orphans in Africa where her orphange is.  She also challenged them to find ways to donate money so they can help feed these orphans.  35 cents will provide full meal to a child.  Many of the WILD1’s have now pledged to give or to raise money for this powerful ministry.  Please consider looking at this link to find out more or liking their facebook page so others become aware.

This was our last WILD1’s for 2012 and it has been a joy to spend this time with these awesome kids!  Looking forward to our field trip next week!  Watch out Advanced Laser tag here we come!!  Keepin’ da faith, Teri (aka the WILD lady!)

Wild 1’s R A Servin’

The WILD1’s packed 150 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child a couple of weeks ago! They brought in the items themselves for these boxes. It was with the hands of Jesus they and a partner carefully took the time to pick out what special items they wanted to put in their box. I had a few ask how they know thay they were picking out the right size socks etc. for the child that will get their box? God knows was my answer. It was with a Jesus heart we prayed over these boxes that will sent overseas. We have barcodes on them so we can track their progress! How cool! Looking forward to a great Wed. night this week hearing from Amanda Dye from Energy of Hope!

What is Wild 1’s?

Hey 5th graders come join us on Sept. 12 for our WILD1’s youth group Kick-off!

WILD1’s is a Youth Group for 5th graders and their 5th grade friends that meets Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:30 pm. The purpose is to provide a fun environment where you can hang out and grow in your faith. Come weekly or whenever you can.

Registration can be done on the web or you can register the night of. Wild 1’s meets in Room 2207 in the West Building of the Leawood Campus. There is no cost for WILD1’s, however, we do sell way cool t-shirts that are available nightly for $10. For the fall we will not meet on Oct. 31 or Nov. 21.

Adult and youth volunteers are always needed to come and join in the fun! Whether weekly, bi-weekly or monthly; we would love to have you help out in Wild1’s. If you can help or have questions, please contact Teri Chalker by emailing

Wild 1’s Video

Wednesday nights during the school year our 5th graders get together for Wild 1’s a 5th grade youth group designed just for them. Check out  the recap video from the 2011-2012 school year! Thanks to Mary Haines for putting this together!