It’s that time of year where our children look forward to gathering candy and dressing up in fun costumes. It is also time for our annual Kiddie Karnvial! Our PV 5th and 6th graders (PVTweens) decided 19 years ago to provide a Kiddie Karnival for our PVkids and their friends.  Their idea was to give them the opportunity to dress up, play some carnival games and snag candy in a safe and welcoming environment.

Kiddie Karvnival is a service project for our PVTweens.  The PVTweens walk around to our neighbors and invite them; send home invitations to our PV Dayschool, and Central Arkansas Christian PV Elementary School students.  As the Karnival expanded, we have added trunk or treat and began serving food.  We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 tweens, who are divided up into groups of two or three, to help plan their game, gather their supplies and execute their plans on the day of the Karnival. They must set up and manage their own booth while making it fun and exciting for the kids!

We, as teachers, are working to plant the seeds of service in the hearts of our tweens.  As Christians we want to show the love of Christ to the world in which we live.  The tweens’ world is PV, their schools, neighborhoods and cities. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus describes his followers as “light.”  We have challenged our group of Tweens to search and find ways Christians can be the “light to the world.” The tweens verse that they are trying to apply to their lives is “You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).  Our tweens are using this opportunity to serve our church and community.  They will look for ways to be encouraging, selfless, helpful and to have boldness to share the love of Jesus.

We’ve invited a lot of people to this event. We encourage you to join us by welcoming your friends and neighbors and by helping or hosting a trunk or treat. You will need to provide your own candy and decorate your trunk! Please consider joining us this year. We need your support!

The PVTween teachers would like you to help us encourage our tweens by saying  ‘thank you’ to the tweens at the Karnival games, you’ll know who they are—they are the ones working with smiles!


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