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Happy summertime! We hope your family is having a blast and enjoying the calm before a new school year.

Information for All Areas: 

T-Shirt Pre-Order: GT Kids & Illuminate

T-shirts will be available for pickup beginning the first night of VBS - July 19. Orders are due by 9:00 AM on July 7. Payment is due with your preorder. Kid sized shirts are $12. Adult sized shirts are $15. Click here to order!

Stellar VBS Nights: July 19-21 

Join us for 3 nights of fun where kids will discover what it means to shine Jesus' light! Kids will explore how Jesus shined hope, love, forgiveness, and joy to the world--and how we can do the same with his power! VBS will take place Wednesday, July 19 through Friday, July 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Check in begins at 5:45 pm.
Our preview to VBS will take place on July 16 in GT Kids during the 9:00 and 11:00 service. Join us for an ending celebration on July 23 in GT Kids during the 9:00 and 11:00 service.
Stellar VBS is open to children from 6 weeks to 5th grade and is a FREE event!
Click here to sign your child up today! 

VBS Nights Serving Opportunities

It takes many hands to make VBS a success! This is a great opportunity to show Jesus' love to our community and church family. 
Click here to sign up to volunteer. (If your Illuminate student is planning to volunteer, they must be signed up here!) 
VBS work days are July 12 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM and July 13 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. You do not have to stay for the whole time to help. If you are unable to attend a work day and would still like to help with prep, let us know! If you have questions, email 

Illuminate Summer Nights

July 5 No Illuminate! 
July 10-14 Teen Camp - If your child is attending camp, please check your email for important information. 
July 20 Mini Golf at Overlook Adventure Park - Pick up and drop off will be at Overlook Adventure Park for all teens not attending Teen Camp. We will meet from 6:00-7:30 PM. Cost of mini golf is $8.75. 
July 19-21 VBS - sign up to help volunteer! 
July 26 TBD Park Meet Up - more info soon! 

Hospitals and Births

If a member of your family is hospitalized or there is a birth in your family, please call the church at 217-233-8400 so that we can be praying for you! 

GT Kids and Illuminate Team
Shawnee Warrick: Nursery & Preschool Director 
Ashley Kennedy: Children's Ministry Director 
Pastor Jordan Peoples: Youth Pastor

Hey families, as we wrap out this school year, would you help us out? As a family, what's one thing you hope our ministry starts or stops doing in the upcoming school year? 


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