This Old Church – Part 2: Teen Mania

Today was a great day! WOW! “This Old Church” (a new series here on got into full swing! Our high school ministry is having an ‘at home retreat’ this week, meaning they are using their Spring Break to serve around home, instead of going somewhere. So I was given around twenty teens for today – the day we kicked off our preschool remodeling project.

You know the old saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen?” Well, at times it felt like “too many teens in the hallway” but boy oh boy did they get a lot done!

We got everything off all the walls where the painting will be done. Good thing the senior pastor is outta town! :-)

It’s fun to work with teens that I had in Kids Church when they were little kids. I did a little diggin’ on my laptop and managed to find a few. See if you can tell which of the girls above this is: (now painting the same wall!)


AND which of these guys grew up from this little boy:

Too hard? OK, I’ll give ya an easier one:

Which of the people in the above picture is this GUY:

Still too hard? OK, fine. I’ll give ya an even easier one: (they don’t get any easier than this)

Which girl in the above picture is this???

But they weren’t the only ones who came to help… here is a few of the others, all to prove that given a good cause, teens CAN be caught workin’ hard! (most of them anyway) :)

Taping UNDER the drinking fountain, now THAT is dedication!

Another neat thing to see, is that a bunch of these big cool teens used to be on my KC Krew (serving in Kids Church) and still haven’t lost their heart to serve God. The boy above is Chip, and here he is with his KC Krew puppet, who he named Chipper:

Chip and Chipper!

And it was great to meet some teens from the youth group that I’d never met before. But what do teenagers do after hours of hard work….???

Watch VeggieTales! I guess they aren’t so grown up after all. Which is a good thing, because I was getting a little emotional here looking at these old pictures and seeing how they’ve grown up so fast! I’m so glad I got to be a part of their spiritual heritage and that they still love God enough to come back and serve in His House…. even once they became cool ‘big’ kids.

Always remember, “God made you special, and He loves you very much.”

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Karl Bastian is the founder of, the creator of, and the author of His personal website is He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. What a blessing to see these “big kids” working hard for the Lord. It’s neat to see the “fruit of your labor” as a children’s pastor. Sincerely, Helen Marrano

  2. Pretty awesome! [Except I think from the expression on his face, that Ryan just got caught napping ! :)] Seriously, I’m glad you got these pics and blogged them ’cause we have a great bunch of kids here and we do not have the opportunity show them appreciation often enough.
    Pastor Bruce

  3. Karl-

    Can’t wait to see the finished product! We’re praying for a great outcome for your preschoolers! = ) Kim with a K

  4. Awesome post. Very cool to see the before/after photos. Nice use of the blog to highlight the changes in people over time.

  5. I really liked this post. I’d be getting choked up, too, being able to work with the kids you ministered to when they are all grown up… [Sniff, Sniff] I need to go… I’ve got something stuck in my eye…

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