What is Main Event?
Main Event is the best week of the summer! In this Kindergarten through 5th-grade experience, kids are drawn into Bible teaching through exciting dramas as well as hands-on activities. Each night launches with an opening session that introduces kids to a Biblical truth that helps them understand who God says they are. Large group worship and teaching gives kids a concept that will be reinforced throughout the night as they travel to various rotations where they experience practical application of the Big Idea. At the end of the night, parents are encouraged to join their kids for the closing session where a drama production drives the Big Idea home in a tangible way. This year, our drama experience joins Lucy as she travels to Narnia. Lucy is on a quest to understand who she is designed to be. God’s plan for Lucy and her siblings will help kids understand that they were made to be people full of purpose and promise.
When & Where?
July 15–19 (Monday–Friday)
Calvary Church (9S200 Route 59, Naperville, IL 60564)
How does Main Event work?
Main Event starts July 15 at 6 p.m. The doors to the building will open at 5 p.m. If you have not registered your child in advance, it is recommended that you show up right when doors open. When you register your child, they are assigned to an age-specific group. Inside their grade group, they are placed into a smaller group of 10 kids with 2 counselors. This smaller group is numbered. You will receive this information in advance when you pre-register.
The doors to the sanctuary will open at 5:30 p.m. Upon entering the sanctuary for the opening session, your child will be ushered to the proper section where people will help them find their group number. This information is printed on your child’s name badge and will help assure your child is always in the right group at all times throughout the night.
During the opening session, kids will be presented with a Big Idea for the day. This Big Idea is repeated throughout their Main Event experience no matter what rotation they are in. From the opening session, the Big Idea will come to life for the kids as they rotate through three different activities. Each of the three rotations is designed to help kids connect the Big Idea with their daily life as they experience a dramatic Bible teaching, hands-on activity, and interactive illustration during their snack experience.
At the end of the evening, kids join back together in the sanctuary to experience the closing session of the evening. Here they see a professionally styled drama that helps tie the Big Idea into their daily life. Parents are encouraged to join us for this closing session. A special section of the Sanctuary will be reserved for parents to participate.
How much does it cost?
Early registration (by June 2): $40
Late registration (by July 7): $50
Online registration closes July 7.
Late registration resumes during services July 13–14 (on campus only).
On-sight registration will be offered for $10 a day, or $50 a week.
How does on-sight registration work?
There are two options for on-sight registration:
Is food provided?
There is a snack rotation each night. We do not allow snacks that have nuts or have been made in a facility where nuts are processed. All snacks offered during the week of Main Event will be safe to consume for kids who have a nut allergy. If your child is allergic to wheat, dairy, soy, or any other food products, for their safety, they will receive water, but no food snack for the entire week. Due to the number of various allergies, kids are not allowed to bring food with them to Main Event. Please carefully list your child’s food allergies that would prevent them from receiving a snack when you register.
How does my child find out what group they are in?
Those who register on-sight will receive their group information as they sign up.
Packets with t-shirts, name badges and final information about Main Event will be available for preregistered students during weekend and midweek services, at the Main Event booth starting July 13. Once you pick up your child’s packet, their name badge will have their specified group printed on it.
Can my child choose the peers that are in their group?
One of our NXT Kids values is for kids to connect with God, as well as their peers and leaders who help them build that connection! For that reason, we do not allow kids to pick their groups. We have, however, built intentional steps into Main Event for all kids to connect with others. Whether it be through small group discussion, traveling buddies in the hallway, or intentionally partnering students together during the activity, each counselor receives specific training on how to help kids connect with one another. The goal is for every single kid to leave Main Event with a new friend, as well as a stronger relationship with preexisting friends.