Updated February 26, 2021

The Kids' Power Up experience has always been about tons of kids, tents, crafts, water day, jumpy things, games in the fields, cooling off under the tents watching some Veggie Tales, group times, snacks, a massive BBQ and an army of amazing volunteers that made it all happen.  All of this has been with the aim of making it the best week of each kid's summer!

For the last few months, I've been trying to get my mind around how we could safely make KPU happen this summer.  Could we some how make it a physically distanced camp?  Operate in cohorts? How many tents would we need if it rained? Will parents send their kids?  Will leaders volunteer?  Will AHS even allow us to do the camp? These have been just a few of the questions that I've been wrestling with.

My hope was that miraculously, kids, youth and adults would be vaccinated by July.  A moment of clarity came a few weeks back, when a parent clued me into the fact that neither of the vaccines are approved for use in children (Pfizer-BioNTech - Age 16+, Moderna - Age 18+).  In fact, currently they haven't started trials on kids under 12 yet.  Therefore, even IF (and this is a big "if") every eligible person was to be vaccinated by July, none of the kids and approximately half of the volunteers wouldn't be.  Of all the uncertainty created by COVID, this is certain!

So, with all that, we will not be doing Kids' Power Up again this summer.  That's sad.  It is the most difficult and yet the most rewarding thing that I get to lead each year.  Our record will now be 26-2.  Over the years there's been many obstacles overcome to make it happen and I guess we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves as it's taken a world wide pandemic to pause it.  Still, it's disappointing.

I'm sorry we can't provide KPU for your kids this summer.  In the meantime, I hope you'll take some time to check out what we offer for kids online here at Refinery Church (formerly Christ's Church of the Meadows).  We're a church and are about pointing people to Jesus.  Like KPU, our lessons are aimed to be relevant and practical to kids and so I hope you'll carve out a little time to sit and watch with your kids.

Someday COVID will all be in the rearview mirror and we'll get back to hearing the joy and laughter of kids at KPU!

If you have any questions, please send them to me at


Mark Williams

Refinery Church