We recently had the pleasure of meeting Anna Kreicers, a ‘KEC Kid’ who grew up in Kid’s and Youth programs at Katoomba Easter Convention (KEC), and who after graduating high school, has returned as a volunteer. In this interview, Anna shares how KEC became an annual family tradition, her childhood highlights, and how the convention has impacted her walk with Jesus over the past decade.
1. How did you start coming to Katoomba Easter Convention (KEC)?
My family and I began attending KEC in 2011. The only year we have missed was 2020, due to the global pandemic. We began going to KEC with four other families from our church, and we would stay together in one big house each year. Even after moving churches the tradition with our close friends from our previous church continued. KEC has not only been a time of reflection on the death and resurrection of Jesus but of fostering deep friendships which we don’t always get throughout the year.
2. What was KEC like for your family?
For me, KEC was a time to slow down. Placed in Katoomba, a quiet and foggy town, helped to still my heart and mind. For my family, it was a time to put our busy world aside and spend time together. Although we were all in different stages of our life, we were able to share what we were learning in our different programs which usually was interconnected in some way.
3. How many years did you attend the KEC Kid’s program?
I attended the KEC Kids program for 10 years. Throughout this time, I not only went with friends that I already knew from home, but I also met with friends that I would see once a year at KEC in Katoomba. It was such an encouragement to know that even though 12 months had passed, you could expect to see the same mates and leaders at the program.
4. What was your favourite part about the KEC Kid’s program?
My favourite part of the KEC Kid’s program was the leader’s creativity in forming activities and bible teaching which made me want to learn more from God’s word each day. I remember in Junior High, the wild games that the leaders would cook up which sent us kids running across the KEC campus in order to defeat some ‘bad guy’ and discover new, daily challenges. Not only was it a tonne of fun, but it was extremely helpful for making new friends each year and bonding with old ones.
5. Have you attended KEC as an adult? What was that experience like?
I have attended the KEC Adult program for a year, and it gave me a thorough and engaging look at the word of God. I would recommend teens from the Senior High program to visit the Adult sessions in the evening, as it will give you a smooth transition into the Adult program after year 12.
After attending the Adult’s program for a year, I rejoined the Junior High program as a volunteer leader the following year! I will be volunteering again in 2021 as I love giving back to KEC in a way that is fun, encouraging and helps kids tackle difficult concepts and ideas.
6. How has the Kids program impacted you as a Christian?
The Kids’ program has impacted me in many ways; however, the two major aspects would be helping me to recognise how truly incredible the resurrection of Jesus is, and providing me with fellowship that allowed to me to discuss and worship Christ in community.
Through the Kid’s program, I was annually fed with engaging and solid Bible teaching, which allowed me to thank Jesus for what he has done in every stage of life. I felt like I was able to share this joy with other kids and leaders, as I would get to know them well over the years I attended. Overall KEC has been a major influence in the way I know Jesus and express my faith today.
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