Youth programs at Salvation Army Corps Community Centers help kids from cities and towns across Indiana build confidence, learn new skills, make life-long friends, and continue their faith journey in fun and enriching ways. This weekend, many of these young Corps member traveled with their youth leaders and Corps Officers to Indianapolis for the annual Indiana Junior Soldier Rally and Youth Leader Training.

Jr Soldier Rally 3Cassie Hull, Youth Ministries Coordinator for the state, led the team putting together this fun event. “‘Some Assembly Required’ was the theme,” she explains. “The idea behind the whole day was to tell kids that we know can build all kinds of awesome things with LEGOs, but if we are willing, God can build something awesome in each of us.” Throughout the day, the leaders brought activities and discussions back to Hebrews 3:4, which reads, “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.”

The boys and girls also made great use of the expansive gymnasium at Indianapolis’ Fountain Square Corps Community Center, where the morning started with a sing-along dance party and fun games like Streets & Alleys and Sharks & Fishes. They later had a chance to use LEGO bricks of all shapes and sizes to make stamp art and to play LEGO Bingo.

Jr Soldier Rally 2Adult leaders also had opportunities to learn throughout the day with Love & Logic and Diverse Learners workshops, Character Building training, and an special session for sharing ideas and success stories from across the state. As they swapped ideas and challenged each other to find the best way to reach the children in their community, they reaffirmed The Salvation Army’s mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

By the end of the day, the Junior Soldiers had reconnected with friends from other Salvation Army Corps, making plans to meet again at Hidden Falls Camp this summer. For these kids, and those new to The Salvation Army, a day with “Some Assembly Required” came together to form memories they’ll cherish forever.