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I reckon him a Christian indeed who is not ashamed of the Gospel, nor a shame to it.
Matthew Henry
This year the TPA Convention will once again be hosting the Adventures in Character (AIC) children's program. AIC is open to all 6-12 year olds that have parents attending the convention. Our most important desire for AIC is to support parents in instilling the principles of God's Word in the hearts and lives of the next generation. Our exciting theme for this year is:

AIC is set up with a mixture of large assemblies and small groups throughout each day of the 2-day convention. You will be given a position as either a teacher or assistant teacher. Both will work together to teach a team of about 15-20 children during the small group sessions. A detailed curriculum and teacher training are provided prior to that time.

Our goal this year is to register between 300 and 400 children. In order for this to be possible we need at least 60 young people to assist. Please fill out the following teacher registration by April 27th. If your registration is accepted, you will receive a confirmation letter, a subscription to "The Adventurer" - a bi-weekly e-newsletter from the AIC staff, and five teacher gatherings and training sessions throughout the month of May. We are looking forward to serving with you!

In addition to teachers and assistants, we are recruiting actors and actresses to participate in the drama that takes place throughout the weekend. If you are interested in being considered for a part, please indicate this on your registration and send it as soon as possible. Those chosen for the drama will be required to have their lines memorized and must attend drama rehearsals (see below for schedule).

Teachers and assistant teachers are required to attend five training sessions that will focus on: developing excellent communication skills, teamwork, how to share the gospel with children, storytelling techniques to engage any audience, understanding effective leadership, and building godly friendships. If you have any questions, please contact AIC Director of Communications, Lauren Dunn. The times for this year's conference that you would need to commit to participate are:

2013 AIC Teacher Commitment Times
Date Time Event/Attendees
Thursday, May 2 6:30-9:00 p.m. (Teacher training-mandatory for all teachers, assistants, and drama personnel; Location: TBD) This meeting will include curriculum distribution, team assignments, fun activities, an introduction to this year's theme, storytelling techniques, time to get to know the other people helping with AIC, and challenging ideas to help you grow in your walk with the Lord.
Thursday, May 9 6:30-9:00 p.m. (Teacher training-required for all teachers and assistants; Location: TBD) This meeting will include study of several curriculum sessions, practical tips and tools to help you teach effectively, fellowship and idea-sharing with other teachers and assistants, fun, and encouragement.
Thursday, May 16 6:30-9:00 p.m. (Teacher training-required for all teachers and assistants; Location: TBD) This meeting will include study of several curriculum sessions, practical tips and tools to help you teach effectively, fellowship and idea-sharing with other teachers and assistants, fun, and encouragement.
Thursday, May 23 6:30-9:00 p.m.

(Teacher training-required for all teachers and assistants; Location: TBD) This meeting will include study of several curriculum sessions, hands-on experience with the object lessons, games, and activities in the curriculum, training in teaching strategies, overview of the songs and verses, fellowship and idea-sharing with other teachers and assistants.

Thursday, May 30 5:00-9:00 p.m. (Teacher training-mandatory for all teachers and assistants; Location: Century II Convention Center - Downtown Wichita) This meeting will include logistics, final discussion of concepts to be taught, review of songs and verses, time to set-up and decorate your booth, fellowship with the other teachers and assistants, and a presentation from a guest speaker.
Friday, May 31 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (AIC in Session with breaks for lunch and dinner)
Century II Convention Center Expo Hall (North End)
Saturday, June 1 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (AIC in Session with a break for lunch)
Century II Convention Center Expo Hall (North End)

Those interested in auditioning for and participating in the drama must also commit to these times:

AIC Drama Commitment Times
Date Time Event/Attendees
Saturday, March 23 1:00-6:00 p.m. (Auditions; Contact the Drama Director for details) First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, April 2 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Full Cast) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Saturday, April 6 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 1-2) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, April 9   NO REHEARSAL
Saturday, April 13 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 3-4) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, April 16 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Scenes 5-6) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Saturday, April 20 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 7-8) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, April 23 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Scenes 1-2) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Saturday, April 27 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 3-4) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, April 30 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Scenes 5-6) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Thursday, May 2 6:30-9:00 p.m. (All AIC Staff, Teachers, Assistants, and Drama Personnel) Location: TBD
Saturday, May 4 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 7-8) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, May 7 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Scenes 1-4) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Saturday, May 11 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 5-8) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, May 14 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Scenes 1-4) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Saturday, May 18 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Scenes 5-8) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, May 21 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Full Cast) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Saturday, May 25 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Full Cast) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Tuesday, May 28 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Full Cast) Location: First Christian Church PowerHouse - 302 N. Georgie in Derby
Thursday, May 30 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Full Dress Rehearsal) Location: Century II - 225 W Douglas Ave in downtown Wichita
Friday, May 31 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (Performance) Location: Century II - 225 W Douglas Ave in downtown Wichita
Saturday, June 1 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Performance) Location: Century II - 225 W Douglas Ave in downtown Wichita

Teachers must be fourteen years of age or older to apply; however, thirteen year olds who served as a student assistant last year in AIC are invited to apply to be Assistant Teachers. If you are interested in helping with this ministry please fill out the registration by April 27, 2013.

If you apply to help and are accepted we will keep you updated with specific information on curriculum, times, locations, dress code, supplies, meals, etc.

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