Shane Bearden, pastor of Flow of the Spirit Church in Ashville, said that because of the popularity of last year’s Kid Blitz, the same thing will take place starting July 25.
Last year, they went with the Lego theme, and this year, the Mario Brothers are in town.
“Our theme is ‘Power Up,’” Bearden said. “Mario has power-ups. Everyone who plays the video game is familiar with the mushroom that makes Mario grow to be big. The flower gives him flower power where he can shoot flower bolts. The star makes him invincible. Each of these things do something different for Mario.”
Bearden said in the Book of Psalms, the Bible says, ‘God gives power and strength to His people.’
“The ultimate ‘Power Up’ is having faith in Jesus and becoming a Child of God,” Bearden said. “Each night, we do skits that tell the whole approach to the story. Each night builds upon the next night.”
Bearden said the two enemies in Mario Brothers are Bowser, who kidnaps the Princess, and Wario.
“These two enemies are teaming up to mess things up in Mario land,” Bearden said. “Just like Satan attempts to mess things up in our lives. Just as the mushroom, flower and star give Mario power, God can give us the power to overcome anything in our lives that Satan is tempting us with.”
Bearden said each of the skits are original, and were written in-house. All the music was written to go along with each skit.
“I call this Vacation Bible School on steroids,” Bearden said. “It is still the classic VBS. We do it at night, because we want mom and dad to come.”
Because of the overwhelming success last year, this year’s event will be held twice each night, starting on July 25 and running through July 27. The first session is from 5:30-7 p.m. each night. They take an hour break to set up for the second session that starts at 8 p.m.
“Last year, we averaged over 300 kids each night,” Bearden said. “All total, we had between 500-600 in attendance counting all the adults.
“We have kids pre-registering this year, and so far we have 275 kids who have done that. Registration will be open through the week of the services.”
Registration is available at the website, flowchurch.tv.
Usually, there is a carnival on the last night, but Bearden has moved the carnival to July 29 during the afternoon.
“So many of our church members never get to see Kid Blitz,” Bearden said. “So our Sunday morning worship on July 29, will be the Mario Brothers and Power Up. We are leaving the set up. We have a castle, mushroom house, the flagpole Mario runs and jumps down. There is a big cage that Bowser puts the princess in. Sunday morning church is going to be from Mario Land.
“It’s going to be awesome, and we are looking forward to it.”