Smoky Mountain Kidfest Set for April 30 – May 1

Smoky Mountain Kidfest will be held in person at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on the weekend of April 30 – May 1, 2021. It will run concurrently with Church of God Winterfest, which is scheduled to take place at the Smokies Stadium near Sevierville, Tenn.

“Church of God Kidfest is a lot of things…it’s high energy worship, relevant preaching and teaching, illustrated sermons, puppets, visual aids, and even some Christian rap,” said Rob Bailey of Church of God Youth and discipleship. “Everything done on the Kidfest stage is designed to keep kids completely engaged in the service. As important as Winterfest is, Kidfest is just as important, because it is a lot easier to ‘reach a child than rescue a teen!’”

The Children’s Leaders Association board is made up of local Church of God children’s ministry pastors, and echoed Bailey’s assessment of the value of Kidfest:

(click image to enlarge)

“Kidfest provides an opportunity for kids pastors and leaders to connect and develop relationships with their kids and parents outside of a Sunday or Wednesday format.”
Thad Peavey, CLA President

“Kidfest is important because it brings kids together in our denomination and allows them to worship together in unity and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out and not be afraid to win others to Christ.”
Hillary May, CLA Board

“At a time when cancel culture has asked the church to be quiet, at Kidfest we will get louder! And the children and leaders will be empowered to live their faith louder, love louder, prayer louder, worship louder.”
Chris Quinn, CLA Board

“Revival moments take each service (at Kidfest) where hundreds of children flood the altars seeking to meet Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit!”
Lynn Miller, CLA Board

Brian Yaun, long-time Kidfest chairman said, “Kidfest is an intentional children’s worship experience where hundreds of kids come together to encounter the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, living louder in their worship, living louder in their praise, and living louder in their witness for Christ! Kidfest is not just a series of services; it is a transformational weekend that empowers children to stand against the images, messages, and labels that seek to undermine their spiritual identity. Youth and Discipleship prioritizes ministry to kids because we know the earlier we reach them for Christ, the greater impact they have for the Kingdom of God.”

“Our primary goal for Kidfest is to see our children saved and filled with the Holy Spirit,” Bailey continued. “Every year we see altars filled with children pouring their hearts out to the Lord. But they also have an absolute blast, too. You and your children do not want to miss Smoky Mountain Kidfest this year! It is time to “Live Louder!”

Attendees will be asked to follow protocols as recommended by the CDC and local and state ordinances.

Space is limited, so please register right away at

Print This Post Print This Post