57 Days from Today – NM Junior Regional Convention

57 Days and Counting!

Dear Friends,

“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith;…” – Heb. 12:2a

What a pleasure to serve our Lord together with so many of you.  We are planning on having a great group of kids 12 and under for our New Mexico Junior Regional Convention, Oct. 19-20.  I am always optimistic when it comes to church attendance, big Regionals attendance, for some reason I always trick myself into believing that everyone is as excited about the things of God as I am, and I do get disappointed from time to time.  But from what I’m hearing, I think both Jr. Regionals and Frontier Regionals numbers will be up again this year.  Lots of interest in Jr. Regionals and promises from 7 new – first time schools to come to big Regionals, so I’m excited for both.

I’m pleased to announce our Guest Speaker will be Pastor Rob Watkins, the same Preacher we had at the Frontier Convention last Spring.  So please pray for Pastor Watkins as you pray!

Remember, students can come from NON-ACE schools to Jr. Regionals, and certainly home-schoolers are welcome.  Those Families who choose to send their kids to public schools are also welcome, and those who have influence on their Grandchildren’s schooling, please feel invited and welcomed to participate!  I just can’t express it enough, this is for the kids of our generation, and in our area, to come and sing and preach, or to do a skit, play and instrument, bible memory categories and so much more, so please invite folks you know.

The cost is still $25 per school, and $20 per person who comes, and that $20 includes everyone, because we will feed them 4 meals (2-lunches & 2-suppers) here on the property.  It is so busy for those 2 days, you won’t want to leave to go find somewhere to eat, plus the schedule is so tight, the kids won’t have time.  We will have other refreshments off and on during the day and that is all included in the $20, so please be prepared for everyone to pay.  Meals will be sandwiched (ham or turkey & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, chips, juice or punch, perhaps pizza for lunch — supper lasagna or spaghetti or tacos, salad, dessert and drink) in 5 years I have had no complaints about the quality and value of the meals.  It is not steak and shrimp, but it doesn’t carry the same cost either, remember, it is for the kids!

Attached, you will find material for you to use in preparation for the Jr. Convention.  There is a complete set of guidelines that will explain every entry except the Lego entry, and that has been included and modified this year, so please look at it before submitting the entry.  Also, you will find a Registration Form for your use.  You may pass these out and later I will ask you to enter all your entries on a spreadsheet (that we will send to you) and ask you to send that spreadsheet back to us, so we can organize the entries and be prepared for the different events before you get here.  The School Registration form will be sent out in 3-4 weeks from now, and I ask that you get those back to me by no later that Oct. 12th, so we can set up the events, and know how many will be in each event, please help with this – it is so important and helpful – if we get the paperwork complete before you arrive!!!!  This goes for Big Regionals also!!!!

I did include in the attachments, a flyer about the Da Vinci exhibit scheduled for next year – just for your use, not promotion it, just thought it was interesting.

Early Entries:  Early Entries are due in my office by Friday Sept. 29, — we will have them judged before you arrive, and will actually pass out some of these awards, even on Thursday morning, after the first rally & morning devotion.  

Schedule: I have attached a General Schedule.  It is the exact same schedule we have used for the past 5 years, with very little changes, and it has worked in the past.  

Time:  Registration is from 7:00 am to 8:00 am Thursday morning.

            We will start promptly at 8:00 am Thursday morning.  I have scheduled events from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, but have never gone past 7:30 pm each night, but we may this year, so prepare to stay both nights until 8:00 pm., 

Events 512 & 629:  The Ensemble and Group Bible Speaking – does not count against totals – we want each school to have both of these categories.

Bible Bowl & Group Bible Speaking:  Bible Bowl questions will be taken from Genesis, chapters 1-11, and Group Bible Speaking must be from any complete chapters in Genesis chapters 1-11, also.

Let’s all try to encourage our students to enter events in the Music & Platform categories.  This is where we all should focus, because these categories can be used of the Lord more for ministry (generally speaking) that the other categories, so let’s make an effort.

Notice that 3 copies of the work (early events and platform & music etc.) must be submitted to the judges, and 3 copies of the Judges forms.

We will provide a puppet stage for all to use, but you may bring your own if you wish.

All One Act Play props must be setup and taken down within the allotted time, or point deductions will apply, and they must be within the boundaries as stated in the guidelines.

Food & drinks are to be kept in the designated food area, and no food or drinks will be allowed in any of the buildings.  Only water will be allowed in the gym, no Gatorade, etc.

Archery equipment must -AT ALL TIMES – be in the control of an adult Sponsor, students may not carry equipment to or from archery event. — (Obvious reasons!)  You must bring your own equipment if your Student enters this event.

Students who qualify for both Junior Convention and the Frontier Regional Student Convention, are encouraged to participate, and you may use the same projects at both Conventions.

An Opportunity to Serve:  We do need some Teens to help, but Sponsors, please don’t bring an older Student who will not be willing to work and help.  Some of the tasks do include carrying chairs or trash, working in the kitchen, being stationed at strategic points to help judging panels with copies, or making sure they can get something to drink – if needed, going to find certain Students or a Sponsor for an event, like Pace Bowl or Bible Bowl, etc.  We will not charge them for food, but we will expect them to preform tasks that they will be assigned.  If you have a Student, or former Student, that might be will and able to help judge certain events, please contact me, and let me approve of the arrangement, before you allow them to attend.  This is the NEW MEXICO JUNIOR CONVENTION, and I want to make sure that is just that, for the Juniors, 12 and under, not a place to hang out and be a problem, — I know you know what I mean!  Again, Call me first to make those arrangements, but we do need some help. 505-877-0535 – Office, 505-977-5885 – Cell

Command Performances:  If your Student does an event with excellence, that may be asked to preform in front of the whole Convention.  You will be notified if is recommended by the Judges, and meets the guidelines.  If your Student is recommended for a Command Performance, this does not necessarily mean that they won first place, so keep this in mind and don’t set your Student up for a disappointment.

Lastly, here is a link to our Frontier Regional Student Convention promotion video for you to use to promote the other convention, and I will try to get one made for the Jr. Convention – but Pray for this great Junior event now, and we will begin working on that one later!


Thanks for your interest and help – as it really does take a lot of work from a lot of people.


Pastor John Boggs

Rio Grande Baptist Church

Lego – guidelines for NM Jr. Convention





New Mexico Jr. Convention

Hello My Dear Friends,

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  John 13:35  Wouldn’t this be an amazing answer to all our worlds anger problems???  Isn’t it interesting that we do have the answers to what the world is seeking?  So thank you for your work and labor of love that you have bestowed upon the saints, and do minister, because the Bible tells us, that God is not unfaithful – to forget all these things! (my paraphrasing)

Good preaching, not because of me – but because of Him and His word!

Anyway, – we only have 10 week until the New Mexico Jr. Conv. will be over and done for this year, so let’s GO!!!

Attached is a copy of the information & registration form, and also the guidelines for the LEGO entry, (as taken from the ISC guidelines – Woodworking entry modified for our use).

We will get out the School Registration spreadsheet in the next 3-4 weeks, for you to input the registrations into and email back to me by Sep. 29th.

Sept. 29th, is the early entry deadline for all the events in the first column of the registration events list (attached), except for the clay, woodworking and Lego entries.

If you have questions, I prefer that you email them to me, as I like to respond to you via group emails, because others may have the same questions.

Lastly, let’s all please pray – asking the Lord Jesus Christ to bless our event, again, this year!

Your Fellow Servant,

John Boggs, Pastor

Rio Grande Baptist Church

Lego – guidelines for NM Jr. Convention

Copy of Copy of 2017 JR CONVENTION – EVENTS LIST

Training and Jr. Convention

Dear Friends,

It is my privilege to work with you and your schools, in association with ACE.  For those of us who have ACE schools, we know the extreme importance of TRAINING.  I took this training last Summer, and also 5 – years before that, just like they recommend.  Sometimes we think we know it all, or know more about how ACE works, than ACE knows, but that is simply not true.

Over the nearly 40 years now of using the ACE curriculum, I have noticed the many revisions of their procedures manual, (which is our guiding document for our schools) and the reason for the changes is from input submitted by schools like ours, and the training has also been updated and improved.  This training is crucial for the success of a great school, and when I visit schools that are struggling, I know a couple of things immediately: number one – they are not following the procedures manual, or number two – they do not have a properly trained staff; and many times – both!

While I’m at it – let me also remind you about the New Mexico Junior Convention, Oct. 19-20, with the attachment.

Mr. Wayne Musson, who is ACE’s official representative for our Frontier Region, has asked me to forward to you this reminder below about the upcoming opportunities for Supervisor and Monitor Training, here it is in it’s entirety.

Your Fellow Servant,

John Boggs, Pastor

Rio Grande Baptist Church

———————————————- PLEASE READ – BELOW! —– Mr. Musson writes:

The question of the day; Is your school staff prepared for the 2017-2018 school year?  New supervisors need to trained in the ACE procedures.  Veteran supervisors who have not been through supervisor training in the last 5 years are also in need of the training this summer.  Here are the two supervisor training venues for the Four Corners area.

Rio Grande Christian Academy in Albuquerque, NM will be hosting training the week of August 1-4.

Anchor Christian Academy of Salt Lake City, UT will also host training during the week of August 8-11.

Please sign up soon, this will help us know how to plan for each site.

Training information can be found on the ACE Web site.

Remember to sign up for the fall CEC nearest you.

Thank you for your labor of love.  God bless you!


Copy of Copy of 2017 JR CONVENTION – EVENTS LIST

Frontier Regional Student Convention Promo

Dear Friends,


The word of God tells us in, Prov. 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. ”  Our Lord and Saviour said, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends”, – John 15:13.  Anyway, all of you I consider my friends, but we all have another Friend that we serve, as we serve each other, and that is Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your service to Him.

One of our friends, James Leeder from Heritage Christian Academy, (Bella Vista Baptist – in Albuquerque) has spent time and effort to make us a promotional video, and I want to thank him personally for all his work to make this available for our Regional Convention, March 12 – 16, 2018.

This is for all of us to use, as we promote our Regionals to our fellow A.C.E. schools, in or near our 4 – Corners region, (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona).  We also have schools from Texas, Kansas, — and in the past from Nevada, and California and Oklahoma who have participated.  If you look us the land area, we cover a lot of territory (sadly – sometimes forgotten) with the Frontier Regional Student Convention.  I just left Mr. Dawson a voice mail stating, that we have the potential even now, to see 7 new schools come, for the first time, and with the blessings of God on this video, perhaps you could recruit even more.

I’m sending this email to A.C.E. – so please let no one take this the wrong way, but our Regional Convention is such a tremendous event, and with ISC usually further to the East, let’s all make this event something for our region that all our students can enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives!  I love ISC, and we have been there for the past 12 years in a row, and I only wish that you could be a part of it, – what a great meeting with students from literally all over the world, coming and competing – WOW!  One reason some don’t get this opportunity, is that they don’t participate in a Regionals.  In the video, Brother Mark Lenentine says that Regionals is the single thing they do that promotes school spirit the most, and I agree with him.

Please watch the video, and I would love to have your feedback, about what you think about it, and use it starting as soon as school starts – promoting your Frontier Regional Regional Convention.  The competition level is high, but when your Students see others do their events, and can tell the dedication and effort to do those things, I hear this over and over, “I can do that”, or, “Next year I …”.  I’ve said before that I can’t teach my own Students to do all that stuff, but by going to Regionals, other Students have taught my Students what and how to do these events, it’s really amazing just what and how good these Students can preform, to me, this is what keeps my interest going in this A.C.E Regionals.  Again, I believe that starting the very first week of school will really prove to help you and your school this year.  The paperwork and preparation can be daunting perhaps at times, but if you start early, it is so much easier that waiting till the last 2 – 3 weeks before Regionals.


Print out an Events list – (attached) – and have your students pick out, up to 12 events they want to participate in – have them to commit to them – within the first 2 weeks of school. —– VITAL!!!!!

Print out a Complete Guidelines manual – the events are all listed, and make sure to be familiar with the ‘General Guidelines’ – ie: for music & platform events — ‘General Guidelines’ for dress and appearance standards – what to bring or not bring, etc.

Even now – commit to come – adjust your school calendar now for Regionals and ISC, start your fund raising, have meetings and make your plans, reserve rooms, – but most importantly – have your Students begin to practice, or start projects – NOW

Ask others how they prepare – call me if you have questions or concerns – I don’t necessarily know all the answers off the top of my head, but I can and will find out what you need to know, and am willing to help you through the process.

Below are instructions from Brother Leeder as to how you can put this video on your Church / School’s website, or how to share this video with friends.

Your Friend in His Service,



Rio Grande Christian Academy is a Biblically based institution that adheres to the Bible as our sole authority. We still hold to traditional values and morals that made America the great nation that she is. It is with great honor and respect for the God the Bible and our American forefathers that we hold to Christian beliefs in order to “train up a child in the way he should go”.  Rio Grande Christian Academy is accredited through Advanc-ED and is a ministry of Rio Grande Baptist Church.

Rio Grande Christian Academy is looking for a principal beginning the 2017-2018 school year.  Anyone considering applying should see the opportunity as one of fulfilling a calling rather than simply continuing their career. That person should be of excellent Christian character and should be willing to become a member of the church (or of a sister church).  The applicant should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (in Education) although a master’s degree is preferred. 

Any interested candidate should send their resumes to:

Rio Grande Christian Academy

2121 Gun Club Rd. SW

Albuquerque, NM 87105

Or contact the church office at: (505) 877-0535