Today’s Mark of Mission was “To Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom” or “Tell.”
Elementary Campers Y-Times today were: Canoeing, Archery, 9 Square, Stream Exploration, Tennis, Rec Games, Waterfront (everyone), Horses, Swing, Biking, Arts & Crafts, and Fishing. They had a beach party after dinner which included lots of dancing and singing along to music. There was a “whip” and “nae-nae” contest and the kids were really in to it!
During Elementary program time they discussed Deuteronomy 11:18-21 and Matthew 28. Talking Points: First we must know what we believe (or don’t believe) and then we must share it.
God wants us to be in relationship with God. We are called to share the good news, like when you find out about a great video game, new music, or favorite restaurant. This video was used to demonstrate: https://youtu.be/fW8amMCVAJQ. They played Blob Tag and Telephone. Each family group created a one sentence “slogan” they might use to catch people and get them interested in talking about faith or a commercial inviting people to follow Christ.
For worship, campers did a traditional house blessing, except blessed all the parts of camp we’d be using this week.
Junior High Campers Y-Times today were: Horses, Biking, Swing, Archery Basketball, 9-Square, Waterfront, Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking, Rec Games, Fishing (they caught 4 fish!), Low Ropes course, Arts & Crafts, and Ultimate Frisbee. The evening activity was to watch the Lego Movie. They closed the evening with Compline.
Worship for Junior High this week is going to be a week-long instructional Eucharist. Today the focus was on the Liturgy of the Word which talked about practice vs. performance, “practice makes perfect,” beginnings and how we know when things have started. In program they talked about proclaiming the word of God and one of the ways they did this was by recreating bible stories with emoji’s dubbed “The Gospel According to Emoji” or “emojangelion” (a combination of emoji and evangelion which means Gospel in Greek). You can see pictures of each family group’s creations on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153813567153668.1073741863.341809228667&type=1&l=f786554e8a Try to see if you can figure out what Bible story they are telling you!
Senior High Campers Y-Times today were: Horses, Tower, Biking, Arts & Crafts, Soccer, Outdoor Cooking, Waterfront, Archery Hiking, Ultimate Frisbee, Shelter Building, Canoeing, Basketball, Gaga, Arts & Crafts with Kitty Fapp, Cardboard Boat Building, and Music Practice. For worship, they celebrated the Eucharist. The evening activity was family group games. They played 7-team capture the flag, had a pool-noodle hockey tournament, built towers of solo cups using only a rubber band controlled by long pieces of string, and built a tower of spaghetti and mini-marshmallows. They closed the evening with Compline and campfire time.
Program time each day starts with a question for reflection, includes at least one video to illustrate a point, and has family group time to further explore the topic.
Question of the Day – Think of someone you know who is a Christian. How do you know they know you are a Christian?
Video of the Day – The First Follower https://youtu.be/fW8amMCVAJQ Our faith requires that we be the first follower sometimes, going out on a limb to spread the good news. And the elevator pitch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq0tan49rmc
Family Group activity: Come up with 1 or 2 sentences about “Why I am a Christian” or “Why I am Episcopalian.” We are all different and we will all share our faith in different ways. Some of us may feel more confident than others about sharing theological truths; others will feel that they have a very powerful personal testimony to share. But all of us have a story to share, which will (whether we realize it or not) be a mixture of theological truth and personal experience. It’s important to know – what’s YOUR gospel? Then the family groups came up with one sentence to summarize the group’s thoughts. Here is what they came up with.
The church proclaims the Good News of the Kingdom when it…
- Conveys the love of God through service, worship, and evangelism.
- Accepts everyone regardless of who they are.
- God loves everyone.
- Reaches out to the community to provide for those who can’t provide for themselves.
- Practices what it preaches, loves unconditionally, and just does it!
- Accepts everyone and communicates hope.
- Accepts everyone for who they are and shows God’s love to everyone.
Monday lunch was chicken nuggets and green beans, Monday supper was enchiladas, rice and beans and Tuesday breakfast was scrambled eggs and biscuits. There is salad available at every lunch and supper; and fruit, cereal, and yogurt available at every breakfast.