Mega Camp 2016 – Wednesday morning

 

Tuesday’s Mark of Mission is: To teach, baptize and nurture new believers.

Elementary Y-Times Tuesday were: Canoeing, archery, gaga, nature exploration, soccer, outdoor cooking, waterfront, horses, biking, swing, arts & crafts, water games, and shelter building. Their evening activity was Gold Rush (a traditional camp game).

During program campers talked about Matthew 4:23 and watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CjUHNYzW1E&feature=youtu.be

The program director, Gaye Lynn talked about how not all of us are evangelists like Ezekiel, which is only one way to teach. We do have a responsibility to proclaim the Gospel, tell others about the Good News, but not just tell, we need to teach (by word and example). They learned a line dance, talked about learning and teaching, and played a follow-the-leader game.

Junior High Y-Times Tuesday were: horses, biking, archery, arts & crafts, soccer, gaga, waterfront, archery, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, shelter building, basketball, tower, and fishing.

During program campers studied our baptismal covenant and created interpretive dances based on the blessing of the water that is part of the baptism service (hoping to get these published to Facebook throughout the day, but we have slow internet so it might take a bit). We renewed our baptismal covenant during an instructed worship service. Then we had a great time at our 4th annual Camp Wood Land Olympics complete with internationally judged ice dancing, pool-noodle relay, and whack-a-mole (or something). Bishop Wolfe arrived Tuesday in time for dinner and spent the evening with the Junior High group. He will be with us all day Wednesday as well.

Water prayer (from the BCP) a symbol of God’s work in the world.

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water.
Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.
Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage
in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus
received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy
Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death
and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are
buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his
resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his
fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. -BCP p. 306-307

Senior High Y-Times Tuesday were: horses, biking, swing, arts & crafts, basketball, low ropes, waterfront, canoeing, outdoor cooking (they made donuts), rec games, fishing, hiking, cricket, barn games, 9-square, board games, cardboard boat building, and music practice. They watched Antman in the evening with popcorn and Gatorade as a treat!

Question of the Day – Think of someone you know who is a good teacher. Why are they a good teacher?

Video – O Brother Where Art Thou – Delmar’s Baptism; not the kind of baptism we are used to but an example of a kind of baptism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PUDd7LBb88

Talking points – Our faith is a continuous life cycle. Our baptism and confirmation were not the end of an education but the beginning of a new life with Christ. Every celebration of baptism, reading of the bible or telling of our faith is a renewal of our beliefs.

In family groups we talked about teaching, baptism, and nurturing new believers. Family groups created an interpretive dance to the water prayer (above). After family groups met, we renewed our baptismal vows and performed our dances during the water prayer.

Tuesday lunch was chili fries, supper was tater tot casserole, Wednesday breakfast was French toast.

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