Program was packed today because there were two scripture stories to cover!
Scripture Story: 1 Corinthians 11:23b–26
Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Theological Summary: We make sacred bonds with one another and God through covenant. Covenant is a way to express our connection beyond space and time. Jesus entered into covenant with us, and we with him, in holy communion.
- experience their connectedness to Christ through covenant
- reflect on the power of shared meals in community
- discover the roots of Christian worship (communion) in scripture
Scripture Story: Luke 24:13–35
Scripture Focus: Luke 24:32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
Theological Summary: We have tools we can use to reconnect to God, and we find them as we walk the road with Jesus.
- discover how they might deepen their connection with God
- learn to sustain this relationship after they leave the camp community
- become more familiar with their Bibles
- serve one another by being Christ-like to each other
During program we started with a centering prayer exercise with Father Joe. We did a meditation that connected all 64 campers and the staff in a tree of life which filled the chapel. We had 6 students present a skit based on the story of the road to Emmaus from Luke. We talked about how sometimes it’s hard to see God when we’re feeling stressed or challenged, and that is when we try to center and find him. We went on a quest to match paint sample colors to things around Camp Wood, they matched 117 paint samples! We discussed covenants, and each family group agreed on one way their members would work to spread God’s love while we’re here. We celebrated the Eucharist with Mother Kelly and had 6 campers serving in ministry roles during the service (altar guild, chalice, readers, acolytes, etc.). Tuesday night’s activity was Gold Rush in family groups and campers had a blast running from bandits and collecting gold.
During program we talked about the Eucharist, how we offer our praise and worship to God and the gifts of bread and wine to be blessed by God and offered back to us. We had juice and crackers during family group to symbolize the Eucharist, and talked about special meals (i.e. thanksgiving, or their mother’s pot roast, or pizza at youth group). We talked about how food is essential to our life and Jesus asking us to remember him at meals makes Christ as essential for our life as food. Some campers baked the Eucharist bread for the day during the afternoon activity time. At worship, the bread was passed from the back of the room through the hands of every camper and placed on the altar to be shared by everyone. Tuesday night was game night. Family groups ran from aliens and completed challenges to collect all the pieces of a DNA model which they then constructed as a team.
We started program with Eucharistic Jeopardy! Then we did ethical dilemma stones. Each family group was given a different ethical dilemma to discuss and decide on an appropriate response. Then they had had a Bible verse to apply to the situation and see if it affected their decision at all. We watched a clip from Arrival about the consequences of our choices and the effect that has on others. The oldest campers were given the opportunity to do a river canoe trip and they had a blast. During worship, Mother Betty talked about the prayer book, the beauty of the language and prayers, and how the BCP is a great resource for everyone to help them connect with God. Campers are enjoying the hammocks they brought to hang outside of their cabins. Construction on cardboard boats started for the Boat Regatta tonight. We finished the night by watching “Arrival,” which we have been seeing clips from all week in program (and eating popcorn).
Breakfast: Biscuits & Gravy
Lunch: Taco Salad
Supper: Rice, broccoli & chicken casserole with cobbler for dessert