Scripture Story: Romans 8:35,37–39
Scripture Focus: Romans 8:38–39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Theological Summary: Nothing can separate us from God’s love for us shown in Jesus Christ.
- understand how the magnitude of interconnectedness influences their encounters in the world
- declare that they are connected to God’s love in Christ no matter what
- identify things that try to disconnect them from God
- become equipped to share the good news with others
- reflect on what things from camp will help them keep their connection to God
Every camper received an award from their counselor and all the counselors got an award from their camp director.
We had an instructioned Eucharist – a hybrid program/worship time. For the sermon they did a guided meditation on connections. They had to think of a time when they felt like they were lost or separated from the parents/friends, but the good news is, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! 10 campers filled ministry positions for the Eucharist. We completed our thank you notes and had a meet-and-greet session with the senior high campers. Elementary ended their camp with a talent show! We had an amazing creative ballet performance by two male campers, gymnastics, lots of jokes and singers.
We talked about the connections we have made this week with scripture and during program time. We talked about the “dismissal” during Eucharist and how the Eucharist is building us up to go out into the world. This links to the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried around to remind them of God’s promises. Each camper made their own “Arks” in family groups to take home what they learned this week. For worship, we had Eucharist and we used the bread our campers baked earlier in the week. The sermon talked about the metaphor of the vine, and how we can remain connected to each other but go out into the world and do what we’ve learned: love one another! Junior High ended their camp with a dance! They also got to hang out by the camp fire.
During program we did skits in our family groups about injustices and how society tries to keep those injustices in place and what we as Christians can do to respond. The kids came up with them on their own and they were AMAZING! Then we created an interconnectedness web about how we are all connected to each other to demonstrate that when we are out in the world and we are trying to respond to injustices, there is risk and vulnerability, but we have this web of people lifting us up and reminding us who we are and where we came from. We had the “senior game show” where we asked the graduating seniors for their first camp memory, first camp crush, what they’d be doing next year, and what advice they’d give younger campers. We had a special farewell Eucharist and blessing for the graduating seniors and they each got envelopes of letters that everyone in camp contributed to. We closed the evening with a DANCE!
Breakfast: French Toast and sausage or ham
Lunch: Sloppy Joes
Supper: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, rolls, and cake!