Thursday, Day 5: What If We Speak Up?
Theological Summary: If even Jesus can have his mind opened by fearlessness in the face of injustice, just imagine how big God’s grace must be!
Today, campers will…
- discern God’s way for the world
- find the courage to use their gifts as God’s voice in the world
- reflect on where the world needs them most
- claim personal passion as it connects with God’s vision for the world
Scripture Mark 7:24-30; Focus: Mark 7:25–26
But a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Elementary: On Thursday, our Elementary campers focused on God’s call to Samuel during program time enjoying a somewhat silly Lego Video interpretation of Samuel’s confusion when God called to him in the night. To further connect with the idea that a call to speak up can come up unexpectedly, and we might not always know what it means or what we are to do, the campers played a game called “Back to the Drawing Board.” Similar to “Telephone,” the campers sat in rows facing the back of the person in front of them and were asked to “pass down” an image or word by drawing it on the back of the person sitting in front of them in hopes that the person in the front of the row could accurately draw the image on a dry-erase board. Finally, following a reading of the second half of our passage in 1 Samuel by Jocelyn E., our campers engaged in discussion regarding how speaking up for what is right requires a great deal of courage with their family groups. In worship, campers focused on the Gospel lesson from Mark and considered in cabin groups the challenges of entering into a new land or place and not understanding the culture, and the challenge of speaking up in that new culture. The evening activity was the Beach Party!
9:45 am Tower, Canoeing, Skateboarding, Outdoor Cooking, Soccer, Arts & Crafts
11:00 am Waterfront
3:45 pm Swing, Gaga, Biking, Horses, Stream Exploration, Basketball, Recycled T-Shirt Tote Bags
Junior High: Our scripture reading for the day told the story of Jesus healing a Syrophoenician woman’s daughter. After a short game and MadLib, campers discussed that while Jesus did what they expected (healing the girl) in the end, He was rather harsh in his language towards the Gentile woman. We then broke off into family groups and discussed the obstacles that keep us from speaking out and doing the right thing. For Jesus, it was the cultural barrier between Jews and Gentiles, for our campers, obstacles included bullying, peer pressure, and shyness. Family groups created prayer stations, and students had the opportunity to travel between groups, pray for each other, and write out ideas for overcoming the obstacles written at each station. For worship, we held our healing service. Staff members were available for individual prayer and comfort. The evening activity was the talent show!
11:00 am Tower, Canoeing, Skateboarding, Outdoor Cooking, Soccer
2:15 pm Adventure Hike, Fishing, Biking, Archery, Waterfront, Star Wars Role Playing
5:00 pm Swing, Horses, Basketball, Arts & Crafts, Preston Hike, Slackline, Talent Show Rehearsal
Senior High: Yesterday, Senior High started program with a game that illustrated injustice. Students reflected on how the injustice made them feel and how they responded to it. They then listened to the story of when Jesus heals the Syrophoenicians woman’s daughter. Next, we talked about speaking up using the example of prophets. Each family group made their own definition of prophet and gave examples of past and present prophets. All the family groups shared their thoughts with the large group. We ended our time with upbeat music that spoke about being that prophetic light in the world.
We held Youth Commission and Youth Delegate elections. New Youth Commissioners are Edith Stanford, Scott Adams, Gillian Typer, and Mercedes Juache. Our Youth Delegates this year are Josh Avery, Creed Ekerberg, Paul Carter, and John Butler with Edith Stanford as an alternate.
The evening activity was the Talent Show followed by the Healing Service for our daily worship. Our theme was hope even in the midst of hardship. Students were invited to participate in various prayer stations. One was a contemplative space praying with icons. Another was writing prayers as conversations with God. One was a finger prayer labyrinth counting our blessings. And then there were stations were students could pray with Servant Leaders (trained students) or with Episcopal staff. This service ended with singing “Indescribable” as a group, as a reminder of the God who is bigger than any of the challenges we may face.
9:30 am Archery, Arts & Crafts, Biking, Fishing, Gaga
2:15 pm Horses, Tower, Soccer, Arts & Crafts, Waterfront, Survival Bracelets
3:30 pm Quad Time, Gaga, Speedball, Talent Show Rehearsal
Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls and Oatmeal
Lunch: Chicken Fajitas
Supper: Hamburgers & Hotdogs, macaroni salad, chips, watermelon