Well, okay, more like “bits and pieces of one morning in the life of a camper” but that title seemed overly verbose.
However, for your viewing pleasure and to “mix things up a little” I have put together a couple of videos: The first is me asking whatever of our campers I could find right after lunch about their favorite things about camp so far. The second gives you an abbreviated look into our day… and this was all before lunch! So sit back, relax, and enjoy your campers — we are so glad they are here!
I love mornings at camp! To wake up, hear the groans of kids who’d rather sleep longer, then to hear them get excited and “come alive” as they recount to each other the day before, and the expectation of the day to come. The sun rises over the trees, the grass is still wet. We’ve filled our stomachs with food, filled our water bottles with fresh water, and right now are filling our minds with the focus of the day — Each morning is a refreshing time of new beginning fitting of what lies ahead.
Pray for us and your campers today — that we would know how lovingly made we have been made, and to “put on” that love to be salt and light in the world. To remind the world that God didn’t just make us and then stuff us in a drawer to be forgotten. A fountain in the middle of the main courtyard reminds us of what we should know so well. That “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”, and the other side of the fountain reminds us what to do with that love, to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Our first full day — filled with track times, bible study, marshmallow catapults, pom pom launchers, tennis, football, soccer, food, fun, friends, and fellowship — is coming fast to a close. Right now the sun is setting, a breeze is blowing over the courtyard, and a hot day is turning into a beautiful night for the kids to finish the night playing outside for a bit before lights-out.
So, our overall theme for the week is “Blueprint, God’s Design”, and each day we focus on a more specific aspect. Today’s focus was “We are created in God’s image”, and all the lessons, games, track times, and other activities have reinforced that and culminated in our evening Worship service, a toned-down time where the environment and music are less “pumped up”; more thoughtful and introspective. After some worship in song, Pastor Pat gave the kids their final lesson of the day and finished with what is probably a convicting question to all of us:
Given that you are made in the Image of God; Are you reflecting God, or something else?
Pray for this message and question to penetrate into their hearts and minds; that they would respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction to live appropriately to whose they are, and in whose image they were made.
We took a break in our normal schedule, right after lunch, to pray for Dale Myers, having brain surgery today. It is important and powerful to share these moments with the kids, to let them know we value the power of prayer and that they are as much a part of the Church as we adults are. To let them know they pray to the same God we do, who is no less powerful to answer their prayer than mine. The power of prayer lies in the God who hears it, not the capability of the man, woman, or child who offers it.
Rise and shine parents and campers! It’s just 9am and we have had a full morning already here at Centrikid camp… and we’re just getting started! Showers, breakfast, quiet time, the I Can’t Wait gathering, and as I write this your kids are in their morning Bible study time. After that we’ll head to recreation where we have games that are always used to point to biblical principles that reinforce the camp themes. Even in the play times, the staffers do a great job keeping the verse and the biblical theme at the core of the activities.
After we woke up we went pretty much straight to breakfast @7am, then to a quiet devotion time, and then to I Can’t Wait where 3 of our own were on stage for The Centrikid birthday song! (video below)
One of the things I love about Centrikid is that, yes, there are a lot of loud and crazy activities, but there also times set aside for us and the campers to be deliberately quiet and thoughtful. We pray for the Holy Spirit to use these times — indeed anytime really — to convict the campers of their need for Christ, and of the very special relationship He created us to have with Him. We aren’t just created BY God, He made us in His very own image! Our sin broke that image, only Christ’s redemption can restore it. For those campers already saved, pray for their relationship to grow and deepen. For those who have not yet personally placed their faith in the finished work of Christ, to know their need and do so.
Finally, I inserted some action pics that are actually from yesterday but got left on the cutting floor the night before. Doh!
Well… “officially” the campers are down… but boys giggle and talk beside me as I rat-a-tat-tat in the dark into the night. 🙂
We arrived, played some games, got our camp shirts, moved in to our rooms, ate lunch, played more games, then finally did the official camp kickoff and Opening Celebration! There we played some group games, then had a short messages from Camp Pastor Pat where he set the stage and theme for the week of us being created, by God, for a purpose!
Ephesians 2:10 is our driving passage for the week and the kids are challenged to memorize it, and one of our campers already did! At our very first all-church gathering Donovan Gay was the first to be able to say it word-for-word. Way to go Donovan! I encourage you to memorize it too, and be prepared to talk to your child about it when they return to reinforce what they will be taught all week.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” — Ephesians 2:10, Christian Standard Bible
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night!
Ephesians 2:10 (CSB)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Hello parents and families, we are on the road!
As I write this we are Bolivar bound for a week of learning about the God who designed us, and to be who he created us to be. Please be in prayer us, your campers, and the camp staff as we lead your kids in fun, games, lessons, and worship that all point them to know their immeasurable worth in the eyes and hands of the immeasurable God who made them and gave His own life that you and your kids may know him personally.
Here are just a few pics from this morning as we gathered and prepared for the adventure of the week ahead!