Each day, we will post the scripture and maybe part of the lessons for each camp, so parents, church members, and anyone else can follow along with what campers are learning. We encourage you to take some time out of your day to be still, look through the scripture and talking points, and pray. We hope this will be a spiritual time in your day, and it will help you connect with campers when they return from camp.
Elementary Arts and Crafts
5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Campers will write Staff Thank you cards and make friendship bracelets. Consider writing thank you notes to the important people in your life this week.
Junior High, Treehouse Wilderness, and Camp Teen Hope
We Are God’s Soil (Mark 4:1-9, 13-20)
4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
The Parable of the Sower: We are the soil. Literally we are the soil that God plants and harvests in. My initial reaction and understanding was that we are the seeds that are being planted and the soils were the situations that prevent growth. But now I see that it is us that are the the different soils. God is always planting these seeds of hope, grace, and love that He lavishly bestowed upon us, His soil. The real question is not whether God is planting His seeds, but whether we are able to bear the fruit of these seeds or not. We should never question whether God is there. He is constantly pursuing us in our walks with Him and planting His seeds in us. We only need to have that good soil for His seeds to take root in.
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is bulding on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”-1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (Junior High)
1) Why do you think Jesus used a farmer or sower?
2) What does the seed thrown along the path represent? The rocky path?
3) The good soil? Read Luke 6:46-48 along with the good soil verse. How do the two relate?
Campers will go out and plant seeds (Treehouse and Teen Hope)