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 and Camp Teen Hope
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Campers will play musical sketches (like musical chairs) and look for art in chaos (happy accidents). (Elementary Arts and Crafts)
Treehouse and Junior High
We Can Ask Boldly (Luke 11:5-10)
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.
The Parable of a Friend in Need: We are bold in prayer We can ask for anything from God with confidence. God wants us to ask with this earnest confidence in our hearts. This confidence comes not from a place of superiority over God, but from the unconditional love that God has for us. God has compassion and understanding in our prayers and requests. That is the boldness that we should have. Not that we are confident in ourselves or others, but that we are and should be confident in who God’s character is. What gets in the way of this boldness of who God always was and still is? Why do we think that our requests are trivial or unimportant to God? Jesus, in the New Testament, constantly is moved to compassion and tears by our requests to be healed and of our honest feelings of loss and hurt. He then heals those who are rebuked by the disciples and others who follow Him and raises from the dead those that have caused such sorrow and lament in our hearts. God and Jesus feel our pain and anguish and want to know what is on our hearts. So we should be persistent and confident in our praying to God, never scared to express that which is on our hearts. (Treehouse)
-Read the Luke 11:5-10 then create a prayer using the different kinds of poetic forms:ABC poem, Haiku, Acrostic, Cinquain, Rhyme. Be ready to share after you finish and hang it up. (Treehouse)
This parable illustrates helping a friend in need, and focuses on persistence with our faith. In the morning campers will be given “friendly challenge cards”. With challenges like: Offer to take someone else’s dishes to the kitchen, smile at everyone who talks to you today, and meet someone new today. In the afternoon we are focusing more on the idea that to practice persistence does more to change our hearts and minds than God’s, and it helps us understand and express the intensity of our need. The campers will be writing on the “doors” of their cabin things in their lives they have been blessed with. Just like the man in the parable was rewarded by persistently knocking on the door, when we persistently pray to God we are rewarded with blessings. The blessings will hang on the cabin door, so that throughout the week the campers will see the blessings God gives all of us and be reminded to continually pray. (Junior High)