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.
*DD, Elm. Music & Drama, Watersports, Teen Hope, & Backpacking all used same scripture*
The Parable of the Sower
Mark 4:1–9, 13–20
1 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. 17 But 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; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20Others, 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.”
We had a visit from Farmer Paul. We talked about all the things we need to grow things. We then talekd about what we need to grow as God’s children. After they completed their pictures with Farmer Paul they visitied the planting station. We planted sunflowers in pots for each camper and counselor. These germinate quickly and should be growing before we leave on Friday.
Elementary Music and Drama
What Kind of soil are you: rocky, shallow, thorny or fertile?
Kids were assigned a type of soil, then they were asked to develop a skit to portray a scenario that depicts their “soil”. Skits were performed for the group. That night at worship the book “Ish” was shared.
-What are characteristics of all 4 types of soil?
-What soil are you?
-Have you ever been any other type of soil? How?
-What type of soil would you like to be? Why?
-How do you fertilize the good soil?
Campers will hear the Parable of the Sower and consider how open we are to receive and respond to God’s Word at camp and throughout our lives.
– discover that Jesus told stories called parables to teach about God’s Kingdom.
– learn that parables have many levels of meaning.
– identify barriers to hearing and receiving the Word of God.
Focus points for Mark 4:1–9, 13–20:
-path – where everyone else goes, following the crowd
-thorns – temptation and stuff that can hurt and choke you
-rocks – no roots, if you don’t open yourself up you can’t grow as a person
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Story Time: In each session time, we will sit down and tell stories. We will take the parable from each day and morph it into more of a local folk tale that incorporates the local surroundings and characters from Benton County’s past. We’ll then compare to the actual parable and try to visualize Jesus telling these stories and the time period he was in. We’ll try to look for meaning in each of these stories for our own lives and maybe tell real life stories as well.
Focus question for Mark 4:1-9, 4:13-20
-What on earth is this parable talking about?
-When do we tend to put ourselves in these four different places? What does it feel like when we are in each of these places?
-Why would Jesus tell stories in parable form, if it makes things more confusing?