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.
Matthew 25: 31-40
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
We thought of things we can do that help to show others that we are one of God’s sheep. We ended by singing “I Just Want to Be a Sheep”.
The Parable of the Friend in Need
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[e] 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 hear the Parable of the Friend in Need and discover that when we earnestly seek love and grace from God we receive. Likewise, we are called to provide love and grace to others.
-consider that they can ask God for what they need from God and one another
-explore ways to respond to the needs of others.
-discover that God hears their requests.
Elmentary Music & Drama, Backpacking, & Teen Hope
20 “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[a] 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.”
Elementary Music and Drama
Todays focus is PRAYER. We are learning that it’s ok to ask God boldly & persistently when we have a need.
We learned an interpretive piece to the song “Set Me Free” by Casting Crowns. We also saw a skit called “The Lord’s Prayer” and read “The Oak Inside the Acorn.” The Activity Staff will lead worship tonight with a theme based on “The Giving Tree.”
Teen Hope- Girls
Girls split up into small groups and went around to play a game. They were to find activity staff and ask what task they could perform for staff to gain their love, trust, respect, and friendship.The staff gave them a task to do. Some were asked to sing songs, go meet DD campers, other were asked to sing to the DD campers. After the girls returned they were then told by the staff that they did not have to perform that task to earn which ever thing it was (love, trust, respect, or friendship) because it was already freely given to them.
-How does the game represent God’s Kingdom? (notice that the activity staff kept saying, “you dont’ have to earn those things because you already have them.”)
-Wha tin your life do you feel like you have to earn or achieve?
-How does the pressure of having to “be good or act a certain way affect you?
-What does the passage say about God’s love?
-What are things in life that you feel like aren’t fair?
-When is it bad when things aren’t fair, and when is it good when things aren’t fair?
-Has there ever been a time when you got as much as the rest, even though you didn’t do as much work?
-Why do we care so much about getting as much as everyone else?
-Why is God’s Kingdom like this instead of being based on something more equitable and fair?