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 Music & Drama
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
1 “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. 6About 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 hear the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and consider that God’s grace is not determined by anything we do, but through God’s love alone.
-explore the nature of God’s grace
-consider how God’s Kingdom turns values upside down
-how can we treat others justly
Backpacking and Teen Hope
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.
-Jesus told this parable when he was explaining to the disciples how to pray. What does this have to do with prayer?
-Does Jesus really mean that whatever we want, we just keep asking, and God will give it to us? If we ask for 1 million dollars every day, is God going to give us 1 million dollars? If that’s the case, why aren’t just always asking for a million dollars, and why aren’t there more millionaires?
Backpacking focus questions:
-What have you asked for and gave up on, because you realized you didn’t want it that bad?
-What have you asked for and not gave up on, and how has it turned out?
-What has the difference been between the things you stop asking for and the things you keep asking for?
-How do you see God answering these requests? Does he do it just because we want it so bad? Does he answer it the way we think he will? If it’s different, how is it different?
Teen Hope focus questions:
-Have you ever lost anything valuable? What happened?
-What is the most valuable thing in your life? What would happen if you lost it? What would you do to get it back?
-have you ever felt lost or abandoned? Spiritually lost? Were you able to feel found?