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 Camp & Teen Hope
We had to say goodbye to two wonderful groups of people today. Both camps ended, but they had a wonderful week of building relationships and making memories. Please pray for safe travels for all our campers, also that all shall experience God’s unconditional love and grace outside of camp.
DD & Backpacking
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
We will celebrate God Planting Us in the World through worship.
-Talk about a style that caught on really fast and spread so quickly, it surprised you (or something that went viral).
-What does it take for something to spread quickly?
-What kind of things do you wish would spread quickly?
-Can you think of a way that God has spread and grown from a small beginning?
-What is one small thing you might do that could start God’s love to spread far beyond you?
Elementary Music and Drama
The Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Campers will hear the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin and will consider that God cares for us no matter what we do and always looks for us because every one of us is precious to God.
-remember times they strayed from God and be reminded that God continues to seek us.
-recall times they have been accepted and what it means.
-consider ways they can follow the example of Jesus by accepting others.