This is a challenge for our 1st-5th grade children’s church kids.
Prizes: Complete one part: Choose “big” prize from children’s church
Complete two parts: Kiwi Loco gift card
Complete all three: Trip to Roaring Springs in August (day TBD)
Memorize Philippians 2:1-18. You may choose the version of the Bible you would like to use. It does not have to be word perfect, but it needs to be very close. You must recite it all at one time.
Memorize the Apostle’s Creed. This creed helps state what we believe as followers of Jesus.
Read 2 of our missions books and turn in a short report on the books. The report should answer questions like, Where did the story take place? Who are the missionaries involved? What was your favorite part? What did you learn from the story?
You have until August 4th to complete the full challenge. You can use the whole summer to work on each part of the challenge at a time. You do not have to do all three things at once. For example, you do not have to recite the scripture and creed at the same time. Whatever you complete by August 4th will determine your prize.
Your parents can help you along the way! Examples of how they can help are by listening to you practice your memorization, helping you come up with memorizing tools, reading the books with you, thinking of a good question to answer in your report, or reading your report before you turn it in.
I, for one, am really sad to see summer come to a close. But it is officially happening. The blankets are plied back on my bed and the hoodies are reappearing in my wardrobe. The other night I got home about 8:45 and I found myself thinking it was rather dark out. Summer is ending.
In remembrance of the great summer months, I thought I would share with you the top 5 things I love about summer.
Sunshine. I love being warm and I love when the sun is out during summer! It generally means warm weather and long days to play. There is always a possibility of sunshine in the other seasons, but warm, summer sunshine makes me very happy. And there is nothing quite as exciting as when you realizing it’s 9pm and there it’s still light enough outside to play!
No School. Now I’m not currently in school, but let me explain. There is a general, cultural relaxation when school is out of session. It just makes life more fun! Kids are out playing, families don’t feel rushed to get home to do homework or get ready for bed, and most people take the time to do more playing!
Swimming. I cannot tell you how much I love to swim! It’s even better when it’s at the beach, but when that doesn’t happen near as much as I would like. But I love it when it’s warm enough to just play in the water. I think one of my highlights this summer was meeting up with a bunch of kids and parents at the pool for a few hours of swimming (totally related to my #2 reason for loving summer!). It was awesome to see some of the kids accomplish the diving board for the first time! It was awesome.
Food. Not even kidding. There is something great about food in the summer time. I mean really, it’s BBQ, Farmer’s Market, and berry season. Can it get better than that? I think not.
Shorts. If I could handle the cold, I would wear my shorts all year! But I can’t handle the cold. So the shorts will soon be packed away for another year. That makes me sad. But I really enjoyed using them while I could!
That’s my top 5. What about yours? What has been the best part of summer? Have you really thought about it? Here’s what I would encourage you to do: Think about it! But don’t just leave it there. James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” What if we took each moment that was fun, each thing we enjoyed, and turned it into praise to God? One of the things I’ve learned is that when I start looking for the good things God has given me, it helps me focus. I realize that there is a lot of good things from God! And actually, when I am looking for God’s good gifts, I’m not to bothered by the end of summer any more… Instead, I’m overwhelmed by good gifts!
I realize it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a song, but I wanted to get back at it! This summer I discovered (thanks to my really awesome friends) a band that has become one of my favorites. Rend Collective Experiment is a group out of the North of Ireland. Their creativity in lyric and melody is refreshing and awesome. Give them a listen, check out their website, then buy an album! It’s not often I say to buy the album- but this one is totally worth it.
It is that time of year! It’s time for bug bites, sunburns, little-to-no sleep, smelling vans, and life changing moments. Yup, it is summer camp time. If you grew up with any sort of church or youth group experience, chances are really good that you know what I’m talking about!
Summer Church Camp is one of those experiences that leaves an impact. At times the impact is not exactly positive…. but they make for some wild stories! But those times aside, there are so many opportunities for life-changing, future-impacting moments during summer camp.
There is something about getting away from our normal rutines and settings that allows us to engage in learning and experiencing. Something about camp encourages us to get out of our box- like meeting and living for a week with new people. Often we are faced with challenges through a ropes course or group games. All of it offers fun and exciting experiences that leave us with incredible memories.
Then there is the unique experience we all call chapel. Music is loud and exciting, skits are hilarious (hopefully), and everyone seems more engaged than they ever on at Sunday morning church. And the speaker knows this. They know that (for the most part) this crowd of kids, teens, and adults are expecting something significant to happen. So they prepare some of the best stories, life lessons, and catchy phrases possible in an effort to make the most out of those moments called chapel. It is this experience that hopefully leaves an amazing impact on life.
But it is also this experience that makes me the most nervous about church camp. We need experiences that challenge us. We need times to get away and really focus. We need those mile-marker moments in our lives. But what makes me nervous is when we begin thinking that that moment is all it takes for a lifetime of following Jesus. I love that we give opportunities for moments of focus, but I think it is so important to have many little moments of following up after the experience.
So I guess I would say this: Weigh carefully if you are considering being part of the summer camp experience over the next couple of months. If you are part of that experience, then I believe you will have a bit of responsibility to be part of the moments to follow… It will mean being there for those kids and teens even after the camp experience. Being “available” look different for each of us, but it is still really important. What do you think?