This years kids camp is going to be a little bit different. As you may have seen in a previous post, our camp theme is Minding Our Manners. This is not a series of lessons that will help teach children to be better behaved. It is about teaching children a proper response to the gospel. The gospel will be laid at the feet of the children through story, song, play, and entertainment. Using the story of a restaurant owner, Luigi, and his manager, Monticello, the children will see the struggle that Monticello faces as he must make the decision about whether to obey his boss, Luigi, or go his own way. Through this story the children will see that they have a decision to make in life, they can either honor Jesus as Lord and accept the gift that he freely gives or they can go their own way and pretend like they are in charge.
Afterward the children will be taught how God wants us to respond to the Gospel: Sorry, Thank You, and Please. Sorry, God, that I have not treated you as the ruler that you are. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to take my punishment for the things that I have done wrong. Please forgive me, and help me live with Jesus as the ruler of my life. Some children may not fully grasp the implications of such a decision and will postpone an answer, we are alright with that. If a child does make a statement of faith to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior then we will spend an incredible amount of time discussing it with the child and the child’s parents to insure that the child understands the meaning and gravity of such an important decision. The faith of our children does not need to be built upon a signature on the back of a card, but rather, the foundation of Scripture.
In preparation for Kids Camp 2011, we are handing out a giving guide. As a result of the economic crisis that our country is facing and taking into consideration the impact that it can have on families with children we wanted to provide our church with the opportunity to reach out and minister to the needs of those families. Every year we have a few individuals that are faithful in sponsoring a child or multiple children to go to Kids Camp. This year we wanted to open up that opportunity to the general congregation. We have created a few different ways that people are able to give: per verse sponsorship, contributing to our food fund, and sponsoring a specific child. Each of these methods will help us reduce the overall cost of Kids Camp which will, in turn, reduce the cost per child. Our goal is to provide every child that wants to go an opportunity to attend camp without having to worry about whether or not they have enough money.
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