My Week at Camp – Tuesday

Tuesday morning find’s these 9-11 year olds raring to go! They are fueled up from breakfast and the fresh air and exercise they got at their skills and now it’s chapel time.

SEEK HIM!

childrens-ministry-big questionToday’s big question is, “Is sin really a problem?” I want the campers to understand that not only is sin disobeying God, it causes a barrier between us and God.

Is sin really a problem?

God created us to have a relationship with Him, but because God is holy our sin causes a barrier between us and God and that relationship is broken.

I brought some props with me to help the kids understand this important concept:

1. Golden Circle – This reminds us of God. It is golden to remind us that God is holy and can’t stand sin. It’s a circle to remind us that God is eternal. There is no beginning and no ending.

2. Little People – These people remind us of us! We are people created by God, loved by God, who have sinned against God.

3. Lego Blocks – I start building a wall with the lego blocks. The wall will go up in between the golden circle and the little people. As I build the wall, I talk with the kids about what sin is and how it affects our relationship with God. Sin causes a barrier between us and God.

We were created by God to be friends with God. God loves us and created us to have a special relationship with Him, but there’s a problem. Something has caused a barrier to go up between us and God and that something is sin. We can’t have a close relationship with God because sin is in the way. Because of sin we can’t be friends with God. That’s a huge problem because we will either spend forever with God or forever without God.

“When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12

So, back to our BIG question, “Is sin really a problem?” Yes, it is. Sin causes a barrier between us and God and sin has to be paid for. But God loves us so much that He has a plan to solve the problem. A plan that would break down that barrier and pay for our sins; a plan that would make a way for us to be forgiven for our sin.

I’ll tell you what that plan was tomorrow!

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My Week at Camp – Monday

It’s Monday morning…

Breakfast  √

Cabin clean-up  √

Skills  √

It’s time for chapel! I love seeing the kids lined up outside the chapel doors eagerly waiting to get in.

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Today’s big question is, “Is it okay to ask God questions?” Chapel’s going to be extra fun because I get to play with fire!

I am telling the story of Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus chapter 3. Moses does question God (3 times in fact!) But God listens and responds. Moses approaches God respectfully and reverently. And when Moses goes too far (continues questioning instead of obeying, God does get angry and says He is sending Aaron along with Moses.)

So, is it okay to ask God question? Yes. Be real with God. He already knows anyway. Ask your questions with respect. Don’t forget to read your Bibles! God has answered so many of our questions in the Bible. Seek God in prayer and in His Word – the Bible!

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

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Campfire at Bible Camp

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I’m at Bible camp all week and so excited to be sharing the love of Jesus with these fantastic kids!

The first time I get to speak with the kids is at campfire tonight. I get to introduce the theme and let kids know that God loves them and created them to have a relationship with Him!

Seek Him!

The theme this week is “Seek Him!” so every day we are going to ask a BIG question and then find the answer together.

BIG Question

Tonight at campfire, the BIG question is “Do I really matter to God?”

When you matter to someone they notice you. Psalm 139:1-4, 13,14 tells us just how much God notices us – He knows where we are every moment; He sees every time we sit down or stand up; He knows every thought we think; He hears every word before we speak it; He knows us! He knows us so intimately because He made us.

So, it’s clear that God notices us, but do we matter to Him? The answer is yes! God loves us and created us different from His other creations. He made us so that we could have a special relationship with Him.

Now, are we having s’mores, or what?

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