This past week, I volunteered to help at our annual Bible Camp. As we had cut down to three days and a longer time 10 am until 3 pm, I was a bit concerned about how it would go. But the children proved me wrong. They kept going each day with just a free break after lunch and they seemed to learn and play with enthusiasm.
Our theme was Trinity and our deacon introduced one person of the Trinity each day. On the first day about God the Creator, the children had a chat and discussion about what God had created and then went off on a scavenger hunt around our church cemetery! They collected objects such as toy animals, water in a container and small pictures showing a river or a mountain. Afterwards, they planted flowers in God’s good earth. In the afternoon they had the joy of meeting three animals; thee were a regular size horse, a miniature pony and a lovely dog called Timbit. Time spent with these animals was really popular with everyone.
On day two, our deacon introduced them to Jesus and we chatted to find out what the children knew and to reinforce what Jesus did for us as our Saviour. The children made crosses out of yearn,learned about baptism and had a water game. Remembering Jesus was also part of an earthly family and as head of the Church family, we talked about working together. to illustrate this we had fun with a parachute game.Supporting each other to get a ball rolling a certain way or allowing a team to run under the parachute was a good way of working together.
On the third day we talked about the Holy Spirit and how He is in us. He was Jesus gift to us; Jesus breathed on the disciples. The Holy spirit is lie the breath of God. The children used their breaths to blow bubbles and to make music with kazoos. We hope they will play these at church one Sunday. We finished our third day of camp with kite flying at a nearby park. As Jesus told Nicodemus,” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ ” (John 3:8) We can all feel the breeze and we could see how the wind took our kites where it would. The weather was beautiful and our prayers written on our kites soared into the air.It was such a happy day.
The best comment we had after we sung and played together came from a five year old who said, “I could come herenfor another three days!” Through the children we learned that summer fun can also be a time of learning and best of all, the joy of doing lots of activities with friends and experiencing God’s wonderful world..