After the chaplain gives the message, they invite you to take communion. They explain that this is one way we can all be united in Christ and that communion is something we do to remember what Jesus did for us. As you're given the opportunity to take communion, you decide to go for it. You know it's optional and that it's your choice, and something inside you yearns to be a part of this community of Christians that extends far beyond the boundaries of Camp Alta Mons. As you dip the bread into the grape juice and eat it, you feel connected God and you smile, knowing that He is here with you.
As worship wraps up and the final prayer is said, the Cookout Coordinator steps up and offers some preacher cookies to everyone. You take one and bite into the most delicious snack you've ever tasted. Ooey gooey peanut butter and chocolate fills your mouth and you know that tonight is a good night. As you gather with your unit and debrief worship, you look up at the stars in the Back 400 and you know that you are so loved. So loved by your friends, your counselors, the camp staff, and most importantly, by God.
On Thursday night we share the joy of the gospel with our campers, which can be pretty powerful for kids. Snack time in that space afterwards allows campers time to hug a friend and chat with their counselors about what they are experiencing. It's a time for them to celebrate their week, make the most of their last night at camp, and ask the questions they've been wanting and waiting to ask all week. It's our goal to let every camper at Alta Mons know that they are loved and we hope that this message is especially clear on Thursday nights. So maybe there is a lot more in a preacher cookie than just butter, sugar, and oats. There are hints of friendship, compassion, and belonging.
Thanks for unpacking all these camp traditions with us! For your final challenge, we want to give you the opportunity to experience a bit of worship yourself.
Worship is one of those funny church words that we often don’t really know what it means. For today worship is going to mean being with God. We want you to have the opportunity to be with God and feel God’s love. Your challenge: Like a candle and sing a worship song. If you need help thinking of a song or want to sing a camp song, check out our worship songs playlist! youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlVl8jIia-DCmR1SMIFoqntuyYrGvvQlq
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