As I’m skimming through posts on my old blog, I came across this one. It’s so fitting for this time of year because this time next week, our church will be hosting Camp Creative again. So from the archives……
Tonight, this mama’s heart is full.
Our church has an amazing children’s ministry called Camp Creative. During this two day camp, children learn Bible stories and take part in creative ways to praise and worship God. Activities this year included storytelling, art, hands and feet (blacklight mime/signing and interpretive dance), woodworking, puppetry, Legos, and cake decorating.
As a mom of three very different boys, I am so appreciative of this ministry. I have two sons that are eager to take part in most activities our children do at church. My middle child is sometimes a little reluctant and has been known to stand on stage during performances….just standing there.
But this ministry…..it excites him. Sunday night he was ready for bed because he knew Camp Creative would come bright and early Monday morning. When we got home from day 1, he talked about his favorite activities of the day. And I’ll be honest, I cried when I saw him participate in the blacklight mime/signing practice session. Today, he has talked nonstop. He’s repeatedly told me his favorite parts of his classes and the four parts he has in the blacklight show.
Ya’ll, this is it.
The Bible says Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This camp shows kids there isn’t a single right way to praise and worship God. We teach them about the One True God, about Jesus Christ our Savior. But we show them ways to serve, honor, and glorify Him that don’t fit in a box. These children are learning and worshipping and praising and serving in so many ways. And they are excited. They are excited about Jesus.
And this mama’s heart is happy, it’s full. I’m an emotional wreck because my quiet kid, my kid that is rarely excited about anything is excited.
I am thankful for our church that supports ministries like this. I’m thankful for those that organize and teach and herd children around. I’m thankful. Tomorrow night as the children take part in their “Praisentation,” I’ll be praising God for this amazing ministry and how it affects my children.
I’ll say it again: I am thankful for this ministry. I’m thankful to be a part of the team that works with the children as well as have children who are touched and strengthened in their walk with God through the ministry. I’m thankful our church has a wonderful children’s ministry that includes Sunday school, music, Wednesday evening meals and children’s classes, and children’s church during Sunday worship. During the summer we have Vacation Bible School and Camp Creative. What ministries does your church have for children that they love to take part in?
This article was orginally posted at http://alifeworthlivingforhim.blogspot.com/2016/07/outside-box.html