We, in our time, have learned a few things about child development. We have learned about the important of giving children a foundation of nurture, love, and security. We have learned that children's brains develop slowly and, even though they are little sponges soaking up lots and lots of information, they will make mistakes. And when they make mistakes, the need to have parents who sill love them just the same. We have learned that good faith formation should start young. I sill remember many of the "Sunday School Songs" that I learned when I was in first grade. "Jesus loves the little children / all the children of the world / red and yellow, black and white / they are precious in His sight / Jesus loves the little children of the world." That one still works.
In just a little over a month, it will be the beginning of Summer camps! Why do we put so much emphasis on summer camps? Because we know that our young people need all of the faith nurture we can give them. Summer camp is 6 and a half days of games, singing, worship, study, and Christian life experience among the beautiful pines at the Community of the Great Commission. Ask a young person. They will tell you that it is the best week of the year.
So when June rolls around, I want you (yes, you!) to take on a discipline. Every day from June 1 through July 4, take time to pray for our summer camps and our young people going to summer camp. Besides our young people, please also pray for Stan Slavin, who will be representing our church as a counselor the first week of camps. Some of you have asked me, "Which camp are you doing this summer?" And the answer, sadly, is: I am not. I have a family wedding in Pennsylvania on June 27, making it impossible to do either week of camp. I used to talk about retiring from summer camps, but now I think that will will have to put off retiring from camps awhile yet. How long do the effects of summer camp last? Gloria Louie met me at the Sanctuary door last Sunday morning. She looked into her bulletin and her eyes lit up as she said, "'Do Lord!' I learned that one at high school camp! I haven't sung it in years." So how long do the effects of camp last? A lifetime!
Blessings, Pastor Ted