With all my travel, the blog is hopelessly slow at present. Just back from co-ordinating our church family camp. A very small affair this year (about 30 people) which was fine because I was crook. I spent half the weekend in bed and got up to run activities and eat.
Every church's camp has its own culture. I've both attended and run highly programmed camps with a lot of study and devotional times. Rosefield's camps are a bit more laid back, with occasional and optional things of that nature. (Thanks to my illness, a couple of the optional things didnt even eventuate.)
Our camp theme was on the Holy Spirit, since we've just celebrated Pentecost. Saturday and Sunday morning had morning reflection/devotion times based on the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.
Sunday worship went like this.
Gathering Song - "One God" from the second (blue) "All Together" Book
Bible reading - Acts 1:3-9
Story - "The List" from "Frog and Toad Together" by Arnold Lobel (here's the box set - sensational 'parables'. Also his "Grasshopper on the Road" is full of gems.) If the wind blew away our list of things to do today, what might we do..?
Activity - We talked briefly about biblical symbols of the Holy Spirit. People were each given a balloon and invited to reflect on what it was like to be filled with the Spirit. They then blew up the balloon and wrote their name on it. For the next activity they left the balloon on their chair.
Stations - People were invited to visit several stations at their own pace.
1. Magnetic poetry - an invtiation to make a poem about the Spirit's presence in our lives and our world. I've used magnetic poetry a couple of times before with this cognregation and it hasnt really taken off, but this time everybody wanted to make a poem.
2. Seeking the Spirit - people were invited to reflect on where they hope to know the Spirit's presence in their lives at this time - to choose and take a card from the Signposts set.
3. Sensing the Spirit - people were invited to dip their finger in oil and make the sign of the Cross of their forehead, then to simply sit still for a while and wait on the Spirit.
4. Fruit of the Spirit - people were invited to write on each other's balloons - fruits of the Spirit that they saw in each other's lives.
5. Send Your Spirit - newspapers with an invitation to circle a story and write a prayer.
6. Spirit of Community - an invitation to identify something about our community for which we are thankful and take a strip of coloured cloth. These were used later.
Conversation - people invited to sit in a different chair (hence with someone else's balloon).
- an opportunity to talk about the stations and which had been meaningful for them
- an opportunity to write on one of the three balloons (see 4 above)
- an invitation to pray for the three people whose balloons they held
Then people were asked to pass the balloons back to their 'owners' without standing up - a lot of balloon passing...
I invited each person to share with the other in their trio about what was written on their balloon. Then people were invited to pray for one another in their groups.
Story - "The Garden" from "Frog and Toad Together". About God rather than us being the one who makes things grow...
Song - Pentecost Prayer - yeah, a golden oldie...
Thanksgiving - people were invited to gather around the table, bringing their strip of cloth and naming something for which they were thankful. (Yeah, if I was ordained we would have had communion then. As we usually do on camp.... Oh well. I should have asked if the local minister could visit us and help out.)
Benediction - Ephesians 3:20-21 spoken as a phrase by phrase echo and response.
There you go. Nothing too fancy or creative but it worked fine for our community.
We also had a community pizza making meal, a quiz night (with lights and buzzers made by the amazing Andrew), beach walks and games (I slept through them), a movie ("Cutthroat Island"!!), craft activities, board games, table tennis and pool, and the outside air-powered jumping trampoliny thingy.