Theme – The Whole of Creation
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During the gathering worship service we will take time to introduce components of the service such as Affirmation, Confession, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Peace.
Things you will need – world map, instruments to lead and for campers to accompany with, music, projector, screen and computer.
The above video includes Encounters, Prayers and Exploratory activites.
Invitation to worship
God of extravagant love, you call us to this new day as the world around us wakens from its rest. Thank you for this place we call home and those who have tended and cared for it before us. Today we pray in this time that we Encounter your word through the stories and sharing, the songs and joyful noise, through your creation as with each other. Amen
Genesis 1: 1-31 (in a translation you wish to use, reference the introduction for examples.)
Consider reading as a Lectio Divina. This exercise helps us to see our sacred text as a gift.
- Reading (lectio) is the first step. We are going to read through the story of the First Creation, as it is being read, listen to where the Holy Spirit calls your attention to a particular word, phrase or line that God wants you to hear.
- Meditation (meditatio) is the second step in the meditation. As the story is read through again, think about the word, phrase or line that the Holy Spirit has called to your attention, holding them in your mind and considering them from different angles.
- Prayer (oratio) is the third step. As the story is read through a third time what are the things you are being called to pray for? We will pray for these things together after the passage has been read.
- Contemplation (contemplatio) In the contemplation step, you rest in God’s presence, quieting yourself and listening for God’s response to your prayer.
If you do not want to approach this text using a Lectio Divina, here are some other questions:
- What is your favourite part of the story?
- What do you think creation looked like?
- How does it feel to know that when God looked at creation and thought that it was VERY Good?
- How do you think God took a Sabbath a day of rest?
- How do you take a Sabbath a day of rest?
Encourage the campers to retell the story through movement and words
We all live in the same world, and it’s our job to protect it and each other. When we have a lot of things or money, it’s nice to give some of that to organizations and charities that help to support people in need and the planet. By working together we can help each other, and care for the planet we are so lucky to call home. As children of God it is our responsibility to protect the Earth and all the wonderful things that come with that.
Over the past week you’ve heard some examples of people helping care for each other and for the planet. We learned about St. Jude Family Projects, an organization in Uganda that focuses on sharing the farming knowledge they’ve learned with others in the community. They also work on using systems that are good for the environment, and that follow the natural patterns of the environment so that they don’t harm the Earth. By collecting rainwater and using it for their gardens, they are also helping to conserve water and use what they have to its fullest.
We also learned about how one animal can help to give a family nutritious food like milk and eggs, and can help their plants to grow. We saw a few examples of goats and cows being given to one family, and then the family sharing the kids and calves that their animal births with others in the village. This is a good example of sharing what you have, and paying it forwards even if you don’t have a lot, but feel you have enough.
Then yesterday we learned about the Páramos in Colombia and the people that are working very hard to help protect this area. The people are making an effort to help save the environment and to protect this special area of land that is also a source of clean water for 2 million people. This is a good example of people working together to help protect the environment and the planet.
It’s amazing what all of these organizations and people are doing globally, but there are many people and kids working with PWRDF to help others right here in Canada.
A couple of years ago, a 12-year old named Madison donated the Christmas tips she earned from delivering newspapers to help build systems that provide clean drinking water in Cuba.
A young boy named Theo learned about a clean water project helping people in Indigenous communities in Northern Canada from his church and from his parents. He decided that for his fifth birthday he would ask his family and friends to donate money to the water project, instead of buying him gifts. He also helped to spread the word about the project to his family and friends, using his voice to stand up for others, like the people of the Páramos did for the environment.
Ten-year old Chloe learned about Syrian refugees through PWRDF, and she decided to make and sell bracelets to help raise money and awareness. She made announcements at her church and sold her bracelets to the congregation, raising money to help Syrian refugees, especially the children, to make sure they had a place to sleep, food to eat and water to drink.
And, eight-year old Liam has done more than five different runs, each one longer than 5 kilometers, to raise money for different foundations. Twice he has donated this money to PWRDF causes that he thinks are important, and he always donates some of his own money as well. He says, “We just don’t realize how fortunate we are to have so much when people just as good as us have nothing, and if you have the ability to act, why not?”
- What PWRDF story that we heard about this week was your favourite?
- Which of these kids’ stories was your favourite?
- Do you know anyone who has raised money to help support others?
- What kinds of things could you do to help raise money for others?
Song – Touch the Earth Lightly (TENDERNESS) – Colin Gibson, Shirley Erena Murray
Touch the earth lightly,
use the earth gently,
nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder,
ours to surrender,
trust for the children tomorrow will bear.
We who endanger,
who create hunger,
agents of death for all creatures that live,
we who would foster
clouds of disaster,
God of our planet, forestall and forgive!
Let there be greening,
birth from the burning,
water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God’s garden,
hope in God’s children,
regeneration that peace will complete.
God of all living,
God of all loving,
God of the seedling, the snow, and the sun,
teach us, deflect us,
Christ reconnect us,
using us gently and making us one.
Words & Music: Colin Gibson, Shirley Erena Murray ©1992 Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted under ONE LICENSE #A-735670
My hand in the care for creation
- Scraps of white material – you can use paper as a substitute
- Wax crayons
- Watered down paint
- Leaves, twigs …..
- Cut enough material for each camper to use for the background and a separate piece to trace their hands.
- Place the leaves under the material to do rubbings or trace over the plants and leaves with the wax crayons/pastels.
- Do a colour wash over the large rubbing.
- Trace the outline of the hand and cut it out.
- Place the hand on top of the background – you can fix in place with glue or stitching.
Solar Oven S’mores
Who doesn’t love s’mores?
- A small box with an attached lid (a pizza box works well)
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic wrap
- Glue stick
- Any kind of tape that you have handy is good
- Stick (about 1 foot long) to prop open reflector flap. You could use a skewer or ruler
- Box cutter or Xacto knife – ADULTS PLEASE HELP WITH THIS PART
- Pie tin or similar
- Graham crackers
- Large marshmallows
- Plain chocolate bars (thin)
- Using the ruler mark out a 1-inch (2.5 cm) border on the lid of the box around the three sides.
- Cover the inside of the box, all the sides, the bottom and the lid with glue from the glue stick.
- Then cover the glue with the aluminum foil (dull side down) making sure the foil is as smooth as possible.
- Make sure that the inside of your box is lined with aluminum foil.
- Tape two layers of plastic wrap across the opening you cut to make the lid – one layer on the top and one layer on the bottom side of the lid.
- Test the stick you will use to prop the lid up.
- Set the oven in direct sunlight, with the flap propped open to reflect the light into the box.
- Preheat the oven for at least 30 minutes, you can do this as you prepare your s’mores.
- Break the graham crackers in half to make squares. Place four squares in the pie pan.
- Place a marshmallow on each.
- Open the oven lid and place a piece of chocolate (about half the size of the graham cracker square) on top of each marshmallow. Place another graham cracker square on top of the chocolate and press down gently to squash the marshmallow.
- Close the lid of the solar oven and let the sun heat it up for a few minutes more, just to melt the chocolate.
No matter what kind of oven you use – a regular kitchen oven, a toaster oven, or even a campfire, it works by taking energy and turning it into heat.
Different ovens work in different ways – a camp fire has energy stored in the wood that turns into heat when it is burned; an electric kitchen oven heats up when energy from electricity heats up metal inside the oven; gas ovens are kind of like a camp fire but with gas instead of wood (and inside your house instead of outside!). A solar oven is just the same, except it captures energy that is already heat. The aluminum foil inside of the box catches the heat from the sun and bounces it around so that the inside of the oven heats up – and cooks your s’more!
The sun provides us with energy which we use in many different ways – it provides us with heat (for s’more ovens!), it provides plants with energy which they use to grow (photosynthesis), it provides us with energy which can be turned into electricity (solar panels). How else do we use the energy from the sun?
How to Play:
- Set your area of play.
- The playing area represents the “Ocean”.
- Mark these sidelines with a marker of some sort.
- Determine who will be the first Octopus, this camper will be in the center of the Ocean.
- All other campers are Fish. The Fish line up at one end of the ocean and the Octopus calls out “I am the Octopus, full of black potion – Let’s see if you can cross my Ocean!”
- The Fish then try to swim (run) across the ocean and the Octopus tries to tag them. If tagged before reaching the other side of the Ocean (which is marked) then they become an addition to the Octopus. The Octopus addition, leaving one foot planted on the floor, also tries to Tag players running by. Any player tagged also becomes an Octopus addition.
- Each time players reach the other side of the Ocean, the Octopus say the chant again and the players try to cross the Ocean again.
- Last Fish tagged becomes the new Octopus.
We believe in God the Father,
Creator and giver of life,
Who calls us to live and love as respectful stewards;
to do justice, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with God.
We believe that time is a gift,
to be received with gratitude and to be given generously.
We believe that love is the fulfilment of
the Law; that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
We believe that Jesus Christ,
teaches us to love God
with heart, soul, mind, and strength
and to love our neighbours as ourselves,
so we see God in the poor, oppressed,
condemned, and forgotten,
and embrace all people with God’s
We believe that the Holy Spirit,
unites us in God’s eternal journey of love,
frees us to serve, and fills us to overflow
with grace, truth, beauty, and life
as God’s children in this world.
Genesis 1:31: We are God’s Creation
If possible ask the children the day before to bring any stuffed animals or small creatures in for this meditation.
Place your stuffed animal on your belly. Hold it with your hands if you want to. Close your eyes. You can put your hands over your eyes if you want to. Now take a deep breath in. When you breathe out, feel your body relaxing. Breathe in again and as you breathe out, feel your feet and legs relaxing. You can shake them out if you need to. Let them sink into where they are resting. Breathe in again and as you breathe out feel your tum- my and chest relaxing. Breathe in again and as you breathe out feel your arms, hands and shoulders relaxing. Breathe in again and allow your face and head to relax as you breathe out. If you want to, scrunch up your face and allow it to relax as you breathe out. We are going to take two more deep breaths in and as you breathe out feel your whole body relax.
In a quiet voice read: God saw all that God had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Imagine something that you do really well or are proud of. Maybe it’s a sport you play, or you are good at reading or art. Maybe you like a certain part of yourself. Know that some people can be shy, some loud. Know that some people like different things. Some people are good at math and some at art. Some of us make music. Know that each of us is unique. God made us all human. Take a moment to just be with yourself. (Pause)
Imagine God with you now. A part of God dwells in each one of us. Imagine God is tiny enough to fit inside of our hearts. See God smiling at you from inside of your heart. Feel how God loves you.
Feel your heart grow big and bright. You might feel your heart grow or expand. Now see the light going outside of your chest. Feel your whole body filled with light.
Watch as the light travels down your arms and legs. Feel it grow past your whole body. Watch the light expand into the world. Is your light touching creation? I am going to give you some time to watch your light expand into the world. Yours and God’s light. (Pause)
You are doing a great job of letting God love you and spreading that light and love to the world. When you are ready you can open your eyes.
After Meditation questions:
- What was your special quality you thought of?
- What did your heart feel like?
- Does it feel like God is part of you?
- How did it feel to be a part of God’s love and light?
Mindfulness Moment: Walking in Care
If possible do this exercise outside.
Today we are going to go for a walk. It’s going to be a different kind of walk because it is going to be a scavenger hunt for our senses. God asked each of us to take care of creation. So quieting our minds we are going to go on an adventure without talking or if we have to, talking very quietly. As you walk become aware of all of the noises you hear. Do you hear any animals or birds? Are there cars or trucks? What do you see? What is around you? What do you feel? Is the air hot or cold on your skin? Is the wind blowing against your skin? What does the ground feel like under your feet? If you can touch things, what do they feel like? Can you taste anything? Does the air have a taste? Is there fruit growing that you can taste? Go for a walk being aware of everything around you. Everything that God has created.
When you are finished ask everyone to share what they experienced. Say a prayer at the end giving thanks for God’s creation and for God creating you. When you are finished ask everyone to share what they experienced. Say a prayer at the end giving thanks for God’s creation and for God creating you.
Pass around the basket of stones, once everyone has a stone, ask the campers and volunteers, “What are you most looking forward to today?”
Once everyone has thought of something, invite everyone to bring their stone up to the altar and name out loud what they are looking forward to today.
Once everyone has had a chance to respond, offer a prayer for those things and the day at camp.
God of hope and healing, we give you thanks for this new day and all the new opportunities we have to explore and play. We pray for all the things that we are looking forward to today and that in those things we encounter you. Amen
Today, as we go about all of our camp activities, pay attention to where you see the awesomeness of creation that God has created and is still creating today, what wonders you have? What makes you happy?
As you notice creation, what do you think God is saying to you?
Ask campers and volunteers where and how they experienced God today?
Once everyone has had an opportunity to answer, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for these times.
This week we have Encountered God through………
We have learned that God is in all things and all places, all plants and vegetation, all animals and microbes, and all of humankind. God is in our stories, in our sharing and in our time together and God will continue to be in all of these things and more.
We have used these stones all week to help us pray and build our altar, today instead of placing your stone on the altar, I invite you to be the stone in your hand as a reminder of this week and to help you pray.