Do you think your child will ever need to say a prayer?
Every day our children are bombarded with messages to put themselves first, to attain all that they can attain, and that they are entitled to everything they earn. Jesus’ message of justice, mercy, and love is often saved for Sunday mornings only… which can easily lead to Sundays Only disciples.
What can we do to help our children grow into strong, faithful, lifelong disciples?
Certainly we can read the Bible, attend Sunday school, watch Veggie Tales DVDs, listen to marvelous sermons, and talk about Jesus at home, but discipleship, following Jesus, is best learned by example and experience. One of the best ways that children can do this is through attending camp at Kirchenwald and Nawakwa.
At camp, children live in Christian community with many different people. They are cared for and affirmed by trained staff who are themselves faithful disciples. The counselors lead the campers in daily prayer, bible study and worship and give the campers opportunities to ask questions and to “try on” new faith opportunities, like offering a prayer.
At Kirchenwald and Nawakwa, campers are encouraged to be who God created them to be, rather than fit into the world’s idea of who they should be. Campers learn independence and how to live with and get along with others. Good stewardship and respect for all creation is a way of life. And a week of camp is also packed with fun activities like nature study, crafts, swimming, campfires and songs.
The Lutheran Camping Corporation has been training disciples since 1929. They’re good at it. And they have always seen themselves as an extension of the ministry of the congregations they serve. They will help us teach the children of our congregation what it means to be Children of God and how to live faithfully. They will help us teach our children to pray.
Keep reading the bible and taking your children to worship and Sunday School… and send them to Kirchenwald and Nawakwa… where God’s presence is experienced, faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened…
Please see the summer camp brochure or visit www.LutheranCamping.org for more information.