Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) Summer Camp 2017
Different activities were intended to reveal different perspectives on the motif.
The scripture contains sarcasm which may be hard for middle school kids to understand.
If you need clarification on the activity descriptions below, please leave a comment.
Motif: “Fools” for Christ
Theme: “Fools” for Christ perform sacrificial works even if the worldly views would render them “fools”.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:13
8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
Activity 1: Jester hat sharing circle
Materials: a jester hat
Instruction: Gather people in a circle.
Spiel: We are in circle and circle means we are about to share our story. (heads-up so that stage-fright kids have time to think) Serious or funny, we want to hear about your moment that was meaningful throughout the camp. Jester hat in medieval times was created by people wanting entertainment. Whoever wore it became the person to be scoffed and laughed at. The hat is not so different from the crown Jesus was forced to wear. People mocked him saying, “If you are a king, save yourself!” Jesus suffered because he had a mission to save us and bring us to the grace of forgiving father. We want to be close to Jesus…even if we need to be the fool for Christ.
Activity 2: A hidden Joker Card
Materials: a deck of cards with all joker cards pulled out
Instruction: Hand out a card to each person face down. The card is not known to anyone except the owner. Tell the group that there is a joker card among them and whoever has it will carry out “random acts of kindness” to act as a “fool for Christ” Inform that the big reveal will be a few days later.
Spiel: (A few days later) Remember the card you got? I will take 3 nominations for fool for Christ and why you think he or she is.
Let’s find out who was it. Fool for Christ, please raise your hand!
(no one raises their hands)
You guys are fools because no one had a joker card.
Realize that whether you had the joker or not God designed you to be a fool for Christ. Hope you can find Jesus, especially in situation that may seem foolish or worthless.
Activity 3: Devotion on Steve Saint
Instruction: Call for devotion time
Prayer: Your intention for us is always far beyond our expectation. Thank you for the time to learn about one man’s story and to call it ripe for us to eat and use the story to prepare our heart for you.
Spiel: Who has heard of Steve saint? His father, Nate, along with other missionary pilots saw division in Amazon forest community, Waodani natives. The native had a lifestyle far removed from humanitarian ways and most importantly from Christian faith. Known for violence, Waodani didn’t believe in natural death. They were superstitious to the point where if someone died from a tree limb that fell, the only conclusion was that somebody has set it up intentionally to kill the person. Trapped in this cycle of revenge, the tribe had a high homicide rate.
Their first attempt at evangelization involved dropping gifts from helicopter. In such process of peacemaking he was speared to death by the natives. Steve’s mother tried again to make peace and succeeded. Steve, the boy without his father, was baptized by his dad’s murderer Mincaye. Mincaye is now a preacher. Steve was a fool for Christ because he did what is difficult for most people to do. History of his father’s death was set up so that Steve would take on revenge but he forgave Mincaye.
Moreover, Steve had a chance to live in U.S. comfortably where he met his wife while in college. He was a successful business man then. But he brought his own family to Ecuador when a native asked him to come back. He spent his life improving the natives’ living condition.
Initial contact with a new, different community is the most difficult step to restoring relationship to the original state that God has given. Fools for Christ are called for moments of reconcilliation.
Activity 4: Safety session on sawing
Materials: Circular saw, jig saw, reciprocating saw, hack saw, saw horses, goggles, 2X4 wood
Instruction: Identify the saw parts
Intro- Who knows what this is called? (point to saw horses.)
We are not riding the saw horses.(stand in between saw horses) If I cut like this I will fall or the wood will…which is not safe. We cut outside of either saw horses. Am I ready to cut? (wood is moving) I always need a volunteer to hold the wood for more control. The volunteer does 50% of the job so give him/her the credit too.
Hack saw– Imagine doing a push-up. You don’t want your hand up close to the blade.
Circular saws- These are powerful like God’s power except this got no mercy. Let the machine do the work. Deck is leveled. and the blade is not touching the wood yet because you can bounce off the first kick and kill someone, a sacrifice we don’t want. Notice that we can adjust the depth of the blade. Slit is the guide.
Jig saw- I nicknamed this “Jig saw puzzle” The tiny blade is used to make curvy cuts.
Reciprocating- This is my favorite because it looks like a gun. Ensure the blade is locked so that we don’t get another sacrifice when the blade shoots out. This is the only tool you contact wood before starting.
Activity 5: Explaining the role of a clean-up captain
Spiel: Our busy camp life revolves around cleaning and don’t move on until we are done with cleaning. So you guys are the ones who help us align with schedule. Let me do a charade and you’ll guess what cleaning tools I am using: (Do charades of the following)
vacuum, trash bags, picking up trash/hairball, wiping table
Please come see me when you need help locating the cleaning tools. Once cleaning captains initiate the clean-up, everyone else must help out. Everyone should fold his or her chair after each meal, scrape food off the plate before dumping it in the sink. We do not want to clog the sink.