This week’s word is Peace! The theme of all our camps this summer is Peace, and in this post I will talk about why we chose a theme of peace.
Jesus is our Prince of Peace in a world that often struggles with peace. We see conflict every day in our homes, our schools, our communities, our nation, our world, and even our churches. It can be hard to make peace in hot weather, when you are tired and sore from hiking, and you just can’t wait to jump into the pool and cool off. Finding ways to make peace with one another is essential to having a successful week of camp and providing an example to the campers and staff around us.
The words I will be sharing over the next few weeks all have to do with peace and peacemaking, in the example of Christ. We are also learning skills to help us see each other and love each other as Jesus loves us. Pastor David Johnston served as our chaplain this week, and he taught us about the Spirit. He also taught us about how important the passing of the peace is during Holy Communion. Passing the peace is not a time to chit-chat or ask people how they’ve been. In ancient times, the passing of the peace gave the congregation time to mend conflicts with each other before joining together at the Table. Passing the peace intentionally is a much different experience.
We also had our first Dayspring camp of the summer in Pineville, WV. At the start of the week, we had six campers, and by the end we grew to nine. These campers were introduced to Spring Heights for the very first time, including being introduced to Gaga for the first time. They loved Gaga so much they played it for three hours straight! Dayspring took a field trip to Twin Falls for activities like a hike, visiting a pioneer farm, and exploring the creek. Water day featured a firetruck from the Wyoming County Volunteer Fire Department so we could cool down and splash! Other Dayspring activities include tie-dye and bead ceremonies.
Dayspring Pineville would not be possible without the help of Pastor Dan Lowther, who was instrumental in coordinating this event for his community. We are also very grateful to the volunteers we had every day, the Wyoming County Volunteer Fire Department, the Wyoming County School District for providing transportation to Twin Falls, and the three churches who provided meals and hosted our campers and staff. Thank you all so much for your hard work!
Peacemaking calls us to extend the peace of Christ to everyone in our community and in our world. As our campers go forth into the world, we invite you to pray for them and the peacemaking they will do.
Check out our end-of-week slideshow here!