Crazy energy. Non-stop noise. Constant. Loud. Interactive. Responsive. Hilarious. Meaningful. Life-changing. Momentous.
Jason and Jennifer and I triple-teamed 25 of our 6th and 7th graders (18 boys, 7 girls) over the past three days in our annual Faith Builders Day Camp here at Legacy. It’s an idea I got from Jim Gardner when we worked together in Marble Falls. It’s designed to engage our youngsters in the fundamentals of our faith in God through Christ Jesus.
The first day’s theme was “Sin: The Problem.” On Tuesday we studied “Jesus: The Solution.” And we wrapped it up yesterday with “Faith: The Response.”
The young people studied hard for almost three hours each morning. And then after lunch we enjoyed off-site activities like bowling, laser tag, swimming, and the movies. But then it was back home in the evenings for 30-minutes of homework with mom and dad.
The conversations were happening. What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Why did Jesus have to die? When were the dinosaurs created? What happens if I sin again after I’m baptized? Why does God let bad things happen? Bibles were being read. Light bulbs were going off. God is reaching out to his children. And the faith is being passed on from generation to generation.
Thank you so much to our church office staff and other parents and volunteers who helped write and apply the name tags and Bible stickers, chaperon our children to the afternoon events, stuff the folders, and stick on the Band-Aids. It couldn’t have happened without you.
And congratulations to Emma Gambill who was baptized into Christ last night here at Legacy. Emma, you now participate in the resurrection of Jesus. Death has nothing on you now. And neither does sin.