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For Churches

Learning to sing grace before lunch.
Learning to sing grace before lunch.

The following elements of worship are provided as a resource for your church to utilize as you plan and coordinate Camp and Conference Ministry Sunday’s worship service with an emphasis on outdoor ministries. Please use or change as much or as little of this information as you would like.

We encourage you to invite campers or staff from your congregation or the camp director to help lead worship.

Suggested Downloads

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Scripture Suggestions about Community

Hymn Suggestions

Call to Worship

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3) Be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:14) There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female For we are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) Thanks be to God for our community of believers. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord!

Minute for Mission

Identify in advance a few members of the congregation who have attended or worked at summer camp or a retreat at your local camp and conference center. Or, invite a staff person from the camp. Have them share their experiences there, especially stories about team building and developing friendships.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious and loving God, You have blessed us with a great community, full of different gifts, but we do not always love our neighbor. We don’t always love ourselves. We don’t always love you. You have blessed us with opportunities to grow in patience, in kindness, and in grace, but we don’t always listen. We don’t always learn. We don’t always share these gifts. Forgive us. Help us to forgive our neighbors. Help us to love our neighbors. Help us to be better members of your great community. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

Sermon Starters

Prayers of the People

Include camping and conference ministries in your regular prayer, or use this one:

We pray for our family, friends, and neighbors, our beloved community. Bless them and keep them, O Lord. God of grace,

Lord, hear our prayers.

We pray for our church, and for the greater church community that it is a part of. We pray for wisdom and courage for our leaders, and for mutual forbearance and unity for our members. God of grace,

Lord, hear our prayers.

We pray for Camp Carew and for its staff who work tirelessly to prepare retreats and summer programming. Grant them energy, enthusiasm, and support. God of grace,

Lord, hear our prayers.

We pray for the campers and summer staff who will convene in a few months. Bless them with patience and love as they learn to be a community. Grant us the eyes to see and the ears to listen to the lessons they learn at camp. God of grace,

Lord, hear our prayers.

We pray for our nation and our world, that there may be justice and peace for communities everywhere. God of grace,

Lord, hear our prayers.

We pray all of this in the way you taught us: Our Father . . . .

Offering

Please consider supporting your camp! This can be through a special offering, sponsoring an item on their gift list, or offering “camperships” to children who might not otherwise be able to experience the great camp community.

About the Author

Colleen Earp serves Camp Hanover and the Presbytery of the James in mission outreach.

Camp Carew welcomes campers from all religious traditions.

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Camp Carew is a drug- and alcohol-free environment.

Evening worship upstairs in Calvin Hall.
Evening worship upstairs in Calvin Hall.
The outdoor sanctuary at Camp Carew.
The outdoor sanctuary at Camp Carew.
Teaching and Learning with a craft project.
Teaching and Learning with a craft project.
Making friends at Camp Carew.
Making friends at Camp Carew.
Vinnie the vulture
Vinnie the vulture, hatched from our old water tower.
Repacking food for hungry neighbors, a Camp Carew mission project.
Repacking food for hungry neighbors, a mission project.
Camp Carew is available for retreats all year round.
Camp Carew is available for retreats all year round.
An art project personalizing/decorating hats.
An art project personalizing/decorating hats.
Displaying/playing their newly constructed drums.
Displaying/playing their newly constructed drums.
The famous bridge at Camp Carew.
The famous bridge at Camp Carew.
Concentrating on a craft project at Camp Carew.
Concentrating on a craft project at Camp Carew.
Fishing from the bridge at Camp Carew.
Fishing from the bridge at Camp Carew.