Introduction: This theme was born out of all the change we have had in the past year. Last year was a year where we consciously asked new people to serve as directors, youth council members, campground board members, and staff. As a mission center we have renewed our commitment to our camping and youth programs as a statement to our core values. We hope to express the importance of renewal to our youth.
Renewal can refer to spiritual renewal, renewal of the mind, renewal of the body, renewing relationships and much more. Below are several scriptures that demonstrate renewal.
Doctrine and Covenants 163 2b
“b. Generously share the invitation, ministries, and sacraments through which people can encounter the Living Christ who heals and reconciles through redemptive relationships in sacred community. The restoring of persons to healthy or righteous relationships with God, others, themselves, and the earth is at the heart of the purpose of your journey as a people of faith.”
This is the first scripture President Steve Veazey brought to the church. In it he describes the opportunity given for the Community of Christ to take on the meaning of its name and be a mission church. This excerpt describes the importance of having right relationships with each other, the earth, and God. By stating this, President Veazey, is saying that we must renew broken relationships in order to truly bring forth God’s vision for the world.
2 Timothy 1:1-7
“6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
This scripture is taken from Paul’s letter to Timothy. For background you might want to start from the beginning, but the essence of the letter is found in verses 6 and 7. Timothy has heard of Paul’s imprisonment and, along with some other setbacks, has lost the spirit of what he was charged to do. This happens to us all the time. We attend a good service, camp, retreat, or bible study and are filled with the spirit ready to share our gift with the world but as life happens we become less bold in sharing Christ’s message. Paul is reminding Timothy, and us, to “fan into flame the gift of God,” meaning we should renew our ministry even when we face difficult situations in life.
“9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”
This scripture describes what happens when you accept Christ and become part of the community. Verses 13-17 are useful in explaining what the new life in Christ means. When you take on Christ you become a part of a community that goes beyond distinctions. Putting on a “new self” refers to the choice we make to become a part of this new community. We become renewed as we take on the new self and agree that nothing separates us from others in the community.
“1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This is another letter written by Paul. In it he urges the Romans to look at everything God gives us and to repay God by using their lives to serve God. He also warns us about the world we live in, asking us to not let the world dictate to us how we should live. Instead, we must use what we have learned since being renewed in Christ. When we are renewed in Christ our lives and minds are changed. We must continue to keep the lessons God has taught us despite what the secular world might look like.
Renewal is a broad topic that can be taken in many different directions. These scriptures are suggestions to use to help guide you through the theme. As we approach the camping season I hope we all take some time to renew our own personal relationship with Christ and Christ’s community. One way to start this renewal process is asking the question, “Why do I follow Christ?”
SPECIAL INFORMATION: It is the desire of the Youth Camping Program for all campers to attend the entire camp. If you are unable to attend the entire camp according to the start and end dates, you must make arrangements prior to the start of the camp with the director.
Visitor Policy: We have a no-visitors policy at our youth camps. If it is necessary for anyone to make a visit, prior arrangements must be made with the director and be limited to the designated area. Each camper should bring bedding materials, clothes, bath towels, shampoo, soap and etc. to live at the campground for the specified number of days of the camp.
Swimsuit policy: Please, bring appropriate swimming attire consistent with a church sponsored activity.
Snacks: Campers are not allowed to bring food or snacks to camp. Any such items will be confiscated and given back at the end of the camp.
Shoes: All Campers should bring lace-up tennis shoes as some activities at camp require them.
The Mid-South Mission Center Youth Council, Camp Directors and Staff are committed to providing a safe environment for our young people where they are free to worship and fellowship. The“Expectations of Conduct” must be signed by both camper and parent/guardian and returned with the Junior High and/or Senior High camp registration forms. Camper and parent/guardian should also initial each numbered article individually.
The Mid South Mission Center of Community of Christ is about to embark upon another camping season in June, 2018. We are so excited that your family has decided to send your children to camp. We have a wonderful camping program planned for ages 9-18. Please check registration form and be sure to indicate the age appropriate camp for your child/children. Your child will need to be camp age by September 1, 2018, in order to go to the correct camp.