We had an Out of This World Summer in Children's Ministry! Over the next couple of weeks we'll be blogging about some of our favorite summer memories.
The last week of June, the children’s ministry team held a drama camp for third through sixth graders. Camp started each morning at 9:00 a.m. and concluded at2:30 p.m. Twenty children attended camp, 10 youth served as group “guides” or stage hands, and 14 adults volunteered their time to help the campers put together a melodrama by the end of the week: Come to the Table.
The script was based on the scripture of the wedding feast found in Luke 14:16-24 as well as the song, “Come to the Table” by Sidewalk Prophets. The main character, Mallory, was planning her birthday party and struggling to know who she should invite: only the coolest kids—the ones who give the best gifts and throw the best parties, or everyone? Hearing the message that Jesus welcomes everyone to His table convinces Mallory to invite everyone to her party too.
Drama camp consisted of four stations: Games/Devotions, Set Design and Construction, Lines, and Songs. We started each day with a big group game and sang some of the songs from the program together too. Then, our campers rotated between each of the four stations with a break for lunch in the middle. Campers were divided into groups based on which scenes their characters were in.
Over the course of the week, the campers learned 3 songs—4 for some that had a special dance number, they memorized all their lines, created all of the sets for the play, and completed a devotional based on the scripture in Luke. This was the first time for MUMC to host an all-day summer drama camp and we didn’t know what to expect, but we were more than pleasantly surprised. We had a team of exceptionally talented volunteers come together to coach, teach, and play with twenty kids, more than 50% of which came from our community. The kids worked hard, played hard, and made friends. Even the adults finished the week with new friends! Most importantly, we all learned the message that Jesus wants each of us at His table.
At the end of the week, the kids performed their play in the Family Life Center for approximately 150 guests! We provided a popcorn bar with coffee, tea, and water. Four youth volunteered their time again as stage hands as well as sitting in as congregation members during the church scene. They did a fantastic job! After they took a bow, Ms. Kim invited everyone to sing “Come to the Table” together with the campers leading us. All in all, the camp was a raging success that we hope to repeat next year. Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!!
(written and submitted by Leslie Piggott)
DRAMA CAMP 2020 DATES: June 15-19!