Well, it’s summer! And, this summer is not like any other I have ever experienced in my eighteen years of ministry. With that being said, we had a summer planned and were looking forward to it being filled with camps, missions trips, and activities. So, here is what was planned and how we are moving forward with each event.
June 1-5 – Vacation Bible School – I have been working with the Children’s Ministry Team on what this may look like now. We will be gathering in the coming weeks to discuss again what VBS may look like and how we can possibly provide an opportunity for children to hear the gospel and engage families.
June 8-12 – Super Summer – Super Summer is the leadership camp that we attend every year hosted at OBU. Super Summer Camp was cancelled, however, Super Summer has planned events for every Sunday night in June that our students can attend online. It consists of activities, music, and teaching.
June 16-19 – CrossTimbers Children’s Camp – CrossTimbers is a missions focused children’s camp for children who have completed third grade through fifth grade. Unfortunately, CrossTimbers was canceled this year as well. We will not have any camp for these kids this year, but we encourage parents of our third through fifth grades to take a hike or nature walk to discuss God’s creation. We will also be encouraging these families to participate in a canned food drive for M28 Ministries the week we would normally be attending camp.
M28 Ministries serves our homeless population here in Lawton. We will have a drop box location at the church office for these donations.
June 20-26 – GoStudents Spain Mission Trip – Cory and I were leading a trip for students from all over the state of Oklahoma to Seville, Spain. Three of the twelve students going on this trip were from our Student Ministry. We were to be working with a IMB missionary church planter there. The trip and group have now been rescheduled to go Summer 2021.
July 6-11 – Falls Creek – Falls Creek Summer camp was canceled as well. This is very understandable considering each week Falls Creek has roughly 6,000 student campers together from all over the state and many other states for eight weeks. While Falls Creek is so hard to replace as a camp experience, the leadership at Oklahoma Baptist Student Ministry team has worked really hard to provide a “camp on-the-go” and virtual activities. I am grateful for all of the hard work they have put into planning to provide a camp experience. So, with that being said, they have a 17 stop roadshow planned. They will be traveling throughout the state providing a one night camp service. I am excited to announce we will be hosting one of these events here at FBC on July 21st.
There are many other things on the calendar that I didn’t put in this list that got canceled like – Chicago Mission Trip, Go Students Lawton, Utah Mission Trip, and the Latvia Mission Trip. I look forward to our church’s full slate of summer activities to resume in 2021.
What I see this summer is an opportunity for our church to be able to focus on family and discipleship. We are still planning activities for the summer months even though our normal summer activities are put on hold. The gospel can still advance and we can still see an amazing harvest of souls for the kingdom even (and especially) in times like these.
Associate Pastor of Families