The theme for St. Elizabeth’s this year was parables. They discussed parables like the pearl of great price, the mustard seed, the lost sheep and the lost coin. Chaplain’s time for St. Elizabeth’s was based off the Godly Play platform. Godly Play is a type of Bible study based on the philosophy of asking “I wonder why... ,” allowing campers and buddies to evaluate their own prayer lives by imagining they are physically inside a parable. Laura said, "Jesus told stories about coins and seeds. If he were telling stories today it would be stories of lost car keys and lost iPads." Talking about the parable of the sower, Laura asked, "When the seed of a tree reaches its full maturity, what happens next to that seed?" Chaplain’s time for St. E’s was about the wonder and mystery of God and whom God finds so important and valuable (hint: the answer is all of us).
They say, "all good things must come to an end," but at camp we say, "goodbye, for now." Next summer St. Elizabeth's will be back for another four days on the mountain and, while there will be a different cast of campers and buddies, St. E's will continue to live out its traditions, to grow together through dance, music, worship and laughter - to be St. Elizabeth's Camp. And to that we can all say, "Thanks be to God."
Photo Credit: Greg Deekens and the St. Elizabeth's 2014 Staff
Greg is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he studies broadcast journalism and business management.