“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9, NRSV).
In a world defined by constant change and chaos, peacemaking is especially urgent. But what does peacemaking look like? In 2018, peacemaking can feel impossible, and finding examples of peacemaking feels nearly impossible. But as Christians, we turn to the Bible and our ultimate peacemaker, Jesus.
At LAUMC Changemaker Summer Camp, held June 11–15 this year, we will explore what it means to be a peacemaker, practice the skills of a peacemaker, and pray for a peaceful world. Formerly known as Vacation Bible School, Changemaker Summer Camp will continue to be a week of fun music, crafts, games, snacks, stories, and science. The change of name is deliberate, and signifies a move towards relationship building and skill building. Our focus is on equipping our students for a rapidly changing world. What we do will not change as much as how we do it.
Twenty-first century society is rapidly changing, so how do we prepare our children for success? Research tells us that skills such as collaboration, partnership, creative problem solving, and especially empathy are what will lead our children to a successful life. We are making changes throughout the church to best support our youngest changemakers.
3½ years – kindergarten
Registration is open! You can register online or by paper form. Sign up your children and grandchildren as soon as possible to secure a spot at LAUMC’s Changemaker Summer Camp, June 11–15.
If you feel called to explore what it means to be a peacemaker but do not have camp-aged children, there is a place for you, too! There are a wide variety of volunteer and support opportunities for teens and adults of all ages and skill levels—anywhere from lead counselor to snack organizer. Your participation is welcome and celebrated.
Contact Director of Children’s Ministries Michelle Caudle (650-948-1083 x153) with questions.