Week 2: Love Your Neighbor

July 13-17, 2020

Week 2 Activities: Overview

     • Chaplain's Message
     • Journal prompts 
     • Friendship Bracelet activity 
     • Add-on Activities: Missions Partners
           • Church World Service
           • Simply Smiles
     • Weekly campfire 
     • Additional Activities
     • Racial Justice Resources

Chaplain's Message

Meet this week's Chaplain, Rev. Chris Hart.

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Day 5

Journal Prompts

Engage with this week's theme, Love Yourself, through journaling.

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Day 5

Friendship Bracelets

Make friendship bracelets as a way to Love Your Neighbor. Read more.

Activity instructions.

Missions Partner: Church World Service

Wednesday, July 15, 10 a.m.

Join Adam Smedberg of Church World Service to learn about CWS's response to the Covid-19 crisis, both locally and globally. Learn about the hygiene kit program and how you can help.

The Zoom call will include a presentation and a fun, interactive quiz using Kahoot.

During an in-person summer, campers would donate to our missions partners from their camp store account. Please consider making a donation to support Church World Service's work.

Missions Partner: Simply Smiles

Wednesday, July 15, 3 p.m.

Join Jasmine Martier of Simply Smiles to learn more about the Simply Smiles Home for Children in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Zoom call will include a presentation and an interactive activity, with information about how you can be involved.

During an in-person summer, campers would donate to our missions partners from their camp store account. Please consider making a donation to support Simply Smiles's work.

Weekly Campfire

Join us on our Facebook page at 7 p.m. for our weekly campfire and all-camp worship. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the campfire.

Additional Activities


Pray the News


Supplies: Newspaper or newsfeed (TV or online)

How: As a family make a list of headlines and choose one issue on which to focus. Read or watch the news stories together. See how different news outlets cover the story differently. Look for sensationalized versions or clearly biased statements. Try to lock down some facts. Talk about what is happening in that story. Where is it, who is involved, what is happening, what kind of injustice is happening, who is trying to change it, and who is against the change?

Think about how the issue impacts your family and listen to each other’s opinions and ideas. Brainstorm a way your family could help those facing this injustice (if applicable) and try to respond together. If the issue is too distant for you to impact, repeat this activity with a local concern, and make a plan for getting involved. This is a great opportunity to involve your local congregation in helping others.

As a family, pray about these situations. Lift up those who are victims, those working for change, those resisting change, and those who don’t understand how they are impacting the problem. Pray for yourselves as you try to make a difference.

Racial Justice Resources


With instances of violence against Black Americans in the headlines and millions of people joining protests across the country, issues of racial justice are once again at the forefront of our thoughts. The Southern New England Conference has  put together a comprehensive listing of resources for anyone wishing to learn more. Each day of Week 2: Love Your Neighbor, we will highlight a resource here and in our daily emails to help you and your family learn more about racial injustice and what we, as Christians, are called to do to address it.

Day 1: Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate

 Day 2: How To Be Anti-Racist: Speak Out in Your Own Circles

Day 3: Join a free online conversation tonight, July 15, at 8 p.m. Talking Race with Kids: Tips From 4 Educator Mamas is hosted by Tailored Learning Supports (for Families) and in partnership with High Five Books.

Day 4: Today, we invite you to explore the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • Talking About Race "Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation."
  • Explore the Cultural Expressions Exhibit "Cultural Expressions is a circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture."

Day 5: 21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share with Kids

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