Day Camp Huddle at Home - Thursday (Game Change)

Day Camp Huddle @ Home – Thursday (Game Change)

In the Bible

Jesus gives Peter a new name – Matthew 16:16-20

Peter’s parents did not name him ‘Peter.’ They named him ‘Simon.’ Jesus gave Simon the name Peter which means rock. Jesus knew that someday Simon would be strong like a rock in his faith. But first Peter had to spend time with Jesus. He listened to Jesus talk about God. He saw Jesus heal people. As Peter watched and listened and saw who Jesus was and what he did he grew in his own faith and became stronger. One day Jesus asked Peter and the other disciples who everyone thinks he is. And Peter answered that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the living God. And he was right. Peter’s faith was catching up with the name Jesus gave him. His faith was getting stronger and stronger.

Sporting Hero story

Mariano Rivera knows about change. He grew up in Panama and loved soccer. But he ended up playing baseball for the New York Yankees. In the United States, Mariano had to learn a new language, which was not easy. Then he injured his elbow. The Yankees thought they might drop him. But then Mariano had a good change. His pitches became faster and the Yankees kept him. Soon Mariano had another good change. He threw a new kind of pitch. He didn’t do it on purpose. But the new pitch was very hard to hit. It was called the ‘cutter’ it became his trademark pitch and made him one of baseball’s greatest closers.

Talk About

Some things that transform

How have you changed since you were born?

What is something that you can do now that you couldn’t before?

What changed?

Pray at Home

Pray, thanking God that he made you special, and asking him to show you where you need to change.

Memory Verse Challenge

Can you say the memory verse while you play catch?

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called…”


Day Camp Huddle at Home - Wednesday (Adversity)

Day Camp Huddle at Home – Wednesday (Adversity)

In the Bible

Jesus Walks on Water Matthew - 14:22-33

While the disciples are out in their boat, they see someone walking on the water toward them. They think it’s a ghost, but it’s Jesus! Peter gets out on the water with Jesus but starts to feel scared and sinks. Jesus saves Peter and shows us that we can trust that God is with us even when we face adversity (like serious illness, death of a loved one, a best friend telling you they are not your best friend any more).

Sporting Hero story

Bethany Hamilton was just fourteen when her life changed forever. That day, the winning surfer was floating on her bboard, waiting for the right wave. THEN Bethany looked down to see that a shark had bitten a chunk out of her surfboard. And her left arm was gone just below the shoulder. It was a miracle that Bethany lived that day. She had GREAT support from her family, friends and doctors and she trusted in God. When she was well, Bethany went back to surfing and she went back to winning.

Talk About

What are some troubles or adversities you have faced in life?

Do you feel like you’ve ever failed miserably as Peter did?

When Peter’s faith failed, and he began to sink, what did Jesus do?

How can you help others believe and receive Jesus’ unfailing love?

Pray at Home

Pray for your family and ask God to help you do something special for them.

Memory Verse Challenge

Can you say the memory verse while you pretend to surf or swim?

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…”


Dig in at Home - 24 June

Jesus Eases John’s Doubt - Matthew 11:1-6; Luke 7:18-23

John the Baptist previously announced that Jesus was the Messiah, or rescuer. But now, John is sitting in prison and wondering if Jesus really is the Messiah. He sends some friends to ask Jesus, and Jesus says they can tell John that Jesus is the Messiah because of all his miracles.

Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah” John 4:26


Family Together Time

Use this fun family activity to reinforce the idea that Jesus, the Messiah, rescues us.

Empty two laundry baskets.

Put the same amount of toys or household objects inside each one.

Weave string or yarn through the top holes so that you have somewhat of a spider web at the top of the basket.

Form two teams. Have teams race to rescue all the objects from the basket—without their hands, arms, or the toys bumping the yarn. If someone bumps the yarn, he or she must drop the item back into the basket.

Talk about what you had to do to rescue the items.


Talk About This…

What are interesting rescue stories you’ve heard?


Watch and Discuss

Let’s play a game that’s on our video! The video is going to tell you something, and you’ll have to decide if you believe what it’s saying or if you doubt it. Then you’ll move from one side of the room to the other depending on what you think. The video will explain it—it’s fun and easy. Let’s give it a try!

Play “Are You the One?” Video

Which question did you think was the trickiest, and why?

What about the last question—when John the Baptist wondered if Jesus is the Messiah or not? If you’ve ever wondered if that’s true or not, what has helped you make up your mind one way or the other? 

Jesus assured John that he is the Messiah and told him he could know by the actions Jesus did and by the things he said. We have even more proof than John did because we have the whole Bible that helps us know who Jesus is and how we can be sure of who Jesus is. Jesus is the Messiah, and we don’t have to doubt that!


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Dig in at Home - 17 June

A Roman Officer Demonstrates Faith - Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 8:5-13

A Roman officer asks Jesus to heal his dying servant. He recognizes that Jesus has authority over everything and compares it to his limited authority over his soldiers. He knows Jesus has so much authority that he can just speak and heal the man without having to travel to him.

Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. Luke 7:7 

Through the Week 

Assign each family member a day of the week.

Decide what decisions each family member gets to make on his or her day. For example, you could let that person decide what’s for dinner, what family activity to do, and what bedtime story to read. You can set rules if you think they’re needed, but try to give your kids as much authority as you can.

Let them take charge! With authority comes responsibility. They’ll need to make dinner, make sure everyone gets ready, and so on.

When their authority day is over, ask your kids what they liked or didn’t like.

Talk about how people can use authority to help and protect us. For example, police officers make sure people don’t speed so that they don’t get hurt in an accident.


Talk About This…

Tell about a time you wished you had authority over someone or something.


Watch and Discuss

Have you ever said, or been tempted to say, “You’re not the boss of me”?

In our video today, we will see some people who have this same kind of feeling. Let’s see what they have to say. Watch “The Boss of Me.”

Which of the people in the video do you relate to the most, and why?

When have you been glad that someone else was in charge instead of you?

The people in our video all discovered that even though they wanted to be in charge of someone else, they really didn’t have the authority to be in charge. Then they mention someone at the end of the video—someone who really does have authority over all of us. It’s Jesus! Jesus has authority over everything! And it can be a big relief to us to not have to be in charge—but to know that Jesus has authority over everything and he has things under control.


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Dig in at Home - 10 June

Jesus Heals a Lame Man by a Pool - John 5:1-18

Jesus goes to a pool where sick people often hang out hoping to be healed by the power of the bubbling water in the pool. One lame man is never able to get there soon enough, so Jesus heals him. The religious leaders get mad, but Jesus is God, and he tells them so.

But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I” John 5:17

Through the Week

Get everybody to make a sign with his or her name at the top. For example: “Jordan is...”

Hang the signs.

Throughout the week, write kind descriptions of each person. For example, “Jordan is...kind, athletic, thoughtful, encouraging.”

At the end of the week, talk about how you know those things about each other.

Remind your family that we know who God is because we can see who Jesus is, and Jesus is God.

Challenge each other to show other people who Jesus is by acting like him.

Talk About This…

What can Jesus do because he’s God?


Discuss and Watch “By the Pool”

Share about a time you wanted something but didn’t know who could help you with that need.

In our Bible story, there was a man who needed help, and he wasn’t sure who could help him. Let’s see what happened.

Watch “By the Pool.”

Jesus was able to help this man and heal him! This is just one of many ways Jesus shows he is God. But it made some people mad that Jesus helped the man on the Sabbath. That was a special day, and those cranky men had made up a lot of extra rules that God had not made. They said it was wrong to carry a mat on the Sabbath.

Why do you think they got so mad?

One reason they might have been mad is that they couldn’t make Jesus do what they wanted him to do. Jesus is God, and he does what is right—even when it’s not the popular thing to do.

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Dig in at Home - 3 June

Jesus Eats with Sinners at Matthew’s House - Matthew 9:9-13

Jesus asks a tax collector named Matthew to be his disciple. Tax collectors were known for being greedy, cheating men. So when Jesus went to Matthew’s house, religious leaders got mad. But Jesus came for everyone—and those who are the worst sinners need him the most.

When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do” Matthew 9:12

Through the Week

Think of someone at school, at work, or in your neighborhood you don’t know very well.

Think of a way you can show kindness to that person this week. For example, get to know him or her or share a snack with that person.

Pray and ask Jesus to show you someone who needs a friend.

At the end of the week, tell each other how it went!


Talk About This…

Who are some people you know that others treat like outcasts?

What’s one thing you can do to show them Jesus loves them?

Watch and Discuss

Have you ever spied on someone? Maybe you spied on your brother or sister or sneaked around to listen in on what your parents were saying.

Share about a time you spied on someone. What happened?

In the Bible story, a group of people called Pharisees were upset that Jesus was eating and spending time with sinners—people who did wrong things. The Pharisees thought that Jesus should spend time only with people who tried their best to be good. But since Jesus came for everyone, he also came for people who don’t even know about God. Let’s see what might have happened when the Pharisees spied on Jesus to see what he was doing.

Watch “Spying on Jesus.”

What did you think was funny about this video?

Why do you think the Pharisees were so worried about what Jesus did and who he hung out with?

The Pharisees were always watching Jesus to see if he would make a mistake. They kept trying to trap him doing or saying something wrong. But their plans never worked. This time, Jesus told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”

What do you think that means?

Jesus came for everyone, not just people who are always good. And that means Jesus came for each of us! That’s great news!



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Dig in at Home - 27 May

Wise and Foolish Builder

Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus says following his teaching is like building a house on a rock—a firm foundation. But people who don’t follow Jesus’ teaching are like people who build their houses on sand. The houses will fall when storms arise. Jesus is trustworthy, a firm foundation for our lives.

“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does” (Psalm 33:4).

Family Together Time

Use this fun family snack to remember that Jesus is a trustworthy foundation.

Grab some biscuits and a sticky food, such as frosting, Nutella, or peanut butter.

Work together to build houses. Try different methods to build strong houses.

After you’ve made two or three houses, determine which one you think is strongest, and why.

Eat your snacks as you talk about ways you’ve seen Jesus help you when you felt weak. Yum!


Talk About This…

Tell about someone you trust and why you trust that person.  

Discuss and Watch

Have you ever heard someone say something and wondered if it was really true or not? Here are some things that a lot of people say are true—but they’re all false:

The moon is made of cheese.

Spinach gives you super strength.

If you swallow a watermelon seed it will grow in your stomach.

If you eat bread crust it will make your hair curly.

If you touch a frog you’ll get warts.

If you swallow gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years.

Talk about which of these have you heard before? What are other crazy statements you’ve heard that you’ve wondered whether or not they’re true? How could you test to see if something is true or not?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is trustworthy, which means that we can trust that what he says and does is true. Let’s watch a video about two kids who tested what the Bible says.

Watch “Truthbusters.”

Victor and Lauren put the Bible to the test to see if what they were reading is true or not. They learned that Jesus is trustworthy. The Bible also tells us in Psalm 33:4, “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” This means we can trust what the Bible says and what Jesus does. It’s the truth!


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