By Danny Shivers, Older Elementary Director

It is hard to believe we just concluded GRIP 6, the Bible retreat that gives our kids a chance to get a better “grip” on God’s Word while building relationships with one another. This year’s theme was RELIC, which is an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest.

We asked 20+ 3rd, 4th and 5th graders what they considered to be old. The definition given was quite comical, at least for the adult leaders anyway. Needless to say, their definition is not for the age sensitive, and several children tagged Mr. Danny as a “relic!” We set the tone talking about all things old and new, centering around 2 Corinthians 5:17.

We had several exciting moments including our annual prayer release, where we physically and spiritually lift our prayers to God. We had an awesome campfire talk with fun activities including s’mores and “running from a bear” (you had to be there). Children overcame fears on the challenge courses and pushed their comfort zones while climbing some pretty intense towers.

Each group also had a map to the camp that had the possible location of an ancient relic they had to find and recover before our last large group. Our small group leaders were instrumental in leading these expeditions around the camp. We even had time to create some awesome Mother’s Day gifts! It never ceases to amaze me how much fun is packed into 24 hours!

The retreat challenged the children to comprehend the thought that something OLD could be made NEW. Mike Weaver and Brad Bogue reinforced the thought with incredible teachings on seeing and speaking the truth. Danny concluded the weekend by speaking on being the truth and illustrated how Christ is revealed in both the Old and New Testaments combined. We are able to dig deeper when the truth is revealed to us.

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