CFC Youth for Christ Youth Camp Manual (2007)
Table of Contents I.ORGANIZING A CFC YOUTH FOR CHRIST YOUTH CAMP....................................... The Youth Camp .............................................................................................. Challenges ........................................................................................................... Youth Camp Objectives .............................................................................................. Important Conditions .............................................................................................. Practical considerations ..............................................................................................
II.THE TEAM LEADER’S GUIDE.................................................................................... Youth Camp General Schedule Activities .......................................................... Goals of the Youth Camp ................................................................................ Attitudes of a Team Leader ................................................................................ Roles and Responsibilities of the Team Leaders ...................................................... Practical Matters to Attend to ................................................................................ Practical Tips .......................................................................................................... Team Leader’s Orientation Outline ...................................................................
III.THE YOUTH CAMP TALKS...................................................................................... The Gospel Message .............................................................................................. Sharing this message in the Youth Camp ................................................................. The Gospel and Youth Camp talks ................................................................... Final Tips .......................................................................................................... Talk 1: God’s Love and His Plan for Us ................................................................... Talk 2: Who is Jesus Christ to Me? ................................................................... Talk 3: Repentance, Faith, Healing and Forgiveness ......................................... Talk 4: Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit......................................... Baptism Ceremony/Pray over Session ................................................................... Commitment to Christ ............................................................................................. Closing Exhortation ............................................................................................. Talk 5: Growing in the Spirit …………………………………...................................... Dedication Ceremony ............................................................................................. Covenant of a Youth for Christ Member ...................................................................
IV. ANNEXES................................................................................................................... Youth Camp Invitation Letter Reply Sheet CFC Youth for Christ Information Sheet CFC Youth for Christ Youth Camp Check List Parents Orientation Tongues Workshop Guide Talents Talk CFC Youth for Christ Youth Camp Completion Report Youth Camp Journal (see attached file)
Chapter 1: Organizing a CFC Youth for Christ Youth Camp
THE YOUTH CAMP The entry point to the Youth for Christ (YFC), the Young Adults Program of the Couples for Christ (CFC), is the Youth Camp. It is a three-day live-in camp usually conducted during the summer or semester break to officially bring teenagers and/or young adults into an experience with Christ through YFC. To fully appreciate the value of the Youth Camp and to make the most out of it, it must be seen not just as a three-day experience where the teenagers can have fun, (although this is also important), but in the light of the overall objectives of the Youth Camp, so that the youth can be joyful, responsible and fruitful men and women of God. The Youth Camp is not an end in itself or an annual diversion for teenagers that will give them something to do during the summer or semester break, but it is the beginning of what will, hopefully, be a lifetime commitment and journey with God. The Youth Camp is a place where they will hear the Word of God proclaimed by other young adults like themselves in an environment of fun and excitement, where they do not experience any form of pressure from adults. It is venue for the young to form and build friendships with one another through sports, games. It is an opportunity for them to share their ideas and experiences, and entertain one another in a wholesome environment, where Christian values are talked about and are actively practiced. It is the place where they will be stimulated and encouraged to develop their gifts and potentials for leadership as they are exposed to other young adults who are actively involved service. This will give them opportunities to serve as speakers, facilitators, sports and games coordinators. This will also provide the, to grow in other services that are essential to the life of the young. CHALLENGES For the Youth Camp to be successful, it is important for the team to be aware of the challenges that they will face. 1. Many teenagers will come to the camp due to the encourage and/ or pressure of their parents. Because of this, the challenge to all the service team is to make the participants feel that eventhough they came to camp by pressure or encouragement from parents, is for them to enjoy every moment of the activity and to let them feel comfortable and welcomes, not only with the activities but also of the atmosphere of friendship and love by all the members of the service team. 2. The participants will be meeting a lot of people for the first time. Teenagers act normally and openly in the company of friends but take a while to warm up to new faces. Having a Service Team of friendly and warm young adults at the time when the participants start coming in will help make them feel at ease and welcome. 2. Some of the young adults will be difficult to handle. Some of them may even have serious addictions to drugs and alcohol. Others will come with a rebellious spirit, while others may be harboring serious resentments towards their parents and other people. For this reason, the role of the Couple Coordinators present in the Camp will play a very important role. It is a general rule that there should always be a Couple Coordinator/s (both husband and wife) to be assigned althoughout the youth camp. Their pastoral role and spiritual role not only to the service team but also to the participants is significant in ensuring a smooth and successful camp.
4. Many teenagers will find difficulty in committing to the Lord, and to the YFC Community, and to the whole new way of life that is being offered to them. There will be a real fear of giving up a lot of their attachments to their established set of friends and to the regular activities that they are accustomed to. This poses a real challenge to the team in as much as making the Youth Camp fun and exciting, by always manifesting a joyful and friendly spirit. The team must also come up with activities that appeal to and challenge young adults who are full of energy and spirit. As to their spiritual commitment, we must remember that the youth camp serves as our way of planting the seed to them of God’s love. It is the start of our way of introducing Christ to them. The Camp not the end but the beginning of their life long journey with God. This seed will grow in its perfect time according to their will and the will of God for them. Let us not be frustrated if we don’t get the expected outcome and commitment we want from them as long as know that we tried our best to make them experience God’s love all throughout the camp. YOUTH CAMP OBJECTIVES To plan effectively, it is important for the team to understand both the short-term and the long-term objectives of the Youth Camp. Short-Term Objectives 1. To make the Youth Camp a fun, exciting and life-giving experience to the young adult. 2. To help the young adults experience of life giving friendships and ever growing faith and renewal in Christ. 3. To help the young adult experience healing and reconciliation with the immediate members of their family, especially their parents, by introducing a special kind of love and appreciation towards them. This is rooted in their sole love from God. 4. To give the young adults the opportunity to make new friends in a healthy, nourishing, creative and joyful environment. 5. To expose the participants to young people of their age who find joy and fulfillment in serving the Lord, and in serving one another at all times. Long-Term Objectives 1. To make the Youth Camp the start of a life-long process of conversion and transformation in the life of the young adult. a. By joining YFC, the young adults are placed in a support environment where they can be sustained in their Christian lives. b. By joining YFC, they can sustain and develop the friendships that were established during the camp. c. The young adults can also be supported in the renewed relationships that they have with their parents and the other members of their family. 2. To create a desire, as well as a real opportunity to develop the gifts and talents of these young adults in serving the Lord and other young adults in future Youth Camps.
3. Hopefully, the positive experience of the Youth Camp will remain a special memory that the young adult may look back to and draw strength from throughout his or her life and journey with Christ. IMPORTANT CONDITIONS Given the above objectives, both short and long-term, it is important to make the following conditions in planning and conducting YFC Youth Camps. 1. It is the entry point to the CFC Youth For Christ Ministry. It should not be conducted if there is no intention to invite the participants into YFC (although, it is possible for some of them to decide not to). This is just to preclude the possibility of making the Youth Camp an end in itself. This is the same condition that is true for the CLP (Christian Life Program) of Couple for Christ. The CLP, or Youth Camp for that matter, is not conducted unless there is a real intent to establish CFC, or YFC or to integrate those who graduate to existing CFC groups. 2. It is possible to invite children of non-CFC members to the Youth Camp and for them to eventually join YFC provided: a.
The CFC YFC Youth Camp should be evangelistic in nature. This activity is open to all Catholic youth ages 12-21 years old. This is regardless if their parents are CFC or not. However, it is important consideration for the service team to start evangelization to the children of those, whose parents who are in CFC. Priority may be given to non-CFC members if the team is able to determine that there is a real need for the individual to join the program as deliberated by the team leader responsible and the YFC Couple coordinator with the guidance of the CFC Area Head.
(NOTE : An example of giving priority to individuals whose parents are not in CFC are the camps within the campuses or schools, or within the GK sites). 3. The ideal site of a Youth Camp is a retreat area or a campsite where the young adults can stay-in without disturbances or distractions. The venue should be a creative venue to conduct all necessary and important components of the camp. It should be strategic and conducive enough for the team to achieve all the goals and objectives of the camp. The team should be sensitive to the financial means of the participants who will be attending the camp as well. a. It is possible to use school facilities during semestral and summer breaks, and for food to be catered by CFC members if this will significantly reduce the cost of Youth Camp.
b. It is possible to raise funds within the chapter or area, to help defray the cost of those who do not have the means to pay the full amount in the Youth Camp. c. The usual rule in CFC applies that no one should be deprived of experiencing the Lord in any official activity because He or She does not have the means to pay. 4. Parents to give written consent and to support the activities of the camp (like writing letters to their children). If the camp is in a site where there is an opportunity for the young adults to go swimming (e.g. beach, lake, or pool) or mountain climbing, a special written consent from the parents should be presented before the team allows the young adults to engage in these activities.
For parish based and school based youth camp a Parentsâ€™ Forum should be conducted before the Youth Camp, where the team may be able to explain the objectives, activities, schedule, rules, provisions within the camp, as well as mention areas of concern in which the parents can extend their support. Normally, the team members serving in the Youth Camp are not expected to pay for their accommodations. But, if they have the means and they would like to help, their payments may be accepted. This will be discussed and agreed upon by the Coordinators and members of the service team during the planning and preparation stages of the camp. PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS 1. Ideally, the initiative to organize the Youth Camp starts with the Areaâ€™s YFC Couple Coordinator. (In starting areas, the area head will make the initiative in organizing the Youth Camp). They can organize just for their area of responsibility if they have enough young adults, or in cooperation with other YFC Couple Coordinators for a joint Youth Camp. a. Start by getting the approval of the CFC leader in the area. b. Survey the area and come up with a list of prospective participants. c. Work out the dates and details, such as venue of the Youth Camp. d. Form the team of YFC members that will serve ---- these include the Youth Camp Team Leader and his Assistant, Speakers, Facilitators, Music Ministry, and Servant. 2. In the Camp, the Couple Coordinator allows the Youth Camp Team Leader and Assistant, as well as the members of the Service Team, to lead the activities. The Couple Coordinator oversees the activities and provides pastoral support, direction and protection over the team. 3. Normally, the members of the team who stay in with the participants are the Couple Coordinators, the Youth Camp Team Leader and his Assistant, the Camp Servant and the Facilitators. Other members of the team may stay in, if they offer to pay for their accommodations or if there are enough funds to pay for them. They are, however, expected to be in all the sessions and activities throughout the camp, even if they choose to sleep out. 4. During the Pray-over Session, the team may ask support from other YFC members. Note : The use of couples or parents in the praying-over for baptism is discouraged. They CFC Members of the Couple Coordinators can be prayer warriors leading the rosary and prayer vigils. 5. Parents, one or both, are expected to send letters to their young adults and to come during the Parent-Youth Dialogue and Dedication ceremony on the last day of the camp. This is also the special role of the couple coordinator in a youth camp, they are to make sure that the involvement of the parents in the letter writing and in the last day of the camp will be present. It is the role of the Coordinator to ensure that before, during and after camp, they will continue to develop a special relationship with the parents of the youth, to ensure the continue support from them all throughout their journey with Christ.
6. A no-smoking and no-drinking rule will be observed by the participants, the Couple Coordinator and the other members of the team, for the duration of the camp. Service team can also come up with a set of house rules to ensure that the youth camp will be an efficient and effective one.
Chapter 2: Youth Camp Team Leaders Guide
YOUTH CAMP GENERAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES DAY 1 TIME 5:00 - 5:30 PM 5:30 - 6:30 6:30 - 6:45
ACTIVITY Service team meeting Arrival/ Registration Gather/ Teaching of songs
Person-in-charge Team Leader
6:45 - 7:00
Orientation of participants Orientation to parents Dinner Gathering of participants/ Teaching of songs
Team leader Couple Coordinator Camp Servant Team Leader and Music Ministry
Opening Prayer Energizer/ Games (per Discussion Group) TALK 1- GOD'S LOVE AND HIS PLAN FOR US
Team Leader Team Leader
9:25 - 9:55
9:55 - 10:00 10:00- 11:00 11:00
Announcements/ Closing song (if desired) Informal Fellowship Lights out
Team Leader Facilitators Team Leader
DAY 2 6:00 â€“ 7:00 AM 7:00 - 7:30
Wake up call Breakfast
Camp Servant Camp Servant
Teaching of Songs (One Slow and one Fast) Common Prayer Time (include reflection) Gathering participants Opening Song and Prayer TALK 2 - WHO IS JESUS CHRIST TO ME? Discussion Groups
Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader, Speaker, and Sharers Team Leader and Facilitators
7:00 - 8:00 8:00 - 8:30 8:30 - 8:35 8:35 - 8:45 8:45 - 9:25
7:30 - 8:00 8:00 - 8:30 8:30 - 8:50 8:50 - 9:30 9:30 - 10:00 10:00- 10:30 10:30- 10:45
Break Gathering of participants/ Opening Song and Prayer
TALK 3 - REPENTANCE, FAITH, HEALING,AND FORGIVENESS LUNCH
11:30 - 12:30
Team Leader and Music Ministry
Team Leader, Speaker, and sharers. and
Team Leader Camp Servant
Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader, Speaker and Sharers Camp Servant
Logistical Needs Venue Table, chairs Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets Venue Venue Food, Dining Area Venue, Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets Sound System Sound System and Games Materials Venue, Sound System, and Diagram Venue and chairs Venue and Sound System Sound System Sleeping Areas Bell Dining Area and Food Venue, Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets
Venue and Sound System Venue Food Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets Venue and Sound System Dining Food
12:30 - 1:00
Gathering and teaching of songs (One slow and one fast)/ Orientation of Facilitators for one to ones session Exhortation for the letter writing and Letter writing Confession (a must)/One to Ones Session
Team Leader and Music Ministry
4:00 - 5:00
Talents Talk/ Workshop
Team Leader, Speaker and Workshop Masters
5:00 - 6:30
Rest/ Fresh-up/ Tongues Workshop Dinner
Camp Servant Team Leader Camp Servant
Gathering of Participants/Opening Prayers TALK 4- RECEIVING GOD'S GIFT: THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Commitment to Christ Ceremony Pray over session/ Worship Orientation
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:30 10:30 - 11:00
Closing Exhortation Preparation for program
11:00 - 12:00
Informal Fellowship (Participants may stay up, although they should respect those who are asleep. Therefore, silence should be maintained.)
Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader Camp Servant and Facilitators Team Leader and Music Ministry Camp Servant and Facilitators
1:00 - 2:00 2:00 - 4:00
6:30 - 7:30 7:30 - 8:00 8:00 - 8:45
8:45 - 9:00 9:00 -10:00
Team Leader Team Leader, Priests, and Facilitators
Team Leader Speaker
Confession Area and one on one Area Venue, Sound System, Workshop Materials Venue and Guitar Dining Area and Food Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets Venue and Sound System
Speaker Team Leader Facilitators
DAY 3 7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 8:15
Gather/ Teach Songs
8:15 - 8:45
Worship / Common Prayer Time TALK 5- GROWING IN THE SPIRIT / LIFE AND MISSION OF YFC
Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader
8:45 - 10:00
Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets
Team Leader Speaker
Pray Over Area, Prayer Warrior Area, and Guitar Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets
Dining Area and Food Venue, Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets
10:00 - 10:30 10:30 - 10:45 10:45 - 11:15
Parentâ€™s Forum led Couple Coordinator FTPW Dialogue with Parents Pray over session
11:15 - 11:30
Dedication Ceremony Sharing of Participants / Praisefest Preparation for Mass
11:30 - 12:30
Lunch (if available)
Couple Coordinator Team Leader Couple Coordinator and Team Leader Team Leader and Music Ministry
Large area with sets of 3 chairs Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets
Couple Coordinator, Team Leader and Music Ministry Priest and Music Ministry Team Leader
Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets
DAY 3 Alternate Schedule 7:00 - 8:00 AM Wake up call 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Camp Servant Camp Servant
9:00 - 10:00 10:00- 12:00
Common Prayer time Games
Team Leader Team Leader
1:00 - 1:15
Gathering of participants / Teaching of songs Worship
Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader, Speaker, and Sharer
Bell Dining Area and Food Venue, Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets Dining Area and Food Venue, Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets
1:15 - 1:30 1:30 - 2:00 2:00 - 2:30
TALK 5- GROWING IN THE SPIRIT / LIFE AND MISSION OF YFC Dialogue with Parents
2:30 - 2:45
Pray over Session
2:45 - 3:15 3:15 - 3:30
Dedication Ceremony Sharing of Participants / Praisefest Preparation for Mass
3:30 - 4:30
4:30 - 5:00 5:00
Pack-up HOME SWEET HOME
Team Leader Couple Coordinator and Team Leader Team Leader and Music Ministry Couple Coordinator, Team Leader and Music Ministry Priest and Music Ministry Camp Servant
Large area with sets of 3 chairs Venue, Sound System, Guitar, and Song Sheets Venue, Sound System, Guitar, Song Sheets and Mass Kit
Note : The schedules written in this manual are guides for the Youth Camp Service Team. If circumstances call for a different schedule, the team should be flexible enough to follow as the Spirit leads but not compromising the objectives of the camp.
GOALS OF THE YOUTH CAMP The Youth camp should: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Introduce the person of Jesus to the participants Encourage the participants to invite Jesus into their lives Invite the participants into the support environment of YFC Introduce the 7 Pillars of YFC to the participants
HOW TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS These goals should be achieved through the four F principle of the YFC program as implemented in the camp activities; 1. Fun The camp contains activities that young people enjoy. This should be an opportunity for them to experience fun in a life giving and nourishing way. (e.g. games, songs, talents workshop, entertainment, video presentations, skits, bonfire - optional, etc.) 2. Friendship The camp provides opportunities to strengthen old friendships and make new ones. (The team leader initiates these by encouraging the team to get to know one another and mingle with the participants). Note : Many times, people join YFC (placing themselves in an environment where they can grow in their faith) initially because of friendships they make in the camps, or because of the faith of a friend in YFC. The service team is responsible in making sure that all the participants equally experience these kinds of friendships healthily. 3. Freedom Nothing is ever imposed on the participants. This principle springs from the basic belief that Christianity can only be lived out if it begins with an individualâ€™s personal decision to follow Christ (e.g. during pray-over session, we donâ€™t force the participants to commit to Christ or to join YFC during the commitment ceremony) 4. Faith The camp provides the participants a lot of opportunities to learn more about Jesus and grow in their Faith (e.g. prayers, worship, talks, group discussions). ATTITUDES OF A TEAM LEADER 1. The Team Leader should strive to be a person of vision a.
He must at least understand by heart the 7 Pillars of YFC and uphold all the values that it holds. The team leader will be the model to exude all these values to them by his own witnessing and example.
b. He sees that the Youth Camp an not an end in itself but rather the beginning of a process of growth for the life of the participants. c. He knows that follow up must be done after the camp (Covenant Orientation etc.) and begins to make arrangements for this with the Couple Coordinator.
Note : For new areas where there is no local YFC Chapter, he makes arrangements for YFC to be set up. (The team leader therefore should be always ready with training manuals, especially when going on mission). d.
He is always on the lookout for potential leaders and points them out to the Couple Coordinators of the area.
2. The Team Leader should strive for clarity a. He makes sure that others see what he sees. He is open to the leading of the Spirit all throughout the camp especially from suggestions and feedbacks given by the service team and their couple coordinators. b. As the one who will actually be speaking to the participants, he clarifies and makes sure that his co - team leader, the Couple Coordinator/ School Coordinator and the team have the same understanding that he has about circumstances in the camp. c.
He finds ways to make the participants relate to the talks and sharing. These are done through jokes, anecdotes, examples from current movie and music trends and illustrates these in terms familiar to the participants.
3. The Team Leader should strive to have a heart for God and His people a. He listens to the Lord. - He prepares spiritually before the camp (confession, prayer, and fasting) - Reviewing all the talk outlines and will be ready to give the talks at any point if the speaker will not be able to make it on the day itself. - He constantly intercedes and consults the Lord throughout the camp. b. He has a feel for the people. - Mingles and relates with the team. - Mingles and relates with the participants. c. He loves the people He serves. - he honors the work of the team and the coordinators and constantly affirms and exhorts them to seek God in the camp. - He is concern with all the needs of the team serving as well as those of the participants - He handles everything with patience and love at all times. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TEAM LEADERS 1. Each Youth Camp has only one team leader; a brother and an assistant team leader; a sister. a. The Team leader leads the sessions -
Leads prayers, worship, introduces the speakers. Wraps up, summarizes, emphasizes points for clarity While the talk is in progress, he should sit in front to listen to the talk. Leads the Dedication Ceremony after the Pray-over of Parents and Child/ren. He is the person who most understood all the sessions and knows all the participants well. Thus, He is entitled.
b. The Assistant Leader is there to respond to the needs of the sisters and to provide input in planning and conducting the camp. - The sister always stays in front so she can remind the brother team leader of things that should have been said or coordinate with him on practical and pastoral matters. Note: There will be two camp servants; one for the brothers and the other for the sisters, Have one camp servant sit near the team leader for more effective coordination. The other camp servant should be at the back, ready to bring input from the Couple Coordinator. c.
The team leader and the assistant team leader together with their Couple Coordinator work in consultation with each other for unity and provide focus for the team.
d. The team leader and the assistant team leader should be prepared to give any of the five talks. e. Make sure that the Camp Schedule is followed. -
- Start and end the sessions on time Let the speaker know when the time is up. Have signages posting the regular schedule. This will remind participants when they should be on the session hall of the dining hall.
Note: The service team should be the model/ example of following the schedule of the camp. 2. Both leaders can give inputs regarding practical and pastoral matters to the Couple Coordinator and/or School Coordinator. 3. The team leader leads the team while the assistant team leader documents and takes note of important things in the meeting a. Facilitate the youth team meetings/ service meetings - Listens to input from the team - Gives instructions to the team / receives instructions from the Couple Coordinator - Leads worship (in cases where the group is mixed, the brother always leads) b. Make sure that the team knows what to do and actually does it. - Runs through the regular activities with the team before hand (e.g. one to ones, prayover session, tongues workshop). - Goes around during one to ones and baptism - Regularly supports and instructs the camp servants c.
Correct the team if needed or give positive and negative feedback to the service team at the end of each day. This will put order and focus on the goals that the should have for the next day.
- Corrects both the group as a whole or approaches individuals in the team for more personal matters. - Corrects the participants in a brotherly or sisterly way through the facilitators/ or the Couple Coordinators if needed. Note: In situations that are highly personal, correction is done one to one, brother to brother, sister to sister. The Couple Coordinator should course his corrections towards the youth through the leaders. d. The team leader and assistant team leader encourage the team - Exhorts - Takes every opportunity to commend them. e. They give advice to the members of the team. 4. They Assist the Speakers a. Makes sure they get to the camp on time b. Helps the Speaker in preparing for the talk (i.e. Pointing out the “practical tips in giving talks” found in Chapter 3 of this manual). c. Let the Speaker know if time is “up” for the talk. d. They listen to the speaker well so they can recap or further strengthen/ explain important points of the talks. 5. Make sure that the four F’s (fun, friendship, freedom & faith) are used properly. 6. Make sure that the 7 Pillars of YFC is in the heart of respective activities in the camp. Roles and Responsibilities of the Couple Coordinator in the Youth Camp 1. They must have a close coordination with the team leader before, during, and after the camp 2. They should coordinate with the CFC Chapter in the area about the camp 3. They should act as parents to everyone in the camp 4. The Couple Coordinator needs to follow up the parents that they should really go to the youth camp. 5. Conducts the Parents’ Forum 6. They must be in charge of the liturgy (including the choir & the logistics). 7. Be an example in speech and in conduct to the youth 8. Intercede for the whole youth camp Note: One of these initial team meetings may be used for Youth Camp Training if the Couple Coordinator and/or team leaders feel that this is necessary. PRACTICAL MATTERS TO ATTEND TO Pre-Camp : 1. Conduct initial meetings between Youth Leaders and Couple Coordinators and/or school administrators. a. Set expectations for the camp b. Make suggestions for camp assignments
c. Set a youth camp training at least 2 weeks before the camp 2. The team leaders, coordinators, and camp facility administrators should clarify and agree on Camp rules (e.g. curfews, and entertainment activities, bonfire, types of prayers -Pray over session, noise level etc..). 3. Plan follow-up activities to the camp (Activities could be the Covenant orientation schedule, the Chapter Assembly or the new HH of the New Participants) Note: Make sure that you will be able announce at least one follow up activity to the participants after the camp. 4. Set the next team meetings to: a. b. c. d.
Exhort/Encourage the team to prepare both physically & spiritually Go through schedule of the camp Give out assignments (You may ask for volunteers) Intercession for the camp
5. Decide on team assignments (facilitators, speakers, sharers etc.) a. Speaker’s Profile: • Talk no.1 speaker should be someone who can relate well to the youth and can capture the attention of the participants. • Talk no. 2 speaker should be someone who have known Christ in a personal way. • Talk no. 3 speaker should have integrity and conviction in advocating 100% PURE program. • Talk no. 4 speaker should be a brother except for an ALL girls camp. • Talk no. 5 speaker should be a well-experienced Kasangga member. His/ her growth in YFC should be very evident in his service and life. He/ She should be a person who walks his/ her talk. b. Sharer’s Profile: • Talk no.3 sharer should be someone who had a victorious conversion story or can share about his/ her love story with God • For Talk no. 5, it should be someone who really used the tools in his/ her growth towards holiness. (1 boy and 1 girl; one of them should have recently graduated in a Youth Camp) 6. The team should go to sacrament of reconciliation or confession and communion before the youth camp. 7. Limit the number of service team. (It is more effective to have few equipped service team than a large crowd so that every one has a chance to serve and not just to visit the camp.) Other Visitors or support group are only encourage to come during the Entertainment Night/ and or during the 4th Talk. 8. All potential Facilitators should undergo the Household Leaders’ Training since they will be the future Household Heads of the new YFC. 9. The coordinator should set the time and place for these meetings.
10. All Service Team members should be at the campsite early to intercede and have an ocular inspection of the place. Conduct worship and binding and casting upon arrival of the service team on the camp-site. Camp Proper 1. Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Upon the arrival of the participants, there should be a welcome committee to assist them going to their respective rooms then to the session hall for registration. Be sure to make the participants fill up the info sheets (2x2 pictures should be submitted together with the info sheets for documentation purposes) IDs should be given before the sessions start and should be collected after the day It is required that there will be a Youth Camp Kit (copy of songs, sheets of paper, and ballpen). There should be separate rooms for boys and girls Service team members must share the same room with the participants to control things that should be addressed. (lights off, vices, wake-up call etc.) Meaning of songs should be explained It is suggested to have at least one game/energizer/ice breaker before the session. (Suggested games: Do you love me? Bahay-Baboy-Bagyo, Rabbit-Archer-Wall) The presence of a Coordinator is required in the whole duration of the camp. Make sure that there is more than 1 participant in every youth camp. It is highly recommended to have a creative presentation in every talk except Talk 4 Note: You can have a prepared AVP, skit, dance etc. (see annex) It will be better if the whole service team will under go confession before serving in the youth camp. Ideally, the priest should be scheduled a month before the Youth Camp.
2. For Session 4: • There’s no need to use candles for reflection. • There’s no need for unnecessary drama. • No need for rosary and bible during pray-over. But a separate prayer vigil can be conducted in a separate hall. • There is no need to turn off the lights. • Conduct pray over session in a conducive and well-lighted room. • Prayer warriors should pray until the end of the pray- over session. • Dress decently. • Must have a crucifix inside the session hall. • During pray- over session, DGLs must not leave the place unattended. • Speaker must be a brother, unless in an all girls camp. • There should be full worship instead of praisefest after the pray-over session. • Closing exhortation should be given after the worship. 3. General Pattern of sessions: Gathering/Teaching of songs Ice breaker Prayer (worship) Introduction/ Connection of Talks Talk Sharing Wrap up/ summary
Discussion Groups/Activity 4. The Sessions and their purpose a. Orientation Session - Sets the tone for the camp - Clarifies expectations and the house rules. b. Talk 1: God’s Love and His Plan for Us - Makes the participants aware of the truth that God loves them. The talk also leaves them with the challenge to respond to this love. c. -
Common Prayer Time Allows the participants to experience what having a personal prayer time is like.
- After a brief explanation of this activity, one or two songs may be sung to help make the participants see the importance of singing in giving worship to God - For reflection, the participants may be asked to read scripture readings that will help them recall the first talk (i.e. John 3:16; Psalm 139: Jeremiah 6:16). Ask the participants to write down their reflections. - Explain ACTS during the common prayer time. Note : It is during this time that the “In His Steps Prayer Journal” should be introduced. d. Talk 2: Who is Jesus Christ to Me? - Makes the participants aware that Jesus is alive in our lives, that he is someone we can know in a personal way and that He is inviting us to have a personal relationship with Him. e. Talk 3: Repentance, Faith, Healing and Forgiveness - Helps the participants become aware that sin and hurts in our lives become obstacles for us to experience God’s love. The talk helps the participants realize that a personal relationship with Jesus can only happen when we first admit and become sorry for our sins, repent and forgive those who have hurt us. Activity: Team Leader leads the participants to make 2 lists (list of people who hurt them & list of people whom they hurt) they are then led to forgive those in the first list and asks forgiveness for the second list. After, the participants may be encouraged to write a letter to their parents for the same purpose. The team leader can make sure that this letter is completed during the third day’s prayer time. f.
The Team Meeting The Team Leader - leads the team in worship and intercession - gives feedback - gives inputs for the Baptism session - leads prayer for empowerment
g. Talk 4: Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit - Introduces to the Youth the power of the Holy Spirit, they once receive in their baptism at birth, to strengthen and guide our lives and clarifies how we can experience this power personally during the our personal encounter Christ. h. Entertainment Night (Pure, Clean, Fun Entertainment) - The program is used as a time of celebration after the participants have received the Holy Spirit. This also becomes a good venue for building strong and lasting friendships among the youth.
- Encourage both participants and service team to prepare presentation numbers that are brief and wholesome. For this evening, the curfew is often set to a later time. I.
Common Prayer Time for the third day - Reiterates the importance that the prayer time must be made into a daily habit. - The reflection activity for this prayer time may be used to finish the participantsâ€™ letters to their parents.
Talk 5: Growing in the Spirit, Dedication to the Life and Mission of CFC Youth for Christ. - Equips the participants with the knowledge of how to grow in their relationship with God. - The session should be conducted in a prayer meeting format (there should be full worship before the session). This further imparts the YFC culture to the participants in showing what an assembly is like. It is in this session that the participants are asked to join YFC.
Post Camp: 1. The Team Leader should conduct leaders training especially for new areas where structures are not in place (Refer to Fast track Leaders Training) 2. Make sure there are scheduled activities scheduled immediately after the camp the participants to look forward to (e.g. fellowships, assemblies etc.) 3. Prepare the facilitators to become Household Heads (Refer to Household Heads Training Program) 4. Set evaluation meeting with the team and Couple Coordinators 5. There should be a batch picture for Documentation 6. There should also be a conscious and strong effort for the Coordinator and Team Leaders to give an announcement of HH groupings after each camp to ensure that new members will be sustained and will be taken cared of after the youth camp. 7. Make sure Completion Report is filled out by the Couple Coordinators. PRACTICAL TIPS Purpose of Mingling 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Becomes basis for determining discussion groups Allows you to relate to the participants/ team and makes you more effective Helps you spot leaders (among the participants and the team) Evangelistic Builds friendships
Purpose of Seating Arrangement (the ideal arrangement is U shape) 1. 2. 3. 4.
It is easier to speak to the audience because distance is cut Removes the formality of a classroom setting Participants end up encouraging one another to be more participative The one speaking in front becomes part of the group.
Purpose of Songs 1. Teaches us to pray, and helps make prayer more enjoyable 2. Because songs are enjoyable, Godâ€™s message is received with the least resistance from the participants 3. Makes each activity participative 4. Energizes the sessions (wakes people up) 5. Can be used to emphasize a point in any of the talks/ sharings 6. Used to gather people Note : The Music ministry should always stay in front. - To establish rapport with the participants. This makes it easier to teach songs and encourage the participants to sing. - Allows better coordination between the music ministry and the team leader - The Music Ministry should be sensitive during sessions specially in tuning up the guitar and other musical instruments. Purpose of Humor 1. Makes participants listen/ enjoy the sessions 2. Establishes support/ interaction between the team leader/ speaker and the participants 3. Makes a point easy to remember Purpose of Games 1. Makes sessions enjoyable 2. Makes activities participative 3. Energizes the camp
YOUTH CAMP ORIENTATION OUTLINE (To be given by Team Leader to the participants before the first session) I. Welcome the participants A. Make the atmosphere light and joyful. (Give a joke as an icebreaker.) B. Make it your goal to help everyone build friendships by the end of the camp. You may ask the participants to mingle for a minute or two for them to get to know one another. C. Welcoming Remarks: 1. Introduce yourself as the Team Leader, 2. Introduce the team, 3. Explanation of terms: What is it that they are getting into? What is YFC (Youth for Christ), a Youth Camp? II. Expectations A. What the participants may expect 1. 2. 3. 4.
Meet new friends Have fun Know more about God and grow close to Him Give a general picture of what the camp will be like (e.g. fun, friends, talk...etc.)
[Note : A lot of people have different expectations about this Camp. Some may know that itâ€™s something like a Life in the Spirit Seminar. Some expect to cry or have an emotional experience. While some may have no expectations. Others may expect to come to great revelations or may expect to be helped in making big decisions. Although, these may happen, these are not the goals that we are aiming for. Rather, if they come out of this Camp being able to say that they know God a little bit more, that they are closer to Him even more.... then, they have reached the goal of the Camp.] B. Attitudes to take. (What we expect from the participants) 1. God brought you here. Whatever reasons you have for being here, it was God who brought you here. He wants to do something in your life during the Camp. 2. Make the most of the Youth Camp. How much you give of yourselves in this Camp, is how much you will receive. 3. Participate. Don't anticipate. Don't keep thinking of what might happen next. But rather, participate in the present activity. Pray, when it's time to pray. Sing, when it's time to sing. Rest, when it's time to rest. 4. Don't analyze or criticize.
Be open to new things. 5. Expect God to work. If we truly desire Him and seek Him, we shall find Him. This is God's promise. III. What They Should Know (At this point, the team leader may pass on the microphone to the camp servant, preferably a youth as well, as one who is being trained for leadership, for the following information.) A. House rules of venue and other related important information. (Get house rules from retreat house and Couple Coordinators) B. Whom to approach, if the participants need anything 1. Practicalities (e.g. bed sheets, phones, toothpaste) 2. Emergencies (First Aid) C. It would be helpful to always have a pen, paper/notebook, and a Bible with you during the sessions. IV. Ask everyone to move into the dining hall for dinner.
Chapter 3: The Youth Camp Talks
THE GOSPEL MESSAGE In this day and age when so many ideas abound and so many different philosophies are taught, the youth are often placed in confusing situations. So many different influences around say what to run after and what to live for. Still in the budding idealism of their young minds, the youth search for the truth that they can believe and live by. So often, however, young people fall into whatever whim their peers invite them into. Whether it be drugs or drinking, being popular, being "in" or just simply living for the moment. Still the thirst is there for the truth -- their hearts restless for God It is in this situation that the Gospel message should be brought to the youth. A message that speaks of God's love and mercy -- That in our sinfulness, He is always willing to forgive us. And, if we come before Him and place our lives at His feet, our restlessness ends, and we begin to experience a new life with Him. It is this message which the talks in the Youth Camp seek to share. SHARING THIS MESSAGE IN THE YOUTH CAMP The Gospel message, however, is so great, so vast and so wonderful that our minds can only begin to comprehend it. Moreover, to explain it thoroughly is hard enough for more knowledgeable Christians to do, what more for young people, who in our case, will explain it to other young people as well. In this perspective, we cannot even begin to teach the Gospel. What we can do, however, is to share it. We don't have to be Biblical Scholars or Church Theologians to share the Gospel with others. All we really need to do is look into our lives, recognize God's work and share what we know with conviction. Then, in our limitations, we will see God working through us, in these talks and the activities of the Youth Camp. THE GOSPEL AND THE YOUTH CAMP TALKS To be able to share the Gospel message in an orderly and simple way, its different points were divided into five (5) talks. Each talk helps the speaker impart this message effectively. So as not to compromise nor give an incomplete Gospel, the talks include truths which are basic enough for young people to begin a meaningful journey with God in their Christian lives. Other teachings may then be imparted later, if the participants decide to join YFC. Here are the basic points or truths with their corresponding topics in the Youth Camp. BASIC GOSPEL TRUTH
YOUTH CAMP TALK
God's Love for Mankind; His Plan for Man's Fullness of Life with Him
* God's Love For Us
Introduces the ultimate expression of God's love -- Jesus Christ
* Who is Jesus Christ To Me?
Manâ€™s sin as he turns away from Godâ€™s plan
* Repentance, Faith, Healing and Forgiveness
Man's Response: Accepting God's Invitation and Living as His People
* God's Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit * Growth Talk/ Life and Vision of YFC
Some of the talks in the Youth Camp have more than one basic Gospel truth included. These truths sometimes even overlap between two or three talks. The talks are given in this way and order so as to help bring the participants through a process where they can make a real and sincere decision to live a life pleasing to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. The speaker should be able to realize that each talk, especially the one that he or she will be giving, is part of one message; “God's love reaching out to man and man's choice to respond to this love." (Refer to “The sessions and their Purpose” in Chapter 2 -Team leaders Guide, to see how each talk flows to the next). The speakers and Youth Camp Service Team should understand this flow to be able to place themselves in the proper position where God can work through what they say and do, in order to effectively help the participants make a decision to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. FINAL TIPS 1. Married couples are discouraged from giving the talks in the Youth Camp. We have to recognize the fact that it is easier of young people to be influenced by their peers. No matter how true the message is, and even if the participants thirst for this message, when older people (as in Parent age) speak to the youth, a natural barrier often stands between them and the young people they are speaking to. These speakers represent the parents of the participants -- parents who may have damaged relationships with their children. As a result adult speakers then begin to lose their effectivity in sharing the Gospel to the youth. 2. The speaker should share and not preach. The world needs witnesses not teachers. Most Youth Camp participants have heard the same message we speak time and time again. What will make these talks different is when they realize that what we are saying is true and concrete because we have actually experienced it. 3. Maintain a light atmosphere. Feel free to give jokes from time to time. But never to the point of letting them forget the truth and importance of your message. Often jokes can even be made use of as means to drive at a certain point. In the same way, anecdotes and stories are good means of explaining or stressing certain points in your talk. Make use of stories. The youth like listening to stories. If it is possible to make the points of your outline flow from a story to the next, all the better. Stories keep the interest of young people and allow them to remember points that you made. 4. Speak from the heart with confidence and conviction. You are speaking of a truth which all men thirst for, including the youth. Therefore speak with conviction, because it they who will benefit from what is being spoken in the camp more than anyone. Speak of the joy of knowing Christ. Speak of the gift that God wants to give. The gift that you yourself are beginning to experience, a new life with Christ, knowing that what Saint Augustine mentions is truth for yourself and everyone else, "Our hearts are restless, until we rest in you, Oh God."
5. The presence of scriptural verses in the talk requires the speaker to prayerfully reflect on the passages before giving the talk. It would be better if these verses are narrated in the speakerâ€™s own words. Reading scripture verses word-for-word takes away eye contact between you and the participants. 6. Listen to / study other speakers This may help give you ideas in giving your talk 7. Undergo the Speakerâ€™s Workshop (This can be found in the Youth Camp Training Program of YFC). 8. To ensure that we maintain the interest of participants, let us use creative visual and powerpoints in giving the talks. Visual media will help in sustaining the attention span of our participants and will make them more interested to listen and remember the points in the talk.
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Talk 1 : God’s Love and His Plan for Us Expanded Outline I. INTRODUCTION A. The Crazy Dream (NOTE: The crazy dream exercise is done so that the speaker may have an amusing way of making the participants realize God's tremendous love for them. Just as the participants may have their own "crazy dreams" their own nearly impossible hopes of things that are better, God has His own seemingly impossible dream for us, "a plan for a future and a hope" in union with Him. It is this plan for us that may be used to introduce God's love to the participants.) 1. Ask the participants about their greatest ambition or craziest dream. Give them 30 seconds to do this. Allow 3-5 persons to share. 2. Even God has a crazy dream. (Referring to the "crazy dreams" of the participants.) All of us have our own crazy dreams, but even God has his own "crazy dream". I say this, because like many others, our dreams may seem far out, hard to believe. But then again, He is God, and nothing is impossible with Him. Let's see what God's crazy dream is. (Illustrate creatively, reflect and share the essence of Isaiah 65:17-25) This is God's crazy dream, His plan for us, "a plan to give us a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11). All because of His great love for us. This is his great plan for us. 1.
Plans for your welfare, not for woe. God is always after our wellbeing, our happiness and safety. As God’s own, everything that comes from Him is good. When He created us, He created us to last forever.
Plans to give you a future full of hope. As uncertain as the future is, God guarantees us that not even a part of it will be in despair and that the whole and everything in it is positive and desirable.
B. You may have your own reasons for being here (your friends are here, you want to meet new friends, your parents forced you, you are truly seeking God). I believe God brought you here, to hear about His love, and His plan in your life. II. WHY WE ARE NOT EXPERIENCING GOD'S PLAN * You may be asking. “If God loves us so much, why are our lives and situations so different from what He says His plans are for us? * Show the disparity between God's plan (Isaiah 65:17-25) and the situation around us. -
on a larger scale: poverty (ex. people are starving), same sex marriage, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, terrorism etc.
- on a local scale: state local issues relevant in your area like drug addiction, corruption, street crime etc. - in our families: we have broken relationships; some people we know have broken families A. We experience these sufferings because we choose to. - They think that they are victims of their circumstances but must emphasize that each of us has a CHOICE. Each of us is given a FREE WILL to choose a response to any given situation, good or bad. 1. (Gen. 3:1-21) When our first parents chose to disobey, and rebel against God's commands, they chose to turn away form God the source of all life. In doing so, they chose death, and suffering. From the moment this happened, our world that was full of life and blessing began to experience difficulties, pain, suffering, and even death. 2. (Romans 6:23) Even today, whenever we choose to go against God, (or the authorities He has placed over us, e.g. parents, government and school authorities), we continue to choose the suffering and death that our first parents chose. (Mention specific experiences to bring your point across) B. God did not end it at that. God wants us to experience the fullness of life but we continue to follow our own preferences. By choosing to turn away from this promise, God could have just as well chosen to turn away from us, destroy us as we deserve, and create a more faithful people who would gladly accept His love and the life that He offers. Instead, He decided that His love, His mercy should prevail. 1. He began by sending His prophets. 2. John 3:16 Finally, He chose to send His only Son to die for us because He did not want to see us suffer in our sin and die forever. NOTE: Make use of the diagram to illustrate how Christ bridges the gap that sin creates between God and man.
DIAGRAM: Sin separates God from man. GOD
Christ bridges the separation
III. CONCLUSION “ God loves everyone of us as if there was but one of us to love.”(St. Augustine) God has a seemingly insane love for us. A love that would suffer even death on a cross. Even if you were the only one who needed saving, God would do it all for you. Let’s respond to this love. Let’s decide to love God back. ( Note: One way to challenge the participants to respond is to seek God during the camp, to participate, but all the more, to receive God’s love and try to respond by desiring to know about God and to live for Him.) Lead to a short reflection about the talk. Song Profile: Song about God’s unconditional love for us Suggested Song: Strong Arm or other song that is related to the talk. Suggested Activity: 1. 2.
Opening Video about the current situation. Closing video about Wonderful world that shows all the beauty of all creation and ends with a statement and God made all these truly loves you (90 sec)
DISCUSSION STARTERS: 1. Have a getting to know activity and/or create a name for the group, a chant or a gesture/clap, etc. 2. Share an experience or area of your life where you felt most loved by God.
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Talk 2 : Who is Jesus Christ to Me Expanded Outline I. INTRODUCTION When we hear of how great God's love is for us, many of us genuinely want to respond to Him by loving Him back and living a life that's pleasing to Him. However, it is difficult to live a life pleasing to God, if it lacks the most basic factor, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Living the Christian life by our own strength is impossible. Only the strength we have in Jesus can make this happen. II. WHO IS JESUS? A. Impact in History Did you know that… • Jesus was born some 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, Judea in the poor country of Palestine. • Jesus grew up in poor family of carpenters. • During his 3 years of public life, He challenged the authorities and after a formal trial on charges of rebellion and blasphemy, was put to death at age 33. • He split History in two (B.C. - Before Christ, and A.D. Anno Domini or Year of our Lord). • Jesus is one of the most portrayed historical figures in history? Like most religious leaders in His time, Jesus should have faded into oblivion, forgotten in the pages of history. Yet no other person has affected history as much as Jesus. No other person has had as many books and stories written about him. The book that tells His story, the Bible, has been the No. 1 bestseller, of all time. Until today, Jesus of Nazareth is the most controversial, most popular, most revered and most respected person that ever lived. There are so many things said about this man. What was He really like? B. Misconceptions 1. Jesus is strange Then.. a. Some say he was some freak with new ideas. He said things like, "The first will best..." and "Love your enemies". b. He wasn't a freak, because so many were attracted to His personality that they left everything to follow Him. (Mark 1:16-20)
2. Jesus as a coward a. Others perceive him as a coward, a loser who gave into all his persecutions. b. I wouldn't call Him coward or a loser since He was bold and courageous enough to stand up against he known authorities of His time. (Matthew 23::1-27). 3. Jesus as boring a. Many say He lived a boring life because He was focused on saving the world and didn’t have any fun or adventure b. His life wasn’t boring because He met a lot of people and traveled to many different places, performed great miracles, and had many close friends. 4. Jesus unsuccessful leader a. Others simply say, "He was a very unsuccessful leader -- talented. But unsuccessful. After all, He got himself killed. Didn't he?" b. Lastly, I would not consider Him unsuccessful, because 2,000 years after He first preached His message, the Christian Faith remains to be the most widely preached and received faith in the world today. C. The best way to know Jesus is to know who He claimed to be. He took upon Himself qualities that belonged only to the person of God. 1. He claimed to possess all authority in Heaven and on Earth; a characteristic that only one person can claim to have--God. (refer to Matthew 28:18) Jesus is my Father. As sons and daughters we are heirs to His Kingdom Nature seemed to believe Him and recognize this authority. (refer to Luke 8:22-26) 2. He forgave sins; The people during Jesus’ time strongly believed, that only God had the authority to forgive sins. In Luke 5:17-26, Christ showed just what kind of authority he had. Jesus is my best friend because He accepts me for who I am. He is my hero because He saved me from my sins. 3. He claimed to give life (John 5:26) A power that only God has. In times of difficulty I’m able to get through it, because He is my Source of strength and He is always there for me. Jesus is my Healer and Miracle Worker III. OUR RESPONSE The claims that Christ makes concerning Himself are so great and different from the claims of other great teachers in history (i.e. Buddha, Confucius, and Mohammed), that we just need to stop and seriously consider them because, our acceptance or rejection of these claims greatly affect us.
A. If we begin to realize that the claims that Jesus made are false, then we should forget Christianity altogether and even correct the great hoax that has deceived men for 2000 years. B. But if deep down we believe that Jesusâ€™ claims are true. . . then we cannot just leave Him in one corner of our lives like most people do. In fact, we will have to begin to find a way to relate to Jesus as the Mighty God, as the risen Savior that He really is. We will have to follow Him as Lord, and accept that personal relationship He offers us today. IV. WHO IS JESUS TO ME? Personal Testimony (3-5 minutes) : The speaker should give a brief sharing on his/her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. V.
God loves you. That's pretty good news, but it gets even better. Not only does He love you, but He wants to have a friendship with you. (John 15:13-15) Think about it. Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. He already knows you, and He wants you to know Him. Suggested Reflection Song Profile: The general message of the song expresses the identity of Jesus like Above All, How great is our God, and others. DISCUSSION STARTERS: 1. Who is Jesus to you? 2 What can you do to respond to Jesus invitation of having a personal relationship with Him?
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Talk 3 : Repentance, Faith, Healing and Forgiveness Expanded outline I. INTRODUCTION We have just heard of God's love for us, and how it brings us to the point where we just have to decide for ourselves how we should respond to Him. We have heard how He himself invites us into a personal relationship with Him. In this talk, we will learn how we can begin to do this. II. REPENTANCE AND FAITH Creative Skit or AVP depicting various sins of humanity (global and local) Intro.. Christ began His preaching ministry with these words "The right time has come, the kingdom of God is near, turn away from your sins and believe in the Gospel..." (Mark 1:15), or repent and have faith. Christ used these words because repentance and faith in Christ's message are the first steps we need to take to truly respond to God's love and invitation for us. A. Repentance Sinfulness in our lives and the hurts we've experienced are hindrances in coming to Christ and receiving His spirit. This is the reason why Christ called those who came to Him to repentance. 1. Misconceptions about repentance a. Feeling terrible about yourself Some people believe that repentance is sincere only when you despise yourself because you're a hopeless sinner. b. Feeling regret Repentance brought about only because of the consequence of what was done, and the regret that comes with it. There is no repentance because the sin was evil, but because of the punishment that will be received because of it. (e.g. Feeling sorry you were caught cheating in an exam. If you weren't caught you wouldn't have been as sorry). c. Getting rid of all tendencies to sin Some people think that true repentance can only happen when we are able to rid ourselves of that tendency to sin. But that will never happen. What we can do, however, is to say no to that temptation. This is the reason why many Catholics don't go to Confession, saying, "Why will I confess when I'm just going to sin again?"
All of these may be effects of repentance but are not repentance in itself. All of these focus on feelings, repentance is much more objective and concrete. 2. What is Repentance? a. The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia" which literally means change of mind. b. It is an act of the will, a decision. c. In this case, it is deciding and to turn away from sin and look towards God. 3. Some sins to repent from: All of these sins could be summed up to 7. They are better known as the 7 deadly sins because of the very reason that they take God out of the picture. a. GREED You thirst for material wealth to find purpose in your life… - materialism - consumerism - social status b. PRIDE You may feel that everything revolves around you…You feel that you are the most important person in the world, and the best one… - smoking – Since you are pressured by your peers to smoke, you will do so because you don’t want to let them feel you are not taking on the challenge - family – The feeling of not needing parents anymore because you are all grown-up - need to belong – you win friends through the wrong way - Studies – you don’t claim your weaknesses when you have a low grade c. GLUTTONY You maybe be demanding yourself more than what is expected from you…You consume more than what you really need -
Food Vices –young people drink, smoke and sometimes take in drugs and most of the time with a quantity that can truly destroy them. In the first place, these things aren’t needs of the bodies as what people think they are Bisexuals and Homosexuals- people who are not contented of how God created them to be
d. SLOTH You may be lazy to be excellent and productive because of the lack of drive and confidence… - Spending time unproductively - addiction to computer games, talking hours on the phone, hanging out with friends even if there are things to do at home and for school - cheating - When one is already okay in his/ her life (priorities are right), one doesn’t strive to look for other ways to glorify God even more and doesn’t accept the challenge of inspiring other people
e. ANGER You may get easily irritated while proving your point…You don’t allow forgiveness to take place - during a defeat in a competition (Intramurals feud) - you refuse to understand other people (homosexuality, broken families) - irritability to inefficiency - self-righteousness f. ENVY You may feel lacking of what you have because the world says they are better off than you… - Gossips - Intention of having a boyfriend or a girlfriend is only because others already have - Insecurities of assets of other people (long straight hair, slim body figure, tall height) g. LUST You may fail in the area of purity because you misinterpret love from pleasure… - Pornography (watching pornographic sites) - Public Display of Affection - Premarital Sex Note: Give examples that are appropriate to the participants. In some cases, the speaker should be able to explain why these sins are actually wrong. Such as pre marital sex, gossip and other related things like the stated. These sins have been so widely accepted that people do not see them as immoral anymore. Note: Speaker can insert at least two sharers between the points. 4. What Must We Do To Repent? (4 H's : Attitudes to take in repentance) a. Honesty - call sin a sin. (e.g. Some say sin is a growth experience. . . or that cheating during exams is sharing) b.
Humility - Admit you fell into sin because you are weak. You need God to overcome your sins. .
c. Hate the sin - Hate sin and not the sinner. If you hate sin you'll stay away from it and you won't make any justifications for doing it (e.g. "I am just human", "somebody else made me do it"). d. Have a good confession. Go to confession, it allows you to be humble. You get sound advice from priests and support from brothers and sisters in Christ when you share your weaknesses to them. B. Faith 1. We need to have faith that when we come to the Lord in repentance He will forgive us and give us the strength to follow Him. To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see (Heb 11: 1).
a. We place our trust in Christ, believing that He will conquer our sinfulness, that He will forgive us and heal us of our sins. b. Trusting, committing ourselves to the person of Christ. 2. The characteristics of faith that we are talking about is shown in Matthew 14:22-33. a. Faith is relying on what God said. When Christ told Peter that he could walk on the water, although he knew it was impossible, he still believed. In the same way, when Christ promises that He will save us from our sins, we should believe that He can and He will. b. Faith is not just a feeling but is a decision to believe. Peter acted in spite of fear. He was scared of drowning. Still, he believed in what Christ said that faith is not a feeling but rather a decision that we should make. Faith is deciding to put our trust in Christ. c. We should accept and believe in Christ as our personal Savior and in His promises. (Acts 16:31, Luke 11:9-11) III. HEALING AND FORGIVENESS A. The need for healing 1. When we come before God and respond to Him, we first acknowledge our sinfulness and come before Him in repentance and then in faith, ask for forgiveness. 2. As we do this, we also ask Him to heal us, because these hurts, sinful ways are obstacles which keep us from totally receiving God's grace. Healing will not be complete if we haven't forgiven those who have hurt us, especially if they're the ones closest to us. B. Healing through Forgiveness 1. Share how hurts in the different areas of our life listed below can hinder us from drawing near to the Lord, and how forgiveness begins the process of healing. a. Our parents/ family, b. Our friends, c. Others
2. Healing Occurs a. b. c. d.
When we forgive When we ask for forgiveness When we humbly ask God to heal us When we serve others, focus more on helping others “heal” instead of focusing on ourselves
ACTIVITY: Ask the participants to write down on a piece of paper, the things that they want to give up to God (Sins, People whom you have hurt/have hurt you). IV. CONCLUSION God wants us to experience the fullness of life in His love, by knowing Him. However, our sins and hurts block much of His blessings for us. Christ wants to remove these hindrances and extend His mercy towards us, but we have to do our part and repent from these sins. We need to believe that He will forgive and strengthen us and bring us healing. Then we can fully receive God's blessing, His Holy Spirit which strengthens us and allows us to live our lives as truly pleasing to God. We will hear more about this in the next talk. Note : Refer to Team Leaders guide -- “The Sessions and their Purpose” for the activity after this talk Song Profile: Song of surrender to the Lord Suggested song: I Give My All
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Talk 4 : Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit Expanded outline Note: Should be given 1 hour at the most. Goal of the speaker should make the participants willing to receive the Holy Spirit and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.It would be better if the speaker can illustrate the bible verses of the talk. I. INTRODUCTION : Christians Today and Before A.. Christians today: Christians today can't seem to live as they should; They seem weak, lacking power. (Give examples / illustrate) However, Christians were not always like that. B. Christians before: The Christians in the early Church possessed a certain strength and boldness of character, a power that attracted so many to join this group of fishermen, slaves, Gentiles and Jews. So many converts from different races, nations, social strata were brought into their fold. By 325 AD, the Emperor of Rome himself became a Christian. And today, it is the largest faith in the world. What was this power that transformed 12 insignificant men and their brethren into the pillars that established Christendom? It wasn't human might or intellect, it was the Power of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that continues to fill and transform the lives of so many Christians today.
II. THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Misconceptions: 1. God's messenger 2. The dove in Christ's baptism B. The Holy Spirit is God, the 3rd Person in the Blessed Trinity. C. God's promised spirit 1. A New Heart and a New Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27) God promised a spirit that will enable all men to follow Him. He promised to give men "A new heart and a new Spirit...” 2. The Valley of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37 : 1 – 14) This story gives us a vision of what the Power of His Holy Spirit can do.
In scriptures, the wind is often used to refer to God’s Sprit. -- God’s Holy Spirit can fill us and bring life, help us live as His sons and daughters. 3. God’s Spirit brings about a. Being United with God When we receive the power of the Holy Spirit, we begin a personal and intimate relationship with God. God’s word becomes alive in us as we read scripture. We hear Him speaking to us in our hearts and we experience Him touching our lives. b. Being A new you (Galatians 5: 22 - 23) As we grow in our personal relationship with God, He slowly molds us into His likeness, removing the selfishness in our hearts, making us more loving, more like Jesus. c. Having the Power to serve ( Acts 1:8) God’s Spirit empowers us to serve, giving us the boldness to speak His words and making us willing to face the challenge of bringing others to Him, in spite of the difficulties and trials we may face. (Note: In sharing the 3 points above, the speaker should share his own experiences of these 3 points.) III. HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-8) Narrate in your own words this passage. Praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit may not be exactly like this event. But we can take certain points from this event to help and guide us in receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1. We ask. (Luke 11:9-10) In faith, we know that when we ask for it, it will be given to us. 2. We believe. (Luke 11:13) We should believe that when we ask for God's Holy Spirit, He will surely give it. B. What do we specifically as for? 1. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 2. Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) a. These are gifts that God gives to help us in our Christian lives. a.1 Wisdom – is not just good practical judgment or common sense or a high degree of knowledge. The wisdom that is of the Spirit is centered on Jesus.
a.2 a.3 a.4 a.5 a.6 a.7 a.8 a.9
Healing – is the supernatural ability to effect a cure of physical or other human illness through prayer Miracles - is the supernatural ability to perform miraculous act, acts that are not the result of any known natural law or agency but are caused by divine intervention. Prophecy - is the gift by which a person is used by God to speak on his behalf Discernment - is the gift by which a person can recognize the spirit behind a particular situation. Faith - is not just an intellectual belief in God, but a confident assurance in God which allows us to move forward without any doubt at all. Tongues - is a charismatic gift by which a person is able to utter words or sounds which are not known or understandable to his human intellect. Knowledge – is not just knowing a lot of things through study or experience. Knowledge that is of the spirit is the fruit of revelation, founded on faith, and synthesized by Christian experience. Interpretation - is a companion to the gift of tongues, when used for prophecy, and is necessary so that those who hear may understand, and so be edified.
(Each gift should be explained thoroughly by the Facilitators during one-to-ones session) b. Explain especially the Gift of Tongues. It is a gift of prayer - It is a prayer that only God can understand and only we can speak. Because of this spiritual gift, our souls are able to say what it really wants to express to God. This spiritual gift pleases God. We humble ourselves when we pray in a language we don't understand. This total humility pleases God. The gift of tongues becomes a doorway to the other spiritual gifts. C. Hindrances to receiving the Holy Spirit. 1. “ I am never wrong” (self righteousness) Sin alienates us from God. When we refuse to be repentant for our sin, we keep ourselves from experiencing God and His Spirit. This is why we need to go to confession. 2. “ Am I worthy?” (self pity) Everyone is unworthy, what the Lord requires is simply a humble spirit that approaches Him in repentance and asks for forgiveness. 3. “ I am too cool for this” (pride) keeps us from acknowledging our need for God, and asking Him into our lives, but God will keep on knocking until we're humble enough to ask Him in. If we're afraid of looking foolish, we must humble ourselves if we are to receive God's Spirit. Note : People are often willing to look foolish for other reasons, e.g. concerts, basketball games, celebrities. We should be more willing to look foolish for God.
4. “Are you for real?” Doubt Encourage the participants to focus on what's true. God promised His spirit and He won't go back on His word. IV. CONCLUSION (This portion may be omitted if the speaker will be conducting the baptism or Pray over Session) Recall Ezekiel 37:1-14 Living the Christian life seems almost impossible. But we have a hope, a hope in god's promise. . . His Holy Spirit which strengthens us and gives us the gifts we need in order to live as true sons and daughters of God. Note : Our next activity will be the commitment ceremony and pray over session. Give the participant a general view of what they can expect. The Speaker must ask the participants to stretch and exercise a bit to avoid people sleeping while the session is ongoing. V. PRAY OVER SESSION EXPLANATION Note: We recommend that the speaker should conduct the baptism or pray over session. Our purpose tonight is to ask the Lord for the power of His Holy spirit that enables us to live as true Christians. To do this, we will first have to come before our Lord, believe and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior and commit our lives to Him. After this, we will pray with one another for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. A. Explain the Session 1. This is not a new baptism. We were all baptized when we became Catholics. What we want to do now is to pray for one another so that we can immerse ourselves in God's Spirit and be empowered as Christians. 2. Explain the process of Baptism / praying over session a. First, we will be having a “Commitment to Christ Ceremony” where you will be encourage to accept the Holy Spirit because receiving the Holy is receiving Christ. b. After this, your discussion group leaders will approach you and bring you somewhere more conducive and private for the pray-over. c. Process of praying over. * Prayer of Thanksgiving: Your discussion group leaders will thank the Lord for the commitment that you just made. * Prayer of Deliverance: Casting out the works of Satan in you life. (e.g. "In the name of Jesus, spirit of deceit we cast you out".) * Prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit / spiritual gifts. d. After the pray over. * Go back to your seat, we will end together once everyone has been prayed for.
* We encourage you to continue to be in an atmosphere of prayer. B. Final tips 1. Relax. Our pray over session, and your decision to follow the Lord, is very important, but don't let this make you anxious. Relax and be at peace, this will make it easier for you to open up to the Lord. 2. Don't expect a particular experience. Expecting one particular type of experience might keep you from recognizing God's work in you. God knows you more than you know yourself. He knows exactly how he should touch you. 3. Don't analyze the sounds you make. In speaking or praying in tongues, just focus on the Lord and praise Him. What comes out of your mouth, and how you praise God is up to Him. 4. Initiate. God respects you, and won't force you to praise Him in tongues. You have to initiate praying in a language you don't know, and then God will inspire you and give you the words to say. (e.g. Even if God has already inspired you to write a song, the song will never be heard unless you actually pick-up a guitar, play the tune and write the words. In the same way, you have to begin praying in tongues by first initiating it.) * Focus on God. Worship Him in your own words. * Once you've run out of words to worship God, utter the first syllables that comes into your mind and use this for worship. * Focus on worshipping God and not the words you use to worship, then let God take control. C. COMMITMENT CEREMONY 1. After the explanation, the speaker or team leader asks the participants to meditate about all the talks. 2. While the participants are meditating, a meditative song may be played (e.g. Here I am to Worship, Heaven). We recommend that there should only be one song for reflection. 3. After the song is sung, the speaker asks those who want to make a commitment to Christ to stand up. Then, the Prayer of Commitment is recited together.
COMMITMENT TO CHRIST Leader
: Do you renounce Satan and all wrongdoing?
Participant : Yes, I do. Leader
: Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died to free you from sins, that He rose to bring you new life?
Participant : Yes, I do. Leader
: Do you choose to follow Jesus as your Lord, to love Him, honor Him and obey Him?
Participant : Yes, I will. PRAYER OF COMMITMENT (Ask participants to repeat after you.) Lord Jesus Christ,/ I want to belong to you from now on./ I want to be free / from the dominion of darkness/ and the rule of Satan,/ and I want to enter into your kingdom/ and be part of your people./ I will turn away from all wrong doing,/ and I will avoid everything/ that leads me to wrongdoing./ I ask you to forgive/ all the sins that I have committed/ I offer my life to You,/ and I promise to obey you as my Lord. 4. Everyone is then asked to be seated, and wait for their turn to be prayed over. (PRAY OVER SESSION) VI. WORSHIP Note: The Team Leader should give a brief explanation what and how worship is done. Worship is being able to come before the presence of GOD and being able to acknowledge that he alone is GOD. We are created to worship and glorify him. In glorifying him we sing songs of praise and worship. As said by St. Agustine “he who sings praise twice”. We can Jump and dance like David as he celebrate God’s love in the book of Psalm. We can raise up our hands as a we surrender our lives in prayer. The Following is the usual format of worship: A. Exhortation B. Sign of the Cross C. Short Prayer D. First fast song E. Simultaneous Praising F. Second fast song G. Simultaneous Worship H. Slow song I. Singing in the Spirit J. Gospel Reading and Prophesy K. Thanksgiving Prayer L. Stating our Petitions
M. Concluding prayer VII. CLOSING EXHORTATION (After the worship) A. Different people different experiences. 1. Some may have prayed in tongues, cried or simply felt God's presence. Others may have had a very simple experience. The Holy Spirit comes to each of us differently. 2. An emotional experience is not an indication of God's Holy Spirit. Rather, focus on the fact, that you committed yourself to Jesus Christ and that is the most important. If you asked for His Spirit, whatever experience you had, He surely gave it to you. B. Satan will tempt you to doubt. * He will never cease in trying to take away the treasure you have just received today. (The speaker should give an example on how satan will tempt them to doubt.) C. Don't expect all your problems to go away. * Focus on the truth. Now you have God and through all your problems, He will always be there. And these problems will never overwhelm you. D. Go easy on sharing with others what you have experienced. 1. All of these things were first explained to you before they were done. Don't expect your friends to understand you. 2. Try to explain what you went through in a very ordinary and understandable way. Better yet, share to them what you experienced by showing the change in you as Christ begins to dwell at the center of your life. E. Be faithful/ Take care of the Spirit. 1. Like any gift, the gift you received tonight can be lost, so use it. 2. You committed to follow the Lord, be faithful to that decision. 3. Have a daily prayer time where you can experience and get to know God and where He can slowly but surely work in your life daily. VII. CONCLUSION â€œWhen the Holy Sprit comes upon you, you will be filled with power and you will be witnesses for Me in Jerusalem in all of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.â€? Acts 1:8 (Note : Encourage the participants to be faithful in their commitment to the Lord. God has begun a powerful work in their lives today, He will always be faithful to us, by His Spirit we can be faithful to Him.)
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Talk 5: Growing in the Spirit Expanded outline I. INTRODUCTION We have heard a lot of good things in this camp, God's love, His salvation, and received His Holy Spirit. All of us in one way or another have experienced God's goodness this weekend. But after all these, what do we do next? In this talk, we'd like to share with you what we can do to sustain our new found relationship with God. II. HOW CAN WE GROW AS SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD? We know, clearly now more than ever, that God's love is real. That the Holy Spirit is real and that He is truly in us. God is truly good. All His plans for us are for our own good. But what happens after this Camp when all of us are no longer in this exciting environment. What happens when we go back to our friends at home or classmates in school who do not understand what we have gone through -- friends who might even convince us that what we have gone through is weird and out of this world? A. Attitudes we should have: 1. We have God's gift of salvation. We should leave this place with the conviction that what we have gone through was truly a gift from God, for our good and our salvation. The way to God through Jesus is the only way and we should fight any idea or direction that tells us otherwise. 2. We have God's Spirit. We now have God's Spirit in us to strengthen us, to protect us and to help us overcome obstacles to our decision to grow as men and women of God. 3. We need to grow. We need to realize that we have to invest time and effort learning the tools to growth and support pillars to preserve what we have and to receive much more.
B. Tools for Christian Growth: The Four Spokes All the tools to Christian Growth are available when you join Youth for Christ. NOTE: You can illustrate this portion by likening the tools of Christian growth to the four spokes of the wheel. The wheel represents our Christian life which draws power from the center of the wheel, or the hub, which represents Christ. The power is transmitted through the four spokes of the wheel. If any one of the four spokes is missing, the wheel will not function.
1. Prayer and Study of Scriptures If we want to grow in our relationship with God, we need to spend time with Him in prayer and reading scriptures. a. Decide on having prayer time
- 15 minutes will do.
b. Have a regular time and place for prayer. c. Use of prayer and scripture guides will be very helpful.
2. Fellowship a. Fellowship is important to us. * It is in our nature to enjoy the company of people our age. It is for this reason that teenagers have their own groups in the neighborhood, and fraternities and sororities in school. * There seems to be a strong need for us to belong to a peer group. In a peer group, there is oftentimes peer pressure, which could be either positive or negative.
b. The YFC provides a real environment where genuine friendship can happen. * It is a place where we experience positive peer pressure, to speak what is true and to do what is right in accordance with God's plan. c. The YFC is a place where building strong bonds friendship and brotherhood are considered as important goals of its activities.
3. Service a. When we are given the opportunity to serve, we grow in our relationship with
* Youth are endowed with a lot of talents and energies that oftentimes are not tapped for productive use, especially in serving God. We have a lot of opportunities to serve such as YCOM (YFC Communications). A special program that involves events, music min etc. * Youth are the hope of today. We are called to love the poor and move towards nation building. We have this good news called GK (Gawad Kalinga). Where we donâ€™t just build houses we build lives. * We know that given the right motivation and challenges, we can be responsible and productive. b. YFC, just like CFC, is an evangelistic group for young adults. * Our mission is to bring God to other teenagers. * In doing this, we develop a sense of mission. We develop our gifts and we start to make a real effort to be effective witnesses for the Lord as we serve. 4. Sacraments: Taking Active Part in the Church In addition to all these tools that we could use in our Christian growth, we should be aware that another important tool to further enhance this growth is to participate in the sacraments of the Church. (Attending Mass on Sundays, having a regular Confession). Brief explanation of the Seven Sacrament a. Baptism- We were baptized in order to be saved. (See Jn3:5). The original sin is forgiven. We become children of God and members of the church. b. Reconciliation-(see Jn 20:22-23) All of us need the sacrament of penance, because all of us are sinners. (See 1Jn1:8-9). We cannot say that there is no need to confess our sins to the priest, and that we can confess our sins straight to God (see Mt16:19). Penance remits all sins, and gives us the sanctifying grace. c.
Holy Eucharist- (see Mk14:22-24) We receive the body and blood of Christ. We are in communion with the Church and we receive eternal life.
d. Confirmation- (see Acts 2:1-4 and Acts 19:6) We receive the Holy Spirit and become soldier of Christ. e. Marriage- (see Mt19:5) Covenant of love between a man and a woman. f.
Holy Order- (See Lk22:19-20) When we receive the vocation from the Lord we should have the courage to abandon everything and follow him
g. Anointing on the sick- They will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover (Mk 16:18) Confers the sacramental grace on the sick person.
God calls us to live a life that is pleasing to Him. He loved us first, He has already died for us, He has given us His Holy Spirit, but even more, He gives us tools that we can use to grow in our relationship with Him. The challenge is left to us. . ."will we respond to that call?" We're not saying that after giving through this youth camp, we'll be living perfect Christian lives. We'll be probably fall but it's standing up those matters most. After all, it's faithfulness, not success that God wants. God died for us . . . Now it's time we live for Him. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. John 15:5
I. DIALOGUE WITH THE PARENTS Ask parents to spend 30 minutes alone with their children. Ask them to begin the dialogue by giving / reading to each other the letters that they prepared. Note : It is advisable to insert a time where the participants will be able to share their experiences in the camp
II. PRAY OVER After the dialogue, the team leader explains the pray over session. Ask parents to go to their children and pray over them using this prayer. Note: Choose a parent and a child from the participants to lead the pray over. (You may ask the parents to first say their own prayers for their children and then repeat after the prayer below).
PRAYER FOR CHILDREN God has given you to me,/ (name of child) / as a gift/ to love and to guide./ I wish all good things for you./ Forgive me for any hurts that I may have given you./ As I forgive you/ of the hurts you may have given me./ I now call upon you God's blessings./ May the Lord bless you and keep you./ May the Lord make His face shine upon you/ and be gracious unto you./ May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you/ and give you peace. Amen. 2. The participants/children will now pray over their parents. a. (To the participants) We believe that the people who love you the most are your parents. But as they have striven in their own way, to express this love they may have made mistakes. Often, our resentments stem from this. b. If we are to live a Christian life, we must first ask the Lord to heal these hurts between our parents and ourselves. c. Ask participants to pray over their parents. (Follow the same format that was done when the parents prayed over their children). PRAYER FOR PARENTS God has given you to me,/ (Papa and Mama or Dad and Mom) / as my guides in His place/ here on earth./ I know that you love me / and in your love / you may have committed mistakes / that hurt me. / I forgive you for these./ I want you to know/ that I love you/ and ask for forgiveness/ for all the hurts/ I have given you./ May God bless you in everything you do./ This I pray / in the name of Jesus Christ/ my Lord and Savior./ Amen.
DEDICATION CEREMONY NOTE: The team leader will conduct the dedication ceremony. This portion is done immediately after the Pray-Over Session of the Parents and Child/ren. The parents will be asked to witness their child/ren in the dedication ceremony. I. "Living out the Christian life is not easy. We need an environment that can support us in this. It is in to this that YFC would like to help." The YFC community can be known through the 7 Pillars. NOTE: You can illustrate this portion to show the importance of the seven pillars supporting our Christian life.
A. Be a Missionary- Appreciating the work of evangelization and our mission as our duty, our call and our privilege. B. Be a Model of Excellence (Living in faith) - Focusing on learning, understanding and deepening of faith; Growing in personal holiness and renewal of faith. C. Be a Source of Unity to the Family – Growing in the different stages, facets, and states of life; Love and commitment to one’s own family. D. Be Patriotic – Helping the young grow in servanthood, stewardship, and leadership; Strengthening the value of excellence, dedication and total commitment in all areas of the life of the young. E. Be a Champion of the Poor – Establishing caring relationships among individuals by upholding the value of selfless giving and sharing. F. Be 100% Pure – Emphasizing the sacredness of life and defend the culture of life; Living a life of Holiness and lead the path that pleases God. G. Be Single-minded for God – Appreciating the importance of loving and following the teachings of Jesus; Awareness of our Vocation. NOTE: You can play the proposed seven pillars video. II. "Many of us through God's grace, and with the help of the brothers and sisters have been helped in our commitment to Christ because of the environment we have in YFC. We would like to invite you to join us where we can continue support one another." A. Read first to the participants the YFC Statement of Commitment. (Inside the YFC ID) B. A YFC ID will be given to all the participants by the service team. C. The Music Ministry will play one reflection song while the participants go through the YFC Statement of Commitment.
D. After they read the entire Commitment once, the team leader will ask the participants to recite the Commitment (you may do this by reading a line at a time and asking them to repeat after you). III. Some participants may feel discouraged to join YFC upon hearing the difficult demands of the Statement of Commitment. This happens when living out this commitment perfectly is perceived to be a prerequisite in becoming a member. It should be made clear that the Statement of Commitment is simply a goal. To agree with this Commitment means supporting one another as we try to achieve this goal.
The Covenant of a Youth for Christ Member 1. I am special because I am a son / daughter of God. * I will spend time in prayer where I can grow in loving, honoring and serving Him. * I will learn and grow in living out these ideals and principles of my Lord Jesus. * I believe that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I will not dishonor the Lord through drunkenness, drugs or immorality. * I will participate actively in the life of my Church. 2. My family is God's gift to me. * I will love, honor and respect my parents in spite of whatever state or circumstances they are in. * I believe that my blood brothers and sisters are God's gift to me. I will strive to grow in unity and understanding towards them. * I will be a source of healing to any family brokenness or hurts. 3. It is my privilege to be studying I my school. * I will show love and loyalty to the Lord and to my school by being a good student. * I will take responsibility in my studies. * I will respect school authorities. * I will serve my classmates and build good relationships in school. 4. I belong to the bigger family of CFC Youth for Christ. * I will relate in love and loyalty to the brothers and sisters from other schools, cities, provinces, states and countries. * I will serve the Lord in YFC in whatever way I can, whenever / wherever the Lord chooses to call me. * I will follow the directions of my elders and leaders in YFC. 5. God has a special purpose in allowing me to be born / live in this country * I commit to love and serve my country with all my heart. * I will honor our culture, our traditions and our values. * I will give the best of myself to bring out the best to my countrymen. * I commit to being a champion of the poor and inspire my family, friends and areas of influence to be the same. * I will strive to preserve and protect the environment.
IV. The speaker or the team leader presents participants to parents explaining that their child/ren have just made their commitment to live a Christian Life. The team leader will encourage the parents to support their child/ren in the commitment they have made. Note:
Have an appropriate song played at this time. (e.g. Welcome to the Family)
V. Discuss the culture of CFC YFC: 1) YFC brothers and sisters greeting: • Sister to sister • Sister to brother • Brother to brother
cheek to cheek pat on the back pat on the back
Note: For foreign missions it depends to the culture 2) Show proper respect to your YFC couple coordinators 3) Wearing your official YFC identification card (I.D.) in all YFC activities or any CFC community related activity. VI. Allow a few minutes of sharing. (participants, parents and service team) (mass and closing worship follows)
Annexes CAMP INVITATION LETTER (Sample)
January 12, 2006 Dear Parents, Christ's Peace be with you! Your child has been invited to a Youth Camp scheduled on October 14 to 16 1995 to be held at Alpadi Resort, Antipolo, Rizal. The Youth Camp is the entry point to the CFC Youth for Christ (YFC) program of Couples for Christ. It is an experience which will afford your child the opportunity to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and build Christian friendships with other young adults in the High School and College levels. This will be achieved through a program consisting of talks and sharings by young adults as well as fun-filled activities utilizing the talents and skills of the participants. The success of this program largely depends on your involvement especially after the camp. In this regard, we would like to share with you and the other parents more features of the YFC program through the parentâ€™s orientation scheduled on Saturday, October 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to be held at the Youth Camp venue. The camp fee of $________ will cover complete board and lodging and camp materials. Please let us know if there are any financial constraints, so we can make arrangements for your child ahead of time. Registration for the Youth Camp will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. of the first day. Your children are enjoined to bring clothing provisions good for two nights and two days. Also, if desired, your children may bring additional snacks. Kindly accomplish the attached reply form and information sheet so we include your child in the list of participants.. We are looking forward to seeing you and your child(ren) at the camp. Thank you, and God bless! Yours in Christ, _____________________________ YFC Chapter Head _____________________________ CFC Chapter Coordinator
REPLY SHEET A. FOR YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN CAMP (Please check one)
I/We grant permission for our child(ren) to attend Name of child(ren)
________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________
__________ __________ __________ __________
I/We regret that our child(ren) cannot attend for the following reasons: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ B. FOR PARENTS ORIENTATION (Please check one)
Mother and Father will attend Father only will attend Mother only will attend Guardian will attend
________________________________ FATHER'S SIGNATURE (over printed name)
________________________________ MOTHER'S SIGNATURE (over printed name)
If not living with parents, ________________________________ GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE (Over printed name. State relationship to participant) Address:______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Tel. # : _____________________
CFC YOUTH FOR CHRIST INFORMATION SHEET Cluster / Chapter / Area : Youth Camp Date : I. General Information Name:______________________________________________Nickname:_________________ (Surname) (Given name) (m.i) Address:______________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Home no.: _____________ Mobile no.: _______________ E-mail: _______________________ Birthday : _________________ School / Grade or Year level / Course : ______________ Special Skills (ex. Playing musical instruments, dancing, singing, etc.)____________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Other Seminars / Retreats Attended : (extracurricular, religious, etc.) _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ II. Membership in School and Parish Organizations: ORGANIZATION POSITION / Nature of Service ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ III. Indicate illness that will require special attention: _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ IV. Parental Information Name of Father : ________________________ Occupation : ___________________________ Name of Mother: ________________________ Occupation : ___________________________ Organizations of parents: (If members of Couples for Christ, indicate Area / Chapter). Father :______________________________________________________________________ Mother :______________________________________________________________________ Persons to notify in case of emergency Name Relationship Phone _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
CFC YOUTH FOR CHRIST YOUTH CAMP CHECKLIST (4 pages) Cluster / Chapter / Area Youth Camp Date
A. VENUE:___________________________________________ Tel.#_______________________ Address:(Include map if needed) : _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 1. 2. 3. 4.
Camp Fee Number of Participants Food Provisions Contact Person
:_________________________ :_________________________ :_________________________ :______________________ Tel.#________________
B. MATERIALS 1. Songbooks/Songsheets 2. Whiteboard w/ marker or
blackboard w/ chalk or overhead projector 3. Registration materials: Information sheets official receipt and cash box pentel pens, ballpens, paper envelopes tape scissors stapler ID’s for participants 4. First Aid and medicine 5. Bell 6. Emergency Lights
7. Sound System microphone
9. Youth Camp Manual 10. Holy Bible 11. Crucifix 12. Candles 13. Novelty Table 14. Youth Camp Completion Report 8. YFC Covenant Ids
15. Other: ___________________ ___________________ ___________________
C. Service Team Team Leader :_______________________________ Assistant Team Leader : _____________________________ Camp Servant :______________________________ _____________________________ Couple Coordinator(s):_________________________________________________________
Speakers: Talk 1:________________________________ Talk 2:________________________________ Talk 3:________________________________ Talk 4:________________________________ Talk 5:________________________________
Sharers: _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________
Registration Table Brothers __________________________________ __________________________________
Sisters ______________________________________ ______________________________________
Facilitators: (ratio to participants is 1:5) Boys: 1._______________________ 2._______________________ 3._______________________ 4._______________________ 5._______________________ 6._______________________ 7._______________________ 8._______________________ 9._______________________ 10.______________________
Age: _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____
Girls: 1._______________________ 2._______________________ 3._______________________ 4._______________________ 5._______________________ 6._______________________ 7._______________________ 8._______________________ 9._______________________ 10.______________________
Age: ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Music Ministry: # of guitars:_____ Singers: Guitarist(s):___________________________ ______________________________________ ___________________________ ______________________________________ Keyboard :___________________________ ______________________________________ Other Instruments:_drums_____________________________________________________________
Confession: Priest(s):________________________________ Who will pick up priest?:_________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________Phone # :__________________________ Holy Mass: Priest(s):________________________________ Who will pick up priest?:___________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________Phone # :________________________ Commentator:____________________ Ist Reading:______________________ 2nd Reading:_____________________ Collection Basket (2): ________________________________ ________________________________
Offerers: ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________
D. OTHERS 1. Nearest Doctor:_______________________________ Phone # : _____________________ Address:___________________________________________________________________ 2. Nurse in Camp: _______________________________ Phone # : _____________________ 2. Program / Entertainment Night: Emcee(s):____________________________________________________________________ Bonfire set-up: Person in Charge : ___________________________
E. FOR MISSION TRIPS ONLY 1. Departure Cost:______________________ Destination:_________________ Time:______________________ Departure date:__________________________________________________ Terminal:_______________________________________________________ Meeting place and time:____________________________________________ 2. Arrival to destination Date:______________________ Time:______________________ Terminal:_______________________________________________________ Receiving / welcoming committee: ____________________________ ____________________________
Address & tel.# ___________________________ ___________________________
3. Itinerary Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 ___________ ___________ _____________ ______________ ___________ ___________ ___________ _____________ ______________ ___________ ___________ ___________ _____________ ______________ ___________ ___________ ___________ _____________ ______________ ___________ ___________ ___________ _____________ ______________ ___________ Day 6 ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________
Day 7 ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________
Day 8 Day 9 _____________ ______________ _____________ ______________ _____________ ______________ _____________ ______________ _____________ ______________
Day 10 ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________
Parents Forum Main Objective: • •
For the parents to have a better understanding of the mission and vision of CFC Youth for Christ To be informed of the dynamics and activities following the camp.
Parents Forum Schedule: I.
II. Brief history YFC
to be lead by CFC YFC Coordinator
how it started, Four F’s: Fun, Friendship, Freedom and Faith, mission and vision, etc.
III. Share what their child/ren experienced during the camp IV. YFC Sharer
allow one YFC service team member/FTW to share briefly their experience in YFC
inform the parents about the various post camp activities such as Household meetings, assemblies, conferences etc.
open forum for parents to ask questions
VII. Closing prayer
service team member or FTW to end in prayer
Tongues Workshop Verse: Cor 12- Gifts of the Holy Spirit Acts 2- Pentecost Gift of Tongues I. Introduction Share the Story of upper room fro Acts2. The apostles prayed in Tongues and received the power of the Holy Spirit. After that the rest was history they made a difference in this world. With the leading of the Holy Spirit through the apostles the whole world knew Christ. Do you want to make a difference with the power of the power of the Holy Spirit? In this Workshop may we just humble ourselves like a child open to receive a Gift. Itâ€™s up to you! II. What is Gift of Tongues? 1. Spiritual Gift that was first used during the Pentecost (Tongues of Fire) 2. The key for you to use the rest of the gifts of the Holy Spirit 3. A prayer that the evil one cannot understand 4. Direct Prayer to God (Praying in Tongues is praying in the Holy Spirit it also means praying in God) Note: Why you cannot see people praying in tongues (even the priest, pastors etc.) 1. They are unaware of it (Your blessed for this opportunity to be aware) 2. Praying in Tongues is done in private places or large group gathering *Gift already given during baptism but the Question is have you used it or even try it? III. How to Pray the Gift of Tongues 1. Like a Gift we should open it and use it a. Ask (Ask for it in deep and sincere prayer) b. Believe (Believe that the Lord will give) read Matt 7:7 2. Come before his Presence 3. Pray using Unverbal like Words (ex. Repeating Alleluia.....) IV. Worship Exhort them into worship where they can pray in Tongues Suggested Flow: 2 Fast Praise Songs (ex. Spirit of Revival, Redeeming Love etc.) 2 Slow Worship Songs (ex. Spirit of the living God, I give my all etc.) V. Processing You can ask them to Share After - Different experiences, feeling but one Holy Spirit who moved us - You might already open it you might not. In his time God will allow you to - After this like the apostles its time to celebrate and make a difference.
pray and use it.
Talents Talk Exhortation before the Creative Workshops GOALS:
To exhort the participants to develop and use their talents to serve God and His people.
1. The team leader / chosen speaker will gather the participants and give this short 30-minute exhortation.
2. After the talk, there will be a short prayer to offer the talents of all those present to the Lord. 3. After the prayer, the group will be asked group according to their workshop preference. 4. They will divide into these workshops and prepare a number for the nightâ€™s program. Introduce the heads/facilitators of each workshop. Tell them that they only have a limited time for this. 5. The suggested workshops will be: - Dance - Music - Fashion show - Visual Arts 6. There should be a script and a director to make sure that all the numbers are connected and go well together. I.
This pep talk, although very short, is very important. Like all our other topics, our talents can make or break us. Beauty, talent in singing, sports, etcâ€Ś So many have become miserable because of their talents. This is so because they did not understand the purpose of their talents. II. THE PURPOSE OF OUR TALENTS Things we need to realize about our talents: A. All of us have talents Whether in the performing arts or in academics or in dealing with people, all of us have talents that we can share. Each one of us was created to make a contribution. B. Our talents were given You did not do anything to be beautiful. You may have developed your talent but there was something there to begin with. Your talent can disappear as easily as you received it. One accident or illness can take away your talent as fast and as easily as God gave it. C. Our talents were given for a purpose - We know this because our talents have a life span. You will not always be pretty, or quick or strong. - If we hang on to our talent only for its sake, it will only depress us because we know it will someday end. This will eventually make us insecure. This is what leads many talented people into drugs, alcoholism, need for sexual promiscuity.
D. Our talents were given to bless others - When we realize this, instead of being depressed, we make the most of the short time we will have our talent and seek to bless and inspire others because of this. - We know this because the people who have given the most are the happiest. - Our reward is that even when our talent fades it lives on in the people we’ve inspired. (personal story) III. CONCLUSION This afternoon, we will try to use our talents in ways that make other people happy --- not just ourselves. Ironically though, because of this, we will find that we become even happier. After the talk, lead the group into a prayer of offering back to the Lord all the talents and skills that He has given us. The song, “Lord, I Offer” by will be sung as a prayer
Youth Camp Completion Report Date of Youth Camp: ____________________ Venue of Youth Camp: ____________________ Chapter: _______________ Chapter Couple Coordinator: ___________________________________ Team Leader: ____________________ Assistant Team Leader: ____________________ Total no. of new YFC Members: __________ BROTHERS Discussion Group 1 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 2 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 3 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 4 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 5 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
SISTERS Discussion Group 1 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 2 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 3 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 4 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion Group 5 Facilitator: Members: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
CFC Youth for Christ Youth Camp Manual (2007) III.THE YOUTH CAMP TALKS.........................................................................