A Summer in Faith: 2019 Intern News
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Hi! My name is Olivia Newhouse and I am an intern this summer at First English Lutheran Church. This is a blog that will be a behind the scenes account of all the things that happen at First English in the summer. I am excited to provide another outlet of our continuous faith journey.


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The Blessing of Day Camp
June 18, 2019

This week the interns, Heidi and I ran Day Camp for around 70 to 75 kids, held at Plamann Park. It was a very eventful week, to say the least. Every intern had their own grade to manage. My job was to look after the 5th and 6th graders with Jared.

Each day the kids had a set schedule that included an opening ceremony with camp songs, craft time, game time, Bible time and lastly cabin time. This year the theme of the camp surrounded the idea of love, each day containing some theme of love.

Day 1 was entitled “Rooted in Love” and centered around the story of the mustard seed. This was a good day and included crafts of paper bag trees and caterpillar butterflies. For games, we played large group rock paper scissors which seemed like an instant hit and elimination which is similar to dodgeball but without teams. The only part of the day that was challenging was the wind. All the crafts and supplies for projects kept flying all over the place!

Day 2 was “Find the Love” and revolved around the story of the lost sheep. Crafts on this day were a big hit, including a yarn sheep with close pin legs and peek-a-boo sheep for the little kids. Many kids made multiple sheep, creating a miniature sheep army. For that day to tie into the theme we created a scavenger hunt for the kids. Half of the intern hid for kids to find them. At each stop, kids had to perform a task assigned by each intern. It was fun to see what each person made the kids do. We finished that day with a trip to the animal farm at the park. It was nice to see the animals and meet some new friends.

Day 3 was called “Choose to Love.” For this day we were stuck at the North Site rather than the park as it rained all day. It also canceled our plans for water day. This day focused on the idea of self-love and how important it is to love yourself. We created crafts of self-love rainbows and self-love folding flowers. Games that day were a little more intense, playing Wizard, Giant, Elf, and Star Wars dodgeball. This day was also the night of Wednesday night worship. I was in charge of the slide show that night. It was fun to be a part of the service in a way I hadn’t before.

Day 4 was the last day of camp. It was entitled “Spread the Love.” This day was all about showing how we can love others and show God’s love. Again, the craft this day was a big hit as we painted rocks to share throughout the community. In the afternoon we ended camp with an all-camp talent show. Each grade showed their talents to an audience of campers and parents. It was an awesome way to end camp and share some love.

I loved Day Camp much more than I thought I would. Although it was challenging in some ways, it was an overall rewarding experience that taught me leadership skills that I don’t normally use on a regular basis. I am excited to work more with kids in the coming months. This coming week should be fun as we are starting to get into more regular programming. Another update coming soon!


Psalm 127:3-4

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth

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On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Mary Bauer said
Wow! It looks like you all were having a great time!


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