MCFA Church Camp 2021
- Strengthening Families -
Church Family Camp As our theme this year is "Strengthening Families".
Ever wonder why at times you wonder, this family acts strange or, this family is different (in good and not so good way). Every family is different and every family has its own rules and ways.
Family is the basic unit of our society. Everything starts in the family. If the family is strong, the nation is strong and that is what the enemy doesn’t want us to achieve. So he tries his best to break the family by making them distant with one another hence weakening the family. We should not allow this to happen and that is why FAMILY is the focus of this year’s church camp.
Through this camp we are aiming to:
● Identify how should a Christian family should behave and what are the common misconceptions a family faces with each other and try to apply what the Bible tells us what we should be doing (as a parent and as a children)
● How can we communicate to one another effectively with love
● How we can effectively encourage and affirm one another in the family rather than having petty fights with one another
● To understand and learn how our past experiences affects the way we think and react to situations, and also understanding how the circle of courage is able to strengthen our youngsters.
In this year’s church camp, we will have 3 speakers that will tackle different areas of mental behaviour / pattern, communication and giving praise and compliments. After each talk, there will be a moment of application where family members will gather around and can share their thoughts about the topic discussed. It will be a wonderful moment of bonding between parents and children as they will explore and understand each other.
With the Grace of God, reconciliation is not impossible.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Session 1: Circle of Courage and its Biblical connections
Speaker: Bradley Bray
Session 2: Reinforcing Compliements
Speaker: Glenn Gpnzalez
As families are becoming busier with the demands and challenges each day, we tend to ignore or neglect giving compliments/praises to one another. Through biblical perspectives, let us reinforce giving compliments/praises by developing Christ-like skills of being humble and viewing others as equal. In doing these, we can strengthen our families together as we: look for and compliment the good in family members daily, ignore minor annoying behaviours and cease to criticise and find fault with others.
Session 3: Communicating with Love and Understanding
Speaker: Annie Mangohig
During my time as a counselor and working with children and parents I have found that one area that is always challenging is in the area of Communication. Good Communication – listening and speaking to each other in ways that create love and understanding in a family and in any relationship is very important. The two most important types of communication are between man and God and between human beings one with each other. Communication is more than just our ability to talk, but also to listen. As we communicate with God, the first part of that communication is listening. God’s primary ways of communication with us are through His Word and by the Holy Spirit. In order to fully understand God’s communication with us, we must be diligent to read, study, memorize, and meditate on His Word. Our primary mode of communication with God in prayer. When communicating with our fellow man we must be aware that ‘Words are powerful; they can either build up or destroy. Our words not only have the power to bring us death or life in this world but in the next as well. Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words, you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36–37). We need to speak less and listen more. Let us use LUV in our listening: - Listen with our heart, Understand and Validate.