ICCP Kids' Camp craft Day 4. Water (just plan on getting wet!)
The teaching: God wants to use you to show His love; God is sending us like He sent Jonah
The project: Tie-Dyed T-shirt
See if the children can recite their verse for the week, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:17-18
Did Jonah ‘get it?’ Do they?
The supplies: plain white cotton T-shirts, Rit dye in (10 packages each) RED-YELLOW-BLUE, oodles and oodles of rubber bands, fine-tipped permanent markers, a stack of magazines or cardboard to slip inside the shirt to keep markers from bleeding through, rubber gloves, vinegar, paint brushes, buckets, wash line & clothespins
- Prepare dyes following package instructions, and adding vinegar to help set colors
- Distribute pens and rubber bands at each of the tables
- Allow 5 minutes to explain design options and demonstrate banding the fabric, show a color wheel & what happens when the colors blend; 30 minutes to decorate & prepare to dye; 15 minutes for dying and hanging to drip-dry on a sunny laundry line
- End of day, each child gets a plastic bag to carry his shirt and instructions to let dry overnight before removing rubber bands, and to wash separately several times to avoid staining other items
What I learned from Jonah chapter 4:
Jonah didn’t recognize God’s mercy when he saw it. He still wanted to stand righteous before the fire and brimstone show. At least he had the honesty to admit his petulant anger to God.
There’s a dark irony here that should stand as a warning to those who know better. Anyone with a message is right to take action, but beware of your expectations! Are you expecting things to come out in a certain way? Who do you think you are, God?
Jonah’s story ends, and we’re not told of his decision. He said that he was angry enough to die. Did he accept God’s compassion for himself?
Nineveh had more than 120,000 people who didn’t know their right hand from their left. Jonah was in no condition to show them after their collective change of heart. Was he a one-hit wonder?
It’s the position of the artist to continue proclaiming the message.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:17-18