Christian clowning, service highlight North Central Youth Camp


By Jim Rice, special contributor
Youth got to experience Christian camping in new and exciting ways at the 2013 North Central Youth Camp, hosted this year by Trinity United Methodist Church in Jewell. This was a first-time experience for nearly all of the campers.


Carl Warner leads Christian-clown campers during worship at the 2013 North Central Youth Camp at Jewell Trinity UMC. (photo by Amy Topliff)
This year, the campers were introduced to Christian clowning, which consists of learning clown ethics, different kinds of clowns, clown make-up and costumes, tricks and presentations and all with a Christian emphasis.

The campers learned about Christian clowning while ministering to others at the same time. They visited the senior apartments in Jewell and the long-term care unit at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, where the campers presented the gospel through clowning skits and worship music.

The campers also did a service project for an elderly resident of Jewell, and, on Saturday night, the camp hosted a cookout and worship service for the whole community. More than 50 people came to enjoy the evening.

The camp concluded on Sunday morning with a worship service full of clowns, fun skits that presented the gospel and great music. We all felt very blessed by this year’s camp experience.

Hosting the annual camp is rotated amongst several churches in the north central part of Kansas. Next year, Rose Valley UMC in Downs will be hosting the camp.

Jim Rice is pastor at Jewell Trinity UMC.

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