It does not matter how much physical preparation is done for the summer if there is no prayer. Listed below are several ideas for preparing your church and your students for Falls Creek. Pick any of the ideas below to create and implement a plan for prayer as a vital part of the week at camp.
Available online at www.skopos.org is a 60-day prayer guide designed to begin on Sunday, eight weeks before your group leaves for Falls Creek. Distribute the prayer guide to every student and adult involved in or committed to Falls Creek this summer.
Teach the students the meaning of fasting, then fast for a meal or full day the week before camp. Focus the fast on prayer for lost students and the purity of all Christians who attend camp.
When your group arrives at camp, send your leadership students out with a prayer walk guide. Ask them to walk around camp and pray in groups of two or three for all the major areas of camp.
Link up students with an adult prayer partner before the week of camp. This adult should not be one of the adults who will attend Falls Creek as a sponsor.
Write all the names of students and adults attending Falls Creek on a “hospital bracelet” and place them on the altar at the church. Encourage adults to pick up one of the wristbands the Sunday before camp and wear it all week as a prayer reminder.
Assign volunteer parents and adults a day of prayer for the group. Distribute all of the names of the students to the parents and adults for their day of prayer.
For several weeks, meet regularly with the sponsors who will attend Falls Creek to prepare and pray for the students who will attend camp.
Sunday night before camp hold a “commissioning service” to pray for and prepare the students for Falls Creek.
Your Own Prayer Strategy
Use your own prayer strategy. No matter which method you choose to pray for Falls Creek, please add to your prayer list the overall safety of the camp, the Falls Creek leadership and the camp staff.