Here at the Shores, we love to have fun throughout the day— activity classes, meals, camper’s choice, and freetime offer a multitude of opportunities to put a smile on the campers’ faces. However, camp would be without substance if all we did was have fun for the sake of having fun. There’s a method behind the madness and a purpose behind every silly thing that we do.

At the end of every day, we come together as a whole camp for what we call “Club”, a time for campers and counselors alike to come together and worship our God. It’s important to understand, however, that “worship” to us doesn’t mean we all sit and sing songs together, raising our hands in unison. No, for the Shores, worship means something else entirely.

We aren’t casual when it comes to cheering or going crazy throughout the day, and worship is no exception. Every night, worship is structured in a similar way. The campers run in through a crazy gauntlet of staff and gather around the stage. Jack of All Braids, this summer’s worship leader, and the rest of the band (The Braidy Bunch, as they call themselves), lead everyone in several high-energy, jump-and-go-crazy worship songs. During these three or four songs we all dance, sing, jump and basically just go nuts. Again, there is a method to our madness— we jump and go crazy so that kids can see that worshipping God can be fun and exciting, because what we’re praising Him for is the greatest, most joyful news anyone could ever hear! Jesus lived a perfect life on earth and died in our place so that we can spend eternity with Him! How could we possibly not jump and go crazy over that?

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6

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After we’ve thoroughly exhausted ourselves, the band slows things down a bit and we begin to play slower, more worship-oriented songs such as Bethel Music’s “Forever”, Hillsong United’s “Oceans”, or Housefire’s “Good, Good Father”, just to name a few (if you don’t know these songs, we highly encourage everyone to check them out). This is when true connection to our Father in heaven occurs. Dancing and jumping is a fun way for us to worship and celebrate together, but this time is a time for personal connection with God.

Worship is essential to everything that we do here at the Shores. It’s a time for campers to connect with God and come to Him with whatever it is they’ve been burdened with so that He may lift it from their shoulders. Through worship, we lay ourselves and everything we have at the feet of Jesus and worship Him, knowing that He has already relieved us of all our burdens by His death on the cross. Praise Him, that we can sing and dance for His name!

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Sing to God, sing in praise of his name!
Psalm 68:4-5