FRAMEWORK FOR A BUNKHOUSE DISCUSSION AT WIRRAWAY
About this framework
This is intended to be an ideal structure for bunkhouse discussions at Wirraway. Sometimes it might be difficult to achieve part of this and that’s ok. We really hope that this is what you’d be aiming for through the week. Remember that God’s Spirit leads and guides us and is at work before and after us.
1. BE PREPARED.
Know what you want to talk about before the discussion. Be ready with questions, bible verses, games, crafts , chocolates and answers. This might mean preparation before the camp as well as some time each day while on camp. You can still be flexible – you might find the group isn’t quite ready for what you have prepared – or that they need to go a bit deeper.
2. USE OF THE BIBLE.
Wirraway has a focus on Jesus and hence the New Testament is a good starting point for learning about him - and learning from him too. Use passages that reflect this in your discussions.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
However, we still have to be careful with how we use the bible – some parts are very difficult to understand without first knowing about Jesus.
3. CHRIST CENTRED.
We ask that the focus of your discussion times is on Jesus – who he is and what he’s done for us. The Gospel message is GOOD NEWS – Jesus has taken away our sin by his death and resurrection. We can come before God and are declared clean - not because of our efforts but because of his.
Wherever the discussion might lead, your role as a leader is to keep it on track. It’s easy to be distracted by peripheral issues (many of these were discussed during training camp) – Steer clear of these, and remember that we need to be pointing to Jesus who is the ‘author and perfecter of our faith.’
It is important to pray with your campers. This may or may not be appropriate at the start of the week (depending on the group), but it’s good to aim for. Even if they don’t pray out loud, your prayer on their behalf actually teaches them that it is ok to pray - and that God is right there with us. It might be a really simple prayer like this:
Lord Jesus, thank you that you are always with us and that you love us. Please help us to understand the bible as we read it together now. Amen.
Thanks God for your amazing love that you’ve shown us in Jesus - help us to understand this and what it means for our lives. Amen.