This year’s Olympics displayed some dazzling displays of athletic achievement and sports glory. At the very same time, some 6,000 miles away from Toyko, there were children in Oklahoma participating in remarkable activities of another kind: worship activities.
The 2021 Worship Arts Camp for Kids (W.A.C.K.), formerly known as Young Musicians’ Camp, took place July 26-28 at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs and drew nearly 250 children and sponsors from Oklahoma Baptist churches.
The longstanding event is sponsored by Capital Association. The 2021 W.A.C.K. carried an Olympic theme, at which students learned the fundamentals of worship and “going for the gold” in their worship of the Lord. The activities including singing, musical instruments, drama, art and more—all directed at bringing God glory through worship.
W.A.C.K. is an annual worship arts camp for children grades 3rd through 6th. This year’s event featured various worship tracks, service opportunities, recreation activities and more. From photography to sign language, hand bell choir to puppets, banner making to balloon art, the children were able to choose from a wide selection of interest areas.
All students took part in joint choral practices, as well as a service project. On Wednesday evening, the students demonstrated all they had learned throughout the half-week of W.A.C.K., complete with a musical drama based on an Olympics theme and a story of life change.
Among those participating as a leader in W.A.C.K. was Johna Roberts, a member of Midwest City, EastPoint, who was director of the choir.
“What a great bunch of kids—so joyful, enthusiastic, hard-working and talented!” Roberts said. “ I absolutely love it when students are being messengers of the Gospel of Christ by using the unique gifts God has given them, and this year we are seeing this in abundance.”
During the Wednesday evening concert, which was attended by hundreds of parents and people from the community, the musical talents learned were on full display, as was the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
One third grader who took part in cartooning track said “W.A.C.K. is the best,” expressing how glad she was to be part of the summer music camp. Meanwhile, a parent of one of the campers said on Facebook, “Thank you for putting on this camp. It was awesome to see the children worship the Lord and lead us to do the same!”
Throughout the camp, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers prepared meals for the children and sponsors, connecting with the campers, as well.
As children departed from W.A.C.K. camp, each was given a gold medal to acknowledge their musical achievements and–even more—as a symbol of how God gets all the glory when we worship Him.
With a new generation of Oklahoma Baptist children “going for the gold” at the 2021 W.A.C.K., they are now equipped for a lifetime to worship the Lord and lead others to do the same—all for God’s glory.
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