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The Gospel Cheer

by Kathryn ShoafPosted Aug 15, 2017

Worship at Camp in the City

At Pine Cove, we have a cheer for nearly everything: Bible study, lunch, free time, sitting down, club, soup, cleaning, and competition represent only a handful of our chants. We cheer because we are excited about every aspect of camp. But the most important thing that we do at Pine Cove is share God’s story of redemption with campers. Thus, it only makes sense that we should cheer about the Gospel.

In 2013, former Camp in the City Southeast Regional Director, Hannah “Patilla Piñata” Carter, challenged the Camp in the City staff to put the Gospel in a cheer. Knowing that children often sang camp cheers at home, she hoped that parents would hear the Gospel message through their kids.

Riley “Choir Choir Tweets on Fire” Sheehan, a counselor on Camp in the City team Edge, accepted the challenge and began penning words for a cheer.

He remembers, “I had a moleskin notebook, and I was writing in it trying to find ways to say things that would make sense…. The hope was that it would tell the whole Gospel story in a simple way that is fun to sing. We wanted it to have motions and sound so that kids could remember the cheer.”

After a few attempts, Riley presented the cheer to his team.  They loved it and were vital in making the cheer successful.

“After I wrote it,” he says, “the team rallied around it and gave it energy and momentum.”

For several weeks, Edge was the only team leading the Gospel cheer. By the end of the summer, all of Camp in the City added it to their repertoire.

The Gospel cheer is the most powerful cheer at Pine Cove because it is the only cheer that clearly tells the story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

We would love for you to join us and use the Gospel cheer to spread God’s story beyond the reach of Pine Cove!

The Gospel Cheer

God full of love and might,
Holy, good, true, and right.
He created you and me
To both enjoy Him perfectly.

When then came sin
And we were broken deep within.
But God stepped in
To bring His people back to him.

Jesus came and
Lived out truth and grace
Died for us in our place
Rose in three days
He’s coming back to take me home!

Guys:
Aye! Oh!
Aye! Oh!
Aye! Oh!
Aye! Oh!

Girls:
He lived out truth and grace
Died for us in our place
Rose in three days
He’s coming back to take me home!

Girls:
Aye! Oh!
Aye! Oh!
Aye! Oh!
He’s coming back to take me home!

Guys:
He lived out truth and grace
Died for us in our place
Rose in three days
He’s coming back to take me home!


Kathryn Shoaf

Summer Media Intern

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