Camp ... With my Family?


by Rev. Melissa Cooper, LEC Program Coordinator

After seminary, I worked at a camp on the coast of North Carolina. I knew I loved camp, and the best part of it was -- no adults! That's why I loved youth ministry so much, I just got to hang out with a bunch of kids and talk about loving Jesus. We didn't have those meddling parents around, so real work could be done, right? Well, I found out very quickly how wrong I was.

One of my first experiences there was Family Camp. "What a miserable idea!" I thought ...

But as the week went on, I began to notice things. I saw parents and kids playing volleyball together. I noticed grandparents and grandchildren swimming together. I saw four generations of a family worshiping together. In this day and age, if that doesn't turn your head just a little bit, I don't know what will.

It's not often that families can come together without all the stresses of life, and just be with one another. It is even more seldom that families spend time reading God's Word together, learning more about who Jesus is and what the Bible has to offer us.

Deuteronomy 6 shares this with us:

4 “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Faith-sharing has always been a family business, and we want to help your family share in God's promises together. Join us this summer at Family Camp, where we will explore God's word and worship Him in a fun and interactive atmosphere, all the while enjoying God's Creation all around us.