Sunday, June 14, 2009

Season of Camping

The parking lot was buzzing with students and parents, volunteer leaders and a nurse. Jr and Sr High students are heading off to Hume Lake Camp for a week together. Some of the students grew up here, others are new in the last year and a couple were here for the first time with friends. It's amazing how the very act of traveling together can cement new friendships and open hearts to God's love.
That's one of the things I love about church in the summer; it's a whole different pattern and routine. Instead of the regularity of meetings and gatherings, there is lots of one-on-one time and then group events like camps and retreats and, later this summer CHIC. It's an easier time for new people to connect in as opposed to entering into some long-standing established group. But it's also expensive; taking a whole week away. Bless these camps around the country and the leaders who get it and care!


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