As I am typing these words, I am preparing for Camp 2019 at FBC Arlington. I have just completed all 6 of the sermons I will be preaching at Children’s Camp. I am truly excited about Camp this year.
I did not grow up going to camp. I only went a couple of times. Once to a church camp and once to an RA camp. I hated both of them! I just wasn’t a camp person!
When I began to serve local churches as a pastor, I started attending camp. To be honest, I still wasn’t a camp person!
However, when I arrived at FBC Arlington, I was informed by many people about the importance of Camp. At first, I was a bit reluctant to embrace it. But, after my first camp at FBCA, I became a believer. I loved it! And—I have loved it ever since. I just believe in how we do camp here at FBCA. I so enjoy both Children’s Camp and Youth Camp.
This year, over 600 of us will be gathered for Children’s Camp. We have 12 churches participating with us! Wow! I have the privilege of serving as Camp Pastor. As I mentioned, I will be preaching 6 times at Camp. What an honor! I am grateful to these other pastors who are trusting me with their children.
Then, on Monday, our Youth will arrive for Youth Camp 2019 – also known as Encounter. Again, there will be over 600 of us at Youth Camp. Several churches will join us as well.
Both of these camps offer me a unique opportunity to be present with children, youth, and adults from our church in a very different setting than normal. I just get to “hang out” with all of these folks. We play games together. We eat together. We pray together. We worship together. It is awesome!
Please pray for both of our camps this year. Pray for safety. Pray for unity on the campgrounds. Pray for God’s Spirit to move among us. Pray for me to be able to share the Gospel with children in a very meaningful and sensitive manner. Pray for our adult leaders, sponsors, and counselors. Pray for our staff. Thank God for these wonderful adults who take the time to serve children and youth!
So, I am excited. This is our 51st consecutive annual camp at Riverbend! It is a special place for our church. It is holy ground. I can’t wait to get there. I look forward to reporting back to you all that occurred.