All-camp worship kickstarted our week as this whole new family of God: young, young-at-heart, kin, stranger, coming for years, and brand spanking new. We gathered morning, noon and evening for prayer, with fun and field trips for kids and youth, and an incredible workshop on conflict & resolution for adults each morning. Each afternoon offered a hike or a trip to the Luray Caverns, time at the pool or time for “porchin” (verb: to porch).
In our Prayer Book there are prayers for The Human Family and For the Good Use of Leisure, the hopes expressed in these prayers were echoed throughout our week in community: united in bonds of love, God gives us times of refreshment and peace, rebuilding our bodies and renewing our minds, our spirits opening to the goodness of creation. Family Campers were asked to go and share this good news: we’re family, God loves us mightily, and we can’t wait to be together again next year.
By Mary Beth Emerson
As regional deacon for Region 5, Mary Beth helps facilitate collaborative outreach and service opportunities, while serving as Assistant for Family Ministry at St. Thomas', McLean. This summer was her first year as one of Family Camp's Chaplains, but she's been coming to Shrine Mont for a quarter century or so. Her daughter, Jojo, is a counselor at St. George's camp. Inspired by Shrine Mont's chefs, Mary Beth just finished her first batch of pickled watermelon rinds.