Some things get even better as they progress, and Family Camp was no exception. This year, Family Camp entailed everything that was so beloved in 2017 and more. Firstly, a smashing eighty-three attendees, eleven more than before, ascended the hills to Hartstone Bible Camp. The campus was beautiful as ever, with clean and air-conditioned cabins, beautiful grounds, friendly and helpful staff, and absolutely incredible food. The green forest and cool breeze provided the perfect frame for a rejuvenating weekend to come together as a church family and worship the Creator. It was a joy to congregate with multiple generations and grow closer to one another. This seemed particularly fitting, considering this year’s theme: raising up the next generation. George Ross blessed us immensely by coming back this year, and he spoke to this topic exceedingly well. His messages were both challenging and encouraging.
When our church family wasn’t benefitting from George Ross’s words, we were taking advantage of the numerous activities Hartstone has to offer. Kids and adults alike enjoyed rope swings, gutter ball, corn hole, and archery. One favorite activity was an afternoon down at the river. Many enjoyed the cool water, floating down in inner tubes, and relaxing in the sun. However, perhaps the most popular activity was enjoying Hartstone’s delicious tea and coffee that seemed to be available around the clock.
Overall, Family Camp this year was such a fruitful and encouraging time of coming together as brothers and sisters in the faith. There is something powerful in congregating as the body of Christ, surrounded by nature, pursuing God and learning about His Will for His People.
As cars and RVs pulled out of Hartstone Bible Camp, it seemed the resounding response was that we were sad to leave, so glad to have come, and incredibly excited for Family Camp 2021. We hope to see you there!
Katelynn Jarboe Youth Summer Intern