I Heart Church Camp: Montreat 2011 Memories

I Heart Church Camp: Montreat 2011 Memories July 24, 2011

I heart church camp.

Emily, Jon, Patrick and Anaclara

From my days growing up attending Zephyr Point Conference Center, to gathering for events at Stoney Point, Ghost Ranch, Westminster WoodsMo-Ranch and The Heartland Center, I am so grateful for the history and ministry of Presbyterian-related camps and conferences. The impact that conference centers such as these have had on my own life and the lives of so many people over the years is immeasurable to say the least.  Go camps and conferences!*

For the past two weeks, I have been part of another church camp that has played a particularly important part in my own spiritual life, Montreat Conference Center and the Montreat Youth Conferences.  Since my wife and I first attended in 1991, we have had the privilege of being part of planning teams, support staff, leadership and now parents of a conferee.  As odd as it may seem for a family so steeped in San Francisco urbanity, we consider Montreat one of our spiritual homes.

The Left Bank from across Lake Susan

After nearly two years of planning by staff, directors, planning team members and leadership another year of this amazing ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is unfolding this summer. For those of you not familiar with Montreat Youth Conferences: every summer 1,000 young people a week for six weeks join together for fun, worship and study. Content is distinctly Presbyterian and reformed, healthy community is held to a high standard and the exploration of our young people of their Christian faith is held at the center of it all.

Meg Peery McLaughlin, Co-Keynoter

This year’s them was “Searching for the Signal” and I was the preacher for the week.  I was also able to hang out with some great folks, snap some pictures and generally dive into the adventure of church camp.  Below are some links and resources from the conference.

Available resources that I used during my sermon time:

To keep connected to Montreat Youth Conferences, here are a few other links:

I think that’s it.  Thanks to all for yet another wonderful experience.

* If you want to find out more about Presbyterian camps and conference centers, please visit Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Center Association and The Camps and Conference Centers Office of the General Assembly.

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12 responses to “I Heart Church Camp: Montreat 2011 Memories”

  1. Hey Bruce! My youth attended week four last summer and they are getting ready to do a recap of their “learnings’ from last year for the congregation as they kick off fundraising for this year…they would like to be able to share your benediction that you have linked to above…but the link is a dead end. Any chance you could share that again?

    Thanks so much!

  2. i love to be part of what God is doing in your conference, i am pastor Tony Onyeulor from the Gambia west Africa

  3. I used to think you were really cool. Now I know that you are only the 5th coolest person in your family ;). Great times, my friend. Awesome to get to know the rest of your clan. Good luck on your tryout with the A’s.

  4. Great words, and if this were a session meeting I’d second everything you said! It’s funny, though – I’ve never thought of Montreat as “church camp.” I guess in a way I view Montreat so differently from everyone else’s summer youth conference experience.  I prefer “life-changing week” myself…  😉