200 of us shared a remarkable weekend September 6 – 8 at the Alpine Camp for Boys on Lookout Mountain for Signal Pres’s Family Camp. We slowed down, had serious fun, practiced hospitality with one another, and focused on the beautiful friendship in God’s family – the church.
The church is a fellowship of people graced to be the friends of Jesus and extend that friendship to one another within and those who who are down and without. We at Signal Pres got the joy to spend a weekend together at Family Camp and strengthen the bonds of love in our church family. We shared in the #generationalinvestment that our church is committed to – with 8 year olds to 80 year olds doing the ropes course, with teenagers pulling 6-year olds into games in the pool or dance parties down front, with empty-nesters walking alongside beginning parents. It was a joy and a beauty.
As one couple shared:
“What a glorious weekend of worship, silliness, eating, playing, noise, quiet, being outdoors, and getting to know fellow members of the body of Christ at Signal! We were exactly where we needed to be.”
Huge thanks to Sara, Sarah, Tom, Tom, Josh, Frank, Gina, Katy, AC, AT for the work to develop it. Thanks to the band from Signal Pres, Mark Gregory, and Alpine and Higher Ground.
A few particular highlights
- Dan Stanley’s 80-year old mom Nancy running the 1-mile fun run and doing the high ropes. Just before the big swing, she said: “Never stop living life!”
- Tom and Gena DuPre’s selfless love and constant service to so many this weekend.
- Josh Blockley’s “Sherpa Crew” – 3 high school junior guys who worked behind the scenes on set up, clean up, refreshing endless water jugs, and more
- Mark Gregory’s teaching from Proverbs 18:24 and Galatians 6:1-5 on the beauty and possibility of friendship – and within the family of God.
- The sheet delight on kids’ faces coming down the water slides or ziplines
- The lazy afternoons in canoes and on the paddle boards
- Dads and under-10s dominating the tweens and teens at water basketball
- The creativity, beauty, and hilarity on display from our kids in the annual talent show
- Long meal times or coffee breaks with parents in conversation with old and new friends
- John Fortney’s work to create serious fun in a mix of games and activities for all ages.
All photos are by Andrew Fowler (please credit him if you share them).