Ever since the Protestant Preschool closed for the summer, the halls of GSLC have been pretty quiet except for sounds of the vacuum cleaner and the church office copier. Not this week! Camp Agapé has been rocking and rolling the Fellowship Hall with songs, games, and laughter. Sometimes it’s even quiet when they are talking in small groups about God.
The camp counselors from Agapé Kure Beach Ministries have been at our church for a few days. These young men and women are college students (and a seminary student) sharing the good news from one of the outdoor miniseries sponsored by the NC Synod. They are full of exuberance and they are sharing that with the young people attending the camp.
It takes a parish of volunteers to host this event. There are organizers who do the front-end work. The daily volunteers who greet, answer questions, prepare lunches, drive, and accompany the campers from the beginning to end of the day. Did I mention the folks who house and feed the counselors? There are a host of those volunteers too (pun intended).
This camp touches the lives of all who are involved. They bring hope and joy into our community by the service work that is done in places like Community Kitchen and the Salvation Army. The counselors set a good example for our youth and they inspire all of us with their vitality.
This is what new life looks like. This is what it looks like to be alive in Christ; blending faith and service through an intentional community of faith. It is a gift to be a sponsoring congregation for this camp. If you want to get in on the action—bookmark your calendar for 2018 when we create another intentional community of faith!