Is it really still snowing? By the time this reaches you, we may be lucky and be seeing the white stuff melt away but as I write – we are seeing flakes flying in the air.
That doesn’t stop us from thinking of summer though and it’s that time of year where summer camp starts to take precedence. For as long as I can remember while volunteering/working at Urban Family Ministries, we have taken kids to camp. Why? It is one of the most important things we can do for our kids and families. Being away from the “noise” of home allows them to experience God in ways they can’t in the city. Think of the most peaceful places you may seek refuge. Do they involve the outdoors? Maybe some water? Many people seek green space to get away and be able to hear God. It’s no different for the UFM kids.
We carefully connect the right camp with the right camper to ensure a successful week for each child. The great part of that is we have camps which can accommodate each of our kids. Each Sunday before leaving for drop off we talk about allowing God to move and to be watching for Him because he will show up. We talk when we pick up for the return trip home of what they learned, how they saw God and what they want to do differently when they arrive home. This isn’t just a one week adventure for our kids. These are life lessons, stretching themselves to do things they’ve never done and being challenged to go beyond.
We also would like to expand our family camp ventures to four families being able to experience peace, joy, kindness, love and safety. We will return to Dunes Harbor campground and share in the experience with them, providing the spot, food, walking on the trails, swimming, playing games and a few trips to the ice cream shop of course. This is where the parents are stretched and learn new things.
Would you like to know how to be a part of this adventure? We are again looking for sponsors for 120 camp slots (which will include family camp slots). Each slot will cost $210. When you sponsor a slot, you can expect a few things in return:
You will receive a photo of the child as a reminder to pray for a life-changing week for that child
After camp, we make every effort to have your child/family write a personal letter to you as a thank you and to share some of their camp experiences.
The assurance that you are partnering with our families when you invest in their children’s camp experience again this year. Every family is required to help pay for their child’s camp as well. This will allow them to feel a part of sending their own child to camp and will empower them as parents to be parents.
We thank you in advance for taking time to pray about helping a child or family who needs to experience God in a new and fresh way. As the Holy Spirit prompts, please fill out the enclosed paper, return it in a self-addressed envelope and watch for the picture of the child who is filling your sponsored slot to come in the mail. Please make sure to hang that picture in a high traffic area so your family can pray for that camper each day leading up to camp and while they are gone.
Director of Programming
P.S. Check out the links below with some great events coming up you can be a part of! A new great opportunity to learn more about urban ministry is participating in an “In Their Shoes…” presentation or do some chipping on a golf course!!
I would love to sponsor a child for camp this summer. You can fill out the form below or mail a check for the number of sponsorships to UFM, c/o Camp Sponsorship, 543 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI *
Please click here for information about the Chipping for Charity event and Unity Festival!
Please click here for an invitation to an “In Their Shoes” presentation!
*please note any monies raised above the cost of summer camp will be used for winter retreats and other ministry needs.