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Brian Frick is the Associate for Camp and Conferences Ministries with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has been involved in camp and conference ministry since high school. For the past ten years, Brian has served as program director of Johnsonburg Center in New Jersey, Westminster Woods in California, and Heartland Center in Missouri.

Camp and conference ministry compliments and partners with other ministry aspects of our church to foster faith development and reflection. As our communities and our church changes, our ministries need to grow and adapt with creative and emergent programming and leadership to meet new realities.

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September 5, 2012

Lending a Hand When Disaster Strikes

Camps helping Camps

When Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp in Colorado was evacuated for the current fire, Highlands Camp (a PCUSA site) was able to reach out and accomodate them.  It's so important for kids to have summer camp and being able to reach out to others in need really drives the message of living the good news of Jesus Christ home to all campers and staff!  Here's what Brad Abbott, director of Sky Ranch had to share.

Fire Evacuation Update:  Our heart-felt thanks to those in the Fort Collins community who helped us during Tuesday’s evacuation and relocation at Trinity Lutheran Church. And thank you to many people around the country and world who continue to hold us in their prayers.

We are currently relocated at Highlands Presbyterian Camp near Estes Park, CO. We are thankful to them for providing us with cabin space, meals, and programming space for us to “do” camp.  What a grace-filled example of ecumenical partnership with our outdoor ministries.  Slowly but surely we have adjusted to life on the road, laying plans for the future. Our cabin schedules are set for the rest of the week, with day hikes, electives, and bible study time for each of the cabins. It will even work for us to wrap up with our customary Thursday night Songfest.  For now, we continue to partake in the joys of summer camp, wherever it is that we find ourselves.

Tags: camp, disaster, ecumenical, lutheran, pcusa, presbyterian, summer camp