Swift Current Community Baptist Church
Sign up for our annual ComBap Golf Tournament! All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Tournament will be held Sunday, August 24 starting at 2:00 p.m. Deadline to register (and pay fees) is Sunday, August 17.
Adults - $29
Teens - $14 (age 12 to 18)
Kids - $8.00 (under age 12)
Chinook Members - $0
Carts - $14
After the golf tournament, we will take a collection for Austin G. to help with his medical/travel expenses.
Ladies, on Wednesday, August 20, bring a bag lunch and come to the church at noon for a visit! The coffeepot will be on!
The ComBap 25th Anniversary Committee will meet on Wednesday (August 20) at 1:30 p.m.
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
August 13, 2014 - "Off To Camp" Edition
I have been going to church/Bible camps my entire life from my first visit as a very young boy (not sure I camped or just came out for a visit with my folks) at the Rock Of Ages Bible Camp on the Kiskatinaw River between Fort St. John (BC) and Dawson Creek. (It was a much loved camp, with a river so fast you couldn't swim in it, hills so steep that if it rained you couldn't get to your cabin, and straw mattresses.) That camp mercifully closed in 1971, and then we were off to Sagitawa Camp on Moberly Lake (between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd). Each summer my folks faithfully carted me off for a week of intense Bible learning fun. After moving to the Lower Mainland in 1978, I no longer went for summer camps but did regularly participate in weekend camps (known as retreats) at many camps in that area: Camp Charis, Camp Timberline (I think), and a camp in the US that I can't remember the name of. Oh, it might have been The Firs (Camp Firwood).
During Bible college years in Regina, we used Strasbourg BIble Camp, Camp Katepwa (I've used many camps with "wa" at the end), Dallas Valley Ranch Camp...and probably one I can't remember.
While in Kitimat we ran our own two weeks of Baptist Church Camp (kids and youth) at the Lakelse Pentecostal Camp, and also participated in retreats at Rough Acres Bible Camp (near Houston, BC) and Driftwood Bible Camp (Smithers).
Since being in Swift Current, we have used the Pinecrest Baptist Camp for many years now for our church camp (this weekend!!). Also, we have sent campers and/or workers to Westbank Bible Camp, Camp Elim, Dallas Valley Ranch Camp (Regina), and The Pines (Grand Forks, BC).
So...what's the big deal with camps? Well, they happen to be one of the most effective ways to create time and space for kids/teens/adults to focus on God and his creation. Time and time again, people will come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour at camp. People also will make connections with other Christians that, perhaps in normal circumstances, wouldn't happen. Fellowship grows. Intimacy happens while having fun!
So, while most camps really only run for two months a year with their full slate of camps...and then, maybe, another four months for retreats, they are an invaluable asset to the kingdom of God!
PS. See you at camp this weekend! (If you can't make it to camp, remember there is a service here as well!)