Camp Cairn is our amazing synod camp tucked in the woods of the Muskokas, sitting on Echo Lake. Knowing that families are looking for things to do while we’re social isolating, camp staff are generously providing a full schedule of camp activities everyday of the week. These activities are for all kids, whether Camp Cairn campers or kids wondering what church camping looks like. Check out the attached schedule and sign in for a great day at Camp Cairn.(more…)
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Friends in Christ,
It has been quite a week! Already it seems like a month since the decision to close churches. I am grateful for the stories I am hearing of people who are going out of their way to reach out to each other, especially by phone or video. Likewise I have heard of at least two instances where people ran bible studies and/or worship on video only to discover that the group was twice as big as normal, in part because shut-in people could join in as well as people who no longer live in the area. It may be worth keeping this up even after the doors open again.(more…)
Thank you to Reuben, Katherine, Ben and Dan for gifting us all with your Camp at Home week of fun and caring chapel services. It has been wonderful to be included in your re-making of a cancelled church event into an online experience for families at home. Thank you so much!(more…)
Oops, I posted this Chapodcast on Tuesday by mistake, and it really should have been posted this Thursday. I’ve corrected the Tuesday post, and Thursday’s video is now in its rightful place in the weekly line-up. If you viewed this Chapodcast earlier this week, you will need to head back to Tuesday’s post to see a new chapel today. If not, enjoy today’s Chapodcast. I’m sorry for the mix-up. As with everyone, I’m learning more about technology these days than I ever thought I’d need to.(more…)
I am so excited to bring you this video clip from Rev. Reuben St. Louis from Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church. Last week their church was expecting to host a Kintail At Our Church week at their church for the children of their community to enjoy and experience the delight of Christian camping at their church. With the closure of our churches Reuben and his two sons decided to host camp chapel over the internet. Their Chapodcast includes singing, praying and bible reading in a wonderful camp way.(more…)
Friends in Ministry,
In 2004, Tori and I were serving a congregation in Central Florida. That year, in about a month, we experienced three hurricanes; Charley, Frances and Jeanne. These past weeks have felt very much like that time. While social distancing was not an issue, isolation and fear were. Isolation as people were stuck in homes without power and impassable roads, and fear for family, jobs and shelter in the face of an overwhelming catastrophe.(more…)
The kids have questions…and lots of them!
Why are we off school? Why can’t we play with our friends, or see grandma and grandpa? Why is church cancelled, and why are we stuck with nothing fun to do?
What is the Coronavirus and/or COVID-19? Why are so many people dying?
Why are my parents so obsessed with the news, the internet and the telephone?
What does God have to do with what’s going on? Does God have something to do with what’s going on?
This is new, uncharted territory for most of us, and we wonder how we are to answer our children’s many questions the best way we can. There is no perfect answer to “What do we say to the kids?” but there are some good guidelines to help us discern what is best for our family.mor