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Pastor Karen Burkley

June 2024 Newsletter from Pastor Karen

Church camp -  have you ever been? Would you like to go? Even though most of us are retirement age, there are still opportunities for us to attend church camp.


For the past three years (and again this June), I will have attended “You & Me” church camp provided by our regional camp staff for the past four years. This three day camp has been a time of growth (spiritual, emotional, and mental); a time of fellowship with colleagues and other adults with their small charges; an opportunity to make new friends; and a time of stretching beyond comfort zones. It was also a time of deeper bonding with my grandsons through shared experiences; an opportunity to share my faith with them; enjoying God’s good gifts in the outdoors; and exploring God’s Word on a very basic level.


“You and Me” Camp is an excellent opportunity for a grandparent, great grandparent, uncle, aunt or other adult to spend quality one-on-one time with a child who you would like to have grow closer to or in relationship with God. The child must be at least five years old by the date of the camp. The adult that accompanies the child will take part in daily activities alongside the child - crafts, games, swimming, and evening vespers.


Since the camp has been moved to the Bedford Camp & Conference Center, overnight accommodations for this entry level camping experience are in a cabin with bunk beds. The shower and toilet facilities are housed in a separate building. Meals are served cafeteria style with many options though the kitchen staff will accommodate individual dietary requirements.


Church camp is truly a special time filled with love, laughter, and the making of many fond memories. It’s not too late to sign up for one of this year’s “You and Me” camps (or several other camps where the camper attends solo). For camp information, call the Regional office at 317.926.6051 or email Krista Hunter, Regional Ministry Associate at


Let’s do ministry together!


You are loved,


Pastor Karen

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