Vacation with a Purpose
Experience the unique Christian community Family Camp offers for all ages. Camp begins Saturday, July 15 and runs through Saturday, July 22. Summit Grove is located in New Freedom PA, conveniently serving both the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic Districts. The theme is “Looking Like Jesus”. Make plans now to be part of this spiritually enriching time and be intentional on strengthening the family bond.
Gather at the Grove for free hot dogs and an ice cream sundae in a relaxed informal setting as we open Family Camp on Saturday at 6 p.m. Get reacquainted with old friends and make some new ones as the Penny Loafers quartet stroll the grounds providing musical entertainment. You are invited to display your classic car.
The speaker for Sunday morning worship is Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent, Rev. Doug Conley.
Due to a death in his family, Dr. Rock Dillaman asked to be released from speaking at Family Camp this year. The evening speaker will now be Dr. John Soper. Dr. Soper is Pastor of Leadership Development at Ridgeway Alliance Church, White Plains, NY. He has served as VP of Church Ministries at the national office of the C&MA, District Superintendent, church planter and professor. His passion is to make disciples and to release new workers into the harvest. John and his wife, Mimi, have three children.
The morning Bible Hour Teacher is Rev. Neil Breneman. Neil was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA and has served in three Eastern PA District Churches in the past 16 years. He is currently the Lead Pastor of the Lewistown C&MA Church. He is passionate about sharing the relevance of Scripture for everyday life. He grew up going to a Bible Conference every year in Lancaster County and is excited for the Summit Grove experience with his wife Catie and three children, Luke (12), Logan (8), and Layla (6).
Clockwise from Top Left: John Soper, Neil Breneman, Ryan Clarke, Bill Klees
Teen Ministry is led by Rev. Bill Klees. Bill is the pastor at Community Alliance Church in Towanda, PA where he is known for combining games and God’s Word to equip teens and adults to go deeper in their faith. Bill spent more than 15 years in camp ministry allowing him to think outside the church box when it comes to helping teens understand just how much God loves them and to discover the joy of serving Him.
Rev. Ryan Clarke heads the Children’s Ministry. Ryan serves as the Children’s Pastor at Daybreak Church in Mechanicsburg PA. He is married and has four kids. The morning program will explore and discover answers to life’s big questions. Is God real? What is God like? How did we get here? Why did God create me? How can I follow Jesus? And what is my mission? Kids will worship together with high energy music, be joined by Johnny Stratosphere and his six-legged sidekick, Fuzzbucket, play gaga ball together, have a snack, and will use hands on imagination station gizmos to remember what God’s Word says. The evening program will use science tricks, video testimonies from kids, high energy worship, and creative thinking to explore how the Holy Spirit lives inside of Jesus followers and how we can submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Kids will be challenged to report back on how God used them every day at camp.
Global Focus Seminars on relevant topics will be presented Monday and Tuesday by Don and Sarah Jones, Thursday by Amy Nielson and Friday by Jeff King. There will be a Ladies luncheon on Wednesday and a Men’s breakfast on Friday.
For additional information and to download an informative brochure with a schedule of activities, download a Family Camp Brochure.
Visit the Photo Gallery to view pictures of overnight accommodations, Shaded RV sites with hook ups and activities.
Make your reservation for overnight accommodations by clicking on Reservations or call Darren and Jen Weller at 717-215-3469.
The Hampton Inn off I-83 in nearby Shrewsbury is offering a special room rate of $109 this week. Call them at 717-235-9898 and use group code “Family Camp”. The discounted rate is based on availability on reservations made through 7/8/17.
We invite you to forward this page anyone who may have interest in Summit Grove and attending Family Camp. Churches are also encouraged to forward this page to their congregational email addresses.
A Campers Perspective
Terry’s family started bringing him to Summit Grove before he was born, and I started coming as a kids camper. We didn't meet until senior camp in 1987. We began writing letters, and after a long distance relationship, we got engaged on this little bridge (see picture) down by the camp snack shop in 1989. We've now been married for 26 years and have two kids who also think that Summit Grove is a pretty special place.
For us, Family Camp is always a place of connections. We have a great time connecting with our church family, friends from the past, new people we meet, dear missionaries and others serving the Lord. Most importantly, Family Camp is a place where we know we will be challenged to deeply connect with our great God. We have a rich history of people who heard the gospel shared in this place and came to Christ. Others accepted the call on their lives and are serving him faithfully. Yes, our family has very special memories connected to Summit Grove. But we continue to come back because of all there is to learn and the connections yet to be made.”
Terry & Darla Amig