by Chelsea Connor Posted Dec 19, 2017
Winterfest was last weekend, and it was a blast! Across all of our youth camps, we had over a thousand campers come to camp. Some were experiencing Pine Cove for the very first time, and others got to reunite with some cabin-mates and counselors from the summer.
Being at camp in the winter is always a little surprising, like, getting to wear long sleeves without sweating buckets? Cool! Speaking of long-sleeves, the Christmas sweaters were extra tacky-fabulous this Winterfest weekend. The Spirit Sticks were all festively decorated, there was a competition for who could gather the most “Christmas Magic” between Team Elf and Team Reindeer at the Timbers, and Santa even made an appearance at a few camps!
On top of reunions, color wars, gingerbread house-building, sliding down ziplines, screaming on giant swings, crazy Christmas skits (Inspector Clou-snow made an appearance at the Shores), and jumping on inflatables, coming to camp this time of year is a great way to focus on Christ after a busy Fall semester. Our college staff and campers alike left refreshed from their time in the Word and in community with other believers without the everyday distractions from school and life. We had Club talks on the meaning of Christmas, and why it still matters so much that Jesus came as a baby all those years ago.
Jesus didn’t stay a baby! He came to save us, he came to serve us, and he came to be a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). The story of Christmas shows us God’s faithfulness to fulfill his promises and prophecies, and it shows God cares enough to send his only son from heaven to earth- for God to be with us–Immanuel!
We are thankful for the way God moved in hearts this weekend! For everyone who prayed for Winterfest, thank you! Keep praying for our campers and staff who were here, that they will continue to grow in their relationships with Christ.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might, Everlasting Fateher, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6