Have you ever been to the RCA retreat center in Warwick? Our annual camping trip offers a great opportunity, and going camping is something very precious in our materialistic culture of consumerism. Why? Because the outdoors bring us back in touch with nature and its processes that are so different from the competitiveness of the many rat races we run every day.
In addition, a good tent will help our children to overcome some of their alienation from the natural world. In it, they can actually hear the raccoons scavenging the leftovers by the fire from last night; they can marvel at a butterfly on the canvas still wet from the dew, and they can hear the magnificent concert of the birds in the wee hours of the morning.
However, it is not all nature in Warwick. We painted a fence with Rev. Paul Nolton, our Regional Synod’s Coordinator of Volunteers. We also swam in the pool, built and flew our kites, listened to Bible readings, had evening devotions and a Sunday morning open-air worship, and a Bingo game and puzzle on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. The latter followed a suggestion by our Board of Elders who had pondered in an earlier meeting this year how to foster more understanding of the sacrament among our youngsters. Enjoy the pictures and consider whether you might want to come with us next year.