KINGSPORT – Dozens of children got to experience summer church camp last week at Kingsley United Methodist Church.
Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries, which is part of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, sent two directors and four counselors to lead the camp.
Assisted by junior counselors from the church and community, these directors and counselors led children in a variety of activities, including gaga ball, water games, crafts and music.
Adam Love, pastor of Kingsley UMC, said each day started out with a breakfast snack and worship in the sanctuary. From there, they divided into age groups for activities and Bible study.
On Friday, Love said, children shared Holy Communion and were given the opportunity to make a commitment or recommitment to Jesus Christ.
Love said the church would like to thank the anonymous donor who made the week possible. He also expressed gratitude for Bloomingdale Baptist Church’s Mission Bloomingdale House, which provided lodging for the directors and counselors from Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries.
“This is the very best of what it means to be a connectional church,” Love said. “We are truly blessed to have Camp in the Community as our fifth conference camp. This is the kind of ministry we need more of.”
Yvonne Pruett, member of Kingsley UMC and kitchen volunteer, said she’s known some of the children from the camp for a long time and has never seen them smile so much. Faye Foulk, also a Kingsley UMC member and kitchen volunteer, echoed Pruett’s sentiments.
“These kids will never forget this experience,” Foulk said. “This was a blessing for them and our church.”