Pack your camping gear and an extra pair of long johns because members of the First United Methodist Church are heading to Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Indianola for one of their last local mission outreach trips of the year, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 20.
For the second year in a row, First United Methodist is planning on putting its effort into making the grounds a better and more enjoyable place for the more than 1,700 campers that visit each year.
“We try to find various things around the camp that could be done,” says Christine Anders, the minister of discipleship at First United Methodist. “Last year they painted a barn, and this year we plan to seal and waterproof a deck on one of the buildings. We want to help maintain the property the best we can so people can enjoy the facility. They (Wesley Woods) don’t have the manpower or the funds at the camp to keep it up how they’d like, so that’s where we come in.”
Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center spans more than 344 acres and provides a getaway for Methodist campers, youth and adults alike, looking for a religious camping experience full of “meaningful fun and fellowship.” Traditional camping experiences, such as horseback riding and swimming, with a Methodist twist add up to make the camp a comfortable place for all to worship and enjoy the outdoor environment.
“We try to be engaged in outreach,” says Anders. “This is one of our church’s local mission projects, but we also have a specific group that has done a lot of work in Nigeria. We also want to do things within the United States and other things locally.”
Wesley Woods Camp is operated by the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, which is an organization that oversees all United Methodist Churches in Iowa. It is a retreat that is open and supported by all United Methodist churches in the state.
For more information regarding the trip to Wesley Woods, contact First UMC at (515) 244-6209, or visit the website at www.dmfirstchurch.org. Volunteers and donations are also being accepted to cover the project and its costs.