To wrap up the summer season and look forward to fall, Windsor United Methodist congregation members Jim and Paula Suckow have taken one of their passions and turned it into an annual event for the entire church to enjoy.
“My wife and I have kicked the idea of having a church campout for quite a while now,” explains Jim Suckow. “We knew there were some other people in the congregation that liked to camp and thought it would be a great way to get others in the church as well as the community involved in a really casual, laid-back setting.”
The Suckows camp two to three times per month during the traditional camping season, but are able to do it even more often when it’s scorching hot or freezing cold because of their camper that it almost immune to the seasons. They are excited to establish this as a church event and enjoy the beautiful fall weather with people they normally only get to see at Sunday service.
The plan is to find a weekend that works best for everyone toward the end of September and enjoy a potluck dinner and, of course, s’mores. Pastor Bob Culbertson has also been invited to join in on the weekend, and since the overnight campers won’t be able to make it to Sunday service, Pastor Culbertson will give devotion around the campfire.
“I thought it would be great to do a devotion around the campfire where we can all gather and tell Biblical stories and give some of their application to our own lives,” explains Pastor Culbertson.
The Suckows hope to make this weekend outing a tradition that could take place a couple of times a year for the church.
“It’s also about opening up different relationships and friendships even within the family of the church. It’s finding that common ground that you didn’t realize you had. There are people who camp, people who play sports and a lot of those things intertwine with each other,” said Jim. “It’s an opportunity to go outside and do things beyond the church, it’s a great way to experience the fellowship that the church was built on.”
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