"This summer was my first time at
the Centre, and I loved it – the location, the folks I met and
especially the camp fire, skits, and games," said Carolyn
Nicholson in regard to her experience at Summer at the Centre.
"It is so good to see young families enjoying this facility
together with us ‘older folks’ – and it lends so much hope for
the future of The United Church of Canada."
For a week last
July, Calling Lakes became a gathering place for around 40
people of all ages. Activities ranged from African drumming, to
finger-painting, to Brain Gym, to visiting a nearby First
Nation, to learning about the environment, to golf technique
improvement. On top of that was lively worship and singing,
nightly campfires replete with silly skits and games, and
special activities such as our fabulous natural waterslide, an
elegant meal for adults, and a costume party for kids.
Many of the newcomers expressed their disbelief that such a
good-quality program could be so inexpensive. "Our friends
thought we would probably be swabbing the decks a lot for that
price," one participant quipped. But the chores are minimal, the
food is tasty (and nutritious!), and the sense of community is
hard to match. Be sure to register early – word is spreading
fast about this great experience.
In closing worship, David, age 5, summed it up pretty well:
"I hope for everyone going home that they can pretend they
are still here.