Epworth Forest CC - Camp REYOAD - June 9-14 (2013)

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Event Journal


Last goodbye

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Becca says a  heartfelt goodbye to the REYOAD campers.

Final Worship Jamboree

Today marked the end of camp, but campers didn’t depart until they had one more celebration!

The worship band rocked out in the auditorium for one last time, playing all of the favorite songs from throughout the week.  They even took a request from the campers and played I’ll Fly Away.

Then Nate, Epworth Forest’s program manager, took the stage to talk with the campers.  He delivered the message that sometimes it is ok to tell someone that “I can’t help you, but God can”.  If someone is ever in need of help or guidance, help them turn their troubles towards God, and He will always be there for them.

Lastly the campers got to watch the “End of the Week Video” which they all got a copy of on a DVD so they can show everyone back home how awesome Camp REYOAD is!

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Dance Party

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Tonight the campers celebrated an incredible week of friendship and fellowship with a dance party!

Evening Worship

The REYOAD campers shared their worship tonight with the Moravians, another group sharing the site this week.

Pastor Kris began worship by telling everyone a story about her husband.  Kris’s husband didn’t have his day go the way he planned, he had to make a bunch of trips all around town.  When he was at the store, he got out of his vehicle and a big gust of wind slammed a piece of paper into his leg.  He picked up the paper and realized it was a check, worth $199!  Kris’s husband is a friend of Jesus, so instead of keeping the check and taking the money, he decided to behave like a friend of Jesus and he turned the check over to the rightful owner.  The bible tells us to love one another and that is exactly what Kris’s husband did.


Pastor Kris leads everyone in prayer.

Then the Moravians led everyone in song by singing *They’ll Know We’re Christians By Our Love *and *Love Feast.  *After that they passed around cookies and juice for everyone to share representing fellowship.

Afternoon Jamboree

Today’s jamboree was an open format where the campers were encouraged to take the time to pray to God.  They had the opportunity to write their prayers out on paper and keep it with them.  They also had the chance to write what they are thankful for on paper fish and then place the fish on net strung between two trees.  The worship band played all of the songs they have played all week and all of the campers joyfully joined in.  Some even played their own instruments they made in arts and crafts.

Fish Net

Becca prays with Janet at the fish net.

Dixie Boat Ride

Our campers take off on a tour of Lake Webster!

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Campers on the Dixie boat wave to other campers on the beach.

Morning Update


Evening Worship

Tonights worship was held in the basement of the cafeteria due to some severe weather.  That didn’t stop us from worshipping though!

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Shane Magwire was this evening’s keynote speaker and his topic was “It’s ok to get angry about the things that make God angry”. He began with a story about how he had a rough day at work and was just ready to go home to rest and eat some pizza. When he got home to grab his pizza, it was gone! His brother then walked in the kitchen and said, “That was some great pizza!” Shane was upset that his brother took something he was looking forward to eating but he knew it wasn’t something to get angry about.  Some things are not worth our time to get upset with such as our favorite team losing a game or milk spilling.

Then he shared a story of a time when it was ok to be angry.  He had a friend named Adam who was picked on and made fun of by some other kids.  It was ok to be angry at those kids because they were working against God.  Shane knew that in the bible it says, “God made us all in his image”, so if God is beautiful, then his friend Adam is beautiful too.

He then told the campers about Esther from the bible.  Esther was angered when the King wanted to get rid of all the Jews in her country, so she decided to stand up to the King and she saved all of her family and friends from the King.  Not only did good overcome evil, but God’s people were protected.  So Shane took what he learned about Esther, and he stood up for his friend Adam and the bullies never picked on him again.

A vineyard serves a purpose and that purpose is to produce fruit.  But sometimes weeds rise up and try to choke the fruit bearing plants and prevent them from fulfilling their purpose all together.  So we stand up for the plants and we pull the weeds and spray them with chemicals so that the fruitful plants may flourish.  Shane challenged the campers to stand up for God in their everyday lives and taught them that it is ok to be angry about the things that make God angry.  We are all called by God to do something important for His Kingdom, and we are all capable of bearing good fruit.

Afternoon Jamboree

This afternoon’s jamboree was held down at the beach front with our worship band kicking things off.

Today’s topic was “*Jesus is our Hope” *and it was lead by Corban, our keynote speaker.

Corban shared with the campers that he had recently lost his grandma and how hard it was for him to have her pass away.  It was a very sad time in his life, but he knew that he had to try hard to love God in those hard times.  If we go to Jesus, he will give us hope.  When you’re going through a hard time don’t give up.  Look to God knowing he will protect you.  Corban prayed to God in that time, and he asked God to help his family grow closer and he had hope that God would still bring joy back into his life.  He then read Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

There was a fishing boat next to the stage, and Corban told the campers to pretend the boat is a time period of suffering, and that they should get inside the boat and pray to God that the boat would take it all away.

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Corban reads to the campers from his bible.

Comic Relief

Happy Dance

Peter always knows how to put a smile on your face.

Today’s Events


Evening Worship

Sara Rodriguez was this evening’s keynote speaker and the theme was *Going where God leads. *Everyone has a purpose but we have to be rooted in faith to grow. When we do that, we shower people in our life with gifts each of us have been given.

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She then told us a story about  how she had to face her fear. Sara has always loved to play guitar but there was a time in her life when she would stay in her room and not be able to play in front of people. She had to overcome her fear of crowds. Because she overcame her fear, she now plays in our worship band!

She then read 1Kings 17:1-7

Her story was an inspiration to never give up because God wants us to share each one of our special gifts. Whether that be to help people, love others, or just simply to pray for people.

Beach House

Dion was hanging out at the beach house and wanted to tell everyone hello.  He is excited for kickball tomorrow and is having a wonderful time here at camp REYOAD!

Afternoon Jamboree

God blessed us with a beautiful day outside today, so the jamboree was hosted down by the lakefront.  Chad kicked things off with a wonderful rendition of Jesus Loves Me.

After that, our worship band performed some songs and the campers responded with clapping, dancing, and all around joy!

Next Jackson, our keynote speaker for today, got up on stage and began his discussion “Quit Running, God Will Run To You”.

He began his talk by sharing a story about when he was younger.  He was told to do his chores, and instead he played his video games.  When his mother found out, he was grounded.  So Jackson decided to run away from home.  Then Jackson told the campers about a similar story in the bible called The Parable of the Lost Son.

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Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.  The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.  After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’  So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Jackson told the campers that just like the Father welcomed the Son back with open arms, if we are ever angry, afraid, or lost, God will always run to us and give us the strength that we need.

Jackson finished his story from earlier, and told us that he returned to his home when he ran away, and his mom was there to welcome him and love him.  We shouldn’t stray from God or home, but if we do we are always welcome to return again.

Lastly, the winner of today’s Camp Beautiful Award was announced.  The men of Duecker Lodge were todays victors!

Arts & Crafts

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Katrina is happy to share her beautiful artwork!

Dance Moves

Elizabeth and Mary Kay are excited to talk about today’s events and show off their impressive dance moves.


Evening Worship

The session began with a staff beat box competition and the majority of campers thought that Jack was the best beat boxer on staff.  Next our worship band took the stage and performed an electric set!

Our keynote speaker for this evening was Ashley and her theme was You Can Be A**Disciple.  She spoke about the decisions we have as followers of Christ, how we can decide to be a disciple of Christ and do his work in our every day lives.

She then read John 12:24

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,

it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

She told us that we are all asked to prepare our hearts to hear the message of Jesus Christ’s salvation.  Asking Jesus Christ into our life begins a process where we become one of His disciples.  We are all called to share the good news, and anyone can share the good news.

Movie Night

The rain didn’t keep the campers from having fun.  They all enjoyed popcorn, beverages, and *Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax *in the auditorium.

Afternoon Jamboree

Today’s afternoon Jamboree began with revealing who won this years first Camp Beautiful Award.  The Camp Beautiful Award is presented to the cleanliest cabin.  Today there was a TIE!  Emery and Cartwright both won the Camp Beautiful Award for Monday.

Following that, our talented worship band took the stage and inspired the campers to get out of their seats and dance.

Travis, today’s keynote speaker, took the stage and began his discussion “If I’m Afraid, I’m Not Alive”.

TravisHe shared with the campers that in the past, he was shy and nervous to meet new people because he was afraid to step out of his comfort zone.  He asked if any of the campers were ever afraid of something and Peter shared with everyone his fear of storms.

Travis then read from his bible Mark 5:35-43

“Don’t be afraid, only believe”

**Travis told the campers that we may have fears, but we are challenged to give those fears to God.  Numerous mirrors were placed around the auditorium and Travis asked the campers to go up to one and write their fear on the mirror.  Many campers bravely got up and shared their fears on the mirrors.


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This morning campers learned all about archery and enjoyed the target demonstration performed by Gary Dant.

First Full Day of Activities


REYOAD Veteran Says Hello

Opening Jamboree

Tonight at the Opening Jamboree, Nate spoke with campers about the importance of “Coming Alive” in Christ. “Come Alive” is the theme for this week as campers learn how to grow in their faith and their relationship with Christ.

The Epworth Worship Team led campers in worship with a fantastic worship set!

Nate began the message by reading Isaiah 5:1-4:

I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?

Nate also read Ephesians 1:17-19:

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

Camp photos are available online!

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