We have two annual weekend camps
for about 80 to 100 people. These are
highly anticipated events that allow us to spend a great deal of time
together. All of our staff (including our nurses, cooks, Bible study
leaders, etc.) are volunteers, and many plan their holidays so they can
have morning Bible study groups; afternoon free times with options of
swimming, walks, crafts, etc.; and evening gatherings where we present
skits taken from our Bible studies.
also have weekend leadership retreats for about 30 people every other year, and
four-day tent camps for about 30 people in the years when we don't have leadership retreats. This group has enjoyed retreats at Rivendale on Bowen Island
and at Camp Jubilee.
we have a Jamboree that is held on a Saturday in May at Trinity
Baptist Church in Vancouver. We have games, a pie-eating competition, a bake
sale, crafts, a white-elephant sale, and a car wash. In keeping with the fair
theme, we sell hot dogs, pop, chips, and cookies. This is a time for fun and
fellowship. This year we had a great team of young people from the Burnaby
Chinese Alliance Church, who helped us run the games and led in worship and
song. We look forward to their help again next year.
Christmas Craft Fair
In the fall we have a large
Fair, Bake Sale, and Tea.
create items and donate them to us to sell. This was one of Joy Gregory’s great
contributions, but few of us now are very crafty. Carol Hansen, a long-time
friend and supporter, is taking this event over and moving it in a different
direction. She wants to gather crafts from around the world for us to sell. We
are particularly looking for crafts done by people with disabilities overseas,
and especially crafts that have something to do with Jesus and Christmas. These
are times when many who love this ministry come and visit with us on this day of
celebration. We sing Christmas carols all day long, and we serve a wonderful
“high tea” (a full meal really). Many people spend the whole day with us.