The Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church Family Camp took place this past week at Camp Michawana with the theme "The Tie that Binds." Russ gave the first message on Tuesday evening entitled, "My Brother's Keeper (and Sister's too)" which dealt with relationships between church members focusing on love and what love really looks like from 1 Corinthians 13. Dr. Beeke gave both messages on Wednesday, "Lessons for Marriage" and "Lessons for Child-Rearing." He gave us principles from the Puritans and their writings as the foundation for these two talks. Russ gave the Thursday morning talk on "Soul-Mate Friendships." Using the friendship of David and Jonathan as well as Jesus' interaction with his disciples and nuggets from the Proverbs, Russ gave us a good picture of what soul-mate friendship looks like and why this type of friendship is important. Mark Kelderman finished out the camp talks with a session entitled "The Essential Union," explaining what it means to have Christ's Spirit and to be complete in Christ.
|The chapel taken from the dining hall|
|Many of the cabins again from the dining hall|
The morning talks were followed by a time of discussion for the adults and older children. During this time the younger kids (4-11) either had an organized game time or craft time. Afternoons were always free. The beach was open and/or you could sign up for various activities. A campfire was lit each evening for smores (except the last night because of rain) and the older kids (11+) enjoyed a time of group games in the dining room while the adults visited.
|All the kids received a coupon for a free ice cream cone|
|I think Caleb just put grass in Nicolas' ear or something. Note poor Jeff with the broken ankle:(|
Here are a few photos of our activities:
|Made it to the top!|
|Even Seth insisted on doing the zip line. He was pretty scared at the first step off, but enjoyed the rest of the way down. I didn't get any pictures of him because, well, I went with him:)|
High ropes course
|Yes, the kids signed Russ and I up with the encouragement of the FRC family. I haven't had that much adrenaline for a long time!|
|Caleb and Nicolas went as a team. Knowing Nicolas' fear of heights I was surprised that he participated. He was glad he did it, but doesn't need to do it again!|
Since I couldn't be two places at once, I missed pictures of archery and hay rides. As we left on Friday morning it was nice to know I still had happy campers!