There’s a new movement, in the church world, calling Grandparents to a purposeful, meaningful, family ministry that can leave a legacy…a heritage…with consequential eternal results! Get on board! Elmer Towns says, “Use the ‘rest of your life’ to give the ‘best of your life!” We live in a broken world where the hearts, minds and souls of today’s children are at risk. Grandparents play a unique influential role in the lives of their grandchildren; second, only to parents. Many of the thirty million Christian grandparents in America are either unaware of that potential influence, ignore the opportunity, or have significant barriers in carrying this out. To be successful you need to be intentional!
The Wonders of God at GrandCamp
By Wanda DeLorge, Christ Church Anglican, Mt Pleasant, SC
2022 marked the fifth year my granddaughter Rileigh and I attended GrandCamp, and each year gets better and more memorable! This year granddaughter Presley was able to attend with us and share in the joys and wonders that were a part of each day. GrandCamp is five-day program designed for grandparents and their grandchildren to have fun, meet new friends, and develop a closer bond together with God.
Being a grandparent is an amazing adventure and sharing my faith with each of my grandchildren is an important calling from God. St Christopher’s offered the perfect setting for 2022 and along with approximately 70 other grandparents, grandchildren and staff we did just that. This wonder-filled week included bible stories, skits, crafts, kids’ games and intergenerational games, story time, singing and roasting marshmallows by the campfire, cookout and talent night, daily devotionals, swimming in the ocean, and enjoying God’s goodness in the nature that surrounded us with friends-both new and old!
The theme that year was Ephesians 6:10-18, “Put on the Full Armor of God” and Presley, Rileigh and I laughed and sang with Rich and others while Michael showed us how to put on the armor and “be strong.”
Presley has listened to the wonders of GrandCamp for many years from the stories Rileigh and I shared and was delighted to finally be a part of the adventure. We still sing the songs and share the love of God and have already registered for 2023!
The next GrandCamp will be June 26-30, 2023, at Epworth by the Sea in St Simon’s Island, GA. It’s open to kids 6 -12 years old and is an awesome, wonder-filled week for both grandparents and kids. Ask me if you want to know more.