With a Little Help from Friends

By May 21, 2014News

At UC Camping we understand that camp is often a milestone moment in the annual calendar of many congregations, schools and communities.  Merricks Lodge recently agreed to provide some extra support to ensure the community of  Hampton Park and Cranbourne Congregations could continue their tradition of being a camping community.  The response to this extra support follows:

 G’day Andrew

 Thanks very much for the support from UC Camping it is really appreciated.  If you can please pass this message on to Shane and the team at Merricks that would be greatly appreciated as well.

I am also more than happy to write this testimonial as I believe in the value of all parts of the church working together as a team.  So here goes:-

Church Camp has been an annual event at Hampton Park Uniting Church for as long as anyone can remember.  It is one of the highlights of the church year for us as we get active outdoors together.  Young and old, active members and those on the fringes and new friends from Cranbourne Uniting Church spend a weekend in February enjoying worship, activities, free time and each other’s company.

For the last six years we have been attending the Merricks campsite which is ideal for us.  It’s proximity to the beach is fantastic as we love to spend our Saturday afternoon of camp enjoying beach time which includes swimming, getting dumped by waves, cricket, sand castles and kite flying.

The diversity of options with outdoor activities like the pool, canoes on the lake, tennis court, basketball hoop, kid’s playground and football oval means that no-one can ever say “I’m bored”.  Over the course of the weekend we utilise all of these options and love it!

The small amount of bush and open space allows us to worship and celebrate communion outdoors.  This is always a wonderful time to reaffirm our commitment to Jesus as we soak up God’s awesome creation.  Without Church Camp at Merrick’s we wouldn’t be the same Christian community!

I hope this is what you were looking for.  Blessings Andrew,

Mat Harry

Minister – Hampton Park & Cranbourne

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