“My kids look forward to this all year long.”
Maria Bear, May 28, 2013 on Facebook.
Thekla Waucheck, August 26, 2014 on Facebook.
The Holy Spirit has descended!
We are just about 6 months away from camp, and are busy
planning and preparing for everyone’s arrival.
In the middle of preparing the schedule for this year we received
word that His Grace Bishop Irenei regrettably
will be unable to join us due to “certain circumstances of his
episcopal responsibilities, outside of (his) control.”
He is hopeful to join us at a future camp, but this year won’t work.
Some of you may recall this occurring a
few years back, and the resultant camp was very relaxing and low key.
We are looking forward to a very relaxed camp where we can
focus on fellowship, and enjoying a communal vacation at
a very lovely location. The children’s/teen’s programs are continuing,
we are blessed to have Fr. Serafim Gascoigne, Fr. Jerry Markopoulos, and Daniel Balter providing morning sessions on our
Holy Image theme including Iconography, and
Fr. Serafim Gascoigne will be serving
the Wednesday night vigil and Thursday liturgy.
It is my hope that we will have the schedule
firmed up over the next week.
Once it is complete we will send it out along
with other helpful resources.
If you have any questions,
please don’t hesitate to contact us.
St. John’s Family Camp
Camp will run Sunday August 5 to Friday August 10.
We added an extra day!!
Fr. Serafim Gascoigne, Fr. Jerry Markopoulos,
Daniel Balter are some of the key speakers.
We will have Hierarchal liturgy on Thursday.
Come join us at Sky Camp for an inspirational time of
fellowship, prayer and teaching.
The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp is a retreat for Orthodox Christians — families and singles — in a beautiful lakeside natural setting a half-hour from Eugene. The Camp offers unique opportunities to Orthodox Christians, especially those throughout the Northwest, for prayer and fellowship together. The campsite, a Kiwanis camp, offers cabins and full services for participants.
Each day of the five-day camp includes the Divine Services (Matins, Vespers, and Compline with a mid-week Divine Liturgy), talks for adults, creative activities for children, and both special activities and talks for young adults. Afternoons consist of family recreation time, including swimming, hiking, and playing games. Evening events include folk and line dancing and special presentations.
For Christians, pilgrimage — a journey to receive blessings, either by venerating a holy place associated with the life or miracles of Jesus Christ, the relics of a saint, or holy church or monastery — is important. During pilgrimages, Christians pray, confess, and both deepen their relationship with God and their understanding of the Faith. As places of continuous prayer and spiritual sobriety where one can venerate relics and seek counsel from experienced spiritual guides, monasteries are typical places of pilgrimage. Yet, when one has a family — especially a young family — pilgrimage is often more difficult (but not impossible) to make. For this reason, the St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp was conceived as a place where families can be together in prayer, fellowship, and joy.
The St. John Family Camp is a vacation that is also a pilgrimage.
Part of the experience is belonging to a community that forms at Camp. For five days, we live the “village life” together, praying, eating, learning, and recreating together, but also cleaning and cooking together. Just as at a monastery where one participates in “daily obediences” (daily tasks), at the Camp, we have found that we forge deeper relationships by working alongside one another; it also keeps expenses down because Camp participants are part of the “staff.” Everyone from seven or eight-years old or older assists with three or four tasks during the week.