We had a great time!
Can't wait to do it again!
Our Fall Campout was such a good time.
The weather was getting cooler and if you forgot to
pack an extra blanket you may have shivered.
This does not change the fact that we had a great time.
We are looking forward to camping out in the Spring.
If you plan to camp out, bring a tent and your breakfast.
We will keep the campfire burning so bring snacks to share.
For more details, call the office at 732-747-1285
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On the evening of June 10, 2016, we launched our first Campfire Fellowship behind our church. We are blessed to have a church with quite a big yard for gatherings and God blessed us again with a glorious evening for this particular gathering.
Approximately 20 people attended: while some played croquet (and there will be a re-match!), badminton, and ladderball, others drew their chairs up around the firepit and enjoyed fellowship around a roaring bonfire. Everyone contributed snacks to share.
The highlight of the evening occurred at 8 PM when everyone gathered around the campfire for a reading of John 15, and the message that followed. John 15 is as relevant to us today as it was when Jesus spoke it to His disciples. Knowing what was coming, He was giving them encouragement to ensure that they would stay close to the vine and be fruitful. He opens the passage with: “I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.” (John 15:1, NIV), telling us unequivocally that He is the one we should be following. Jesus talks about how the Father will prune us, cutting off the dead branches and helping us to be fruitful, if we abide in Him and let Him. When we abide in Him, He will take care of us.
As the passage continues, Jesus talks about love “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9, NIV) and hate “If the world hates you keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18, NIV). In doing so He was preparing the disciples to be continual examples of love, particularly in a world that would hate them for who they were. And He finishes with the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor who will be with the forever.
Are we abiding in Jesus, and allowing our Father to prune us? Are we being fruitful and showing not only love to others but helping them build a relationship with Jesus? Are we prepared to be hated for faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation? Are we ready to accept the Holy Spirit in our lives, and accept the guidance that will keep us abiding in our Father?
How blessed are we that we can freely gather and share the message from God’s Word to us! We are looking forward to another Campfire Fellowship this fall;
we would love to have you join us.