Thursday, August 14, 2008

All Saints Anglicans Have A ‘Smoky Mountain High’

All Saints Anglican Church members staged their first Family Camp recently in North Carolina and had a Smoky Mountain ‘blast.’

After three days and nights of breathing cool, clear air, getting close to the Lord and each other, some 26 campers from the Peachtree City church left Black Mountain and came home with renewed spirit. The group included twelve adults and 14 children.

The camp was held 25-28 July some 17miles east of Asheville. Campers worshipped, hiked, completed a confidence course, listened to music, and did a lot of bonding. Reverend Michael Fry led the group in Morning Prayer, Holy Communion and Vespers in the forest amphitheater.

“The most fun was on the Alpine tower and giant swing,” said Fry. “But, there was also tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, reading and relaxing. On two nights we had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. One night featured skits as well.”

Camp organizer Charlotte Stevenson picked the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly location based on her experience there as a counselor while in college.

“The spot is drop dead gorgeous, in an old refined sort of way.” said Stevenson. “There’s a huge old, long lodge that was built in 1906 which has been used for events like this ever since. For a few years in the 1920s or 1930s the place was used as a college. Einstein taught a class there, as did Aldous Huxley.”

John Stevenson and seven year-old Andrew Fry led some of the campers on a six mile hike to the top of Old Windy, a 4,375 foot mountain a few miles from Mount Mitchell, which is the highest peak in the eastern United States.

Campers found that both rustic and more modern cabins were available. The next All Saints Family Camp at Black Mountain is scheduled for the summer of 2009. Both members and friends of All Saints are invited.
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