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Like most organizations, PC(USA)- affiliated camp and retreat centers were blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home and social distancing orders struck the very heart and infrastructure of summer camp and retreat resident ministries. But amid it all, associate for Christian Formation Brian Frick has continued to have hope.
After hearing social media feedback that parents were not enamored with Vacation Bible School offerings at nearby churches, Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, created from scratch its own Peace Camp.
Thirty-one campers, including about 10 from the host church, took part in this year’s camp. With help from their neighbors, church members wrote the curriculum and staffed the five-hour-per-day, five-day event, spending one day each on a significant topic — gender, social class and poverty, race, migrants and care for the Earth.