Methodist Camps open to All

Hi all,

I have been given the argument from a friend who opposes our Inclusiveness campaign, that she does so, because she considers Bay View a Christian or Methodist camp…  So I went on the UMC website today and emailed them the question “Who may attend a UMC summer camp”? and was sent the following reply:

“While all of our camps adhere to the mainstream theology of the United Methodist Church, it makes no difference what faith background your child comes from – or whether they have any faith background at all. No matter how far along their faith journey a child has traveled, we welcome their diversity! In a caring Christian atmosphere, we make sure your child is offered the opportunity to experience God in some way throughout their stay at camp.

So, if you are running into that reasoning for not being inclusive at Bay View,  maybe you can use this info.  Also front and center were these quotes…

Amy

Continue reading below to see Methodist Church Response.

Open Hearts.  Open Minds.  Open Doors.
The people of the United Methodist Church
“Ask, and it will be given you;  search, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
Matthew 7:7 (NRSV)

The People of The United Methodist Church
Help people in their community
Accept you for who you are
Offer a place to belong
Care for and support each other
Show respect for other religions
Support people facing difficulty
Welcome diverse opinions and beliefs
Guide others to find deeper meaning

 —–Original Message—–

From: InfoServ <InfoServ@UMCOM.ORG>
To: ‘aspines@aol.com‘ <aspines@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 2:02 pm
Subject: Reply from InfoServ–United Methodist Information Service

Greetings from InfoServ, the United Methodist information service!
Your message reached our offices at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Hello Amy,
Thank you for writing.

According to your zip code, you are in the West Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The following quote is from the West Michigan conference website.

“While all of our camps adhere to the mainstream theology of the United Methodist Church, it makes no difference what faith background your child comes from – or whether they have any faith background at all. No matter how far along their faith journey a child has traveled, we welcome their diversity! In a caring Christian atmosphere, we make sure your child is offered the opportunity to experience God in some way throughout their stay at camp.”

Here is a link to more camping information on the website.
http://www.westmichiganconference.org/pages/detail/2237

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