Events & Important Dates

Camp Roger’s Illuminations

November 30, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us at Camp Roger for a very special night celebrating and reflecting on Christ’s birth. Take your family on a luminary-lit prayer walk around Little Bostwick Lake. Gather to pause before the busy holiday season begins by singing Christmas carols, taking home a craft to do with the kids, drinking hot chocolate, seeing friends, and lighting Camp Roger’s Christmas tree. It will be a night to remember!

**Please note: We are hosting this event outdoors this year, so dress for the weather. Restrooms will be open in Ridge Hall. With the growth of Covid-19 cases, we would appreciate your consideration of wearing masks indoors.

Illuminations 2021 Little Bostwick Lake Prayer and Reflection Walk

Christmas is a reminder that Christ has come to save us. Prayerfully walk around Little Bostwick Lake, reflecting on each of these stations as we begin the Christmas season. Each station will be marked with a green lantern.

1. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee!

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

Gifts & Blessings: As you descend the steps towards the lake, thank God for the gifts and blessings in your life – loved ones, opportunities, gifts, and blessings. Let each step represent a gift in your life, and as you step down, speak out loud (or whisper in your heart) what you are thankful for.

At the base of the steps, stop to look out over the lake, and continue to praise God for all the beautiful blessings and gifts you have received in your life.

2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appears. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Longing: Think about the tensions and the brokenness of this world. We live in the tension of rejoicing that Christ has come to redeem us, and yet longing for his second return to make all things new and complete. As you walk along the path, express those longings and tensions to God. 

3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, Remember, Christ, our Savior was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray; O, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O, tidings of comfort and joy

Busyness & Distractions: Reflect on the things that are keeping you distracted or too busy to spend time in rest with God.  Ask God to reveal anything that is hindering you from being fully in His Presence.

4. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come, thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set thy people free, From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth thou art, Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart

Set Us Free: What unmet expectations or disappointments, resentment, unforgiveness, hurt or brokenness are you holding onto that God may be asking you to let go of so that you can receive His gifts? Pray about it now.

5. Joy to the World!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Receiving His Gift: Take a tree cookie and write your name on it. Place it at the base of the cross. Just as we place our gifts under a tree, you are placing yourself as a gift under the cross to Jesus. HE came to this world as a GIFT to us! We only need to receive that gift.

6. O Holy Night!

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviors’ birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared, and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine!

A Star: Read and reflect on this verse:  There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1: 6-9, 12)

How can you shine like the stars to reflect Christ the True Light to others?

7. Go Tell It on the Mountain!

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere Go, tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born. While shepherds kept their watching, o’er silent flocks by night, Behold throughout the heavens, there shone a holy light.

Sharing with Others: As you head up the stairs, think about how you will share Jesus’ gift with others this season.  Prayerfully listen to what ideas God brings to mind, and then resolve to be obedient, and act upon the things God shares with your heart.

Join us for Christmas carols in Central Area at 7:20 pm.

Thank you for joining us this evening! Merry Christmas!