We are now coming to the end of our fifth month of living together apart. This Sunday, July 26th we gather for worship, via the radio, livestreaming, and YouTube to celebrate and give thanks. Psalm 105, Romans 8:27-28, 31-39 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46 will be our scripture readings. The message is called “Going for the Gold” (the Tokyo Olympics were to have opened this Friday).

We’ll sing together, 328 “This is my Maker’s world”, 102 “When I lift up my voice” and 133 “Go, tell it on the mountain”. Laura Ashfield and Dave Neigh will sing “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and Mary-Catherine Pazzano will sing “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”. We look forward to worshipping with you.

Three Presbyterian Centres have had to rethink their ministry since Covid-19 has shut down their usual programs:

Crieff Hills Community Centre  (https://crieffhills.com/) are offering Sunday evening meals (feeds about 5) each week. They need to be pre ordered and then you go to their drive through pick up to take home or to eat there on their “green patio” a fully equipped picnic area. Crieff is also accepting reservations for private parties and events (with meals) and summer picnic lunches are available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All the meals are cooked on site (with fresh produce from their gardens) by Chef Damien. What a wonderful way to support our own conference and retreat centre, get out to the countryside (20 minutes away) and enjoy a delicious meal and a safe gathering.

Are your kids missing camp? Are you missing going to a cottage or the beach?

CAIRN Camp (our PCC Synod Camp) has gone virtual this summer with their Camp, Camp Wherever You May Be, PeeWee and the LEAP Leadership Program. Sharing God’s love, creating connections and fostering growth this summer is still happening. Check out their camps at http://ilovecamp.org/2020-virtual-programs.cfm

Kintail Camp (another PCC Synod Camp) is also hosting online camps but in a different style. Their #KintailAtHome 2020 can be accessed on their website and is completely free and sharable. The events page has more resources and guides for campfires, special days and more.

For those who are missing the beach, you can visit Kintail for the day. (the camp is on Lake Huron south of Point Clark) and you can also book a suite or a cabin for a weekend away. (They are opening each weekend to welcome 10 households to enjoy the site which includes accommodations, delicious catering, your own campfire and of course the wonderful shores of Lake Huron. Check out all the options that are offered at https://www.campkintail.ca/

Continued blessings in your summer experiences – as we praise God, the Creator and enjoy the beauty and bounty around us.

Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister at Knox Waterloo