Wayzata Community Church
When I was 8 years of age, my parents dropped me off for the first time at Camp Akita.
I jumped out of the car, took about 5 running strides, tripped and slid Superman-style on the gravel driveway. With my knee-caps bleeding and my palms covered with blood blisters, my mom helped me up, dusted me off, held me as I cried… and sent me off for my first week of overnight summer camp!
Despite the inauspicious beginning, my experience at summer camp that year began a lifelong pattern of summertime spiritual growth— from time spent at summer camps to Outward Bound adventures; from mission trips to Mexico to the culmination of every summer spent at the Deer Valley YMCA family camp.
Heading into my 10th summer in Minnesota, I celebrate the ways that Minnesota provides unique opportunities for spiritual growth. Recovering from a long winter (or preparing for the next!) and delighting in the natural beauty all around, there is extra width in margins of life.
Below are some ideas of ways you can use that margin to engage your faith in God and discover new ways to follow Jesus.
Right here at Wayzata Community Church:
• Make Worship on Wednesday (WoW) part of your weekly routine
• Sing in one of our summer choirs on a Sunday in July or August
• Serve the Rummage Sale Ministry—there are 1,000 different ways
• Invite a neighbor, friend, or work colleague to attend church at WCC
• Sign up for Family Camp over Labor Day weekend—last shot at summer
Beyond Wayzata Community Church:
• Worship at a different church or with a different religious tradition
• Write a faith-centered reflection on an issue (marriage, gun control, end of life, etc.)
• Memorize scripture (ie. 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 5:1-5, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 23)
• Enjoy God’s natural creation in new WAYS and in new PLACES
• Set a daily appointment to pray (or read scripture) for at least 10 minutes
The best ideas… are YOUR IDEAS, and, that they become more than just ideas, to life-changing encounters with the Divine, matters most. Even if we fall on our face (Superman-style), let’s get up, dust each other off, have a good cry, and get on with the opportunities for growth unique to summertime.