Our directors for this years camps are Rev. Wendy Beck and Gloria Toole for grades 1–2; Rev. Steve Gohdes and Catherine Clake for grades 3–4; Marilyn Gurnsey and Rev. Josh Viste are working grades 5–6. Rev. Rick Beck is directing junior high with Revs. Eileen and Ian Edwards serving as program directors for that camp. Last but not least, senior high will be lead by Rev. Matt Gillard, and for the first time in a number of years, the senior high camp will be a full week long.
Also this year, in an effort to increase our numbers at camp, Brandon Salyzyn and Matt Gillard will be coming to local congregations and offering a camp night: 2-3 hours of the camp experience, brought to your congregation. We hope that each congregation who hosts will invite the neighborhood to the evening, where youth from the community can come and experience a small bit of the fun of Van Es, in the hopes they might come in the summer.
Van Es Camp has always been a place where Moravians and their friends come to experience the meaning of Our Lamb Has Conquered: Let Us Follow Him. We hope that many will respond to the invitation of Christ to “Come, Follow Me.”
Matt Gillard is pastor of Heimtal Moravian Church in Edmonton, Alberta.
From the May 2012 Moravian Magazine