Church camps combine faith and fun

When it comes to eating s'mores under starry skies and singing songs around a campfire, little has changed over the years. There's still no place like summer camp.

The United Methodist Church has a great commitment to camping. The denomination offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year.

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The coronavirus pandemic has presented unique challenges to the U.S. census this year. Robbinsville United Methodist Church is one of the churches trying to help make sure everyone counts. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Churches see census as part of their mission

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Local Church
Campers and counselors explore the creek at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, Tenn., in 2017. Cedar Crest, like many other United Methodist camps, has suspended operations this summer due to COVID-19. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Keeping heart of camping alive during COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, many United Methodist camps have had to cancel this year. That breaks the hearts of camp leaders who know how important the experience is to faith development.
Local Church
Ten-year-old Britney Sadete performs at Cranborne United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, during The UMC’s Got Talent, an annual Zimbabwe Episcopal Area talent show, on July 28, 2019. Britney, who took first place in the under-12 category and second place overall, recently released her first album. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Talented 10-year-old inspires others during pandemic

Young United Methodist leader Britney Sadete, who released her first album just days before Zimbabwe’s lockdown, connects with the isolated through her music.