70 years of camping remembered
It began as a vision by the former Nova Scotia Synod; this year we recognized 70 years of church camping at Camp Mush a Mush. On the weekend of July 14 and 15, former campers and staff gathered at the camp to share stories and remembrances. Music, photos, worship and boat tours gave everyone a chance to walk back in time. For many attendees a highlight was the floating cross adorned with candles which had been lit from the altar. To celebrate another milestone, baby Edith Eddy was baptised as her mother Brooke had been a camper and counsellor.
Growing out of a need to have a summer bible camp for boys, and a week spent at Little Mush a Mush Lake with local ministers; a search was on for a permanent camp site. The sandy beach and sheltered cove we now enjoy was such a suitable site that the NS Synod supported the purchase. At the official dedication service over 700 attended.
On that Sunday in July 2018, worshippers gathered as Pastor Kimber McNabb and Bishop Michael Pryse led the service. Tim McNabb offered music as the over 200 attendees sang and worshipped outdoors.
“As a youth I spent many summers at the camp, followed by years as camp handyman, manager and director. Attending the celebrations this summer was an opportunity to remember the many friendships that had been forged, and the influence this camp has been on the lives of so many,” Peter C. Oickle says.
Through your benevolence offerings the Eastern Synod provides annual grants to outdoor ministry at Camp Mush a Mush and Camp Lutherlyn in Eastern Ontario.
When more than three hundred people from across the Eastern Synod gather at a Synod Assembly, they do the essential business of our church. But in their days together they also
become a community of worship, learning and fellowship.
From June 21–24, 2018 in Toronto, lay delegates, rostered ministers, invited guests, volunteers and staff spent many hours working together and helping make decisions for the future of our church. This year’s theme, “Liberated by God’s Grace to be Neighbour”,
led to deep, challenging and often emotional discussions around how we as individuals and
as a church treat our neighbours who may be different from us.
In their post-Assembly evaluations, 88% of the participants said that their overall impression of the Assembly was either good or excellent. The Assembly planning team have reviewed the evaluation comments in detail and have already begun thinking about how to make the next Assembly in 2021 an even better experience for everyone.
In 2019 the National Convention will take place in Regina. The cost for sending delegates from the Eastern Synod is now being paid by synod office through benevolence offerings. Thank you for your generosity. Contributions to help offset these costs are greatly appreciated.