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The First Good Friday

by Stacie Hoppman on April 3,2015 in Growing Faith with No Comments

The First Good Friday

Here in the United States, we call this day Good Friday. In Germany, it is known as Karfreitag or “Sorrowful Friday.” Christians living in Eastern countries refer to it as “Holy Friday.” Whatever you call it, today is the day set aside to remember the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus’ disciples probably would... read more

Sacred Space. Growing Faith: The Importance of Sabbath

by Stacie Hoppman on February 24,2015 in Growing Faith Sites and Activities with No Comments

Sacred Space. Growing Faith: The Importance of Sabbath

For so many people, nature and the outdoors is a place where they can more easily sense the presence of God. It is a place of refuge, peace, and silence. In nature, there is no ringing, beeping, sirens, or chimes. Instead, you hear the rustling of leaves, chirping of birds, and the gurgling of water.... read more

Equipping Our Young People: A Camp Wyoming Story

by Stacie Hoppman on January 9,2015 in Camp Staff Camp Talk Camp Wyoming Stories Growing Faith Next Step Consulting with No Comments

Equipping Our Young People: A Camp Wyoming Story

Everyone talks about it. Every church and ministry is aware of the problem. Kids grow up in our churches, but they don’t stay there. All throughout their childhood and even teen years, they might come to church alongside their parents on Sundays and show up at youth group pretty consistently, but once they graduate from... read more

The People We're Thankful For

by Stacie Hoppman on November 25,2014 in Camp Talk Growing Faith with No Comments

The People We're Thankful For

Recently, Kevin and Stacie attended the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association Conference in Kansas City. It was a chance for them to learn and network, and also to worship with other camp directors and staff from across the United States and Canada. On the first night of the conference, a local pastor challenged each of... read more

Why the Relevant Retreat?

by Stacie Hoppman on October 14,2014 in Camp Talk Growing Faith Next Step Consulting with No Comments

Why the Relevant Retreat?

In November, Camp Wyoming is hosting a retreat called Relevant for college students. We put a lot of thought into this idea and believe that retreats like Relevant are important—and not just for the students who attend them. Here’s why: Studies indicate that 40-50% of all youth group students do not connect with a faith... read more