Area United Methodists and their neighbors will worship together Aug. 4-7, 2013, for the 194th consecutive year during camp meeting in Sulphur Springs near Jonesborough.
The Rev. Dr. Goodgame, a retired United Methodist Church minister, now residing in Lake Junaluska, N.C., will be the camp’s guest preacher this year. Dr. Goodgame has served in many capacities in the United Methodist Church, with his primary ministry being a local church pastor where he emphasized spiritual growth, lay leadership development, worship, evangelism, Bible teaching and outreach. He has served churches in the Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, Wytheville, Knoxville and Abingdon districts. Most recently he has served for the past two years as study leader for the United Methodist Women Mission Education Event.
Music also will be lively and exciting, beginning with a mini concert on Sunday night at 6 o’clock by the Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Group. Worship services will begin each evening at 6:30. Special music groups will present specials each evening from various churches and groups.
The Sunday through Wednesday evening gatherings occur at the historic camp shed in front of Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, located on State Highway 75 about six miles south from Interstate 26, Gray-Appalachian Fair exit. The church is located at 1432 Gray Sulphur Springs Road, Jonesborough.
Each evening, congregational singing will begin at 6:30, with the worship service immediately afterwards. At 6 p.m.. on Sunday, there will be a youth event. Emma Sleeth, author of “It’s Easy Being Green,” will make a presentation on the Creation Care movement and what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle. Everyone in attendance will receive individual sustainability action guides as well as recycle supplies for use in their program.
Pizzas will be provided and music and fellowship will be led by Bryan Orchard from Gray United Methodist Church. A special children’s program will also be held Sunday evening at 6:30 for children ages 5-9 consisting of Bible stories and Bible verses, singing, games and much more. A light meal will also be served to the children.
All events are free, although opportunities to make offerings will be provided.
More information can be found at www.campshed.com.