New month, new birthdays! Join us in wishing these staff members a very happy January birthday!
New month, new birthdays! Join us in wishing these staff members a very happy January birthday!
We hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. While we truly loved 2018 for many reasons, we are thrilled 2019 is here!
What can you expect in 2019 from Asbury Hills and Camps & Retreat Ministries? Between all of our events, Summer 2019 and a few other projects, we think you’ll be pleasantly pleased to be a part of our ministry!
Hands & Feet Service weekend is a weekend set aside for youth groups to spend the weekend at Asbury Hills. February 22-24, groups will get to take part in worship, small group devotions, and fellowship all while completing service projects around Asbury Hills. These service projects could be anything from clearing trails to staining porches. All of these projects go towards making Asbury Hills even better.
Join us for Open House on April 7th. We will open our gates to welcome everyone to Asbury Hills. Those who attend Open House will be able to try a few of the activities we will have open, take a tour of property and show off camp to their friends and family. This is a free event!
Are you a seasoned golfer? Do you just enjoy the game for fun? Join us for our Annual Golf Tournament to raise funds for camper scholarships. You don’t have to be a professional by any means, just enjoy the game! This event will take place in Greenville at the Preserve at Verdae. All proceeds go towards camper scholarships for both Asbury Hills and Camp Providence.
June 3rd will be the 3rd Annual Camp Gathering event set to take place during Annual Conference at the Greenville Convention Center. This event will include a meal, fellowship with other alumni of Asbury Hills, and a guest speaker. Just cover the price of your meal and we will take care of the rest! All proceeds go towards Asbury Hills and Camp Providence.
Our first session of Summer 2019 kicks off June 9th! We are so excited for Summer 2019 to not only explore our theme but continue to live out our mission with our campers. Registration is still open so be sure to register your camper soon! Spaces are filling!
Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Fall Festival will be here before we know it and we would love to see you there! This event is a free event for anyone. We will have a few activities open for you to try, an apple cider press going, bluegrass music, and lunch available for purchase.
As a partner in our ministry, your support is always appreciated. Your continued prayers, support, and gifts are what keeps our ministry alive. Thank you for partnering with us and being a valued part of SC Camps & Retreat Ministries, Asbury Hills, and Camp Providence.
It is never too late to give the gift of camp.
Each year, we host a Christmas Party for our Summer Staff at Asbury Hills and it always is a blast! Most of the time, our staff think of this gathering as a reunion of sorts so you can imagine the laughter, fellowship and fun that takes place.
We encourage our staff to wear their ‘tackiest’ holiday wear (whatever that may be), their favorite side dish and a gift to exchange after dinner. The funnier the gift, the better!
Don’t forget! We are still hiring for Summer 2019! Should you have any questions, feel free to contact our Summer Camp Director, Sarah, via email or by calling 864.836.3711. More information on Summer Staffing is available online.
Hello December and hello December staff birthdays! Please help us wish this summer 2018 staff member a very happy birthday!
Elizabeth AKA Ninja
Do you remember counselor Ann Marie?! Chances are you do because she has served on staff as a counselor at Asbury Hills for a few years now. We asked Ann Marie her thoughts about being a counselor at Asbury Hills and we think you’ll like what she had to say. Ann Marie is great at what she does and she shares where her inspiration comes from so keep reading!
“I’ve wanted to be a camp counselor since I was 9 years old. The summer of 2008 was my first time at a summer camp, and I remember asking my counselor on the second day how old I had to be to be a counselor. When she told me the answer, I didn’t think I would ever be that old. When I was, I applied to work as a camp counselor at Asbury Hills. Then the fear crept in. The counselors I had growing up were amazing. In my mind, they were perfect. They were incredibly strong Christians who lived their lives perfectly reflecting His love every day. Growing up, I strived to be just like them. But walking into my first summer on staff at Asbury Hills, I knew I was nowhere near perfect, so how could I be a counselor? My first week with campers, there were so many times that I didn’t know what to do or say, and at first I listened to the lies in my head—that I wasn’t good enough to be a counselor. My counselors that I had looked up to all my life always knew just the right thing to say to encourage and uplift me in my faith when I was struggling. They always seemed to have the answer, always seemed to know what they were doing. And in my mind, they did it perfectly. So when campers came and I wasn’t perfect, I felt like I wasn’t a good enough person–a good enough Christian–to be a camp counselor. Which was so incredibly confusing, because I knew that God had been calling me for most of my life to camp ministry, so why did I feel so bad at it? But over that summer, I saw in such a practical way the meaning of the phrase “He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” On my own, I could never be the perfect counselor that I so desired to be. I didn’t know all the right words to say, the right things to do in every situation. But that was okay, because it wasn’t up to me.
Jesus never promised me that I would be a perfect counselor. If I look to Him, and lean on His wisdom and guidance, I won’t necessarily be perfect, but I will be exactly the counselor these campers need me to be. Only in Him will I have the words to say and be able to constantly pour myself out for the campers and my fellow staffers. Only in Him can I be the best counselor for these kids, like my counselors were for me.
I would encourage anyone who is considering working at Asbury Hills to go for it, despite any fears they may have. When we follow God’s calling for our life, He enables us to do whatever it is beyond the best of our abilities. He qualifies the called.”
Giving Tuesday was just a few days ago and we are so grateful for all who participated by giving to SC Camps & Retreat Ministries. This global day of giving happens every year and each year, we are so grateful to see donations coming in.
In years past, over two million gifts were made from over 150 countries around the world totaling more than $300,000,000. If you participated in Giving Tuesday this year, in any capacity, you are a part of this movement! How incredible that we are able to come together as a world and give?
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated and gave the gift of camp this Giving Tuesday. Of course, if you missed it, it is never too late to give the gift of camp. Your tax deductible donation will go far in ensuring that anyone who steps foot onto our properties has the best experience possible.
From our camp family to you, thank you. Thank you for making our ministry possible!
Each year we get more and more folks showing their love for Asbury Hills by wearing their favorite camp t-shirt. Here are a few of many who sported their Asbury Hills gear.
Until next year, thank you for showing your love for Asbury Hills!
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner and we hope you join us on this global day of giving! If you missed our last blog about Giving Tuesday, you can find it here.
In short, every year, people and organizations around the world participate in this global day of giving. We would love it if you joined us this Giving Tuesday!
Your gift will go towards ensuring we are doing everything we can to make Asbury Hills & Camp Providence the absolute very best it can be for our campers and retreat groups. You gift will make sure every camper has the opportunity to experience summer camp and every retreat group member gets the best experience possible.
Save the date and plan to give! Don’t worry, we will be sure to keep reminding our followers about Giving Tuesday.
New month means a new Happy Birthday post! Help us wish these staffers born in November a very happy birthday!
You may recognize Allie from our videos and photos as the girl behind the keyboard and microphone. Allie served as the Worship Coordinator for Summer 2018 after serving on the worship team in Summer 2017. We are so excited to feature Allie on our blog today and we know you are going to love what she has to say.
“This summer I had the pleasure of serving Asbury Hills as its Worship Coordinator. I saw this as an incredible opportunity to serve God, live out my life calling of music ministry, and spend another three months at my absolute favorite place on Earth.
I am a Christian Worship Major at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I was ecstatic to use all I was learning in my worship classes at school to lead the staff and campers at Asbury Hills in authentic, biblical worship. I believe, however, that those campers left more of an impression on me as to what it means to authentically and whole heartily worship God, than I ever would have expected. Instead of teaching, I often found myself as the one learning.
During Week 8, a few new activities were added to the groups’ schedules to mix things up a bit. One of those activities was titled “Band Time”. During this time, we would typically write a short song with each group. These songs brought out a lot of silliness and laughter from both the campers and the band.
One morning, as we met with an elementary group for Band Time, we realized this group was still in the middle of their morning devotion time. I sat down with the group and was surprised to hear the questions they were asking their counselors. Their devotion time, which typically lasts twenty minutes, lasted over an hour as these campers were trying to wrap their minds around a theology adults still don’t fully grasp. As they finished, we only had about thirty minutes left for Band Time. The band began to set up to write a song as we had with every other group but as we were getting into place, one girl asked this of us:
Her question was quickly followed by affirmation from her fellow campers. We, of course, were not going to deny them the chance to worship together. I spent the next thirty minutes in one of the most spirit-filled, authentic, and powerful worship settings I had ever experienced. So powerful that some of the campers were moved to tears.
Through this experience, I truly believe I saw a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Those campers will never know how much they taught me about worship, and my view on what it means to purely worship God will never be the same.
So to those campers: thank you for showing me that I will never be done learning how to worship, and please never lose the passion you have to ask the difficult questions and worship without concern of the world around you. You are binging the kingdom of God to Earth.”
Staff applications for Summer 2019 are live on our website. If you know someone looking to have a summer that will change their life, send them our way. All questions can be directed to Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director.