“This week at camp will help you unleash your faith so you can experience the freeing love and grace that can only be found in Jesus.”
–Camp Pastor Martha
It is that time of year again! We are excited to start introducing our Camp Pastors for Summer 2019.
Joining us for Week 1, introducing Camp Pastor Martha!
Rev. Martha Timmons graduated from Duke Divinity School is currently serving at St. James United Methodist Church in Spartanburg as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries.
This is Martha’s 3rd summer serving as a camp pastor at Asbury Hills–she is great!!
We got a chance to catch up with Martha and ask her a few questions about spending a week at Asbury Hills this summer. Check it out below!
What are your connections to Asbury Hills?
I have more connections than I can count on my hands with Asbury Hills. I grew up coming to camp as a child and teenager; then I served as a CIT (counselor-in-training), lifeguard, and counselor during my college years. This camp as been in my life for a long time and it’s one of my favorite places to continue coming back to year after year. I love bringing my youth here for retreats!
How do you think our theme, Unleash, will impact campers this summer?
This summer we are going to talk about what it means to unleash your faith and I’m super excited to help campers as they learn what this means for their faith journey. We have so much in this world that tries to hold us back from God (social media, peer pressure, anxiety, depression, pleasures of school/sports, etc.), but at camp we will learn how to unleash our faith and let go of these fears and lies that keep us from living into our faith fully. This week at camp will help you unleash your faith, so you can experience the freeing love and grace that can only be found in Jesus. This week, we will learn how to live into your faith more fully and how to join others in your faith walk. It’s easier when we remember that we are not in it alone and we have others (our new friends or counselors) who will help guide us and be with us on our journey of faith. Thanks be to God that we don’t have to experience life alone! I hope those who attend camp will find God in new ways and will be willing to unleash their faith like never before!
What is one of your favorite activities at Asbury Hills?
One of my favorite things to do at camp is to worship at Mountain Chapel because that is a place where I always feel closest to God. I also always love playing in the creek, even though I am not the best creek hiker. I enjoy this because there is no better place to creek hike than Asbury Hills and no other place I’d rather be.
What is your favorite movie?
I love love love any Disney movie out there, so I’m super pumped to see the new Toy Story movie this summer. I am looking forward to sharing this movie with my daughter as it will most likely be her first movie theater experience.
As the pastor for the week, what are your goals?
It is my hope and goal to connect with campers and staff this summer. I hope to make new friends that will stay in touch with me even after the week of camp is over.
What is the most important thing you plan to pack for your week at Asbury Hills?
When packing for camp, I always remember to never leave behind my flashlight, water bottle, and rain jacket. This was drilled into my head as a camper and what I still to this day tell my youth. But on a more serious note, I like to bring my journal with me because that’s one way I communicate with God in writing my thoughts and prayers down. I encourage you to do the same!
To the campers:
Be open to a week of fun but also open to how you can experience God this week in everything you do. You’ll be amazed at where and how you find God this week if you’re truly open to experiencing God in new ways.
How excited are you to enjoy week 1 with Camp Pastor Martha?! Maybe you’ll get the chance to go creek hiking with her! You’ll definitely get to experience worship at the Mountain Chapel with her.
Are you interested in attending camp the week that Martha is our pastor? Register by clicking here for Week 1 with Camp Pastor Martha! See you in June!