And the winner is? Cindy. Yes Cindy Vizi’s chilli was the most popular of the bunch as the Rugged Hands Men’s Ministry hosted its annual Chilli Cook-off and Games night. Many thanks to Scott and his group for organizing another successful evening.
Yes folks, Spring is near! And that means it will soon be time to get to work readying Camp Kintail for a summer of sharing God’s love with our children.
The Rugged Hands Men’s ministry is again hosting a Men’s work weekend and retreat and work weekend April 21st to the 23rd. Yes, we do work hard, but we also find time for play and time for fellowship.
Most of the group heads up Friday night, though there’s always a few that go up Saturday morning. Friday night is a time to chat, and play board games and card games.
Saturday morning, after a great breakfast, we head off to work. Over the years, tasks have included, electrical and plumbing, painting, carpentry, tree planting and much more. Of course, Bruce and Scott head off into the bush, chain-saws in hand to clean up the scrub and remove any trees that pose a hazard. And of course, we build more picnic tables. The need for new picnic tables is never ending.
Another spring tradition is the boardwalk. Each spring we go down to the beach, if the ice is gone, and we bring the boardwalk out of storage. Though we’ve generally broken apart into groups to do the other tasks, this task always brings the team back to work together. It’s a great way to finish the work day.
Saturday evening, after a wonderful dinner, we have someone share the story of his journey to Christ. If you’re shy, don’t worry, it won’t be you. That’s always arranged well ahead of time. This is always an inspiring time.
After our time of fellowship, the cards and games come out.
Sunday morning, we are led in a service of worship and then its time to pack up and head for home.
Ask anyone who’s attended and they will tell you, its an amazing weekend.
Well not quite. In fact it was cold, very cold. It as so cold…well you get the idea. That of course is just one story from a weekend to remember.
Most of the guys came up Friday night. There were chips and card-games, snacks and of course, Sally’s famous spring rolls. Saturday morning began with a feast prepared by Stephen and Ed and then it was off to work. Bruce and his gang went off into the bush to clean up the scrub. Jack and his gang, built rails and brackets for benches and railings. Scott and his gang replaced light fixtures in the main lodge, while other gangs assembled a picnic shelter, washed windows and performed other tasks too numerous to mention.
In the afternoon, the whole gang gathered on the beach for what has become a spring ritual. We laid out the boardwalk down to the water, readying the beach for the summer campers to come.
And of course, the story of George, his van, and the concrete blocks will go down in Kintail folklore.
Yes, it was a lot of work, but it was all building God’s kingdom. After a wonderful supper, again prepared by Stephen and Ed, everyone gathered around the fireplace to warm up, dry out and listen to George’s story of his walk in faith.
Sunday morning, after yet another wonderful breakfast, Dennis shared God’s word, through the story of the Last Supper. We then said our good-byes and each headed home after another memorable weekend.
Camp Kintail will, again this summer, open its doors to welcome thousands of children from across Ontario. There they will make new friends and learn the good news of God’s love. They will grow in their faith and in their character.
At the end of it all, we will return in late October or early November to help put Camp Kintail to bed for the winter.
Yes folks, Spring is here! And that means its time to get Camp Kintail ready for a summer of sharing God’s love with our children.
The Rugged Hands Men’s ministry is again hosting a Men’s retreat and work weekend April 8th to the 10th. Yes, we do work hard, but we also find time for play and time for fellowship. Ask anyone who’s attended and they will tell you, its an amazing weekend.