“We are so excited to bring you the locations for workcamps summer 2020!” said an announcement from the Church of the Brethren Workcamp Ministry. The announcement urged Brethren of all ages to “explore the possibilities of service.” “Voices for Peace” (Romans 15:1-6) is the theme.
In a new venture, Rwanda is the location for an adult workcamp for ages 18-plus on May 28-June 8. Rwanda is “home to a new Church of the Brethren community that is actively worshipping, praying, and training students to be theologians and peacemakers,” said a description. “Participants will engage in relational service, getting to know the four congregations and their various ministries. Most of the time will be spent in Gisenyi where workcampers will serve alongside our Rwandan brothers and sisters as they assist in construction projects to build new church buildings.”
Six workcamps are offered for junior high youth:
June 7-11 at Camp Brethren Heights in Rodney, Mich., helping clean up the camp and improve the land;
June 14-18 in Harrisburg, Pa., with Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, On Earth Peace, and the Brethren Housing Association;
June 27-July 1 hosted by Philadelphia (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren, with organizations working with those living in poverty and homelessness;
July 8-12 hosted by Brooklyn (N.Y.) First Church of the Brethren, addressing food insecurity and poverty;
July 22-26 hosted by Roanoke (Va.) First Church of the Brethren, serving with Roanoke Rescue Mission;
July 29-Aug. 2 hosted by Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren in South Bend, Ind., helping provide necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Ten workcamps are offered for senior high youth:
June 7-13 hosted by the Haitian Church of the Brethren in Miami, Fla., assisting the church with improvement projects and participating in food outreach programs;
June 14-20 in Boston, Mass., working with organizations such as the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, and Community Servings;
June 20-28 in Haiti, for those who identify with views of the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF);
June 20-26 at Camp Koinonia, Cle Elum, Wash., supporting the camp’s outdoor ministry;
July 5-11 hosted by Skyridge Church of the Brethren in Kalamazoo, Mich., following the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, serving with organizations such as Kalamazoo Boys and Girls Club, Food Bank of Central Michigan, and Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes;
July 12-18 hosted by Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, volunteering with the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association;
July 12-18 at the Family Abuse Center in Waco, Texas, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence;
July 19-25 hosted by Principe de Paz Church of the Brethren in Santa Ana, Calif., volunteering at soup kitchens, with homeless outreach programs, or children’s ministries;
July 26-Aug. 1 in Knoxville, Tenn., with Knoxville Dream Center, providing services to the homeless;
Aug. 3-9 hosted by Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren in Littleton, Colo., with organizations providing food security and essential services to vulnerable populations.
An intergenerational workcamp (for those having completed 6th grade and older) is July 6-10 at Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center, Keezletown, Va., supporting the camp’s ministry.
The We Are Able workcamp for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities, and including companions, is June 22-26 serving at food banks and distribution centers in and around Hershey, Pa.
Online registration opens Jan. 16, 2020, at 7 p.m. (central time) at www.brethren.org/workcamps . A $150 non-refundable deposit is due seven days after registration confirmation is sent. The full balance of the registration fee is due by April 1, 2020. Fees vary depending on site. Find more information about the workcamp locations at www.brethren.org/workcamps/schedule .