Please check with your association before your meeting to make sure that it is still happening!
Central Association - April 17th at 8:15am - The Fort (exit 18 on I-89)
Lakes Association - April 9th at 8:30am - Soda Shoppe, Laconia, NH
Northwest Association - April 14th at 9:30am - First Baptist Church, Burlington, VT
Southeast Association - April 14th at 8:00am - First Baptist Church, Exeter, NH
Southern Association - Meeting weekly on Thursday mornings at 8:30am - Blake's restaurant on S. Main St. on the West Side of Manchester
Southwest Association - April 16th at 9:30am - Chester Baptist Church
Green and White Association - To be determined - Community Baptist Church in Whitefield
Monadnock Association - Not Meeting in April
Women Ministrial Leaders - April 21st - United Baptist Church, Concord NH
Greetings from Camp Sentinel!
There is a certain sweetness to the promise in Lamentations 3:22-24, ²²Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. ²³They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ²⁴I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Did you hear that? God's compassions never fail. They are new every morning! Great is thy Faithfulness oh Lord! I take comfort in these verses as we look forward to the summer with anticipation that God's great love and compassions never fail! As we look to the future, we take comfort in WHO holds our future; the Lord, maker of heaven and earth! Here are some updates from the mountainside.
Please see our Spring News and click the blue header links to be brought to the camp website.
Camp Sentinel Spring News
Here is a VIDEO update from Pk, Camp Sentinel's director.
2020 Walk in Confidence
Words like “be not afraid” and “fear not” occur over 300 times in the Bible. There are many things to distract us in life, causing fear in our lives. When we come face to face with fear, trusting God’s presence, promises, provision and power, we are then able to walk in confidence.
For over 70 years Sentinel has been providing a summer Christian community for youth to build self-esteem, have meaningful connections, develop character, become strong leaders and to discover and explore creativity through the guidance of well-trained staff. We believe that camp is an opportunity for everyone, and we are excited to see you and your family this year! Daily activities include swimming, boating, arts & crafts, team-building games, ropes course with zip line, rock wall, archery, hiking, large group team sports, and many other great adventures. Each evening the entire camp gathers for Vespers which is a time of worship, singing and Bible study. On Friday evenings we gather at a special “red carpet celebration” banquet where campers dress up for a special dinner to reflect and celebrate the week.
Summer Camp program weeks
Adult Camp: June 15th - June 18th Pastor: Cliff and Lois Vendt
Little Adventures: June 28th - 30th Pastor: David Colwell Program: Olivia Grant
Boys and Girls Session 1: July 5th - July 11th Pastor: Mark Jackson Worship: Adam Shortsleeves
Boys and Girls Session 2: July 12th - July 18th Pastor: Dean Stiles Worship: Pastor Matt Beam
Boys and Girls Session 3: July 19th - July 25th Pastor: Chris Dunaway Worship: Nathan Wells
Boys and Girls Session 4: July 26th - Aug 1st Pastor: Brandon Dupris Worship: TBD
Teen Camp: Aug 9th - Aug 14th Pastor: Dave Coronato Worship: Pastor Scott Griffin
Sentinel Lodge Retreats experience the stillness
Sentinel group retreats are known for our home cooked meals and attention to detail. Relax in front of the warm fireplace or explore the stillness of Sentinel’s 600+ acres. Current 2020 open weekends: April 17th, May 1st, Dec 4th. "The staff did an awesome job making the ladies at the women's retreat feel so special. We had the treatment one would look for at a fancy resort. It was so much better because they do it for the Glory of God." - Mary
Summer Employment opportunities
Be the change! We are looking for young men and women to serve this summer. For more information visit www.campsentinel.org/employment
Retreats for those in ministry
"Be Still". Did you know that Pastors (and families) may stay over at Sentinel for personal and family retreats? It is so important for our church leadership to take personal time to Be Still. Jesus teaches it and taking this time makes us stronger personally and spiritually. Sentinel is here to serve our churches! Check cabin availability through our Events Calendar or Request More Information from our staff.
Friday, May 8th 5pm - Saturday, May 9th 3pm $70 /pp
You invest a lot of time and energy into your family, church, local community and work. Take some time away from your daily routine and recharge emotionally and spiritually. Enjoy a weekend away with your girlfriends through laughter and relaxing, delicious home cooked meals, and camp activities! More information or to sign up: https://www.campsentinel.org/womens-retreat
Saturday April 25th 9-3pm
Our workdays are an important time to ready the camp for the next season. Lunch will be served at 12:00 and we appreciate all ages and abilities.
We learned the Lodge septic system will need to be replaced and we are reaching out for support. The cost of the project is $78,000. To date we have paid $48,000 and have $30,000 remaining to complete the project. Please consider a gift of support to help us with this important immediate need. Support may be made securely online at www.campsentinel.org or sent to the camp office at 29 Sentinel Lodge Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816. Thank you for standing with us in ministry!
Moments at camp are life changing. Sentinel programs are Bible theme based with staff and volunteers who give of their time to walk alongside the campers in the beauty of God’s Creation. The outdoor environment is unique. We believe through ministry partnership; Relationships are Built and Lives are Changed. Thank you for standing with us in ministry!
About 40 years ago, a small group of ABC ministers had a vision for training lay people for ministry. It was controversial at the time, but also perfectly in alignment with historical Baptist practice. That vision eventually became the Institute for Learning (IFL), and from it came a significant number of pastors and church leaders. Many of them serve our congregations today.
Moreover, Baptist congregations have always had a strong tradition of choosing their pastors from within. The habit of selecting professional ministers from a crop of seminary graduates is a relatively new invention in the 400 years of Baptist history.
Times are changing. Fewer people are enrolling in seminary. Graduates are emerging with heavy burdens of student debt. At the same time, many of our congregations are reducing their budgets and having to settle for part time calls. The combination of these factors makes it increasingly difficult to find seminary trained pastors who can afford to serve small New England congregations.
Rather than throw up our hands, we are rolling up our sleeves and taking a typical New England approach. Rather than rely on outside sources and external pipelines to provide us with ministry candidates, we are going to find ways to “grow our own.” That’s why we are renewing our emphasis on locating those within our own congregations whom God is calling to ministry, and helping them to receive the training and preparation needed in our current climate.
That’s why we are renovating IFL, bolstering its framework, and refitting it with updated features. We have renamed it LifeTree School of Ministry, to better reflect the nature of its mission for our time. Moreover we have restructured the curriculum and the way it is delivered. Finally, we are adding a component of spiritual direction and opportunities for the developing a ministry support network.
While the Institute for Learning has accomplished great things, the name reflects the spirit of a different time. 40 years ago, it seemed important to mirror models of professional ministry, the default setting for denominations working within an institutional “Christendom” paradigm. Today institutions no longer have the hold that they once had. In addition, the ABCVNH is heading toward a much more missional and movement-oriented way of understanding church. We are placing a much stronger emphasis on discipleship and evangelism. LifeTree School of Ministry is a name that better reflects our mission within that new landscape.
Our Curriculum will still cover the basics of Biblical studies, interpretation, and theology. It will also include courses on practical ministry to help students be more effective as a gospel presence among real people living real lives. Many of the courses will be available as live lecture series being offered remotely by Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. They will also be available through online sources so that student will not have to be prevented by concerns about travel and bad weather.
Each LifeTree student will be paired with a spiritual mentor, who will assist the student in exploring their call and developing their personal walk with Jesus. Far from being a minor feature, this will become a central part of the LifeTree program. Church leaders can more effectively help their congregations when they themselves are walking in step with the Spirit. Head knowledge is necessary, but insufficient by itself. Ministry is a spiritual matter, and church leaders must be people engaged developing hearts of humility and mercy by regular practices of repentance, forgiveness, and reliance on the Holy Spirit.
Finally, LifeTree is not just for the preparation of Pastors, but for all church leaders: deacons, trustees, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, and so on. If you are a church leader, or you see it on your horizon, LifeTree may be a great option for you. You can be better prepared to love and serve the Lord as you serve his people.
You will be hearing more about LifeTree School of Ministry in the months to come. Please pray for everyone involved as we seek to follow the call of Jesus to make disciples of all kinds of people, and teaching them to obey all that he commanded.
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