Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-19
A few days ago, at summer camp a young day camper arrived at check out without his backpack. His mother questioned where it was and the boy shrugged and he said, “I don’t know”. Embarrassed, I asked the camp counselor to go and find it and apologized to the mother. The young boy quickly spoke up and he said, “It’s my fault”. “Why is it your fault?” I said. “Because I hid it.” "Why did you hide it?" The boy said, “cause I wanted to stay at camp.”
I feel like this in the stillness of the outdoors, I want to stay. I enjoy seeing campers make new friends, try new activities, enjoy time around Bible study with inspiring words from our Camp Pastor and staff. Camp helps create an atmosphere of worship and the study of God’s Word together. I feel thankful. This sweet melody my heart receives helps to create a harmony for my life.
Our 2021 theme is Steadfast. Firm in belief. Determined. Firmly fixed in place. Immovable. "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23. Camp provides a place where we find unhurried moments to take a breath and focus on the steadfast love of our unchanging God. By purposeful time in the quiet, gazing at the bright stars at night, we are reminded of how immovable God is. Our faith deepens as we are reminded the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases…great is Thy faithfulness.
Thank you to our Camp Pastors for your service!
Dean Stiles Valerie Guerette
Mark Jackson Matt Beam
Andy Barnes Brandon Dupuis
May you root yourself in these lessons of faith as you draw on God to be your strength.
We hope to see you again on the mountaintop soon!
In His Service,
Kevin Van Brunt “Pk”
29 Sentinel Lodge Rd.
Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
Camp Sentinel is located in the foothills of the Ossipee Mountain range in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Established in 1949, Sentinel offers fun, quality Christian overnight and day camp for youth, adults and families. Sentinel hosts year-round rustic retreats for groups up to 200 guests (55 in the winter). Sentinel's group experiences are known for its home cooked meals, attention to detail and Christian hospitality. Amenities include: 5 unique hiking trails, 5 element ropes course with zip line, giant swing, 25-foot-tall rock-climbing wall, large field, archery range, chapel for up to 200 guests, and more. The camp provides solitude on its 600+ acres and over a mile of water frontage on crystal clear Dan Hole Pond.
Sentinel employs 40 summer staff from over 25 area churches. Staff either grow-up through our program or come with fresh new ideas to strengthen program. Staff are background and reference checked and attend staff trainings. Our staff retention rate is high. When staff serve for a summer, they want to come back.
What the Staff Say
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“Often people ask me, how could you "give up" your summer to work at camp for 9 weeks, and I suppose that could be a valid question. I guess it's because camp is my home away from home, where my second family is. I get to spend my summer not only with amazing people but in a bubble, that protects against all the world throws at me. I wake up to constant love, fun and smiles and most importantly my summer is devoted to helping kids find their relationship with Christ. Life outside camp is just so boring in comparison. Simply put I would miss it” –Summer Staff
Experience the stillness of 629 acres
Sentinel offers retreat experiences for individuals and groups up to 200 people (Spring, Summer & Fall) and up to 60 people (Winter) in our year-round rustic lodge. The Lodge has eight guest rooms sleeping up to 70 people in bunks and twin beds. We offer lodging and homemade food options for groups of 30 or more. For more information about retreats: https://www.campsentinel.org/retreats
Wixson Ministry Retreat
"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.
We ask for your prayers and support as we embrace the past and invest in the future!
Your tax-deductible donation to Camp Sentinel makes a difference in the lives of many! Thank you for your prayers and support. This ministry would not be possible without the financial gifts and hard work of many of our Camp Sentinel family.
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Pines Camping Area: Memorial Day Weekend until Columbus Day
The Pines offers a relaxing camping experience for individuals, families and groups on 33 beautiful sites. Enjoy spending your day on crystal clear Dan Hole Pond, hiking one of our five hiking trails or simply relaxing in a hammock by the campfire. Water and electric sites are available. July and August summer worship services Sunday at 9:30am.
The purpose of Camp Sentinel is to create a welcoming environment for Christian relationship building and spiritual renewal. Within the stillness of God’s creation and through the guidance of the staff, people are moved from discovery into authentic relationships with others and with Jesus Christ.
29 Sentinel Lodge Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
-- People I have known for long time have left us. The most recent being Rev. Bertha Perkins founding pastor of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Nashua NH. Bertha was one of the most sacrificial, dedicated pastors I have ever known. I remember when Pastor Bertha lived in an apartment on West Hollis Str. in Nashua. Her apartment was in a storefront on a block of three units. She lived in the middle unit between the church’s thrift store and food distribution center. Her door exited onto the side walk. Everyone knew where Pastor Perkins lived. One day I was in Nashua and unexpectedly realized I had some free time, so I went and knocked on Bertha’s door. I was met by her handing me a paper bag and saying, “If you are going being sick, you can’t do it on my doorstep.” When she saw it was me, we went in, sat down, laughed together, and then I heard the rest of the story. Like Rafael Bonilla, Arthur Hilson, Henry Fleming, and Everett Palmer, these friends and co-laborers are people I will miss, and yet will someday see them in a place where nothing bad ever happens.
--I welcome resuming worshiping with churches on Sunday morning. It is simply good to see people face to face, shake hands, embrace, sing and pray together. Most people I meet have gravely missed being together in a physical space of worship. We may still face challenges with COVID-19 variants and zoom will now always be with us, but the clasping of a hand or hearing the song filled voice beside you, cannot be replicated via streaming. Having said that, please remember ABCVNH’s annual meeting at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH on October 15th and 16th. The last time when over 200 us gathered, we ended singing in a full voice, encouraged for the future by our speakers, workshops, conversations, and worship. Please, let’s prayerfully gather again, expecting the Holy Spirit to work in the smallest of details.
-- I am still perplexed why so many Christians are anxious and angry. Thinking about this, reading different thoughts and opinions, I wonder if the spiritual forces in high places, seek to obscure the Gospel with any and all ideologies and messages that demands a loyalty that belongs only to Christ? Furthermore I wonder when the Gospel is obscured in our fallen nature, we Christians make choices about what evils we will be comfortable with? Jesus cast the demons out of the man and into the pigs, but the people ask Jesus to leave, because maybe they are more comfortable with evil than with the pursuit of holiness.
--My favorite Psalm of the summer has been Psalm 85.
--Questions about the “church’s future” present themselves often, and I do my best to answer. But I do believe the answers are as timeless as Christ Himself. While we sort out a new way of “doing church” and pursuing the mission, the Gospel is timeless. Christ never leaves us alone, and the Holy Spirit still convicts, comforts, and directs. All that is good comes from God. But we can also ignore or not comprehend this grace and common grace. Humility before God and others leads to righteousness. “Seek first the kingdom of God. . . . “
In Jesus name, Dale
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