Christ Episcopal Church Enjoys Parish Weekend at Honey Creek
By Julia Ariail
Posted May 26, 2015
Building community in a church has lots of elements, but one aspect is having fun together. That’s what Christ Church Valdosta did over the Memorial Day weekend at Honey Creek. Almost 60 members of the church gathered on Friday evening after supper and stayed through Sunday lunch. Several more people came for the day on Saturday. The weekend featured lots of free time and spontaneity. Only the opening gathering on Friday evening, the closing Eucharist on Sunday morning, and meals had definite start times, and all other periods were open for exploration, visiting, or one’s favorite type of recreation.
Some of the intergenerational activities included the zip line, swimming, corn hole contests, a nature hike, fishing at the dock, playing bridge, bird watching, Frisbee golf, walking, visiting and socializing. The food was delicious as always. Honey Creek’s Executive Director Dade Brantley and his wife, Lydia, visited the group during the weekend to check in and to greet those who were new to Honey Creek. The general opinion of the group was that Honey Creek was in excellent condition.
The members of Christ Church have enjoyed Honey Creek for many years. One of our members, Blake Ellis, designed the conference center in the late 1950’s. He attended the retreat this weekend and gave a brief talk about the history of the property and the outdoor altar he and his sons donated in memory of his late wife, Jacqualyn. The first time Blake walked the grounds, the palmettos were so thick that a bulldozer had to clear a path.
Our Rector Dave Johnson and his wife, Steph, planned the weekend and encouraged attendance to promote fun, relaxation and community.