Ekklesia (ek-klay-see-ah)

Ekklesia (ek-klay-see-ah)

Free to go and explore outside and take in the views.

is a rebellious movement of people radically committed to following Jesus. That hardly seems like the typical definition of a group of young people who describe themselves as “being real, seeking truth, embodying justice and passionately worshiping Jesus.”   Part of Christ the King Church in Bellingham, they outline their vision as seeing a generation worship Jesus and make disciples.

Kate Crain, current Administrator, has been involved in the community since 2011. When conducting research for the first Ekklesia retreat for college students last February 2014, she discovered Camp Casey. This is now their third retreat in the last 12 months. What keeps them coming back? “The location and its beautiful surroundings.”   Kate says their favorite time during the retreats is when they are free to go and explore outside and take in the views. From the looks of their photos, exploring was just part of it.

This most recent visit included 135 members attending – they made use of several of our Staff and Company quarters, shared meals in our Mess Hall, and celebrated in the Auditorium. And just in case members didn’t want to go out and explore, they made use of the historic gym that has a three-quarter size basketball court upstairs and a game room with ping pong, foosball and pool tables downstairs.

Ekklesia says that there are no perfect people allowed (within their group). “Please don’t feel like you have to pretend to be something that you’re not. We are about loving God, loving others, and loving others to God.” We ­­­couldn’t say it better!

Ekklesia’s mission statement is “To create an authentic Christian community that effectively reaches out to un-churched people with love, acceptance, and forgiveness so that they may experience the joy of salvation and a purposeful life of discipleship.”

Camp Casey provides two meal options served in our newly remodeled Mess Hall A. Classic or Basic menu options are priced for hearty, healthy meals and can accommodate most dietary restrictions with appropriate notice. Menus are created for specific group’s onsite and are nutritionally balanced. Our Dining Services Staff is poised to assist clients in creating a positive dining experience while at Camp Casey.

 

Looking for more information on this group? Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ekklesiabellingham