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Notices (Feb. 6, 2004)

Notices (Feb. 6, 2004)

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices -- Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140  Orlando  {0019b}

An e-Review News Item
By J.A. Buchholz**

Summer Camp Ministry has new application process

The Florida Conference Summer Camp Ministry has a new registration option for churches.

A group application option has been added for churches that bring groups to camp, provide financial assistance to campers and whose church contact person coordinates the registration process. Previously, the summer camp office has communicated primarily with parents of campers, but this year, using the group application process, churches will be able to coordinate the camp registration for their groups. Each camper is responsible for completing his or her section of the group application; however, specific sections of the group application form must be completed by the church contact person. Churches should submit one group application form per camper.

Churches not interested in using the group application process should have each camper use the individual application allowing parents/guardians to be the primary contact. The group application is preferred for several campers.

When using the group application option a group is defined as any number of campers attending any of the camping options as long as the same church contact person is the primary contact. A group can consist of only one camper or could include campers attending different weeks and different types of camps.

Along with group applications, each church contact is required to complete initial payment and balance due spreadsheet forms. Those will be included with the applications that will be mailed to local churches, as well as available on the Summer Camp Ministry Web site for download.

Brochures and applications for Summer Camp 2004 will be mailed to local churches by the end of February.

Fore more information visit the Summer Camp Ministry Web site at or call 800-282-8011, extension, 101 or 179.

Conference churches named Welcoming Congregations

Davie and Good Shepherd United Methodist Churches in Jacksonville and First United Methodist Church, Port Orange, have been certified Welcoming Congregations by the national Igniting Ministry office.

The certification means the churches have cultivated hospitality skills to not only attract visitors to the church, but help them become active members of the church family.

The churches received the certification in January. They are the 18th, 19th and 20th churches in the conference to be awarded the status.

*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.