Sunday, June 12, 2016
We survived the week! We are home, and we had a great week. We thank all of the people that prayed for our safe trip home and for us to have a good week. We have a great church family! Ask us about our trip and what we learned! Help us as we try to be the difference in our church, family, friend groups, and world.
Friday, June 10, 2016
With this being my first trip to Montreat, I didn't know what to expect. Having spend a week with our youth, I have a new appreciation of them and a stronger interaction with them. Also, Montreat allows the adult volunteers to join their small group sessions. This setting put me in a group with 20-24 youth and a couple of adults, with none of us being from the same church. While in this group I was moved by the stories they shared, some of hardships, some of faith struggles, and some of encouragement. Our faith is ever changing and these youth are ready to jump into the fray as we all try to figure this whole thing out, which all I have to say to that is Thanks Be To God!
Thursday, June 9, 2016
My youth group and I started this beautiful Thursday with pancakes for breakfast prepared by Samantha. Rodger delivered another moving sermon. After our small groups, he joined us at the house for lunch! He is very personable and captivating. My mom grilled burgers and hot dogs. Mrs. Cindy made fries and delicious cheese dip. Every Thursday at Montreat, they host The Variety Show. Our very own Ruth Harper performed! The whole auditorium sang along with her. We're so proud of her for getting up in front of 600+ people on her first year attending Montreat. I am very thankful for the opportunity to bond and get to know these exceptional youth.
Mary Hunter Davis
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
It was indeed a wonderful Wednesday as we awoke to smells of fresh coffee and breakfast being prepared by the ever-busy Mrs. Cindy and Mrs. Mary Alyce. Today was a special one as the entire afternoon was allotted for "back-home" group bonding time. Of course, our group from flat Alabama decided hike up Lookout Mountain. The seemingly vertical climb was worth the struggle once we saw this view:
She paralleled the spirit it takes to have a lasting and rewarding relationship with God. The top of the mountain gave me a profound view of my surroundings and my personal faith.
On the way up here I was unsure about how I would be able to connect with this unknown youth group, as I have been away for 4 years in college. I did not even know a few of the people in our group before the trip. But from the moment we arrived at Montreat, I was welcomed with open arms, which is a testament to the youth and their incredible leader, Anna. The ladies instantly made a connection with me, even those I had not yet had the pleasure of knowing. I have enjoyed sharing a room with my sister, Ruth, and Mary Hunter, which has promoted a unique and meaningful bonding experience.
Having a sister, it took me a second to acclimate to living in a house with younger boys. However, today I was able to play a card game and really connect with them on their level. They were still laughing about the card game late into the night, and I continued to enjoy the comraderie. These boys are truly special.
Tonight was "Meet Me at the Market" night. We enjoyed different tents outside similar to a farmers market, with booths by real artisans such as leather working, clay pottery, herbs, face painting, and square dancing with a live band. Below is a picture of the booth that made tote bags from tshirts:
As this is my first time at Montreat, the activities and themes were new to me, but I have loved the recreation and events here that add to the unique and incredible experience.
Keynote, which is the morning worship time, has proved our favorite part of each day. charm, musical abilities, and his brother's moose hat.
Another segment of the Keynote highlighted 1 Corinthians 12's theme of unity with body parts as an example.
We also want to take this time and tell you, our church family, how much you and this experience mean to us. This time we have spent growing closer with the rest of the youth group and as sisters has been priceless. This is truly a mountain-top experience in our faith journey. Thank you for all of your support in our lives as you have watched us grow up. Even though we will soon be in Birmingham, we will always call Spring Hill Presbyterian Church our home.
-Samantha and Alexandra Fry
Some more fun photos:
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Today we had a awesome breakfast. I had to do a skit in small group about the blind beggar and it was pretty funny. We also acted very responsibly and prank called Clay Spaulding. We ended saying that we wish he was here and that we are sad he won't know the origin of The Moose Hat! We also had some of George's ice cream it was good. And we also went fishing again and that was fun too. It's been a great day so far.
Today was our first regular day at the Montreat youth conference. We begin our day with a yummy breakfast. Then we went to keynote. Our keynote speaker is Rodger Nishioka. Our favorite story was about fish names snerdless the gerp. He was a fish who was set free in a bathtub, but instead of using his freedom to swim in figure eights, he swam in small circles still. Today was the first official day of small groups. My small group is very interesting. We played lots of fun games including a game where the leader starts a rhythm and everyone has to follow. The person in the middle of the circle has to figure out who begins the rhythm. It was a bunch of fun! The fishing crew has continued to fish. They've discovered that Hawaiian bread is the best bait. After worship tonight we had Montreat Olympics. We began with a frisbee contest. But we got into true form when we did the volleyball competition. At the beginning of the week I bought a moose hat. It's become a fun joke and adds to pictures!
Sunday, June 5, 2016
We got up early in the morning and ate breakfast. Then we went to worship. The preacher was a professor at Emory.
We hung out for most of the rest of the day playing cards, walking around in Black Mountain, and throwing a frisbee. Then came time for opening celebration. It was a good time. We learned energizers, sang, and had fun. There was even a Glow Party! Then we trickled back to the house and closed the day.