BaseCamp is returning Wednesday, October 5th
at 5:45pm in the Friendship Center

Is BaseCamp changing?
As we’ve continued to grow and shift over the last few years, the return of BaseCamp this year ushers in some changes as well.  The heart and vision behind this Wednesday night program though, remains the same, that in response to His love for us we love God by loving people.  We do this by equipping, encouraging, supporting, and challenging people into the mission God calls them to in every aspect of their lives.  This is what we call living out the Adventure of Faith.  

As the BaseCamp leadership team met this year to plan we prayerfully considered the different options and felt led to spend this year focusing on what can happen around the dinner table.  Really focusing in on the Acts 2:42 principles of breaking bread and fellowship as an opportunity to build relationships, and provide safe spaces and contexts for intentional, faith-based conversations.  

What does this look like?
Each Wednesday evening we will gather around dinner tables in the Friendship Center and participate in a family style meal paired with questions and activities to help us connect and engage in Jesus-centered discussion and fellowship.

Who is invited?
Everyone! Families and those who are single, youth and kids, those who have been at Adventure for a long time and those who have just stepped in the doors.  This is also a great place to invite a friend who isn’t sure what church is all about.  This is for everyone as we explore what God has for us alongside one another.

Are we all together in the Friendship Center for the whole time?  What about kids?  And Youth?
Everyone will start in the Friendship Center together, breaking bread as we eat dinner alongside one another.  There will be guided discussions and simple activities to support our time around the table.  Midway through the evening, we will do a quick clean up of the tables and then break into a more dedicated fellowship portion.  Kids preschool age through 5th grade will have a group game and fun time with a few leaders.  Youth will break off into small groups with their leaders, followed by a game time.  And adults will have spaces available for further discussion and connection.  Babies and toddlers will either be with their adults, or depending on need and availability of volunteers there may be a nursery class.

How long will we be at the church each Wednesday?
For most families BaseCamp will wrap up around 7:40 after we come back together briefly at the end of the evening to clean up the room as a BaseCamp family.  Adventure Youth will go until 8pm as we value our youth having this weekly opportunity to connect well with their peers during small group time and through activities.  We will have space available for parents or families to hang out and continue to connect as they wait for their youth to finish.

This is very different, can you give me a better idea of what it looks like each week?
Example Schedule:
5:45: Arrive, check in and pay for dinner, sit at assigned table, play table games
6:00: Important announcements and prayer
6:05: Family style dinner (youth sit at designated youth tables or with their family)
6:30: Begin table activity & discussion (while eating, no rush to finish!)
6:55: Place dishes on carts and return them to the kitchen
7:00: Youth dismissed to large group/small group time, kids preschool through elementary dismissed to games, adults to dedicated spaces for discussion and fellowship
7:30: Adults and kids return to Friendship Center to finish cleaning up.  Leave for the night or hang for a while! *If you have a teen, plan to stay while they finish youth group time
7:40: Youth Games in Friendship Center
8:00: Youth Games end, everyone heads home

Is there a commitment or cost for BaseCamp this year?
BaseCamp will have three sessions this year.  We ask that as you prayerfully consider coming to any of the BaseCamp sessions, that you try committing to a whole session.  We understand that there are occasional Wednesdays you may not be able to make it, but as we try to pursue genuine connections with one another and building relationships, it is helpful to be present consistently.  There will be a suggested cost per person or family for dinner for each session of BaseCamp (see below).  If cost is a barrier to your participation, please talk to a member of the BaseCamp leadership team for options.  We will announce the dinner plan prior to each week in the church newsletter, and will do our best to accommodate all allergy concerns.

Session 1 is from October 5th through November 16th, Session 2 is from January 11th through February 15th, and Session 3 is May 3rd through May 31st.  During the Advent and Lent seasons we will have modified evenings with potlucks and time to dig into our Advent or Lent church-wide resources as groups. Then next Summer will resume our monthly meet-ups as we break from the normal BaseCamp schedule.

For Session One, seven Wednesdays, the cost is as follows:
What about classes and groups that used to be at BaseCamp or the boxes from the last couple years?
As focus on breaking bread and fellowship are our main priorities this year, we recognize that there is still need for more class-like groups that explore scripture or do book studies.  We encourage you to check out Adventure:Equip on Sunday mornings that runs different classes and studies.  We also have Life Group Curriculum that is available for you to do with your family or a group outside of church hours.  Check out the website or email Cory for more info about those options.

As for the boxes, we are grateful that the curriculum and activities in the monthly boxes served to support our congregation well during all the changes the last couple of years.  While we will not be doing monthly boxes, we will have a variation of the boxes for the Advent and Lent seasons as we push in with our whole congregation during that time.

Ok, I’ve read all this info, what now?
We realize with change comes questions, so if you have further questions please let us know!  Email Callie and Cory, or talk to any member of the BaseCamp Leadership Team: Callie, Cory, CJ, Candice, Karen, or Sam.

How can I register?
Click Here to register. We look forward to seeing you at the table!