But the Morrison Campground campmeeting serves to help them regain perspective and reconnect them to their walks with God. It’s a spiritual retreat for the modern day, said Nancy Creel, vice chairman of the board of trustees.
The 10-day gathering, at 1000 Morrison Camp Ground Road in Rome, begins July 13.
Worship services will take place twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. There also will be Vacation Bible School, choir performances, ice cream socials, recreational activities and guest preachers.
Creel said hundreds of worshippers from a variety of different paths attend each year to experience a religious boost.
“During campmeeting at Morrison Campground, people come from all walks of life and many different denominations,” she said. “People come from just down the road and some travel across the country to be a part of campmeeting.”
The meetings are rich with tradition as the first meeting began in 1868, not long after the Civil War. In those days, people stayed in tents, but now stay in cabins.
Although it’s been 144 years since people first gathered off Morrison Campground road, the retreat continues to heal those who seek to become spiritually regenerated.
“What brings us together is our faith and love of Jesus Christ,” Creel said. “It is a wonderful time of fellowship and worship and a unique opportunity to take a break from the real world and find spiritual renewal. It’s truly a holy place.”
The Rev. Gil Watson is scheduled to speak at a special memorial service on July 15, and a “Stop Hunger Now” mission event will take place on July 17. Vacation Bible School runs Monday through Friday, and Creel noted there will be a youth minister on staff this year.
For more information visit www.morrisoncampground.org for a complete list of events, activities and specific dates and times. If you have any questions you may contact Creel at 706-266-6217 or the host pastor, Theresa Coleman, at 404-316-4146.