Families preparing for Rock Springs event
The 175th Rock Springs Camp meeting is heating up.
Many people can be seen cleaning out their tents, knocking down cobwebs, and putting up decorations.
Families will soon gather for good food, services and good friends.
Frances Crooks, of Denver and her two grandchildren were busy Monday afternoon getting their tent in order.
It was a cool morning and Crooks said she wanted to take advantage of that.
â€œItâ€™s a good experience for the kids,â€ she said.
Katie, 10 and Virginia, 7 were busy doing many of the chores to help their grandmother.
Crooks has been coming to the campground since she was a little girl-roughly 80 years.
â€œWe like the singing and when my son cooks a pan of ham for the ham biscuits,â€ she said.
Katie however likes the cheese fries.
Crooks remembers when her family moved to Ohio where they were for 29 years. She said they never missed a camp meeting.
â€œWe would always come back just in time,â€ she said.
Everyone at Rock Springs is a familiar face and she said she has watched it grow each year.
â€œEverybody gets so excited and you meet a lot of people that you only see once a year,â€ she said.
â€œLittle Weekâ€ begins July 26 and runs through July 31.
Sunday July 25 the camp choir will practice under the arbor at 7 p.m. for all who wish to participate.
A Youth Rally will be held on Wednesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. The event will be led by Bert Giles and Tsunami Ministries presenting WOW 2004. The event will feature a Christian rock band called Calebâ€™s Faith. The event is free.
Children will enjoy their time under the arbor July 26-29 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each evening, Rhonda Martin and Lana Parrish will host music, singing and crafts for children, ages pre-school through fifth grade.
On Friday July 30 there will be a community singing which will begin at 7 p.m. Church choirs, groups, quartets, trios and soloists will be included.
July 31, a southern gospel group will begin at 6 p.m. The Dove Brothers Quartet will be featured, New Jerusalem Quartet and Rejoice, a ladiesâ€™ trio.
The official â€œBig Week,â€ will begin Aug 1 and run until Aug 8. To begin the day on Aug 1, Bruce Carlton, Lay Leader and Lay Speaker, from Denver United Methodist Church and Fiona McAllister, who plays the hammered dulcimer will lead the Sunday School at the Arbor at 10 a.m. Gary R. Fulker, Camp meeting minister will lead the Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m. both Sundays.
Evening worship will begin at 8 p.m., with guest Rev. E. Lee Ellis.
Monday Aug. 2, thorugh Friday Aug. 6, a morning worship service will begin at 11 a.m.
by Amy Wadsworth