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Faith among friends

People slowly made their way to the arbor on Monday morning, just in time for the 11 a.m. worship service.
The day was just beginning and starting to heat up.
Children were outside playing, laughing, talking and doing cartwheels.
Others were outside reading newspapers or sweeping the dust off their porch.
Some were just taking a break on their swing.
Everyone seemed happy to be together again for another year.
The Rock Springs Camp meeting has been underway for a week already, with Monday marking the beginning of “Big Week.”
The meeting will continue on until Sunday and close with the “Big Sunday,” on Aug. 8.
Many have already been there for the week, enjoying each other’s company and greeting familiar faces.
Terry Barker, has been attending the camp meeting since he was a baby.
Barker was born in 1945 in Denver and has been coming ever since he can remember.
“It is a tradition and you get used to it,” he said. “You love it if you’ve grown up around it.”
His favorite part of camp meeting is getting to see long lost friends. He also enjoys the services and singing.
In his tent he has eight people, his wife, children and their grandchildren.
“We brought our children when they were born,” he said. “They love it like we do.”
Barker has many memories as a child at camp meeting from playing games with the young boys to attending the services at the arbor.
He has watched the camp meeting grow and seen people come and go.
Barker is sure his tradition will carry on for a long time.
“If it came a choice between the beach or anywhere else the children would rather come here,” he said. “They love this place.”
Camp meeting will continue with services daily at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday Aug. 8 (Big Sunday), there will be a service at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to close the camp meeting with an informal farewell. by Amy Wadsworth

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