Alternate Extreme Faith Camp Option

Extreme Faith Camp 2020

Hi everyone!

First and foremost, thank you for your patience in waiting on this update. As I am sure you all know, it has not been an easy decision to make, and in trying in every possible way to have Camp as normal, we have been waiting for direction at an Archdiocesan and state-government level until we officially decided how to move forward this summer.

In light of all that has been communicated and decided, we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel Extreme Faith Camp for this summer. With the Governor’s restrictions on overnight camps, Big Sandy has decided to cancel all overnight programming this summer, including all weeks of EFC. Please keep them in your prayers, as this is drastically affecting their future as well.

Through much prayer and discernment, the Lord is reminding me that while camp is an integral part of our ministry at Transfiguration, it is not the end-all-be-all of a teen’s life of faith. While camp presents an incredible opportunity for encountering Jesus for teenagers, if we limit God to this avenue we are putting Him in a box that He does not belong in, and we have to remember that the work of the Holy Spirit is not limited to a single place or event. I trust that He can and will work powerfully this summer.

That being said, Saint Ambrose will be hosting an alternative event to Extreme Faith Camp later in July and has invited Transfiguration to join them. This new event will consist of four evenings at their parish, each evening being a "consolidated day of camp." We know that this will look very different than a normal Camp experience, but we are confident that the Lord still works in the most unusual of situations. Please be assured that we will be monitoring the situation daily and will ensure that your son or daughter is safe during all activities hosted by Saint Ambrose this summer.

While the details will need to be worked out based on the state and archdiocesan restrictions that will be in effect for July, here are the dates and times:

  • Sunday, July 19: Prayer Team and Extreme Team Training: 2pm-8pm (All rising 10th graders-post grad)
  • Monday, July 20-Thursday, July 23: Every evening, 5pm-9pm with dinner included
  • Thursday, July 23: Family will be invited to the closing Mass

The cost for registration for the week is $100, which covers food, supplies, musicians, etc.; if you paid the previous $100 deposit, it will be counted as your payment for this new program change. If you had already paid in full, we will refund the difference. If your son or daughter will not attend, you will receive your refund in full.

Space is limited. Please respond with the following information:

  1. Will your son or daughter attend?
  2. Would you be able to volunteer one night to help with food/hospitality? (all behind the scenes!)
  3. Any other questions, concerns, or comments you might have

**Please respond with a decision by Monday, June 22nd so that we can get reimbursements out in a timely manner and plan properly for the modified camp.**

Do not hesitate to reach out by phone as well if you have specific questions. You can reach me at mphinney@transfigurationmn.org or 651-501-2202.

Thank you so much, and please continue to pray for Transfiguration, including our youth ministry.

Thank you and God bless!

Melissa Phinney
Youth Minister

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