Cedarkirk relies upon the generosity of churches and individuals to carry out its mission and ministry to be a place apart. Please consider making a secure online donation to support Cedarkirk by clicking here. You can designate your donation or give towards the general mission work of the camp and conference center. If you would like more information about giving to Cedarkirk or about the ministry, please contact Executive Director, John Reiter.Friends Consider becoming a Friend of Cedarkirk! The Friends of Cedarkirk help support this unique ministry through a financial gift or pledge. Each year, thousands of youth and adults have life-changing and enriching experiences at Cedarkirk. While churches and individuals support Cedarkirk in myriad ways, there is often work that is left undone due to a lack of funds for improvement, renovations, and program enhancement. The Friends’ funds help to address special projects and purchases improving the ministry at your camp. The Friends are also invited to a special “thank you” luncheon in May where they get to determine how these funds are spent. Click here for more information. Events
Please consider attending a Cedarkirk sponsored event and encouraging others from your church or community to attend with you. You can find a list of upcoming events here. One of the biggest ways that you can help us is to schedule an event. Whether it is a congregational family retreat, small group event, birthday party, group building event, or even a family reunion, these guests utilizing our facility help us realize our mission statement. Please visit here to see facility availability for the weekends of the upcoming month. Finally, you can help volunteer for some of our events or year-round operations. We often need volunteers to help host groups on weekends, sell items in the bookstore, provide childcare, serve as a publicity liaison with your church, mailings, light maintenance, etc.People Power
In addition to attending events and providing financial support, Cedarkirk has numerous projects around camp that groups could adopt and help make a reality. Projects range from grounds work (clearing trails and brush) to painting (interiors and exteriors of buildings) to facility improvement and construction. Groups of any size and composition (youth, men, women, families) are invited to contact the camp office (813) 685-4224 ext. 2 to explore opportunities that match your group’s interests and skills. Adopting a project can strengthen your group through community building and a shared experience as well as enhancing your camp and conference center. In addition to facility improvement projects, Cedarkirk also relies on the help of volunteer nurses and worship leaders throughout the summer program. For more information about how you could help in one of these areas, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 685-4224 ext. 4.Remembering Cedarkirk
As we look to the future and consider long-range site improvements, we will rely on the generosity of churches and individuals to make these dreams a reality. We have received memorial gifts in the past that have had a profound impact on our ministry. Please consider remembering Cedarkirk in your will. We also have a number of facility improvement projects and new buildings planned that only lack funding. A Cedarkirk representative would be happy to meet with you or your church to discuss our facility improvement plans.Wishlist
To keep our costs down for retreats and camps, we rely on donations to make our ministry available to everyone. Sometimes we are unable to purchase all the items we need and are asking for donations. Please consider the items on our current wishlist. If you have any questions, please contact the camp office at (813) 685-4224.
Staff Continue to Make a Difference
Recently, Meredith Chipman, one of our summer staff alumni came back to visit during the summer and shared how much she loved Cedarkirk and how important this ministry was to her relationship with God. In response to her gratitude to God for such a place apart, Meredith made a monthly pledge to help further the mission of Cedarkirk. We asked her to share her connection to Cedarkirk and why she feels called to give back.
“I started my relationship with Cedarkirk as an Senior High Leadership camper in the summers of 2005-2007. Then I was very blessed to be a counselor in the summers of 2009-2010, and a Unit Coordinator in 2011. I graduated college in May 2012, and have since been living and working in Washington, DC. My younger sister, Claire, was a Unit Coordinator this past summer, and I visited her for a week to get my camp fix after too much time away.
I can honestly say that Cedarkirk is my favorite place in the world! Cedarkirk has always been a place apart to re-energize and regain focus on my faith and the person I strive to be. The memories and lessons I’ve learned at Cedarkirk are some of the most special and life changing for me. Cedarkirk is a testament to the importance of relationships, and the power of a faith-focused community. I’ve seen campers be forever changed, and seen staff members gain new insight and passion in their relationships with God. Having the opportunity to visit after two years away was such a treat. I saw my old campers as counselors, and realized that it continues to be that special place apart even with a few different faces.
As a young professional in a new city, it can be very hard to find a great church home and a community of believers that you find at Cedarkirk. Continuing to keep my relationship with Cedarkirk is a way to continue to feel connected, and ensure that future campers and staff will have as incredible an experience as I had. Pledging to give $20 each month is a small token of my gratitude, and by next summer, will add up to have an impact on the kids and young leaders spending their summer on the Alafia River, in Counselor Hunts, singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, and hopefully realizing what a truly magical place Cedarkirk is.”
We thank God for Meredith and her commitment to this ministry and for all our previous summer staffs who have given of themselves to share the love of Christ with children and youth. We invite you to consider making a donation and continuing the faith-forming and life-changing work witnessed each summer. Please click the “Donate Online” button on the right.
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