Holmes Camp News
It's almost here... our next Trail Clearing and Yard Work Day - this Saturday, Sept 19th, 8:30 am to 4 pm. (You do not need to stay the whole time!)

It's all hands on deck to help get our trails cleared and our yards tidy for the fall. Bring yard work equipment (work gloves, rakes, leaf blowers, trimmers, etc) if you have any. There's lots of light debris to clear by hand on the trails. You do not have to be handy with a chainsaw BUT if you are... we could use your help! (Bring your own chainsaw please.)

We will meet at the Office/Workshop (60 Denton Lake Road) at 8:30 to hand out assignments. (For those who arrive later, there will be instructions available.) We will be social distancing, but please do bring a mask for when we are gathered together. And, because of social distancing protocols, we will not be providing lunch - however you are welcome to bring your own and find a quiet spot to picnic! Don't forget work gloves, protective eyewear and a water bottle!

RSVP's are appreciated, but not required: Holmes@HolmesCamp.org
Sam Williams
Christopher Grundy
Bryan Sirchio
Holmes Camp has some truly talented friends! Many of which lent their talents to our Summer Virtual Worship Services. We are grateful that these musicians gave so freely of their time and energy to help bring the Christian spirit to life through song. We send our thanks to these fantastic performers! 

First we want to say "Thank You" to the volunteers who did a great job with anthems and prayers: Mary Bentley LamarRev. Ben LarsonMariah Warren and Pastor David Frost! We are so grateful for the inspiration and for your commitment and support for all we do at Camp! 

Additionally, each service featured a different professional singer-songwriter who allowed us free use of their music. Thank you! We invite you to check out their websites and take a listen!
Holmes’ own Assistant Director Sam Williams, led us in the hymns in each service and he performed his original song, "Jubilee" during our June Worship Service. This is not a first for Sam. Sam’s passion for music goes way back to his days of middle school trumpet! We love that he brings his talent and passion for music to the work he does here at Camp. Sam plays multiple instruments as well as writes and creates music of various genres. For more on Sam's musical journey visit his website, Boxwellmusic.com.
Christopher Grundy hails from Illinois and grew up performing in church choirs. While he serves as Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship and Associate Dean for the Chapel at Eden Theological Seminary, he is also considered a leader in the movement toward progressive Christian worship music. He often writes music about emerging theologies, inclusive and expansive language and includes musical styles that draw upon folk, alt rock, R&B, and a cappella chant genres.

For our July service he performed two original songs, "Gloria" and "Here in This Place." For more on Christopher Grundy and Hand and Soil Music, visit www.christophergrundy.com.
Bryan Sirchio has been writing Christian songs since he was 17. He is an ordained minister and has served as pastor for many congregations. In addition to writing music, he also published a book called, ‘The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music’ which articulates the theological parameters for a new genre of worship music with progressive lyrics and theology. In 2015 he joined forces with author Brian McLaren and Rev. Cameron Trimble of the Center for Progressive Renewal in Atlanta to form a new worship music company called The Convergence Music Project (CMP). 

For our August Worship Service Bryan performed two original songs, “Something Beautiful for God” and “Dream God’s Dream.” He lives in Wisconsin with his family. For more about Bryan Sirchio visit sirchio.com and more about CMP visit www.convergencemp.com
Missed the musical performances or want to take another look?

Our Summer Virtual Worship Services are still available on our Holmes 

Our worship bulletins are posted HERE on our website.
We are always grateful for the support of our alumni, campers and friends. We see your commitment to Holmes in the gifts we continue to receive during this difficult time and the hours that you spend volunteering around the camp!

This week we are especially grateful for TWO individuals who chose to use the happy occasion of their birthdays as an opportunity to do Facebook fundraisers for Holmes!

If you are interested in doing the same, it's simple! On your Facebook home page you'll find 'Fundraisers' in the menu on the left side (on a phone you'll find the menu by clicking the three lines on the bottom of your screen). Tip... Sometimes you have to use the 'see more' option to view the whole menu. Then use the 'Fundraisers' link and Facebook will walk you through set up.

Be sure to select Holmes Camp and Retreat Center (@HolmesPresbyterianCamp). You'll know it's the correct page when you see our round logo!
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While our camp is closed to campers and retreat groups this summer, you are still welcome to visit. Take a long walk, hike one of our many trails or fish in the lake.

Before you visit, please read the camp rules and policies on our Things to Do at Holmes page!

When you arrive, we ask that you contact Bryan at 845-235-6458, to let him know you are on the site. Remember to social distance if you come upon others. While on site, please do not enter any buildings or cross any construction fences or caution tape!  If you are unsure of your path, please ask Bryan for guidance.
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For more information about Holmes programs reach out to Holmes@HolmesCamp.org.
Holmes Camp and Retreat Center is a shared ministry of the Presbytery of Long Island, the Presbytery of New York City, and the Hudson River Presbytery. 
Holmes Camp partnered with the Presbytery of Long Island, the Presbytery of New York City, and the Hudson River Presbytery to offer Sunday virtual worship services. 
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where, in a natural setting, lives change and faith grows.
There's No Place Like Holmes!

60 Denton Lake Road, Holmes, NY 12531
phone: 845.878.6383