We welcome our new Minister to Youth and Their Families
Bryce Williams is a third year seminary student at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Justice and Peace building. Bryce is a Cooperative Baptist Scholar (CBF) as well as the missions intern for CBF Virginia. Bryce grew up in
Roanoke, Virginia where his family still resides. Throughout life Bryce has loved hiking in the mountains, running trails, and doing anything to be out in nature.
So many good things are happening in the life of our congregation as the school year comes to a close! Celebrating graduations, our first intergenerational retreat at Camp Alkulana, facility improvements big and small, interviews for our new minister of youth position, serving and sharing dinner at Liberation Family Services, caring for those who grieve, and so much more! It is wonderful to be a part of a congregation that is so full of life, energy, and love.
My heart is full and my spirit is renewed after my time away at “preacher camp” and a few days of rest. I give thanks for a congregation that gives space for time away to both collaborate and dream with colleagues as well as rest and restore.
6 adults, 5 youth, and 3 children from the GBC community gathered together this past weekend for our first Intergenerational Retreat. It was such a joy to be together, get to know one another on a deeper level, and to experience God's beautiful creation at Camp Alkulana. Our weekend included prayer and reflection, lots of good food, a trip to Bubbling Springs (the source of the creek that runs through camp) and a nearby brook, swimming in the swim hole, singing around the camp fire (led by some awesome Camp Alkulana counselors), and a trip into Three Sisters Cave! We caught a crawdad, some frogs, saw frog eggs and tadpoles, and even saw a snake from afar! We even did our best to unplug. I'm so grateful for the participants who signed up to try something new and really threw themselves into the weekend and to Camp Alkulana and their staff for their incredible hospitality and sharing of resources. I hope you'll consider joining us next year!