The Annual Conference-wide Special Offering supporting Aldersgate Homes and Camp Collinswood is Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Aldersgate / Collinswood is a related agency of the North Georgia Conference advocating for the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aldersgate reaches out to those whose abilities do not include independence and self-sufficiency and their families. We work to serve this population through advocacy, education, inclusiveness and community connection, providing guidance in living options and enhancing community living.
Camp Collinswood, located on Lake Oconee, is an easy drive from all points of the North Georgia Conference. Collinswood is a universally accessible recreational and retreat facility. The campus includes three cottages with bed space for 60, a dining hall with a commercial kitchen that has dining and meeting space for groups of 60 or more, basketball and volleyball courts, shuffle board, a meadow for games and sports and a covered pavilion with fireplace and grills. The wheelchair accessible nature trail leads to the lake front, where one will find a bathhouse, gazebo and dock for fishing and fun. The lakefront fire pit with benches is a special place to see the sunrise over the lake, and an ideal spot for meditation and vespers.
The Aldersgate and Collinswood Special Offering is a major source of funding for this ministry. Churches across our Conference have opportunity to join together to provide ministry to persons with special needs in ways that a single congregation alone might find challenging. The ministries of Aldersgate / Collinswood spotlight how we, as Methodist, are indeed "United". Together our contributions to the Special Offering and through other partnership opportunities, touch the lives of many persons with special needs, their families, friends, and congregations.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Your commitment to ministry for and with persons with developmental disabilities and your participation in this offering enables the special ministries of Aldersgate and Collinswood.