Indian Falls Creek assembly a tradition for Indian families

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/17/2018 12:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Indian Falls Creek camp attendees meet in a counseling room during the camp that takes place every summer. COURTESY
ADA – For 70 years, campers representing more than 50 Indigenous tribal nations from across North America gather for Indian Falls Creek Baptist Assembly in Ada.

This family camp provides Bible classes, training, a health fair, recreation, fellowship and worship services for all ages.

The opportunity to attend with the entire family and people of all ages makes IFC an annual event for many churches. Some campers have attended IFC since childhood and now make it an annual tradition for their children and grandchildren.

Prayer Walk Warriors start the morning early and join the daily sunrise service. Later in the week walkers and runners participate in the annual 5k Hot and Sweaty Run.

More than 500 preschoolers and children attend classes and Vacation Bible School each day and campers 6 to 11 years old attend Children’s Church twice daily. Class sessions for youth, young adults and adults are also offered and vary in topics. A nursery is provided during morning youth and young adult services and evening family services.

IFC officials said they want to meet the needs seen throughout Native American and First Nations communities by providing training that helps campers engage others in their communities. Suicide prevention, literacy training and health classes supplement the Biblical and leadership development training offered to campers. Other opportunities include blood donations and a bone marrow registry at the health fair.

The Silver Fox Fellowship provides a time for senior campers to relax and meet in a cool place, if they are not watching or participating in recreational activities. Highlights during recreation are the watermelon eating contest, youth art contest, Bible drills, children’s Olympics, stickball games and the golden frybread/steaming meatpie contest.

Each day, different Indian Nations are invited to sing traditional hymns in their tribal languages during the worship services.

The 71st Indian Falls Creek meeting is July 29 through Aug. 2. For more information, visit IndianFallsCreek.org.

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