October 18, 2018

Jonny May Comes Full Circle in the Canyon

  Jonny May candidly admits he was “an idiot high schooler sent to work on LLYC Program Crew” in 1997 after making a poor decision involving underage drinking, tobacco, and a well-known big box “superstore.” Recently, Laity Lodge Family Camp talked with him about his relationship to camp, and he explained, “God used that [first] summer (and camp) to grab my heart for the first time. I would count it as one of the most […]
September 6, 2018

Creating Space by Carrying the Mat — Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

At Laity Lodge Family Camp we talk a lot about creating space, so  families might encounter God and engage with each other. We don’t presume to know what this looks like for each family, so  we purposefully don’t program family camp to be a course in “Parenting 101” or “How to be a better Father, Mother, Husband, or Wife.” During the recent Labor Day weekend retreat our speaker, Billy Suess (Regional Director, Young Life Central Texas) […]
August 9, 2018

Delights and Dragons – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

This summer at LLFC we enjoyed the contributions of some great speakers as they shared each morning during our adult devotional time. One of these speakers was Crystal Kirgiss. Crystal holds her PhD in medieval languages and has a love for all things ancient and medieval. She is an enthusiast of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and countless other deceased English theologians.   One morning Crystal shared her thoughts on two aspects of life and faith […]
July 10, 2018

Where Are You? – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

It’s difficult to say exactly why time in the Frio Canyon is so significant. I’m not alone in this. When families experience a Laity Lodge Family Camp retreat, I hear them exclaim, “There is just something special about this place.” They can unwind, be together, play, enjoy the “thin space.” Ultimately though I believe Family Camp invites people to consider the question, “Where are you?”.    In Genesis 3, God asks the same question of […]
June 7, 2018

Beauty in the Tough Things – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Spending time at Family Camp means seeing familiar faces–people with whom I’ve built friendship over the course of our last three years at Headwaters. We are now in the thick of Week 1 for the 2018 summer retreat season. I stood in the courtyard on Opening Day, talking with one of these friends about the great things and the tough things that each of our families experienced during the past year. For both of us, […]
May 10, 2018

Grief and Hope – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Around our house this time of year can feel a little overwhelming. While longing for the slower, uncommitted days of summer, we are instead bombarded with “end of year” parties, school projects, and field trips that require our attention and attendance. The relentless gauntlet of the May schedule is like a capstone to a demanding year of busyness and expectations. Sometimes it leaves us with a limp. For us, that seems to be truer than […]
April 11, 2018

Is there Room for Doubt? Cary Hendricks – Sr. Director of LLFC

Recently, I met with my son’s small group of middle school boys and we talked about Matthew 28:16-17.   This is the end of Matthew when Jesus appears to the eleven disciples just after his resurrection.  Scripture tells us that when the disciples saw Jesus, “they worshiped him, but some doubted.” I asked my group of middle school boys if there was a difference between doubt and unbelief. One boy said, “Yes, you can doubt […]
March 13, 2018

LLFC is Launching a New Registration System

Laity Lodge Family Camp has launched a new registration system. We have spent the past year working with CircuiTree on this system because we want to serve our LLFC families to the best of our ability. CircuiTree is a standout leader in camping software and technology. What does this mean for you? Now that the new system is live, families can see a new link “My Account” in the top menu. You can log in […]
February 7, 2018

The Power of Epiphany – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

After 20 years of experiencing different church and denominational traditions my family is attending a church that practices the liturgical traditions of worship. I grew up in a mainline denominational church that was marked by the protestant church calendar and the rich liturgical practices that came with it. In many ways my current church experience brings with it a feeling of coming home, much like returning to the home of my childhood and enjoying my […]
January 4, 2018

LLFC Partners with YoungLives – Kelsie Wessels, Asst. Director of Programming

At Laity Lodge Family Camp, we pray, desire, hope, and plan for our guests to experience wholeness and transformation–from individuals to families. In our final Fall retreat, LLFC partnered with YoungLives to put on a weekend camp experience with this goal for teen moms and their babies. What a beautiful sight to see! What a joyful noise was raised! At each LLFC retreat, people roll into the Canyon, and weight rolls off their back. This […]