At Family Camp there are many opportunities for folks to sing, pray, and worship together.
This is our main worship center, Bethel Tabernacle. It can comfortably seat 1,000 people, though in past eras when we didn't worry about such things as over heating and hard wooden benches, I believe even more could be packed in there. We had over 1200 people in some of the evening rallies this year.
Bethel is the tabernacle which houses the adult track during seminar hours and the main evening rally.
In the summer of 1998 Bill Gaither was looking for a setting to film his "Down By the Tabernacle" Homecoming Video. He sent a search committe out to find the perfect, old fashioned, wooden tabernacle.
They returned and said they couldn't find it - - - they didn't think it existed anymore. Being from Alexandria, Indiana, Bill had spent time in his younger days at our camp and he sent his committee 9 miles down the road where they found OUR Bethel Tabernacle.
I remember the day they came to check it out. We were in the middle of Senior High Teen Camp. There were teens and guitars and water balloons and everything else that goes with teen ministry all OVER the tabernacle. I thought we'd scare them away, but they were THRILLED.
In September they filmed the video there, and I was fortunate enough to be in the audience. In fact, if you know what you are looking for you can even find a split second view of my face - - - and several seconds of Korie's face in the audience.
In the morning during seminar time, the tabernacle isn't full, but for the evening rally - - -
People drive in from all over the northern part of the state, park their cars, - - -
In every available parking space, and fill up the tabernacle.
During the rally we sing, pray,
and worship together. When it's hot - - -
There is overflow seating on the east side - - -
And the west side.
In the mornings several different seminar tracks are offered. This year a picnic shelter was transformed into the young adult tabernacle, and proved to be a very popular venue.
Bethel isn't our only tabernacle. This is the Teen Temple.
Filled in the mornings with teens and youth leaders.
Oooops - - - looks like grandpa and grandma snuck in. Actually, this little couple watched the teen speaker grow up and they came to give him their support, because he is one of their "preacher boys."
Our third tabernacle houses the children's praise events in the mornings as well as during the evening rally.
Just look how many "drove" in from their cabins and campers!!!!