Camp and Retreat Center Name Revealed

Last Saturday, we celebrated under sunny skies the official groundbreaking at the new camp, retreat, and education center in Wakeman Township, with communicants from across the diocese, local officials, program partners, neighbors, and other supporters. It was a wonderful celebration, marked by food, tours, and activities for some 300 people in attendance. Just before putting the ceremonial shovels in the ground, we announced the name of the new facility: Bellwether Farm.
Since the Middle Ages, shepherds have singled out one ram in a flock to wear a bell and indicate where the flock is going. The bellwether has come to signify a harbinger or herald of what is to come. In this sense, it is the Church’s vocation to be a bellwether of the kingdom of God, and the vocation of every Christian is to be a bellwether of God’s mission to heal the world. It is, of course, our common prayer that through this new camp, retreat, and education center, and in each of our lives, we will be the bellwether of Christ’s redeeming and reconciling love.
In the coming weeks, construction will move forward. We anticipate that the camp buildings will be completed in the spring of 2017, and we expect to begin an initial schedule of camp sessions in the summer. I look forward a year from now to gathering with you at the fully built Bellwether Farm.


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The Wakeman property

The Address:

4655 State Route 60

Wakeman, Ohio 44889

Directions to the Wakeman site:

The property is located in Wakeman Township about 0.7 miles north of the intersection of US 20 and State Route 60 on the west side of the road. Look for the "God Loves You. No Exceptions." sign at the entrance. The address number is posted on the mailbox next to the original farmhouse. The driveway into the property is on the north side of the two barns next to the house. Continue on the driveway towards the yellow brick house. Turn left and follow the driveway down to the recreational area. Park in the lot on the west side of the swimming pond. 

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