It's Campmeeting time again at Fountain Campground. This year promises to be another wonderful spiritual experience. Campmeeting will kick off with a BBQ chicken supper and Gospel Sing on Saturday, June 2. The BBQ chicken supper will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. and will include a barbecued chicken half, homemade potato salad, green beans, bread, tea and your choice of homemade cake. Tickets are $6 each and may be purchased by calling Ronnie Johnson at 706-595-6146 or Lynda Fluker at 706-595-5245.
The Gospel Sing will feature the following groups:
4 p.m. The New Apostles
5 p.m. King's Crusaders
6 p.m. Harold McCutchens Family
7 p.m. Warrenton First United Methodist Church Choir
8 p.m. The Jordan River Boys.
On Sunday, June 3, a One-Night Youth Revival will be at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Greg Hatfield of Trinity-On-The-Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia, as the featured speaker. Special music will also be provided by Michael Moore of Washington.
Morning Worship Services will be held daily at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4-Saturday, June 9. Rev. Andy Collins of Sharon Baptist Church will provide the message. Evening Services will be held on Monday, June 4-Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The nightly service will feature special music and a worship service featuring Rev. Phil Bray of Fort Creek Baptist Church. On Wednesday, June 6, there will be a special memorial and history service beginning at 7:30 p.m. provided by Dale Wiley, of Crane, Mo. Activities conclude on Sunday, June 10, with Sunday School at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and a covered dish lunch at noon. The music director for the week is Wendy Kersey of Warrenton. Pianists for campmeeting are Jennifer Sandifer for the morning worship services and Edith Smith for the evening worship services.
Special activities during the week include a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. An ice cream social will be held immediately following the worship service on Friday night, June 8. Also, a children's choir will be offered during campmeeting week. It will be directed by Connie Moore and Ms. Sandifer. Rev. David Sisler, Pastor of Macedonia United Methodist Church, will conduct a Bible study Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. under the tabernacle.
The morning worship service Monday through Saturday will feature Rev. Andy Collins, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church since June 2004. He worked as Youth Director at Sharon for two years and at Powell Baptist Church for four years. He taught high school social studies for a year at Butler High School before becoming full time Pastor at Sharon Baptist.
The guest evangelist for the Monday through Saturday evening services and the Sunday morning service is Rev. Phil Bray. Pastor Bray has been serving in Georgia and Alabama for more than 35 years. All his churches have received recognition from the Georgia Baptist Convention for church growth and for a tremendous increase in baptisms. Rev. Bray has been married for more than 44 years. He has three biological children, one adopted child and currently has two therapeutic foster children in his home.
The special music schedule for the week is:
Monday night - Fort Creek Baptist Church Choir, Dearing
Tuesday night - Mr. Mark Cheek, First United Methodist Church, Thomson
Wednesday night - Mesena United Methodist Church Choir, Mesena
Thursday night - Mr. Mike Wall, WTHO Radio Station in Thomson
Friday night -Rev. Greg Hatfield, Trinity-On-The-Hill United Methodist Church, Augusta
Saturday night - Mrs. Kathy Gerlach, Fort Creek Baptist Church, Dearing
Sunday morning - Macedonia United Methodist Church Choir, Thomson
Fountain Campground was established in 1822 on land deeded for religious purposes only to be governed by nine trustees - three each from McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes Counties. The nondenominational campground does not fall under any one church affiliation, but invites people of all faiths to attend and worship.
The tabernacle is open with hand-hewn beams and trusses, wood benches and a sawdust floor. Surrounding the tabernacle are open wooden tents (cabins) which also have sawdust floors. Modifications such as electricity and running water have been added. There are recreational vehicle campsites and public bathhouses.
Campmeeting week allows good preaching, visiting, fun, recreation and a closeness with God that you may never find anywhere else.
Fountain Campground is located on Highway 80 North, approximately nine miles from the Camak/Warrenton Exit on I-20. It is located between Cadley and Washington, Georgia.
Everyone is welcome at Fountain Campground. For additional information on campmeeting activities or to reserve a campsite, contact Ronnie Johnson at 706-595-6146.