Greetings from God's Front Yard!
I am happy to report that 2017 was another successful year at Beckwith due to continued success with summer camp registration, retreat group bookings and the annual fund. Though business is increasing, annual fund donations and the money raised at BayLights are still crucial to us making the budget each year.
Beckwith Summer Camp had a fabulous summer serving 808 youth in June and July. The Special Ministries camps are still very popular serving 57 Special Ministries campers and 22 Graduates. The Christopher Currie Endowment supports our camp scholarships so please consider a donation to send a child to camp.
We are excited again this year about Beckwith Sunday, which is Sunday April 29th.
Please put this on your calendar to help us celebrate the ministry of camp, our youth, and the role Beckwith plays in the life of our diocese. We hope you will all take the time to celebrate Beckwith in your parish on Sunday April 29th.
BayLights had another successful year with Sean of the South as our guest speaker Friday night. Sean entertained the crowd with this music and storytelling keeping the attention of children, youth, and adults of all ages. The Bishop's BBQ, the Diocesan Ultreya, activities for the youth, the live and silent auctions, the Low Country Boil, and of course the music of Rock Bottom were all a part of a fun filled weekend for your entire family. We are grateful to all of our sponsors, donors, and those who attended the weekend. Save the Date for BayLights 2018, September 28th - 30th.
The renovation of Wilson Hall, Beckwith's dining hall, is the focus of several grants written in 2017. We are happy to have received funding from Impact 100 Baldwin County, The Alabama Power Foundation, and Crampton Trust.
This year we were able to complete the next steps in Strategic Planning by hiring Quina Grundhoefer Architects to direct the master plan process for Beckwith. Quina Grundhoefer will guide us through site analysis, site studies, and design character that will guide the direction for Beckwith's future. The Beckwith campus and facilities are a critical part of the Beckwith brand of radical hospitality.
I hope you will make plans to visit us at Beckwith this year.