The Above Rubies Southern California retreat is a Christian family camp located at the Pine Valley Bible Conference Center, 8668 Pine Creek Road in Pine Valley. Please their website here for additional details and registration http://www.bondedtogether.org/2012-above-rubies-socal-family-conference-registration.html
The following is from event organizers Gary and Trish:
Dear Precious Family!
We are excited that you are considering registering for the Above Rubies Family Camp at the Pine Valley Bible Conference Center August 24-26, 2012. We are praying that you have a safe & fun trip to the campsite and that your family will have an awesome weekend meeting other families and having a great time together if you should decide to come! It is our hope that Jesus really touches the hearts of everyone attending & that we leave with a renewed vision & purpose for our families. Here are a few things to remember:
- Check in begins at 5 p.m. on Friday in Worthington Hall. You will receive your rooming assignments and keys for lodges there. There are no locks on dorm rooms so plan accordingly if you are in a dorm. Check the Pine Valley web site, http://www.pvbc.net to find these meeting rooms. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Friday. Worship at 7:00 and the first session will be at 7:30. There will be a snack after that session.
- B.Y.O.B. -Please remember to bring your own pillows if you need extra, pool towels, jackets, flashlights, two-way radios, fans for cooling your room off (the window box fans work great at night) toothbrushes, personal care items, diapers, wipes, slings, backpacks, bed rails (the upper bunks have a rail provided, just a small piece of wood near the ladder), strollers, swimsuits, etc. Dorms have all twin bunks, lodges have twin bunks and a queen bed. Bedding, pillows and towels are NOT provided in dorms, bring your own. Towels and bedding is provided in lodges. The dining hall only has a few high chairs so snap on chairs & strollers will help, but there is limited room to maneuver a stroller after everyone is in and seated. Although there is a lot of grass, there is dirt that attracts the children to it and they get very dirty playing and climbing on rocks. It comes off easily but pack accordingly for changes (spare shoes for trip home and plastic bags to throw dirty stuff in is recommended! J )
- Toys, arts supplies and sports equipment that is brought should be labeled, shareable, breakable or loseable. Help watch out for chokeable toys or crayons on the floor around the babies. Think of quiet activities that your children enjoy that can be done during the group sessions for the younger ones, such as coloring or reading. There will be areas in the meeting room set aside for these activities, or they can sit with you. There will be toys there as well and some coloring materials set up on a table.
- Worship-If you can assist in this area please contact us.
- Saturday Night Family Concert- This is a chance for your family or selected members of it can present something for the group. It does not have to be anything elaborate or even musical. Skits, readings, solos, lead us in a song, etc. We will open up the stage for a time and then move on to the speaking sessions.
- We have separated most of the meeting times so parents can provide their own childcare outside of the meeting room and have special times with their children enjoying the grounds. Children are welcome in the meeting room but we need to monitor the noise level so everyone can hear. It has been our past experience that 75 “quiet” children can make it very loud in the room.
- PVBCC offers archery, hiking, a pool, a playground, a tire swing, a game room, aero ball, tennis & basketball courts & a fitness center. On Saturday we can have their zip line and attendants for an hour in the afternoon. This activity has a fee of $1 per person. Check out http://www.pvbc.net and go to their facilities page for more activities. You can also get driving directions at their web site. Please monitor your children at all times, we do not want to misplace any of these little ones and it is very easy to do (as we know from personal experience). Two-way radios & cell phones are a great way to stay in touch with older children, but we still do not want things broken in the game room due to lack of supervision & Pine Valley’s rules are that children under 18 are with an adult. In the past it has been the older ones who have broken things on the grounds accidentally, not the little ones. Let’s be a good example of a family camp and leave the place as nice as when we arrived.
- Adult talking in the meeting room (especially in the back) is not permitted during sessions, please step outside to carry on an interesting conversation or save it for the breaks, thank you J. There will be a room for the ladies who want to carry on informally with Nancy between ladies sessions to do so but please remember that some moms are coming without their families so again, be sensitive to noise and your children’s needs. This also applies to the men and Colin in between the scheduled dad’s sessions.
- Please bring a memory book page for Colin & Nancy. An 8 x 10 page (or two) with family pictures, special thoughts, poems, etc. They will be slipped into clear pages and placed in a three-ring album to give them.
- A love offering will be taken on Saturday evening for Colin & Nancy, as they do not charge a speaker’s fee for the conferences. Books and manuals will also be available for purchase.
- Blessing Bag/Happy Box info is on the bottom of this email. Participation is voluntary.
- The six meals served will be typical Standard American Diet so plan accordingly if you’re dietary needs will not be met with this type of faire. They have a wonderful salad bar that has added more options. There is a refrigerator in the dining hall that you can store medications in if need be. There are outlets in all the rooms if you have a cooler you can plug in.
There will be a “freebee” table in back of meeting room that you can donate “stuff” to and take stuff from. Clothes, books, curriculum, etc that will bless others. We ask, however, that you be responsible for taking back what is not taken that you brought because we do not have room in our vehicle to take the leftovers to a charity. Whatever is not taken will be tossed unless someone volunteers to take it somewhere after the retreat. Also, you may bring info on your business to place at back on a designated table for this purpose and those who wish to contact or speak to you about it may do so between sessions. We do not endorse any particular person or product represented.
Pine Valley’s number, (619) 473-8879 to give out to anyone who needs to reach you in case of an emergency and your cell phones are having trouble in the hills.
May God Bless you!
We look forward to meeting you very soon
Gary & Trish Evans & Family