Summer Gathering 2022
Wednesday, 28 December 2022 - Monday, 02 January 2023
ATTENTION SUMMER GATHERERS!
Naumai Haere Mai!
Thank you for enrolling to attend Friends Summer Gathering 2022-23. There are about 90 people coming and we're looking forward to welcoming you all.
Lots of DETAILS below.
Please have a read!
VENUE: Marsden Bay Christian Camp
Address: 89A One Tree Point Road, Ruakākā 1071
Camp phone: 021 686 397 (Camp managers are Trevor and Sue)
If you need us to send a map, please contact the Summer Gathering organisers.
Summer Gathering starts: Wed 28 Dec
§ 4 pm Registration desk opens
§ 6:00 pm First meal - dinner
Summer Gathering finishes: Mon 2 Jan
§ 11 am Programme finishes
§ 2 pm Cleaning finishes
§ (Last 'meal' is morning tea)
A full programme will be available upon arrival at Summer Gathering
TRANSPORT AND/OR BILLETING
If you’ve requested help with transport or overnight accommodation in Auckland, you should have already been contacted about this.
If you have not been contacted, or have changed your plans, please urgently contact the Summer Gathering organisers. Details below.
If you are travelling by electric vehicle, we’re advised there are outlets for recharging ‘at the marina’ which is 2-3 minutes away from Marsden Bay Christian Camp.
YOUR COVID RESPONSIBILITIES
Please ensure that you’re ready to follow public health directives, including mask wearing, to test yourself prior to leaving home, and of course, stay home if you are feeling unwell. As of today, the public health directive has masks as optional, so they will be encouraged at Summer Gathering,
Our Summer Gathering ‘Covid policy’ has been emailed out to all registrants. If you haven’t received this, let us know so that we can (re) send.
BEDDING: Marsden Bay Christian Camp provides ONLY mattresses. Please ensure you bring your own pillow and sufficient bedding to be comfortable. Check the weather forecast prior to packing.
WHAT TO BRING (Essentials)
· Your own clothing,
· Your own bedding: pillow, pillowcase, towels
· Your own toiletries, sunhat, insect repellent, sunblock and essential medications
· Closed footwear (required for those on kitchen duties)
· Raincoat and warm jacket
· Torch/head lamp and water bottle
· Masks and Rapid Antigen Test kits (at least two per person)
WHAT TO BRING (Optional)
· Reflective material to use and/or share
· Dancing shoes (there’s a ceilidh on New Year’s Eve)
· Te Reo resources
· Musical instruments
· Board games/puzzles
· Charger (for your phone) plus a multibox so that a power point can be used to charge multiple devices (a friendly thing to have available)
· Wash powder and pegs, plus $2 coins (if you plan to do a wash or use the dryer; they each cost $4. The camp managers recommend using the clothesline, if possible, as it takes several $4 cycles to dry a load of laundry.)
· All alcohol and non-medicinal drugs (This is an alcohol- and drug-free gathering)
FAITH AND PRACTICE – As Friends will be aware, we’re in the midst of discerning what to include in the revision of our Quaker Faith and Practice.
If you’re participating currently in the discernment process, do consider bringing the material with you. We are considering an ‘Epilogue’ which would include sharing some of the ‘new’ material that speaks to us.
In addition, if there’s sufficient interest, there could be a Summer Gathering Discernment Group meeting each afternoon. If you’d like to take part, contact Deborah Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org .
MUSIC MAKERS -- As usual we would like to be able to provide live music for dancing on New Year’s Eve, so musicians! If you’d like to be part of the band, make sure you bring your instrument(s). Contact Alistair Hall (email@example.com) if you have questions or would like copies of music in advance.
CAVING – Kevin Jose plans to give us an opportunity to go caving during Summer Gathering. However, the caves flood during wet weather – hence caving is weather dependent.
If you’d like to see glow worms and have a look around the opening to the cave, bring a headlamp, if possible. For those that want to go deeper into the cave (and get wet and muddy), Kevin is bringing helmets with lights. He recommends gumboots and rubber gloves, as well.
PORRIDGE FAIRIES – COME FORWARD! If you’re one of those wonderful people who like waking early and making porridge for other people, please be ready to step up on the first morning of Summer Gathering. Or even better, volunteer NOW so we know that porridge eaters can sleep easy …. Contact Sue Stover ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? URGENT ISSUES?
Contact details for Summer Gathering Organising Committee:
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL VERY SOON!
Noho ora mai --
YOUR SUMMER GATHERING ORGANISERS
Marsden Bay Christian Camp
89A One Tree Point Road
One Tree Point