J.P. Gradone: “It’s a place of respite.” Steven Downing: “When you come in the gates of Main Street, your mind goes to a different place.” Anna Nichols: “It’s somewhat of an oasis.
The world is out there, and I’m not so crazy about the world. But you can come to Ocean Grove and feel as though you’re at home.” “I’ve been in this tent for 85 years.
This is where we sleep. A lot of people sleep in the cabin but I think that’s blasphemy.” “It’s roughly 250 square feet, where we
do most of our living and relaxing. The back section is the cabin where we have a kitchen
and full bath.” Dale Whilden: “Ocean Grove is a place that
every United Methodist should visit. You could get a weeks’-long history lesson in Methodism by coming to Ocean Grove. There’s streets named after famous Methodists. If you look
into the music of Ocean Grove and the Methodist hymnal, there’s a number of well-known hymns
that have been written in Ocean Grove: ‘Great is thy Faithfulness,’ ‘When We All Get
to Heaven.’ And you might remember that second verse (sings) ‘while we walk the
Pilgrim Pathway…’ Well the Pilgrim Pathway is actually the name of the street that goes
right by the Great Auditorium.” “This committed group of clergy and laity
wanted this to be a camp meeting, and a place where the Lord could be worshipped. And to
combine the spiritual with recreation and relaxation and develop the whole person. That’s
why we don’t have commercial establishments on our boardwalk. It’s just pure beach and
ocean.” David Best: “People want to have their kids
grow up in a good environment. The programs we have here at Ocean Grove can help them raise their kids to love Jesus and have fun at the same time.” “I’ve heard several kids say
that where they come from they don’t have a church they can really go to. This is the
only place that has a spiritual aspect to it. It’s not a summer vacation to them,
it’s a spiritual feeding time.” Dale Whilden: “One of the purposes of Ocean
Grove isn’t just to encourage people to live the Christian life, but the whole dream
of the Camp Meeting era was to get people revived so they could go back to their home
churches with a new enthusiasm and new excitement for the Lord. Steve Downing: “Ocean Grove still ingrains
the Sabbath not only just on Sundays, but really it gives you that feeling every day,
as part of the community.” Anna Nichols: “I felt very comfortable.
I know the music; I like the preaching. It’s a comfort zone for me. I think everybody should
have a religious comfort zone. We have the other world to go to when the summer’s over
and we need that armor to get through the winter in the secular world. I feel like I’ve
got good armor and I’m not afraid.”

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. There are times in our lives that God's helpers cry out to us, but we; as simple humans, stop and brush the moment off as if it's a mosquito or something, and go about our business. Why are we in such a hurry? Why can't we feel & listen to the voice of our god for the good of the moment? Are we that pressed for time and money? Ask yourself. Is my prayer life all in order?

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